By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com
There will be hundreds of new models as well as some real-life models to help show them off. Rock icon Steven Tyler be there and Indian is comping admission for members of the military on Saturday. It’s the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
Unveiling of The Judge by Victory at 2012 IMS
RIDE-CT.com plans to head down before sunrise on Friday in order to attend the morning press conferences. That’s when new models get unveiled and the bike-makers tout their wares. Among the brands displaying this year are BMW, BRP/Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Johnny Pag, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha/Star and Zero.
Part of the lure of the show are celebrities. Besides Tyler, who will be the featured guest on Saturday when motorcycle artist David Uhl dedicates a new painting titled “Paparazzi” to the Aerosmith singer, supercross legends Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Jeff Emig will attend Friday afternoon.
Custom bike builder Dave Perewitz (left, at 2012 IMS) and his daughter, Bonneville Salt Flats record-holder Jody Perewitz, will be at the show throughout the weekend to sign autographs and chat with fans. Perewitz is displaying several of his creations in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Perewitz is also teaming up with Mustang Seats on an upcoming line of Perewitz Signature Seats, which riders will get a sneak peak of at the IMS.
As always, local vintage motorcycle clubs will have bikes on display and there will be numerous vendors – all ready to help with the Christmas shopping.
New this year will be free parking for riders who actually ride their motorcycles to the show, with a gear check at the main entrance for helmets and jackets. Show hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults, $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under get in free.
However, Indian Motorcycle is offering free admission on Saturday to everyone who shows a valid military ID at the box office. Besides showing off its new bikes, Indian will also display some vintage Indians courtesy of collectors Michael Baer and Don Skarp and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Mass. They will include a 1926 Indian Scout, a 1939 Indian Chief and a 1930 Indian Four.
RIDE-CT.com will have coverage of the IMS beginning on Friday.
Harley-Davidson today took the wraps off of a new logo for the Harley Owners Group. More than 100,000 H.O.G.members worldwide voted online and selected a new logo for the organization.
Changes to the logo include bringing the company’s bar and shield logo into the heart of the design and the eagle shifting its gaze in a new direction. The company is now offering both the new and “Heritage” H.O.G. logos on patches and other merchandise.
H.O.G. has more than one million members and more than 1,400 chapters in 140 countries. More info on H.O.G. may be found here.
It still can take a while for news to make it across the pond. It’s old news now, but more than a week after the event, Norton finally got around sending out some pictures of Prince William chatting with Norton chairman Stuart Garner at the recent London Motorcycle Show.
They’re pictured here with a red Commando 961 Sport, but HRH the Duke of Cambridge also checked out and sat on a Norton SG2 factory Isle of Man TT bike.
The press release also stated that Prince William expressed interest in the growth and future of the British-made Norton brand as well as the company efforts regarding the Isle of Man TT.