Read more about the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show Report at Motorcycle.com.As the event’s name implies, this show, first launched in 1949, focuses on four-wheeled vehicles albeit not all technically qualifying as 'roadsters' which back in the day meant an open two-seater minus doors and even windshields. Tracing the nomenclature further, 'roadster' initially was the label attached to a horse well-equipped for traveling, and later applied to bicycles and tricycles of the late 1800s.
Sportiness was the operative word no matter the size of the chassis, so 'roadster' could include the full spectrum of cars from an everyman’s Model T to a celebrity’s 16-cylinder Caddy. It’s noteworthy that 'roadster' is an American creation, the Brits calling such cars a 'two-seater tourer.'
So, to stretch the rules a bit, motorcycles, in that they are very 'open' and often offer seating for two, have found their way into the Grand National Roadster Show, including this year’s 68th running of the event. First staged in Oakland, California, a.k.a. the Oakland Roadster Show, this go-around was the 14th year the GNRS was held at the Pomona Fairgrounds Fairplex.
Along with some 500 show vehicles, a section was set aside for motorcycles as seen here.