Best Place to Research your Ride to be

By Diane Ortiz – President and founder of the Big Apple Motorcycle School.

One of the questions we get asked as motorcycle training professionals is, “what bike should I buy?” Our standard answer is to get one that fits you and is appropriate for your skill level.  “But what manufacturer/type of bike is best?” they ask. To which we respond that they should do their research and find out as much as they can about the vehicles they are interested in. Luckily for all riders, would-be riders, or anyone remotely interested in motorcycling, just about every major motorsports manufacturer will be at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, coming to our area just in time for the holidays! There are few other places where you can see hundreds of the hottest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, side-by-sides and ATVs for both new and experienced riders all under one roof – the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. From the latest gear and aftermarket accessories to informative seminars and interactive entertainment, this thrilling event is the place to experience the latest in the world of motorcycling.

The show is family-friendly and enjoyable for everyone. There’s so much for enthusiasts, curiosity-seekers and families to see and experience. Children can come, see the hottest new bikes and enjoy action features. Potential motorcycle buyers can sit on and compare various bikes from different companies and get questions answered from knowledgeable product specialists. Attractions also include the thrilling action features and various giveaways for attendees to win valuable prizes.

Going to one of these shows can be fun, but also intimidating. Where do you start your quest to find that perfect bike/helmet/jacket/accessory? First of all, have a plan. Make a list in advance of your needs and/or wants and be ready to carry home a bag full of brochures and a head full of information. If there are specific manufacturers or businesses you’re interested in, download the Exhibitor List and Floor Plan ( ) and plan out your route through the show so you can maximize your time and not miss someone on your list. If the stunt show is a must-see, check the schedule online and get to the show area well in advance to get a good viewing spot. Dress in layers because the inside temperature at the show can vary from freezing cold (when the back cargo entry doors are left open for deliveries) to very warm when the aisles are packed to capacity.

One of my favorite areas is the Marketplace. You’ll find a collection of many of the top parts and accessories in the world from all your favorite aftermarket manufacturers. There you can go on a moto-shopping spree by buying all of the little extras you need to stay safe, customize and personalize your ride! You can also test out various products that fit every budget and lifestyle, guided by specialists who are there to help explain the ins-and-outs of how these additions to your riding arsenal will enhance your riding experience.

Of course, we’d love to meet you so please come by our booth (#1521) at the show and say hello! We’ll be there to talk about motorcycle training and some new options for 2015. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Here’s more info about the show: Fri. December 12, 2014 1:00pm – 9:00pm, Sat. December 13, 2014 9:00am – 9:00pm and Sun. December 14, 2014 9:00am – 5:00pm

Hope to see you there! Ride Safe, Diane