DO YOU ATTEND MOTORCYCLE SHOWS? WHY OR WHY NOT? (Scroll down to “Leave a Reply.”) Personally, for many years, I did “not” go to motorcycle shows or events. I wouldn’t say that I was opposed to them, or that I wouldn’t even have been interested if I somehow managed to find myself at one. It’s just that, particularly when I was younger, I wasn’t that into motorcycles as machines, nor all the gear and accessories that were/are available. I simply enjoyed riding. And I did a lot of riding (and still do). In fact, for me, any amount of time I devoted to the sport was simply that: riding and touring. (Maintenance and cleaning were exceptions to the “just ride” rule).
However, in later years I adopted the habit of attending the International Motorcycle Show (IMS) right next to the Pacific Ocean, in Long Beach, CA. The IMS is a series of motorcycle expositions that take place in a number of cities across the United States in the fall and winter (since 1982). The expos feature new-model motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs, cruisers, concept bikes, vintage bikes, and scooters as well as all manner of gear, accessories and services in addition to educational seminars and stunt-riding performances.
My favorite part is the demo rides (photo above and in video below) available from the participating manufacturers. Here in Southern California, this is one of the few opportunities to actually ride a bike before purchasing it, since most motorcycle dealers no longer carry the insurance to allow customers to try them out.
In fact, because of the warm climate it’s one of the few shows on the IMS circuit where demo rides are available.
The following short video is a very brief overview of some of the sights and activities at this year’s Long Beach IMS. And in addition to their bikes, Brammo Electric Motorcycles featured some inspiring young ladies at their exhibit (see middle and end of video).
Although the demo rides are limited to a several mile experience and, with most manufacturers, are a “group ride,” the opportunity still gives better insight into the machine than simply sitting on it in a show room.
Having said all that about motorcycle shows, I have a friend who goes primarily to find good deals on gear. Others go for the social camaraderie or to view vintage bikes or customs. It’s also a good way to introduce kids, spouses and friends to motorbikes and to give them an opportunity to put a leg over a wide assortment of machines. And of course there are riders who don’t go to motorcycle shows and events at all.
There are motorcycle events all over the world, some bigger and many smaller. But the question is, do YOU attend motorcycle shows and events? And if so, why or why not? Please “Leave a Reply” below.