It’s a big weekend in Indy during the 2013 Dealer Expo and the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (PIMS). On Friday night, we dropped in on the Int’l Motorcycle Show to check out the new bikes and products. Even though we’ve seen the manufacturer’s models in print or web articles, it was nice to see them in person to get a sense of size and scale. See our picture-post below…
We ran into Tony Prust from Analog Motorcycles, who built this custom ‘79 Yamaha SR500 (above).
Since images of new bikes can be found all over the internet, we snapped pics of things you might not see everyday. Of course, it’s just a sampling of the things you’ll see at the PIMS consumer show. If you’re in Indy, it may be worth a stroll through the Indiana Convention Center downtown. If you bring the kids, check out the Strider space where they have a huge course set up to test out the pedal-less bikes. Note: There are enough immodestly-dressed girls standing in various booths, so if you’re not wanting to expose your little ones to the concept of ‘booth babes’ choose your route accordingly.
The ICON-altered Triumph Tiger sits on display in the Triumph booth. Was interesting to see it in the flesh after its online vid of multi-terrain hoonage.
Something else that might be worth checking out is the XDL stunt show (below). Two riders perform wheelies, stoppies, highchairs, and more on painted, slick-troweled concrete. Not slipping on that surface is impressive in itself.
Also, for anyone interested in the local scene for vintage motorcycling, head to the back corner near the Suzuki booth to pick up a flyer about the Rockers Reunion event on June 1st. They’re also located next to the VJMC guys, so you’ll see a big row of vintage machines lined up along their booths.
We tend to be drawn to the bikes with patina. Ones with stories to tell.
SkullCrazy, a new company out of New York showed off their skeletal helmets to many curious passersby. They’re actually fused or formed onto a motorcycle half-helmet with straps, of course, and interchangeable lenses. While we may not be the demographic that would wear these, we gotta admit those are li’l works of art. No, they’re not DOT approved, but they’ll be in the category of “I gotta have that” for many a biker, we’re sure.
Man, electric bikes just keep getting better and better looking. That’s a great thing for the future of motorcycling! Great to see a classy, cool, sporty line-up of models at the Zero Motorcycles booth.
This is a stock bike worth posting a pic of. If you’re wondering, the Triumph Scrambler is very good lookin’ in person, too.
Red Bull has their ginormous DJ truck there as well.
Now that’s some different exhaust. Dig those big ol’ spokes.
It’s great to see the Circle City host more motorsports related events. Yeah, it’s cold outside, but it’s nice and toasty in the new convention center. You’ll forget about the temps as soon as you walk into the massive room of motorcycles.