RC, Emig, Windham at NY IMS

December 5, 2013 11:30am

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Hundreds of motorcycles from the world’s 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 to showcase their North American lineups, as well as the latest in aftermarket parts and accessories from top brands at the fifth stop of the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® Tour in New York, on Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15. From seasoned veteran to casual fans, the New York Motorcycle Show is the ultimate destination to experience powersports culture, talk with brand and industry experts, shop the marketplace, and check out that new model you’ve had your eye on. The New York Motorcycle Show will also play host to several new model announcements from manufacturers as well as a who’s who of celebrity attendees including Rock & Roll Icon Steven Tyler as well as Supercross legends Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Jeff Emig, among others.

“We are extremely excited to bring the show back to New York during the holiday season,” said Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President, Powersports Group. “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 shop, as well as a full schedule of interactive learning and entertainment options.”

Progressive® has also stepped it up with a newly designed consumer experience paying homage to not just to the motorcycle community, but the motorcycle lifestyle. The Progressive® Garage has been designed to be the ultimate motorcycle enthusiast’s garage, Come in, hang out, paint your own tank in the Progressive® Paint Shop, or race against your friends through the ‘Race America’ Slot Bike track.

All local bike builders should get into the action of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Contest. It’s a chance to compete for nearly $90,000 dollars of 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. Go to: www.motorcycleshows.com/ultimate-builder or contact Bob Kay at 817-312-0380 for more information.

Features and special appearances that will fill the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with excitement throughout the weekend include:

“Black Hawk Down” Custom Motorcycle- Dirico Motorcycles USA will be unveiling this one-of-a-kind custom designed motorcycle with Ret. U.S. Army LTC. Danny R. McKnight one of the real-life veterans portrayed in the book and movie. The motorcycle will also be sold at the upcoming Barrett Jackson Auction with all proceeds going to the Veteran’s Count and Easter Seals Foundations. Active military and veterans will also receive a special discount on admission by entering the code: MILITARY, when purchasing tickets online or by bringing a military ID to the show.

Steven Tyler “Paparazzi” Painting- Rock & Roll icon Steven Tyler will be a featured guest at the show on Saturday, December 14th, as famed motorcycle artist David Uhl dedicates a new painting called “Paparazzi” to Tyler.

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 SWAG.

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 of 2014.

Celebrity Appearances- Supercross legends Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham, and Jeff Emig will be dropping by on Friday, Dec. 13 at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm for interviews and autograph sessions. Custom bike builder Dave Perewitz and daughter, Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holders Jody Perewitz, will also be signing autographs and meeting with fans throughout the weekend.

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 New York Motorcycle Show will be open to the public December 13th through Sunday, December 15th, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Show hours are Friday, from 1 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 to the event is $18 adults $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. On Family Day, Sunday, December 15th, all children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

Contact: For media inquiries or more information on the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®, please contact Julie Messing at jmessing@advanstar.com (310) 691-9979 or Josh Bulrice at jbulrice@advanstar.com (310) 857-7677.