IMS – Straight from the 2016 Progressive International Motorcycle Show

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Every year we have a bunch of events, shows, exhibitions about motorcycles, but no one is like the IMS. The Team USA2Ride was there to see what’s going on in the two-wheels world. The Progressive ®International Motorcycle Shows ® is right now, celebrating 35 years, and the tour has started in Portland last October, 2015 and will finish in Phoenix,  February, 2016.They have 10 cities on their tour.

Jim Dusky, Production Manager, and spokesperson from UBM told us about the feedback that he has from the last edition, and about his perception for this new tour.

Also we have some very interesting interviews (KTM and Kawasaki) and much more, check it on the video above. We had the pleasure to listen the Glen Heggstad’s adventures by himself, Mr. Daytona (Scott Russel) talking about his career… so many good things! This show had a bunch of really good content.

The Motorcycle Product Manager, Scott Hall, said “Connecting with passionate motorcyclists across the country is our favorite part of our title sponsorship of the Progressive ®International Motorcycle Shows ®. From the Welcome Center to greet consumers when they arrive, to the Garage that features the interactive Slot Race Track and the Premium Bar stocked with custom motorcycle tee-shirts, to the music and energy the young School of Rock musicians bring to the stage, it’s a family-friendly experience you don’t want to miss.”

The upcoming tour will have an increased focus on motorcycle manufacturers and an engaging show experience for the widest audience of enthusiasts across the country. Motorcycle riders and power sports fans from coast to coast will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of new street bikes,adventure/dual sports,dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, ATVs and more.

Major manufacturers and key partners on Tour include brands that have partnered with IMS since it launched in 1982. Charter partners on Tour include BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha who are joined by BRP/Can-Am, Ducati, Indian, KTM, STAR ,Triumph and Victory, among others.
IMS, the nation’s largest touring motorcycle event, connects riders with products and services that support their motorcycling lifestyle. This nationwide series is designed for fun and entertainment as well as commerce. Compelling show activations include new features and educational experiences designed for riders of all levels.

Activations for the 2015/2016 Tour include the longest running custom bike show in the U.S.; J&P Cycle Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show; The Progressive®School of Rock; A-list celebrity appearances; motorcycle stunt shows; Super Moto Racing; and vintage bike displays. The star attraction at each stop on the IMS Tour is always the motorcycles with each city showcasing 500-700 units for enthusiasts to see, touch and try (in select cities) along with the latest gear and accessories.

Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President Powersports Group, UBM Advanstar: “In response to industry demand, the 2015/16 IMS nationwide tour will incorporate a business-to-business platform, providing vehicle and aftermarket manufacturers and allied services the opportunity to meet with dealers in each of our markets. This saves time and resources for busy retailers, and gives IMS exhibitors more in-depth market interaction to sell and service their retail clients.”

The world’s largest motorcycle builder competition features more than 400 motorcycles and the talents of dozens of local builders at each tour stop. Elite-level, custom motorcycle creations compete for cash and product prizes.
At our Chicago stop we will host the Championship Round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, and both professional and amateur builders from throughout the US will compete for cash and product valued at $50,000, the largest prize of any competition in the United States.


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