NYC motorcycle show to feature celebs, champs and mean machines

Publish Date: 
Jan 17, 2013

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - At the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show, starting tomorrow and running through Sunday at the Javits Center, attendees can meet Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers,” artist David Uhl and NHRA world champ Eddie Krawiec. XDL Street Jam will be putting on a stunt show as well.

Of course, the show’s main purpose is to give people the opportunity to see all the new models from manufacturers BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Star, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha, Zero Motorcycles and others, as well as the newest aftermarket parts and accessories.

But celebrity appearances always draw crowds. Here's a closer look:

Artist David Uhl
David Uhl is Harley-Davidson’s official artist. He will be painting on canvas right on the show floor. The resulting artwork will be raffled off to a show attendee on Sunday. Uhl will be painting an image of the “Steampunk” bike, the big winner of last year’s Ultimate Custom Bike Build. Built by New York’s own Copper Mike, the “Steampunk” features copper plating, steam fittings and even a headlight from a submarine, all powered by a 1973 Harley Shovelhead. Also on display will be the bikes built by all the contestants of the 2013 Ultimate Builder competition.

“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe
Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers” was a motorcycle enthusiast long before becoming the creator and star of The History Channel’s popular show. Wolfe will be appearing at the Javits Center as a guest of Indian Motorcycle, alongside one of his earliest finds on “American Pickers,” a 1935 Indian Chief. The vintage gem was fully restored and since purchased by Indian Motorcycle, and will be on display at the New York show. Wolfe will be hosting a meet and greet, as well as signing autographs for fans during the weekend.

NHRA Champion Eddie Krawiec
Fresh off his career-best season during which he claimed nine out of 11 victories in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Screamin Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson drag racer Eddie Krawiec will be on hand for a meet and greet and autographs with fans. The back-to-back world champion is one of the most dominant racers in the history of the NHRA, as well as one of the most notable personalities in motorcycling.

XDL Street Jam
Attendees can catch Aaron Twite and Chris “Teach” McNeil as they combine acrobatics with big horsepower on stock motorcycles. The stunt riders will perform a variety of tricks like wheelies, stoppies, wheelie races and K&N Circles Challenges. Stunt shows will take place Friday at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Other show features and appearances:

  • New-bike debuts — New York motorcycle fans will get the first look at several bikes making debuts at the show.
  • Pit Stop Challenge — attendees will experience an interactive simulation of the Daytona 200 Pit Stop. Participants will race head-to-head for the fastest rear wheel pit stop time, and winners will receive prizes throughout the weekend. The fastest Pit Stop Challenge time at the end of the 2012-2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour will win an all-expense paid trip to the Daytona 200.
  • J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition — the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition will showcase elite-level, custom motorcycle creations vying for a piece of a $90,000 cash purse prize and a chance to compete in the United States Championship finale. This competition will feature five classes: Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Modified Street, Retro Mod and Performance Custom.
  • The Podium — this interactive stage will host industry experts presenting a variety of motorcycling topics for both new and experienced riders, including adventure riding, motorcycle maintenance, increasing bike performance and seminars for women riders. More than two dozen seminars and presentations will take place throughout the weekend.
  • MotoGP Experience — new this year, the MotoGP grid will feature 12 MotoGP class bikes on a grid carpet, umbrella girls and a rare photo opportunity for all attendees with a pole sitting bike.
  • Strider Adventure Zone ­— children are invited to test ride a collection of pedal-less Strider bicycles on an race course designed with gentle turns and small obstacles.
  • Progressive Insurance Road Trip — bikers dreaming of hitting the road with Progressive’s sales clerk Flo can hop on a bike next to a virtual version of her, then view their photo on the Progressive Motorcycle Facebook page at www.facebook.com/progressivemotorcycle. Riders can also win prizes and kick back, relax and rest their feet in the Progressive Lounge.
  • Vintage Club Displays — this special display will showcase retro bikes, courtesy of local vintage motorcycle clubs.
  • Suzuki Giveaway — attendees will have the chance to win one of two new Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycles.
  • Rider Protection Project Presented by Allstate — in an effort to promote motorcycle safety, this interactive scavenger hunt will send participants to different spots on the show floor to identify missing gear. This new feature will test the motorcycle safety IQ of riders, and reward experts with fun prizes.

“New York has always been a strong market for motorcycles and aftermarket products, and we are thrilled to be here once again with the nation’s largest motorcycle show,” said Tigra Tsujikawa, brand director for the shows. “This year’s tour is jam-packed with dozens of new interactive features, exciting shows, accessories, gear and hundreds of new-model motorcycles from all the top manufacturers.”

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York will be open to the public Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street in New York. Show hours are Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 800-331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

Posted by Arlo Redwine