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Bikernet Event Coverage: IMS 2017: International Motorcycle Show hits New York

All the cool wheels and all the cool builders

by Ujjwal Dey photos by Marcus Cuff

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Javits Center, New York lit up with the grand show of all shows – the Progressive International Motorcycle Show from 01-03 December 2017. The show rocked from afternoon Friday to the evening. Saturday was an all day spectacle from morning to night. Show wrapped up on Sunday with the center open from morning to evening. Ticket prices were just $20 per head with free entry for kids below 11 years of age. Progressive is sponsoring IMS since 2010. Accumulating awesome giveaways and gear at IMS is easier when you have a convenient Progressive® show bag. These were offered free to every attendee, as well as directions to the Progressive Parlor and info on how to get your hands on more swag. In addition, Progressive customers are given directions on how to receive their very own VIP gift. You can subscribe to email notifications to receive news from across the powersports industry, show promotions, discount ticket offers and more from IMS.

This year, the refreshed Progressive® Parlor presented its own cultural community within the IMS shows, providing a new and unique destination for attendees. Progressive is combining an array of award winning services and experiences, including motorcycle service and maintenance seminars, tech talks, a custom motorcycle sweepstakes and all within a single space, acting as a beacon for education and entertainment.

On stage were tech talks from a variety of intriguing guests; from motorcycle craftsmen, to industry leaders and local motorcycle garages sharing their story about the city you’ve grown to love. A front-row seat here gets you a first hand experience in motorcycle culture. Professional custom builders participating in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show shared their expertise and story behind their builds on the stage.
A unique Grease and Gears Garage introduced bikers to do it yourself fixes and custom building. Topics included: Building a custom exhaust, Flat Tracker Conversions, Carb Rebuilds, Fat Tail Install, Hand and Foot Control Upgrades, and much more. Technicians did live work, answering audience questions and sharing some newfound knowledge.

“Adventure Out” was a new space on getting out on two-wheels and having fun. Visitors can kick back at the moto campsite, check out adventure and touring product displays, interact with experienced riders and listen to their stories and tips, and find all the gear, parts and accessories you need for your next trek or tour from participating Adventure Out! Exhibitors. Husband and wife, Steve and Amelia Kamrad are 2-wheel off-road endurance junkies who hosted this space throughout the weekend. People had a chat, asked questions and just hang out for their talks on all things Adventure Riding.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw a Presentation on: How to Launch - finding a local ride or trails, how to prep, how to connect with other ADV riders
Saturday Presentation was on: What to buy first: the most important gear choices and Women Adventurers/Get Together: How to get (your significant other) started

Special Guests at these presentations were Steve Kamrad who shared his dirtbiking experience and his love for his 2012 Triumph Tiger. Better half, Amelia Kamrad learnt to ride on a Honda CB550 and transitioned to dirtbiking on a DR200. Amelia has completed 20 events across the East Coast as well as out to Colorado, Utah and California. In 2017, Amelia joined 3 other adventure related women on the REV'IT ADV Women's Team, helping to represent women riders tackling off-road challenges.
IMS Holiday Gift Guide featured products and services from exhibiting brands that are holiday gift ideas and specials for IMS attendees to take advantage of either online or on the show-floor. Participating brands included: Abel Brown, AGV / Dainese, ALMS NYC, BajaBoard, Bell, Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber, Click Heat, Cycle Gear, D73, DTV Shredder, Edelweiss, Fusar, J&M, JetSurfer, REV'IT!, Sena, Stealth Electric Bikes, Stompgrip and Techmount.
I checked out the cool J&M ROKKER® XXR EXTREME Custom Installation Kits for 2014-2018 Harley® Baggers. AGV Helmets had a pretty matt black Corsa R helmet made from carbon-fiberglass shell with adjustable vents, reversible crown pad, removable nose guard and wind deflector - burning a hole in my wallet at $799. Vermont Boots is a classic laceup boots for fashionable ladies riding the rough outdoors with a flat $100 discount – Made in NY, USA. TechMount TechGripper Stem Mount Kit keep your smartphone in view while riding as it clamps onto phones ranging from 2.1" to 4.2" wide and the tapered stem mount wedges into steering stems ranging from 13mm to 24mm.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is world’s largest motorcycle builder competition, featuring more than 350 motorcycles and $100,000 in cash and prizes across the IMS Tour in New York, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Dallas, Chicago and Washington DC.

Professional and amateur builders compete at their local IMS for cash, prizes, recognition and a chance to move-on to the Championship Round in Chicago - where $70,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs.

- Freestyle
- Modified Harley presented by Harley-Davidson
- Modified Retro
- Custom Street

Category Awards:

- People's Choice: Voted by the IMS Attendees!
- Best DYNA / FXR
- Best Chopper
- Best Bagger
- Editor's Choice: Selected by Jeff Holt of Hot Bike Magazine
- Editor's Choice: Selected by Chris Callen of Cycle Source Magazine
- K & N Award

Bikers, Riders and Fans could bring the family to the show Friday, Saturday & Sunday and enjoy the Kids Zone presented by Allstate, where young children, aged 18 months – 5 years old, explored life on two wheels. This environment allows kids to experience the challenge and thrill of riding a bike on unique terrains.

IMS 2017 had a new lifestyle inspired space to Explore, Shop, Socialize and Experience. Visitors can check out a rad selection of brands that are both new and known to the industry, many of which play across multiple channels; all of which offer a fresh prospective about life on two wheels and beyond.

Riders from the XDL National Championship (XDL), the world's premiere street bike freestyle championship series, performed a variety of stunts ranging from wheelies, acrobatics and high speed stoppies. XDL combines the world's best riders and some of the most complex and difficult tricks for an unmatched street bike performance. This lasted all three days so you just can’t miss it.

 XDL National Championship Riders:
• Chris McNeil (AKA "Teach"): 2-time XDL East Coast Champion and 2018 Stuntwars World Champion, has won or been on the podium in virtually every competition in the past 7 years
• Aaron Twite (AKA "Twite"): An active competitor on the XDL Championship series for the past 10 years and travels the world judging international competition and performing across Asia
• Chris Theis (AKA "Tice"): Been announcing XDL Competitions since 2008 and performing XDL Street Jam events since 2012

Motorcycle enthusiasts can download the IMS App for a chance to win a 2018 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, Indian Scout Bobber or Kawasaki Z 125 PRO. Once you've downloaded the app, play the IMS Challenge at the show for your chance to win a guided motorcycle tour of the Alps from Edelweiss Bike Tour and a customized leather jacket from REV'IT. Visit the Adventure Out! and Shift at IMS booths with your mobile app to enter.

The Marketplace presented by Cycle Gear hosts an interactive retail space allowing you to touch, test, and buy the latest gear, parts and accessories from key aftermarket brands. Specialists are on hand to educate, introduce products, answer questions and help you finalize your purchase.

IMS Vintage showcased the very best of vintage, classic and retro-style motorcycles from vintage bike clubs from across the country. All IMS Tour cities are represented in this vintage attractions with clubs and AMCA Chapters.

Lot of cool motorcycles were presented for the very first time. This included Vanderhall Edison2 Electric Autocycle, the 650cc Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT Café Racer. Urals and Indians were also in the limelight. Visit your nearest IMS Event and write to us about your biking experience at wayfarer@bikernet.com or leave us a note in the comments section below.

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