The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) shifted into gear on October 31 kicking off in the first of 2 new cities added to the tour this year, Portland, OR.
Photos by Angela Conner and Art Hall
The 2015-2016 IMS Shows featured the world’s leading manufacturers. The top brands were on hand to display their North American lineups, as well as the leading aftermarket parts and accessory brands. From seasoned veterans to casual enthusiasts, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are the ultimate destination to experience the powersports culture, talk to brand and industry experts, shop the marketplace, or even demo that new model you’ve had your eye on. IMS Shows are designed for fun, entertainment and commerce. The other new city added was Sacramento, CA, the only city hosting Supermoto USA Racing and a new date for the Glendale, AZ location on February 20-21, 2016 where the tour closed at the University of Phoenix Stadium. This show introduces new products throughout the tour, offers unique events at some locations but for the most part offers the best of the new season in motorcycles for riders to enjoy. Enthusiasts can test ride new motorcycles and 5,300 riders did just that, watch very cool stunt shows like the one featuring Team No Limit with legendary rider Jason Britton and you could enter your own bike into the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition.
Back for a seventh year, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition, is the largest touring custom bike competition in the U.S. offering the most in cash and prizes in America. With more than 400 custom-built bikes on display at IMS Tour stops across the country, the competition hosts four classes including: Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Modified Custom and Modified Street. Contestants were encouraged to enter at any of the IMS Shows for a chance to win a piece of $100,000 in cash and prizes. Four cash prize winners were chosen at each show, with the inaugural U.S. Championship Round held in Chicago, IL, February 12-14, 2016. This highly anticipated competition is proudly sponsored by J&P Cycles and Harley-Davidson.* Winners are listed on the IMS website at www.motorcycleshows.com
“To Look good is to Feel good…» Flo’s Chop Shop in the Progressive Parlor kept riders looking fresh on and off the road with a free beard or mustache trim, straight razor line up, boot shine or manicure with special Flo nail polish.
The Marketplace presented by Cycle Gear gave riders a chance to buy the latest and greatest gadgets through an interactive presentation offered attendees the opportunity to touch, test and/or try the newest top parts, accessories and gear while interacting with factory specialists from leading manufacturers.
The Progressive® Main Stage where top motorcycle racers, riding instructors, technical seminars, daredevil stunt riders, adventure touring legends, bike designers, industry influencers and custom builders along with A-list and moto celebrities gave their presentations. We even got to hear a narrative by Brad Pitt called “Hitting the Apex” in some cities. Progressive® School of Rock returned for a 3rd Tour, featuring high-energy, live performances from our next generation of musicians and riders. They had helmets customized by 21 tattoo artists from across the country a kids area with unique pedal-less bicycles on a pre-set course to give children an unforgettable two-wheeled experience. Demo Rides for the adults in Portland, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Phoenix where licensed motorcyclists could test ride the hottest new bikes.
One of the coolest things about IMS is that you can enjoy retro motorcycles along-side new models courtesy of local vintage motorcycle clubs and owners. They get to enjoy the spotlight with their oldies but goodies! It’s a riders motorcycle show even down to the gear check in when you get there. Over and above all the new models presented, the show stopper this year was the new INDIAN SCOUT SIXTY. The new 999cc breaks boundaries and at the lowest MSRP yet for the brand at $8,999. It offers a 60 cubic inch engine, 78hp – the highest horsepower in it’s class, a dry weight of 542 pounds and a potent 65 ft./lbs of linear torque and an easy shift 5 speed transmission. For more information on the new Indian Scout, check out our Quick Throttle review https://quickthrottle.com/all-new-2016-scout-sixty/
One was given away along with an RM Z250 Suzuki and a few others. Winners will be announced following the conclusion of the Tour in March of 2015. Full contest rules and prize info is available at www.motorcycleshows.com That’s where you’ll also find the 2016-2017 tour schedule so you can go next year.