My buddy Pez and I made the annual pilgrimage from Brewtown to Rosemont,Illinois to see the IMS Show yesterday. Here are a few pics from the show for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy my friends. This first pic is for VFourBear. When you walked down the steps into the convention hall this was the first thing you saw. The gal handing out bags looked remarkably like the real Progressive commercial gal. Take your pick Bear. The very first order of business of the day for me was locating and examining the VFR1200. From the wan and deeply contemplative expression that's on my face in this pic I think it's fairly evident for everyone to see that I was not impressed. Polarizing is the word that comes to mind when describing my thoughts about the bike. On the drive down from Brewtown I was secretly clinging to a slim shred of hope that in the flesh the bike would somehow win me over. It didn't. I was always taught that if you had nothing nice to say,then say nothing and move along. My sincere apologies to those who like it,but this bike simply does not turn my crank. Parked not twenty feet away from the new VFR1200 was a gloss black '09 6th gen. Man,these gloss Black ones are just friggin cool! It made for easy styling comparisons between the two models. Not sure if that was such a smart move on Honda's part,because from the comments made by the people that I talked to the overwhelming choice as to which was better was the 6th gen. This reporter can honestly report that there were a LOT of people who had a LOT to say crowded around these two VFR's. Couple of pics of myself and my buddy Pez throwing a leg over the CBR1000RR. We both liked it. The thing is downright tiny by comparison to the VFR1200. Some info and pics of the Moriwaki MD250H. The bike is positively dinky,tall riders need not apply. To be honest,at 5' 9 3/4" I think I might even be to tall to ride this bike. And for 02VFRRider,some pics and info on the Moriwaki Moto2 bike the MD600. Mat Mladin,7 time AMA Champ! Thanks for the memories Mat. A few random pics from the Ducati exhibit. This Ducati 1198S has a beautiful brushed Aluminum fuel tank. My buddy Pez is seriously considering buying one of these. I think he's fuggin nuts,but that's just me. LOL. I really hope he does get it though because I'd love to get my grubby little mitts all over it. For anyone who's interested,I believe these bikes were listed at around $21K. I guess that's the going price for 170HP. Now as you know my friends at these bike shows the manufacturers really encourage you to closely examine their products,which includes allowing you to throw a leg over their bikes to get a feel for them. Well my friends it's my sad duty to report to you that it looked like some idiot with a belt buckle the size of Texas jumped onto this particular bike and carelessly left a huge gouge in the back of that pristine fuel tank. I was going to take a close-up pic of it but it just made my stomach turn and I didn't have the heart to take the pic. Allright campers I realize this post is getting a little long. I've got a few more interesting pics from the show that I'll post up for you later this week. Hope you've enjoyed the show so far.