NEW YORK – The Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this weekend with dozens of new 2019 models, vintage motorcycles, vendors, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and a new “Discover the Ride” element designed to introduce non-riders to the joys of being on two wheels.
Discover the Ride will enable attendees to ride a motorcycle for the first time and learn basics from expert instructors. Electric motorcycle-maker Zero is providing speed-limited models for the indoor demo course. There will also be live presentations educating potential riders as well as the XDL Wheelie Experience and a Dyno Experience where newcomers will be able to shift a motorcycle through the gears.
New models, though, are the main attraction at the IMS. Ducati returns to the show after a one-year absence and plans to show off nine 2019 models. Included in the mix will be the Panigale V4 R, four new Scrambler models, the Multistrada 1260 Enduro, Diavel 1260 S, XDiavel and the Hypermotard 950 ST. The Scrambler Full Throttle ridden by the character of Eddie Brock in the hit movie “Venom” will also be displayed.
Also having a presence again will be Triumph, bringing the Scrambler 1200 and the Baja Scrambler 1200.
Among the 2019 models that BMW is bringing are the F 750 GS, F 850 GS, R 1250 RT. The company plans to unveil the new S 1000 RR and the R 1250 GS. Harley-Davidson will have the FXDR 114, while Kawasaki will show off the Ninja ZX-6R.
Suzuki, meanwhile, will be spotlighting its new 2020 Katana and will also have an original 1982 Katana loaned by the Barber Motorcycle Museum on display.
Other manufacturers exhibiting the IMS include Honda, Indian, Royal Enfield, Yamaha, Energica and Zero.
Bringing vintage bikes to the show will be New York Classic Riders and the United States Classic Racing Association.
The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (a show within the show) has professional and amateur builders competing for cash prizes.
Hours for the IMS are 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more info, visit the website.
– By Bud Wilkinson