Long Beach international motorcycle show puts price war on display
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The Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, kicking off Friday afternoon and running through Sunday night.

More than 100 exhibitors, including most of the world’s motorcycle manufacturers, will use the center’s 90,000 square feet of floor space to wow an expected 55,000 attendees with displays of bikes, parts, apparel and other gear.

Visitors will see the beginnings of a price war. Many of the top brands are pushing new or refreshed models with strikingly low MSRPs, as manufacturers try to attract new riders and re-engage customers who might be losing interest in the sport.

“We’re really trying to get new people into the sport, and give (older) riders something to step up into,” said Honda marketing representative Lee Edmunds.

The popular dirt bike brand KTM, trying to expand outside its off-road niche, unveiled a pair of competitively priced small-bore street bikes, a 390 Duke, to be sold at $ 4,999, and its track-tuned sibling 390RC, priced at $ 5,499.

Across the hall, the Suzuki was promoting a line of newly-refreshed bikes in its successful GSX line, pricing the GSX-S750 at $ 7,999 and the GSX-R600 at $ 10,699, $ 500 below last year’s list price.

Honda, too, is offering several of its 2015 models at last…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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