Bikeland checks out the 2012 Long Beach Motorcycle Show

. By Lance Thruxton

By Jon Row

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show pulled into Los Angeles (aka Long Beach) Friday with lots of celebs and plenty of eye-popping iron. Bikeland was there to weigh in on the action.

With Southern California being the home base of many OEMs the Long Beach stop usually produces something extra for attendees. This year was no exception. Besides showcasing all the models already announced this year, additional U.S. and world debuts happening here this weekend include:
- BMW’s New F800GT
- Suzuki’s One Millionth Commemorative Edition GSXR
- Indian’s 2013 Final Edition Chief
- A board track racing inspired Triumph Custom Speedmaster
- A new Victory custom bagger
- Yamaha’s New custom Star and a custom built R-1
- Ducati’s new Hypermotard SP, Hyperstrada and Diavel Strada

Once again this years JP Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is managing to impress even the most jaded judges.

A new for 2012 Moto GP Experience allows visitors to check out the mounts of Hayden, Spies, Lorenzo and 250 class machines plus an opportunity to get a “grid” shot of themselves with attendant umbrella girls.

Riding activities include adult and kid demos and a stunt show competition.

Some OEM displays are reflecting the subdued economy with reduced exhibit size and dropping some fluff --- most have all their units here. The Accessory and aftermarket section is bigger this year and quality is up with fewer of the unrelated home show type vendors.

For autograph hunters, Long Beach features up to ten times as many pen-packing celebs compared to other tour stops. Somebody for everybody: Josh Hayes, Tommy Aquino, Cal Crutchlow, Roland Sands, Cory & Arlen Ness, even Playboy Bunnies and the “Marine Gunny”.

Plenty of freebies are floating around from insurance companies wanting to cover your ride. Lots of gifts and prizes too. Sweepstake drawings for customized Hayabusas and an all expense paid package to the Indy Moto GP.

Where: Long Beach Convention Center
When: December 7-9 See for more details or for the next show nearest you.
Cost for Long Beach--- Fifteen dollar admission and ten dollar parking ($2 discounts from participating dealers) makes it tinsel town’s best entertainment value for moto folks.

Misc: The convention center food court is closed but there are good options within a short walk downtown.

Show your progressive card and get a free helmet bag

LA is a big market for off road

A CBR1000R Ride for Kids raffle bike could be yours for $5. Built by Gregg Des Jardines with 200 hours of custom paintwork.

The 2013 Final Edition Indian Chief—Now owned by Polaris, a new Indian Engine and model/series is on the way.

The World’s fastest Indian now restored, from a private collector—Polaris reps fire it up about once an hour. Not to be missed.

Suzuki’s GW250 price has not been announced but is eagerly awaited.

Suzuki’s Millionth commemorative GSXR production will be 1,985 units w/1,000 of the red trimmed liter bikes headed stateside.

Off Road hero Scot Harden promises the future of electric bikes will amaze you. His Zero FX machine is programmable and tunable via an IPhone!

Cobra’s Ken Boyko and Cycle World’s Paul Dean admire Honda’s new CB1100

What’s wrong with this rider? All State Insurance will reward you for pointing it out.

Touratech makes everything for adventure bikes. The catalog is thick enough to build with.

Safer Moto’s CO2 inflatable vests are used by Japan motor cops, 10,000 U.S motorcyclists and 40,000 equestrian lovers.

Geico wants to test your pit potential

It wouldn’t be an LA show without a knife vendor

LS2 helmets claims to be the #1 seller in Europe and to have the 1st Snell 2010 approved modular helmet.

LSRs ultra light 1200 gram off road helmet, one of the 21 Dakar teams they support.

Lots of female riders in the Kawasaki display eyeing new and existing models

Yamaha fans are eagerly awaiting Dr. Rossi’s return to the fold.

Star’s latest and greatest

Harley’s Jumpstart riding simulator continues to be popular with women.

The ST Roadster is BRP Can Am’s latest Spyder

One of the joys of owning a Ducati.

Ducati celebrates 20 years of Monsters.

One of 200 can be yours…a bike that is

The Progressive Shows and Erin Bates give a new meaning to “Naked Bikes” this year.

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