Progressive International Motorcycle Show December 2016
Javits Convention Center NYC
Story and Photography by Bob Stegmaier
It was a well attended 3 day event and provided a great opportunity to see first-hand the many newly introduced factory bikes, custom bikes and many aftermarket accessories. During the December 9th – 11th event, more than 58 thousand (38% first time attendees and 62 % returning attendees) riders and motorcycle enthusiasts from the Northeast states descended on the Javits Convention Center in NYC to see the nearly 200 exhibitors and a great stunt show. Many attendees made purchases while many stated that they are in the market to purchase a bike. The folks from Progressive Insurance went all out to make this show a success with lots of giveaways and activities for the kids, and adults that are kids at heart.
A brand new space age looking bike by VANGUARD (designed, engineered and built in NYC) which is called the Roadster was introduced for the first time to the public and will sell for about $30,000. A must see, definite head turner, with hidden turn signals and exhaust system!
The FMX stunt show was great. Jimmy Fitzpatrick and crew were jumping so high in the air that they almost touched the steel beams on the ceiling. Both the kids and adults were amazed by the midair stunts and flips between the two ramps about 75 feet apart. The Allstate Kids Bicycle Zone was a big hit with the little kids testing their skills.
Now in its eight consecutive year, the J & P Cycles Unlimited Builder Custom Bike Show featured an elite level of competition with over 50 entries of every style and color imaginable – competing for the $100,000 in cash prizes..
Harley-Davidson – with over 4 million units sold since 1903 – in celebration of their 113th anniversary, unveiled its new 8 valve engine with both oil and water cooling options. Royal Enfield, a company who has been in business since 1901, had several models on display including the new Himalayan – a real outback explorer. Can-Am/BRP had a new auto electronic shifter transmission on view and in their nine years of building three wheelers sold over 100,000 units. KTM North America introduced their new Naked – ready to race – motorcycle lineup. Indian Motorcycles, started in Springfield, MA in 1901 had some new Scout, Chief, and a new Chieftain Dark Horse Bagger matte black models on display. BMW Motorrad USA introduced new K 1600 GTL, R nine T and R 1200 GS models along with a new Adventure Luggage series to make road trips more fun.
Yamaha had their race winning YZF-R1, YZF-R6 and YXZ1000R bikes on display as well as their smaller 250F and 450F racers.
Kawasaki was celebrating its 50th anniversary in the USA. Started in an old meat warehouse in Chicago in 1966, the company introduced several new NINJA and SuperSport models and lots of them with ABS – a nice safety touch. Suzuki, American Honda, Victory Motorcycles, Polaris Slingshot and Ducati all had many new models and updates too numerous to mention.
Be sure to check the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows web site for next year’s dates and to see more photos of this year’s show please go to www.SilverFoxStudios.US – client events – NYC Javits MC show 2016. See you next year. Ride Safe!