Review: 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long BeachThe Progressive International Motorcycle Show rolled into Long Beach for the 2014 model year. As usual, there were plenty of new motorcycles to get excited about.
While we didn’t get many surprises, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun to see all the new bikes in one place at one time. Plus, there are plenty of custom bikes to peruse, as well as a great selection of apparel and accessory companies displaying their wares.Let’s take a look at the companies at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, in alphabetical order. We were disappointed by the absence of the Piaggio Group, so there’s nothing to see from Aprilia, Moto Guzzi or Vespa.BMW has five exciting new models to show, though one (the S 1000 R naked sport bike) didn’t make it. Still, presenting the 2014 R nineT, R 1200 RT, K 1600 GTL Exclusive and R 1200 GS Adventure is more than enough to send us running for our helmets.Ducati didn’t have the new 2014 1199 Superleggera on display, to the disappointment of World Superbike fans. However, the rest of the Ducati line was there, including the muscular all-new 2014 Monster 1200 S.Harley-Davidson’s big news this year is Project Rushmore. All the Project Rushmore tourers were there, as well as a wide array of customized 2014 models, plus the stockers.Honda debuted the muscular 2014 Valkyrie and futuristic CTX1300. A nice surprise was a CBR1000RR customized to look like the Honda GP bikes of the 1960s—check out that paint and Leo Vince exhaust.Husqvarna, newly acquired by KTM from BMW, showed the first of the KTM-powered Huskies. With the classic Swedish white/blue/yellow livery, they look great.Hyosung impressed us with the wild-looking all-new 2014 EXIV 250. The list price could be below $4000, and we can’t wait to ride the angular little guy.Indian presented a 2014 Chief Vintage bagger that will be sold at an auction with the proceeds going to charity. Another all-American brand, Jack Daniel’s, added a kick to the bike, as did the chaps-wearing girls presenting the bike.Kawasaki had two literbikes get updates this year—the 2014 Z1000 and Ninja 1000. Both have attention-grabbing styling and significant performance updates.KTM had two exciting 2014 models to debut at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach—the spectacular 1290 Super Duke naked bike and the 1190 Adventure R. KTM also displayed what has to be one of the most beautiful dirt bikes made—the 350 XCF-W Six Days.Royal Enfield had a large, impressive display. The Enfields keep getting more sophisticated (EFI, disc brakes, piggyback shocks), yet they continue to hold onto the retro character. The accessorized café racer was quite impressive.Star and Yamaha combined displays, with Star focusing on custom Bolt motorcycles, though a custom Star Stryker also caught our eyes. Jeff Palhegyi built an amazing custom Yamaha TZ750 flat tracker, which reminds everyone of Yamaha’s rich racing history.Suzuki focused on the new 2014 V-Strom 1000 Adventure, which was proudly placed on a lifted rotating stand. Plenty of BOSS cruisers were also there for fans of blacked-out customs.Victory did not have a new model to show us, but the custom bagger built in conjunction with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe fame was certainly an eye-catcher.Zero has updated their motorcycles for 2014, so everything was shiny and new. The SR is Zero’s highest performance electric bike, and it has an impressive range of 171 miles with an accessory battery pack. Also impressive was the new FX model with full size tires and beefier suspension.And finally, there are plenty of over the top customs, including Batman’s Batcycle and the wildest Can-Am Spyder adaptation we’ve ever seen. Plus, of course, scores of accessory and apparel companies, such as Racer Gloves.2013-4 Progressive International Motorcycle Show Schedule:
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!