Beginning with Intermot on October 3rd, moving on to AIMExpo October 12th, and EICMA November 4th, we come to the final rounds of the moto show season, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) leading off in Long Beach, California. For the moto-public the Progressive IMS tour has six more dates ending February 12th in Chicago. With all the new 2017 machinery to be seen, we recommend attending because the Progressive IMS is the only place you’ll find everything motorcycle under one roof.
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Like most of you, the Progressive IMS is the first place we (except for editor Brasfield who attended EICMA) get to see most of the new models we’ve yet only previewed in photos. And there’s a lot of them, by our count there are more than 50 new or revised models from the major OEMs. If you haven’t been keeping tabs, here’s what we have to look forward to in 2017.
Husqvarna: Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401
Vespa: Primavera and Sprint
If there’s one thing for certain, 2017 will be remembered as the year of the small-displacement adventure bike with BMW (G310GS), Honda (CRF250L Rally), Kawasaki (Versys-X 300), and Suzuki (V-Strom 250) joining the CSC RX3 with affordable, entry-level ADV bikes that have been all the rage in the upper divisions for the last half-dozen years. For us MO staffers, there’s a busy year ahead testing and comparing all these new mini-ADVs, as well as all the rest of the 2017 class of two-wheelers. Stay tuned, the upcoming months are going to be exciting ones!