November 18, 2019
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IMS Attractions Aim To Create New Riders

SANTA MONICA, CA – With the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York only a month away, plans for the three-day event are coming together. Building on last year’s initiative, the emphasis will be on creating new riders.

Returning will be the New Rider Course where the “moto-curious” will be able to ride speed-limited Zero electric models in an indoor demo area. Instructors from Total Control Training will provide guidance.

New Rider Course at 2018 IMS in New York

There will also be a Kids Zone where youngsters will be able to try out battery-assisted bicycles from STACYC, a California company that was bought by Harley-Davidson in March.

Additionally, there will be a “NewTo2” program designed “to educate new riders to the world of motorcycling.” Videos will provide instruction.

Prospective (and existing) riders will also get to try out the XDL Wheelie Experience and shift through the gears at the Dyno Experience.

This year’s IMS will run Dec. 6-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets are $22 with kids under 12 getting in for free.

Triumph display at 2018 IMS in New York

For existing riders, the big lure of the IMS is getting to see new bikes. With numerous new models being announced this week at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the manufacturer exhibits at the IMS may be more enticing than in recent years.

As always, there will be the “show within the show” – the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show – as well as vintage and adventure riding displays.

Vintage display at 2018 IMS in New York

Shopping, or at least perusing new gear and accessories, is part of the show, and returning will be The Marketplace area and the lifestyle setting called Shift.

The 2019-2020 IMS tour marks the 39th year for the consumer show. Other stops include Long Beach, CA; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; Denver; Cleveland; Minneapolis; and Chicago.

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.

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