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The Ride: International Motorcycle Show rolls into Long Beach this weekend




Harley-Davidson Softail Sport Glide
Harley-Davidson Softail Sport Glide
Harley-Davidson

Friday kicks off the annual International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, and it features all the usual suspects, with the newest motorcycles, the latest gear and - the industry hopes - more new buyers.

Millennials are the industry's new focus, with stylish bikes that incorporate more technology and versatility and offer them at a lower cost. 

Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber
Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber
Indian Motorcycle


Harley-Davidson, which is best known for big touring bikes that appealed to baby boomers, just introduced its new Softail Sport Glide. It's a so-called light touring bike with saddlebags and a windscreen that can be removed without tools.

2018 Honda Goldwing
2018 Honda Goldwing
American Honda


For 2018, the Honda Gold Wing -- a touring bike with a reputation as the RV of motorcycles -- imports a technology that's been popping up in cars. Apple CarPlay lets riders plug their phones into the infotainment system and use voice commands to operate maps, dictate texts and play music.

KTM Freeride e
KTM Freeride e
KTM


Continuing with the car theme, electrics are beginning to come into play. Austrian dirt bike maker KTM is offering an electric model called the Freeride E-XC, which allows an hour of riding per charge.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
Ducati


According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, one in four riders is now female; about 17% of Millennial riders are women -- the largest percentage of any demographic.