AIMExpo, produced by Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, a division of Marketplace Events, is perhaps the most important event of its type in North American, and has international impact in the motorcycling and powersports industry.The 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo continued to gain momentum by surpassing the 500-exhibitor mark just ahead the opening day of the October 16-19 show in Orlando, Fla.The Port Orange (FL)-based custom motorcycle chain maker Insane Chains became the 500th exhibitor and was one of several companies to sign up in person to be a participant at AIMExpo inside the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).AIMExpo has grown dramatically since the inaugural event one year ago with support from the powersports industry, resulting in a 40-percent increase in pre-event dealer registration and the addition of more than 100 new exhibitors that translates to a 50-percent larger floor space inside the OCCC.The expansion is highlighted by the inclusion of eight original equipment manufacturers (OEM), each of who will provide global and North American debuts at the show.“It has been a memorable year since AIMExpo became a reality last October and it’s incredible to see how far the event has come as we head into the second show,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group.“We have made it a point to give the industry an effective and efficient platform to improve the business of motorcycling, something it never had before, and following the success of the inaugural event we have seen an outpouring of support from more exhibitors, dealers and manufacturers. As a result, we have a physically larger show with even more products to introduce to the North American marketplace.”AIMExpo’s newest OEM participants – Ducati, Kawasaki and Zero Motorcycles – are each announcing new 2015 models at the event, in addition to returning manufacturers Erik Buell Racing, KYMCO, Massimo, Yamaha and Suzuki, which are each planning to do the same, making AIMExpo the venue for some of the most significant new model announcements for the upcoming year. Another new addition for 2014 is the inclusion of Orlando Harley-Davidson on the exhibitor floor, showcasing the latest models from the iconic brand.After checking out the 2015 lineup, attendees can head to AIMExpo Outdoors! and put them to the test at the Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet. The dedicated outdoor space of AIMExpo is the only one of its kind at a North American powersports trade show and will feature the opportunity to test both on and off-road products from participating manufacturers. Road racing legend Kevin Schwantz and television personality Cristy Lee will help kick off the 2014 AIMExpo on Thursday morning.Schwantz, the 1993 500cc World Champion, has been recognized for his on-track achievements and contributions to motorcycling by being named AIMExpo Champion while Lee is the event’s official spokesperson and is best known for her co-hosting role on Velocity Network’s All Girls Garage.The two will make special appearances, take part in meet and greets, autograph sessions and be active participants in all festivities surrounding AIMExpo. Additionally, actor and enthusiast Perry King will be on hand as well, serving as the emcee of the AMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday night.The show opens to consumers on Saturday, October 18, at 9 a.m. ET. For more information, visit: AIMExpo.