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2017 New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Story & photos by Michael O’Neill

For over 30 years, the International Motorcycle Show has been the premiere winter refuge for over 600,000 powersports enthusiasts throughout the nation. 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 Jacob Javits Center in lower Manhatten hosted the Progressive Insurance International Motorcycle Show during the weekend of December 1-3, 2017. The New York show is part of a seven-city tour that covers the United States from November 2017 – February 2018. Before the crowds hit the floor, members of the media were invited to an early viewing of the show. We’re sharing some of the sights here along with some of the new product announcements that were made to the press.

From our beloved Harley-Davidson… No big surprise here that the Milwaukee 8 engine, which was formerly available in their touring bikes only, is now the standard engine in their Softail line of motorcycles as well. The Softail frame is being made in two different widths and three different neck angles depending upon the model. What the Harley purists are going to object to is the oil cooler mounted between the front down tubes. Sad to say it looks as if a Harley now has a radiator. On the positive side, the HD models on display were sporting beautiful candy paint and lots of chrome. Hopefully this is a sign that the flat matte paint and blacked out bike look trend has quickly come to an end. Pictured here are the base touring models, an Ultra Limited and a pair of CVO Road Glides along with the aforementioned Softail Deluxe. Also pictured here is Harley’s Street 750. This entry level bike is designed to attract the newer rider to the Harley fold. Harley’s core market is quickly aging out and they have to produce a bike that is fast, sporty and affordable if they wish to continue on with their past 100+ years of success. It remains to be seen how demand for this bike compares to the faster, lighter and more technologically-advanced offerings from Japan and Europe. On that note the big trend this year is to the “Naked Bike”…street fighters with incredible performance, more comfortable riding positions and little to no bodywork.

The custom bike contest was not yet set up during press hours, but a few stunning  examples were being wheeled into place including the Panhead, Pan-Shovel, Sportster and Indian hardtail choppers pictured here. Big announcements came out of the Royal Enfield and Kawasaki camps. The Class-of-the-Show had to be BMW’s HP4 Race…a 215 HP rocket with carbon fiber bodywork, wheels and FRAME!  A mere $85,000 will get you the keys to one of only 750 to be built.

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See you at next year’s show!

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