Progressive International Motorcycle ShowsAs motorcyclists, we all have our dream bikes, whether its an exotic MV Agusta, an exclusive model built from Erik Buell, a dirt-savvy Beta 450 RR or a unique Norton. And then there’s all those other dream bikes from manufactures like Aprilia and Ducati.
But although we may not own these rare machines, we’ll be able to gawk at them during the 2011-2012 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows due to its newest features – the Dream Pavilion.IMS says: “The Dream Pavilion allows show goers to walk the red carpet into a motorcycle fantasyland allowing enthusiasts to see, touch and experience some of the rarest and most unique motorcycles in the world.”This Dream Pavilion was unveiled at the first stop of the 12-show IMS schedule at San Mateo, Calif., and will continue this weekend at Dallas and run through the entire schedule. Many prestigious brands will be on display, including Aprilia, Beta, Darwin, Ducati, Erik Buell Racing, Gas Gas, Husqvarna, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Norton and Triumph will be on display.Kerry Graeber (Brand Director, International Motorcycle Shows) says: “The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows has always been an event that motorcycle enthusiasts attend to see and shop the latest in motorcycle technology, gear, aftermarket accessories and apparel.“With the addition of our new Dream Pavilion, attendees now have the opportunity to check out a collection of motorcycles rarely seen. These luxury brands will display a unique selection of hand-picked, limited edition, specialty and exotic motorcycles.”The 2011-2012 Dream Pavilion will feature:
Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE – A sleek Italian super sport style at its finest, the RSV4 Factory APRC SE combines artistry and technology in a street-legal compact package. With the latest ride-by-wire technology, a choice of three different engine maps and a narrow 65-degree, V-four cylinder engine – this is the most powerful engine Aprillia has built to date.
Beta 450 RR – The 450 RR features a Beta-built single cylinder, four-valve, four-stroke beauty of an engine. Boasting electric start, a steel frame with a double-cradle split above the exhaust port, a six-speed transmission and twin oil pumps, the Beta is the closest one will come to a production works bike.
Darwin Motorcycles Brawler GT3 – This bike is a sport-cruiser that’s no stranger to the AMD World Championships winners’ podium. The Brawler GT3 gets its inspiration from the cult classic Darwin FXR and features a rubber-mounted powertrain with performance brakes and a fully-dialed in suspension.
Ducati Diavel AMG – The devil is in the details. Ducati partners with AMG for this 2012 special edition bike, featuring the German maker’s forged five-spoke wheels and carbon fiber air vents with aluminum trim. The bike’s frame, tank and passenger seat are finished in AMG’s signature Diamond White color for a pristine presentation.
Erik Buell Racing 1190 RS – Erik Buell’s flagship bike is 389 pounds of American-made brawn. With a 175 horsepower liquid-cooled V-twin engine, aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir, magnesium wheels and optional carbon package, this limited-edition bike is truly a piece of history.
Gas Gas TXT Pro 300 – This is a single-cylinder two-stroke trials bike that will thrill serious enthusiasts. Boasting a micro-fusion chassis for rigidity with reduced weight, a wider and lower filter box for better control, an aluminum swingarm, a Marzochhi front fork and a Sachs hydraulic mono shock absorber, the TXT Pro 300 is an impressive vehicle for gravity-defying stunts.
Husqvarna TE449 – With linear power output, Kayaba suspension components, a Husqvarna-exclusive Coaxial Traction System and a refined chassis, this is Husky’s street legal flagship dirt bike revamped. Featuring sharp in-mold plastic design graphics in red and black with silver anodized Excel rims for a detailed finished, this bike looks as good as it performs.
KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec – KTM brings everything to the table with the 1190 RC8 Race Spec and it’s ready to handle any racetrack. This limited-edition production bike features KTM PowerParts, a 177 horsepower, 75-degree V-twin motor, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, a light-alloy swingarm, Marchesini forged aluminum wheels and Brembo brakes.
Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – A collector’s dream, the V7 Racer pays homage to the classic V7 Sport. Featuring suede upholstery, aerodynamic tail flaring with a 1970s-style race number panel, hand-crafted brushed and drilled aluminum side panels, Brembo brakes, adjustable rear shocks and spoke wheels with Pirelli Sport Demon tires, this bike is a classic beauty.
MV Agusta F3 – The F3 from MV Agusta is art on wheels. This three-cylinder middleweight super sport has a triple-pipe exhaust, ride-by-wire throttle and an electronic engine control that includes traction control, launch control, wheelie control, electronic quick shift and four pre-set engine maps.
Norton Commando 961 Café Racer – This stunning café racer boasts amped up speed and handling from the storied United Kingdom marquee. Featuring a parallel twin-engine with push-rod valve actuation, a five-speed transmission, twin-sided steel swingarm, Ohlins front and rear suspensions and Brembo brakes, this bike delivers exceptional handling in a classically-designed package.
Triumph Street Tracker – The Street Tracker by Triumph and Bonneville Performance takes all the speed and aesthetics of a flat-track race bike and brings them to the street. Sporting a laundry list of high-end components, a wet weight of 341 pounds and 104 horsepower at the rear wheel, the Street Tracker is a turnkey street legal custom bike with loads of performance to match its incredible looks.
From IMS:In addition to the Dream Pavilion, this year’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour will now offer access to more motorcycle manufactures than ever before with more than 25 brands joining the 2011-2012 Tour. With a collection of current 2011 and all-new 2012 models on display, tour wide manufacturers include Bombardier (BRP), Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. Other key manufacturers participating in select markets include: BMW (Long Beach, New York), Indian (Long Beach, New York, Minneapolis), Victory (Long Beach, New York, Minneapolis) and Zero Motorcycles (New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Daytona Beach).With the next show stop this upcoming weekend in Dallas, the 12-city tour will traverse the country during the five month series. Offering a variety of ticket options to suit any attendee’s needs, advance purchase admission is now available at motorcycleshows.com/buytickets.Cost of admission for most shows is $13 for tickets purchased online more than 2 weeks in advance of the show – after that, tickets are $15 online or at the door. In New York, cost of admission is $16 for a 2-week advance purchase and $18 online or at the door. Order online now and receive a one-day pass and the official Progressive International Motorcycle Shows t-shirt for a discounted rate.Tickets for children ages six to eleven are available at a discounted rate of $6 for a one-day pass. Children age five and under will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase. All children under age twelve are free on Sundays. Group tickets, friends and family discounts and other combination discount packages are also available online. For a $2 discount off a one-day admission price, enter promo code DREAM2 at checkout.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.