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First day of Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 20 2014 04:04:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 08:01:34 AM CDT

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show is taking a pit stop at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus in Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show is taking a pit stop at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus in Bethlehem. The show opened to the public Thursday and features more than 300 vehicles.

For the first time ever, ticket holders can check out a Can Am Spyder.  The three-wheeled motorcycle is a fairly new vehicle. It's only been available in the American market for about seven years.

"It captures characteristics of both sports cars and motorcycles," explained Geoffrey Robinson, from Blackmans Cycle Center.

The Spyder comes in three different models ranging in price from $15,000 to $30,000. Dealers said the bike is safe and stable yet exciting.

"Very often people want to know does it lean, what's the mile per gallon," shared Robinson. "Which the answer is it's about 40 miles per gallon, and it does not lean like a motorcycle."

If leaning is more your style, Harley-Davidson has an exhibit you can check out. The eight bikes come from four separate dealers representing the four Harley product lines.

"They can come over in a low pressure atmosphere and find out about the bikes," shared Randy Ziegler with Deans Harley-Davidson.  "So it's a good way for people that maybe not normally would walk into a Harley dealer to experience the bikes."

And they mean really experience the bikes. There is a Jump Start stationary bike set up so folks can try out a motorcycle in a safe environment.

"They can get on it and use the controls and shift and use the clutch and the throttle as if they were out on the road to simulate what it would be like to truly ride a motorcycle," explained Ziegler.

Harley completely redesigned the touring model for 2014, and a pair of those bikes are at the auto show.

"They've redesigned the braking, the ABS brakes are now a linked system front to rear, we have new floating rotors on the front, a heavier duty 49mm front end," Ziegler said.

The auto show runs through 6 p.m. Sunday.