The 2016 Progressive International Motorcycle Show was this weekend (2/5-2/7) in Minneapolis. This was my 10th consecutive year attending and it was the first year that I applied for and received a press pass. That got me free admission all weekend.
I went on both Friday and Saturday. As you might imagine, it was much busier on Saturday. Here are some crowd shots from Friday:
...and here are some on Saturday:
I like the mix of things to see at this show and it's why I come back year after year. All the major manufacturers have their latest bikes on display that you can check out and most of the bikes you can sit on to get a feel for.
Some of the fancy ones are off limits.
Some manufacturers have custom bikes on display like this Bolt with cool Frankenstein paint. Frankenstein... bolt... clever.
I really liked this Yamaha DT-07 Dirt Tracker concept.
Harley-Davidson debuted their brand new 2016 CVO Pro Street Breakout on Saturday. It drew a big crowd. On the plus side, it has a 110 Screamin' Eagle motor and the bike sits very low so it feels fast standing still. On the down side... well... maybe everything else. I'm not a fan of the style. It has a big fat 240mm rear tire and all I can think is... seriously?!?
In addition to bikes, there was a custom helmet display...
Progressive had a cool slot car track set up...
School of Rock played live music...
...and there was even a Slingshot with lethal-looking ice tires!
Lots of custom bikes, artwork by Makoto Endo, booth girls, and stunt riding photos from the show are yet to come so keep coming back!!!