The next installment of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show will be setting up shop at the Long Beach Convention Center in California starting Friday, December 6th and continuing til December 8th. After that, it's NYC, with the fifth installment of the IMS show taking place at the Jacob K. Javitz Center December 13-15.
IMS shows traditionally promise a wide range of eye candy, and this year's edition is no different. You'll find new exhibits, custom bike competitions, new product unveilings, seminars, stunt shows, vendors and more.
Indian Motorcycle has announced a robust schedule for both shows; the manufacturer intends to debut a new exhibit, offer demo rides of its new Chiefs at the California stop, and unveil new custom machines at both the Long Beach and New York event.
The all-new exhibit will be showcasing the entire line of 2014 Indian Chief models including the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain. You'll also be able to check out historically significant motorcycles including the ‘Spirit of Munro’ Streamliner, a one-of-a-kind custom built by Indian to pay homage to Burt Munro's famous Bonneville Salt Flats ride in 1962. And don't miss “Springfield Row,” a line of restored pre-1953 era Indian bikes including a 1935 Indian Chief featured on the ‘American Pickers’ series.
At the California show on Friday, December 6, Indian will reveal a custom bike created in support of Jack Daniel’s ‘Operation Ride Home’ program. The ‘No. 7’ serial number Indian Chief Vintage was given to the Klock Werks crew to specially customize. The bike will be on hand for the Long Beach and New York shows before being auctioned in support of Operation Ride Home and U.S. military families.
New York IMS show attendees get to witness a new bike as well: A custom 2014 Chief Classic designed by the Indian Motorcycle Industrial Design team. Incorporating a number of accessories currently available for the Chiefs as well as a custom paint scheme and several unique features, this bike is sure to inspire any custom builder.
Indian Motorcycle will highlight the design of the Thunder Stroke 111 at all stops on the tour with a cut-away version of the new engine. There will also be audio of the new engine with the accessory Stage 1 exhaust available for all 2014 Indian Chiefs.
Indian is also offering free admission to the New York IMS show for any individual with a valid military ID on Saturday, December 14.
Progressive Motorcycle Garage
New this year is the Progressive Motorcycle Garage -- a set up featuring a motorcycle slot car racing track, live tank painting demonstrations, t-shirt printing, custom bikes, and Progressive Insurance agents to answer questions.
For over a decade, School of Rock has been teaching guitar, drums, vocals, and keys through an innovative performance-based method. Talented young artists will be at all IMS stops to provide live entertainment.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
Featuring kick-ass customized bikes and offering the largest prize purse of any builder competition, the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Presented by J&P Cycles offers the foremost custom competition on the planet. Check out jaw-dropping designs, exact engineering and painstakingly precise paint jobs in this premier motorcycle matchup. Meet the artists, and then voice your opinion to help decide the winner.
Motorcycle SuperStore Marketplace
The Motorcycle Superstore Marketplace will have a collection of the top parts and accessories from your favorite aftermarket manufacturers. You'll be able to test products, guided by specialists there to explain the ins-and-outs of them.
Rider Protection Project presented by Allstate
If you like free stuff and aren't already familiar with this scavenger hunt, here's the rundown: Scattered throughout the show will be rider displays with each missing a vital piece of gear. Find them all and pick up free stuff at the Allstate booth.
The International Motorcycle Show has partnered up with local clubs in the area to put on great displays of classic motorcycles. As well as viewing the latest offerings from leading manufacturers, you'll also be able to check out timeless classics from other eras.
Demo Rides (California and Arizona shows only)
The International Motorcycle Show will offer Demo rides at the Long Beach stop, so you can get to experience what it's like on that new bike you've been eyeing. (Including the new Indians).
The remaining 2014 International Motorcycle Shows schedule:
Washington, D.C. (January 10-12),
Minneapolis, MN (January 17-19),
Phoenix, AZ (demo only – January 24-26),
Cleveland, OH (January 31-February 2),
Chicago, IL (February 7-9)
Seattle, WA (February 14-16).