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Yesterday I was at Martin Motorsports for its annual show “The Modern Classics.” Once again Martin’s demonstrated why it’s the best motorcycle dealership in the Philadelphia area, bar none.

The dealership turned it’s showroom floor into a motorcycle show which, in Martin’s words, “celebrates the motorcycles of the 60s, 70s and 80s that made big contributions to their eras with their technology, style, performance or establishing new trends…the bikes you remember…the bikes that made you a motorcyclist!”

It worked, in spades. The place was packed with hundreds of people and the bikes on the showroom floor were an amazing collection of rolling works of art. My friend Scott and I agreed: if someone gave us the freedom to pick any bike on the floor to take home, it would be damn-near impossible to make a decision.

The folks at Martin’s just get it. It’s not just about selling bikes and performing service. It’s about celebrating motorcycles, celebrating being a rider. Every weekend at Martin’s is a happening, even run-of-the-mill weekends when there is nothing special going on, even if it’s just to stop by and look around.

Enough words. Enjoy the pictures.

This was a nice find. If you’re going to the show, Greg Ross and his sweet Triumph TR6R bobber are located just in front of the Honda booth on the right as you enter the show.

By the way, if you’re going to the show, mention discount code MOTOINF to receive $3 off admission.

I’m headed to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City tonight, and plan to work the hell out of the floor for the next two days. The folks who organize the show were nice enough to give me a press pass because of my blogging, so I’m attending a media event tomorrow morning before the show opens to the public at noon. Here are some of the things I’m hoping to accomplish and see at the show.

1. See the unveil of the new custom Cory Ness Victory motorcycle. Victory has been generating a ton of buzz in advance of the show, and is all over the motorcycle media. My hat’s off to their PR firm. Nice work.

2. Meet The Gunny. The new face of Victory is R. Lee Ermey a/k/a “The Gunny” – who you may remember as the belligerent and abusive Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in Stanley Kubrick’s classic Full Metal Jacket. He’s brilliant in reprising his role for Victory. I want to score a picture of me and him if possible.

I want to see this Triumph Explorer up close. Photo courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles.

3. Throw my leg over a Triumph Explorer. I love this bike. Would love to have one. Two more years of alimony first, though…

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