SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Leading manufacturers, including BMW, BRP/Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Royal Enfield, Star, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha and Zero, will be on hand this weekend to showcase their North American lineups at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, held Friday through Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California.
“We are excited to return to Southern California, as part of the 12-city Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Tour,” said Tracy Harris, senior vice president of Advanstar's Powersports Group, which manages the annual consumer tour. “Every level of riding enthusiast can find something here – we have all latest new model releases from manufacturers, an even better custom bike show, a wide-variety of products to try and buy, as well as a full schedule of interactive learning and entertainment options.”
Progressive also offers a new consumer experience paying homage to not just to the motorcycle community but also the motorcycle lifestyle. The Progressive Garage has been designed to be the ultimate motorcycle enthusiast’s garage.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Contest offers a chance to compete for nearly $90,000 in prizes at each of the 12 stops on the tour. Enter in any or all of the five different builder classes at the premier custom competition in the country. Contact Bob Kay at 817-312-0380 for more information.
Features and special appearances that will fill the Long Beach Convention Center with excitement throughout the weekend include:
- Demo Rides – Licensed motorcyclists who bring their own riding gear (including a helmet) can test ride the hottest new bikes from BRP|Can-AM, Indian, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Star, and Victory on Saturday and Sunday, during daylight hours. These manufacturer-hosted demo rides will offer consumers the chance to hop on the latest models and take one out for a ride.
- J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition – Returning to the series for a fourth year, the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition will showcase elite-level, custom motorcycle creations vying for a cash purse prize and a chance to compete in the United States Championship finale. This competition will feature five classes including Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Modified Street, Retro Mod and Performance Custom.
- School of Rock – New on tour this year, Progressive and the School of Rock are teaming up to bring attendees the perfect mix of music and motorcycles. All-star performers and graduates from the School of Rock will take center stage with live performances throughout the weekend.
- ‘Race America’ Slot Bike Track -- A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind motorcycle race across America’s most iconic landscapes, where you can challenge fellow bikers to a head-to-head race and win the chance to play the SurPRIZE Machine.
- XDL Stunt Show – The XDL Street Jam is a competition-themed demonstration of motorcycle skill performed by the top athletes from the XDL Championship Series. The XDL Street Jam will also feature plenty of audience interaction, motorcycle trivia challenges and some free gifts.
- Vintage Club Displays – Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to look into the past, with this special display showcasing retro bikes, courtesy of local vintage motorcycle clubs.
- Ultimate Powersports Giveaways – Attendees will enter to win at each tour stop with the chance to win one of five grand prizes that include Suzuki and Triumph motorcycles and Yamaha watercrafts. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the tour in March 2014.
- Celebrity Appearances -- On Saturday, be sure to check out the AMA Pro Superbike Panel featuring Scott Russell, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Chris Ulrich and Jason Pridmore. Also X-Games Gold Medal Winner and WMX Champion Ashley Fiolek will also be in attendance to meet with fans and sign autographs.
- Free Motorcycle Parking and Gear Check – Free motorcycle parking will be available for all riders who ride their motorcycles to the show. In addition, riders will be invited to check helmets, jackets and other gear at the show’s main entrance to free their hands and enjoy the new show experience.
The show will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the event is $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Sunday is Family Day, where all children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, visit www.motorcycleshows.com.