By Talya Adams
Welcome to part two of my review of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. In part one, I went over the demo rides outside of the Long Beach Convention Center, so if you haven’t read it take a look. In part two, I’ll be taking a closer look of what Progressive had to offer inside the venue.
So, there was a cover charge of seventeen dollars to enter the Convention Center. If you’d purchased your tickets online, you could’ve saved four dollars and skipped the long lines. Of course, there were motorcycles. As soon as you walked through the front doors there was a custom motorcycle on display which set the tone for the rest of the venue.
Throughout the convention center there were customized motorcycles on display for a competition. Some of these bikes had themes, some were innovative, some were chromed out, all were highly impressive. People in attendance were allowed to place votes on their favorite entries, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin to evaluate these out of this world rides.
I was overwhelmed for the most part. There were vintage bikes, top of the line new bikes, newly released technology for riding experience enhancement, tons of gear, and so much. Everywhere I turned there was something to see or do. Event goers could also get customized wind cancelling ear buds made while at the venue.
There were also riding organizations in attendance spreading awareness and recruiting new members. I ended up doing a great deal of networking while I wandered around. The camaraderie among the riders was high, and I found myself having multiple conversations with strangers.
Another fun aspect inside the Convention Center were the pop-up games and unexpected amenities. Two of my friends ended up getting haircuts at the Progressive lot. I also won a shoot off in a billiards game while at Progressive and enjoyed a free massage in one of their chairs. They also had an airbrush tattoo artist, and a women’s hairdresser as well. All of these things were available to everyone for free.
An obstacle course for bicycles was set up around the back end of the Convention Center. I can’t be sure, but I think the purpose was to show off the different tire material vendors were selling. Either way, everyone on the course appeared to be having a good time. Also, outside in the back of the Convention Center were some three wheelers on a burn out course. People were allowed to hop in the passenger seat alongside a stunt driver as they performed crazy burnouts around small obstacles.
I highly recommend this motorcycle show to anyone looking to have a fun time out with friends. If you love bikes, you need to go. If you have a bike, you need to go. If you like to ride new bikes, definitely go!
As always, stay safe in these streets!