Retro Rocking through the Progressive International Long Beach Motorcycle Show

. By Lance Thruxton

By Jon Row and Bikeland staff

Bikeland checked out the glitz, and glamor at stop #4 of Progressive’s 13-city nationwide tour. All the popular show elements are back this season along with some new ones:

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition focuses on retros this year.
Demo rides (Ca and Az events only)
Custom Painting demos
Stunt shows
Live music
Giveaways galore
Sale prices from local and national vendors
Free gear checks and motorcycle parking
Discount tickets from local dealers

Long Beach always has plenty of music, TV and film celebs cruising the aisles; this year’s official racer & celebrity appearance list included:
Scott Russell
Ashley Fiolek
Kerri Kasem
Josh Herrin
Cameron Beaubier
Jake Zemke
Jason Pridmore
Erin Hunter
Andy Sills
Lois Price

Check out the show nearest you at:

Friends of Flo

Racing friends and celebs at Progressive’s slot bike track

Triumph most exotic metallic flake paint ever on an Adventure bike

Suzuki is justifiably proud of its new lighter weight, traction controlled, V-Strom 1000 Adventure

In celebration of Suzuki’s 50th anniversary

The Can Am Spyder RT limited with factory trailer

The new Royal Enfield café racer $5,999 SRP

Zero’s electric bikes now offer 64 horsepower, 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, 170 mile range and five year/100,000 mile battery warranty.

Klockwerks Kustom Cycles 1700cc Thunderbird Storm café racer

Actress/radio host Kerri Kasem shows off the Sixx Sense Polaris Victory 8-Ball she co-designed with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Little known fact: Avid motorcycle enthusiast Kerri Kasem is the delightful daughter of radio icon Kasey Kasem. Her famous father once declined starring in a Honda motorcycle T.V commercial because he wasn’t fond of bikes!

Indian will auction off this serial #7 Jack Daniel’s Vintage Chief to benefit their “Operation Ride Home” military project.

Now that they have your attention… the Jack Daniels girls want to remind you about their “Throttles and Bottles Don’t Mix” campaign

Yamaha showcases their most successful year ever in U.S. road racing. U.S Superbike Champ Josh Herrin says he’s ready to drag elbows in Europe and Moto 2 next year.

The Bat Cycle comes well equipped

Bat Girl’s ride apparently requires well-ventilated leathers

BMW’s new R nine T. Perhaps the most unique new model from any brand. Designed to be customized/modified by owners. Features include a separate, self contained, engine wire harness and fully removable tail/frame section, space for up to 6” rims… and more. We excited to see where this goes. Spring release. Price: TBD

First U.S. showing of the new 1200RT

All that glitters… is applied by hand. One at a time.

Conspiracy theory: Harley Davidson says their RUSHMORE project is just about reducing new model development time down to four years from five. But now suddenly there’s a new AMA national dirt track race scheduled for Sturgis--- a stones throw from Mt. Rushmore. Coincidence? Bikeland thinks not. Stay tuned.

Harley shows the world they know how to keep a cool head. Just add water.

The best Kawasaki ever? Many people are saying so.

Southern California Triumph and Ducati’s “Doctors Office” is ready to help Vale fans

How authentic is the British gear store? It’s where Charlie and Ewan shopped for their Long Way Down ride.

Yep SW Motech does have everything for Adventure touring.

It tiring to just think about chasing this many bikes

The music machine. Yes it’s a bit loud

Win a bar bet. Q: What’s the worlds oldest motorcycle brand still in production and their annual (global) sales? A: Since 1901. 2012 sales: 180,000

American Honda celebrates 20 years of partnering with Ride for Kids, the charity benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Five dollars buys a chance to win this Len Higa designed, Cycle World CBR1000RR based project bike. RFK supporters also get $2 off on show tickets.

Ducati girls love red.

You can still get a 2 stroke from Husky

Everyone loves the Grom

…and there’s a Ducati girl for almost everyone.

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