Surfing the Long Beach Motorcycle Show

. By Jon Row and Bikeland Staff

Some things are apparent at this years 36th annual Progressive IMS motorcycle shows. The moto industry is on a mission to capture new riders, yeah they’re talkin’ to you millenials. Manufacturers are working hard to make learning to ride easy while retaining existing owners with safer, high performance designs. OEs are also searching for the next big trends beyond Adventure Touring, Retros, Sport etc. Visiting the show convinces us the industry is doing a good job with hardware and more importantly, software. A new Discover the Ride program features “New to 2” videos and seminars with expert guests helping newbies take that big first step to single track freedom.

Why go?
  • Progressive’s International Motorcycle Show series is the world’s largest motorcycle show tour.
  • The tour visits seven cities this winter with 800 OEM and aftermarket brands participating.
  • Lots of free SWAG
  • A great opportunity to talk directly with manufacturers.
  • Product demos
  • A variety of gear at attractive prices.
  • OEM displays and creative one-offs from the best custom builders

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See what color your next Harley can be. The motor company will spend $800 million on 100 new models in ten 10 years to reach 2,000,000 new riders.

Ural redesigns and modernizes their classic engines but also considers this concept Electric version.

The E-rig houses spare battery capacity in the sidecar. Prototype tests are ongoing while they await reaction from show visitors like you.

BMW’s revised S1000RR loses another whopping 25 lbs and gets even more power. American riders have made the U.S its #1 market. The Bavarian Boys return to World Superbike racing in 2019.

Dirt Track racing is alive and thriving. Indian will try to continue its American Flat Track Racing dominance with current champ Jared Mees and Bauman brothers Briar & Bronson. More restrictive rules are slated by the sanctioning body to give Harley, Ducati, and others a fighting chance. Yamaha enters the fray next year too.

Indian’s accessories have some observers wondering how long before a full blown Adventure model arrives?

Yamaha's three wheeled Niken arrives here soon with production from Japan for the US and France for European customers. At $15,999 it promises confident riding for low traction conditions. The clever design should attract newbies and keep aging boomers in the saddle.

The stimulating effects of engine cutaways apparently require they be glass encased to protect gear heads from themselves and deter photography of all types.

Kawasaki’s new models heavy up on electronic rider assistance including active suspension and smart phone interfaces allowing race like post ride downloads to review. A new 400cc naked sports a 6-chamber LED headlight.

Orange Crush:
Honda showcased its new line of fuel injected dirt bikes, the KTM killer CRF450L and redesigned 650s. Sport Side by Side fans have to wait two weeks for Big Red to bear its Talons at the Los Angeles auto show.

Monkey Butt poster boys
Moto mag editors Ari Henning and Zack Courts rode Honda’s new mini Monkey 1,200 miles to the tip of Baja Mexico giving a new definition to “Monkey Butt” See video of their ride on the new series “Throttle Out” at November 21st.

Progressive’s complimentary relaxation chairs.

Show host Progressive Insurance will give away an Indian motorcycle and trip to the 2019 Sturgis rally. Pretty pillion partner not included.

Global Swarming
America gets a new version of Honda’s legendary Super Cub with 125 fuel injected engine and cast wheels. At over 100 million units sold, Super Cub is the world’s best selling vehicle easily eclipsing the 43 million Toyota Corollas roaming the earth.

The Panigale V4R can give you up to 232 HP and the air foil wings banned by Moto GP.

Don’t try this at home when you can try it here

Their bike is faster than yours
Kawasaki reps justly proud of the H2 Carbon and its new 209.4 MPH speed record.

The Kawasaki W800 Cafe—everything old is new again.

There’s driveway jewelry and then there’s real jewelry.

When your passengers aren’t in it for the long haul

Express your Jorge Lorenzo inner self for just $40K

Leaners permit

Side by Side accessories are going through the roof

This guy wants to give you the key to one of his 4,500 motorcycles. Chris McIntyre celebrates Eagle Rider's 24 years in business with a monthly membership plan that can give you up to 14 rental days a year for $29 a month. The company’s tie in with Harley has their units available in 120 dealerships. They also rent models from the other major brands at their own EagleRider locations. More at:

Are you in good hands?

All State Insurance will virtually let you ride inside.

Demo rides on gas, electric or pedal powered wheels

Suzuki introduces its plan to bring back the Katana….in 2020.

No, we don’t know why they announce this stuff so early either.

The modern Triumph Scrambler 1200. Love the Seventies rear shock layout.

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