New York Progressive International Motorcycle ShowThe New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show is this week, and bringing with it celebrities and exclusives you won’t want to miss.
Meet stars, racers, and the machines that move them – and even enter for a chance to walk away with a one-of-a-kind painting that will be created live at the show.Following are some highlights:“American Pickers” star Mike WolfeMike Wolfe of “American Pickers” was a motorcycle enthusiast long before becoming the creator and star of The History Channel’s runaway success television show. Wolfe will be appearing at New York’s Javits Center as a guest of Indian Motorcycle, alongside one of his earliest finds on “American Pickers” – a 1935 Indian Chief. The vintage gem was fully restored and since purchased by Indian Motorcycle, and will be on display at the New York show. Wolfe will be hosting a meet and greet, as well as signing autographs for fans this weekend.Artist David UhlAs the official artist for Harley-Davidson, David Uhl’s work may be recognizable to many in the motorcycle community, even if his name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. “It is spelled just like it sounds,” says the artist, who Charles Osgood of CBS Sunday Morning refers to as “the Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson artists.” Motorcycle fans and art aficionados alike will have the opportunity to see how Uhl’s vision for two wheels turns into timeless artwork this weekend, as David will be creating a motorcycle masterpiece on canvas right on the show floor – which will be raffled off to a lucky show attendee on Sunday.Uhl will be painting an image of the “Steampunk” bike, which was the big winner of last year’s Ultimate Custom Bike Build. Built by New York’s own Copper Mike of Gravesend Cycles, the “Steampunk” features copper plating, steam fittings and even a headlight from a submarine, all powered by a 1973 Harley Shovelhead. See Uhl’s artistic process in action, along with all the uniquely crafted contestants of the 2013 Ultimate Builder competition.NHRA Champion Eddie KrawiecFresh off his career-best season where he claimed 9 out of eleven victories in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Screamin Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson drag racer Eddie Krawiec will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and autographs with fans. The back-to-back world champion is one of the most dominant racers in the history of the NHRA, as well as one of the most notable personalities in motorcycling. New York fans will have an opportunity to rub elbows with Krawiec, who looks forward to taking his third-consecutive world championship in 2013.XDL Street JamNot to be overshadowed by the New York star lineup, the young guns of the XDL Street Jam will be performing throughout the weekend, as well. Catch Aaron Twite and Chris “Teach” McNeil as they combine acrobatics with big horsepower in one of several performances throughout the weekend. Are you brave enough to stand up close? See if the daring two-wheeled stunts of the XDL crew don’t make you flinch!See the entire line of features, demonstrations and riding workshops in the Progressive International Motorcycle Show has to offer by going to motorcycleshows.com/new-york.New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show Hours
Friday, Jan 18: noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 19: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan 20: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show will be open to the public Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001. Admission is $18 for adults, $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 800.331.5706 or visit motorcycleshows.com.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!