2016 Progressive IMS Long Beach Review | Don’t Miss Motorcycles
Every year the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are a must-see event for the hardcore motorcycle enthusiasts. There are dozens of 2017 models to check out, along with a wide variety of customs, apparel and accessory vendors, and Flo’s Chop Shop. If you miss the 2016-17 Progressive IMS, you are missing a lot! Let’s take a look at a number of the highlights.
This is the year of the small bikes, and Suzuki stole the show with the first 2018 model–the 2018 Suzuki GSX250R Katana. Other exciting 2017 Suzukis included the new GSX-R1000, VanVan 200, and the RMX450Z.
Honda debuted a number of exciting bikes, including the 2017 Honda Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 cruiser, along with a couple of stunning customs. Off-roaders were happy to see the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally, 2017 CRF450RX off-road racer, and Ken Roczen’s 2017 Honda CRF450R. Back on the street, the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP was on view for the first time.
The big stars of the BMW display were the various flavors of the 2017 BMW R nineT, along with a striking custom model. BMW has jumped into the small-bike milieu with the 2017 BMW G 310 GS.
KTM focused on its big adventure and street bikes at the Progressive IMS. There were new models, such as the 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R and 1290 Super Duke GT, as well as important updates to the 1290 Super Adventure R and 1290 Super Duke R.
Yamaha presented the showstopping all-new 2017 Yamaha R6, which looks stunning in person. The was an amazing Jeff Palhegyi Design Yamaha SCR950, as well as the updated Yamaha FZ-09 and Cooper Webb’s championship-winning Yamaha YZ250F.
There were a number of new 2017 Kawasakis, including some we’ve tested and others we’re about to test. On the floor were the 2017 Kawasaki Z900, Z650, Ninja 650, Ninja H2R, Ninja ZX10-RR, and Ninja 1000—all either new or updated significantly this year. The armada of small bikes continues with the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300.
It’s a big year for Ducati, and they put on a strong showing. At the top of the list, of course, is the $80,000 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera—it’s a must-see bike at the Progressive IMS. Another impressive bike is the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, which is designed to ride seriously off-road. Plus, we got to inspect the 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 R, Supersport S, and Multistrada 950.
The Scout was a focus at Indian, and that meant its championship-winning Scout dirt tracker, plus a fantastic Roland Sands Design Scout.
The 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been out for months, and they didn’t have anything new since then on display. However, we did like the cutaway of the new Milwaukee-Eight motor. If there are any 2017 Harley-Davidsons you haven seen, they were all there, and many with factory accessories.
There wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen from Victory yet, except for this highly modified motorcycle—dubbed the Victory Grizzly—which had been taken around the world on a nearly 60,000-mile trip in just 72 days.
If three-wheeled motorcycles tickle your fancy, check out these offerings from Can-Am, Polaris, Ural, and Vanderhall.
Flo’s Chop Shop
If you’re looking a big rough around the edges at the Progressive IMS, Flo’s Chop Shop will clean you right up.
Progressive IMS Vintage Motorcycle Display
There’s a huge section of vintage motorcycles of all types, including a strong showing from our friends at Doffo Wines.
Customized Adventure Bikes
No one does customized adventure bikes like Twisted Throttle and Touratech.
EBR is back, and Erik Buell was on-hand to show us the way.
Triumph and Royal Enfield
Triumph had a display put on by Southern California Motorcycles, and Royal Enfield talked to the media about its efforts to sell one million motorcycles worldwide, and expand its reach into the American market.
Zero and Energica were also on hand at the Progressive IMS in Long Beach with the forward-looking electric motorcycles.
There was a small display of Beta off-road and dual sport motorcycles—missing were the trials bikes, however.
The Marketplace, presented by Cycle Gear
This year, Cycle Gear has made it easier than ever to buy something at the Progressive IMS.
Last, but certainly not least, is the wide variety of custom motorcycles on display the the Progressive IMS.
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