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Small bikes are the big news at Long Beach motorcycle show

Small bikes are the big news at Long Beach motorcycle show

Shrinking motorcycle sales are forcing manufacturers to think small.

In an effort to attract women, minorities and riders of smaller size to the sport, some of the industry’s biggest companies are building littler bikes.

Several will make their U.S. debut at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, which opens Friday at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Among them are downsized machines from Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati and BMW.

An estimated 50,000-plus attendees are expected to come to the show — 52,000 attended last year’s event — where most of the world’s motorcycle manufacturers, many apparel and aftermarket parts suppliers, and...

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