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2011 Montreal Motorcycle Show Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Discover all the new models and dream about summer at the 2011 Montreal Motorcycle Show at Palais des Congrès, the most attended motorcycle event in Canada.

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This truly is a feast for the senses. Visitors can see, touch, smell, straddle and learn more about their favourite motorcycles and scooters. A myriad of innovations, parts, accessories and clothing equipment are also on display.

New product galore
The 2011 Montreal Motorcycle Show presents more than 40 new machines, including Yamaha's sexy Stryker, a cruiser that takes the torch from the larger XV1900 and borrows its engine from the V-Star 1300. It boasts chopper style and performance with few compromises in terms of comfort.

Triumph unveils the new Tiger 800 and 800 XC, two adventure models powered by the mighty yet charismatic triple-cylinder of the Daytona 675 (engine stroke has been increased to achieve 800 cc). Output is rated at 100 horsepower along with 65 lb-ft of torque. The Tiger 800 is more road-oriented with a 19-inch front wheel and tires that prefer pavement, while the XC is a genuine cross-country beast with all-terrain rubber.

Riders who love track days will get a chance to see the updated GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 at the Suzuki stand. These come from the same manufacturer that pioneered the factory racing style with the GSX-R750 in 1985.

Don't miss the Victory High-Ball, a plain, retro-styled bike motivated by the famous second-generation Freedom 106/6 powertrain. The latest weapon in the brand's arsenal sports a number of unique design cues including blacked-out cylinders and dual exhaust pipes. An adjustable ''ape hanger'' handlebar allows the rider to switch between an aggressive chopper-style riding position and a more laid-back stance in typical cruiser fashion.

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