The American International Motorcycle Expo is a bit of a candy store for anyone who appreciates motorcycles. Nearly every brand is represented, many of which are showing off new models or updates that we’ve all been speculating on for months.There are always giveaways, from small to large, but at the last AIMExpo, there was something a bit different. OEM exhibitors Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha partnered up with AIMExpo to give away a new motorcycle to four randomly chosen attendees. Arai and Schuberth also shook hands and came together to pass off some quality equipment to those who happened to win new bikes.
Entry to the sweepstakes was free at AIMExpo in October of 2015. Held at the Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, contestants were up for some choice stuff. What was being raffled off you ask? Just these fine little bikes: a Honda CBR300R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS, or Yamaha YZF-R3.Randomly selected, five winners took home bikes at the conclusion of the AIMExpo and took possession of their new bikes, as well as helmets at authorized dealerships throughout Central Florida. The Florida based winners are as follows: Jessica Chromik, of Orlando; Jenna Dowd, of Trinity; Devin Keeley, of Brandon; Stevie Pescarino, of Lakeland; and Sarge Yodock, of Bradenton.Jessica Chromik rode away with a Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS and new Schuberth C3 Pro helmet from Love Motorsports in Homosassa.Chromik received a Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS scooter, which is an ideal option for both getting around town and for serious commuting. She also received the Schuberth C3 Pro helmet, the brand’s flagship model that features proven comfort and performance.”I’m absolutely in love with how nice the Burgman rides and the Schuberth is very comfortable and quiet,” said Chromik. “I’m having a blast zipping around town.”Jenna Dowd loves her new Kawasaki Ninja 300. So much so that she was only had this to say about her prize, “It’s a great bike!”Devin Keely walked away with a new Yamaha YZF-R3, the bike that everyone at track days smiles at and considers picking up.Stevie Pescarino’s new Honda CBR300R came from Performance Honda in Wesley Chapel. “It’s a great bike. We had to lower it so I could touch the ground, but after that I love it!” exclaimed Pescarino. “I had the Honda Grom previously and this bike is a perfect step up from that.”Sarge Yodock received the new and improved Arai Corsair X helmet. The already popular helmet boasts updated features like a new face shield pivot location and removal system, enhanced ventilation for a quieter ride, and new materials for construction which is claimed to create a stronger shell. What we know is that he walked away with a helmet that we’d all be happy with. “I’ve attended AIMExpo every year and wow, what a great prize,” said Yodock. “I can’t say enough about this helmet. Best I’ve ever worn.”Following another successful giveaway and overwhelmingly positive feedback from AIMExpo attendees, an all-new giveaway is in the works to continue the tradition of the 3-Way Giveaway. So that means if you’re in the area, be sure to attend and throw your hat in the ring for a shot at some free bikes or gear.
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.