Long Beach Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2015

November 20, 2015 Through November 22, 2015



Story and Photos by Johnny Henneke

Every year, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (PIMS) comes to Long Beach Convention Center and it's like Christmas for me. New and improved two and three wheeled motorcycles get my attention. Also, a good supply of new fashions are available and when riding, there is always some kind of accessory I wonder how I ever did without.

This years show was no exception to the tradition. All the major motorcycle companies were represented. Honda, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Star, Ducati, KTM, Geico, S&S, and Royal Enfield had displays of their latest motorcycles and equipment. Each company had plenty of educated representatives on hand to answer any questions about their motorcycles along with plenty of brochures available to take home for review and dream on. Progressive made sure that the three wheel style were covered with Cam-Am and Slingshot in attendance. I didn't see a couple of lesser known manufacturers Husqvarnas and the MV Agustas that I read about. Maybe I missed them or maybe next year.
















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While the new state-of-the-art motorcycles are exciting to learn about, it is the vintage bikes, ridden by past generations, that are frequently in my camera's viewfinder. Not just the bikes that I rode and remember from my younger days, but also the bikes that were around long before I was born. The PIMS featured row after row of motorcycles from the 60's and the 70's and each one brought back fond memories.


One of the most interesting booths I visited was the painted helmets that remind me of the "beatnik" period. My camera captured several of the most interesting designs.



This show for the motorcycle enthusisiasts was a great place to find products. Magazines for the industry, tires, helmets, riding gear, accessories and even a riding school for the first time riders to get the feel of how it is to ride a motorcycle.


I patiently waited outside at the Harley Davidson tent for my turn to test ride a new 2016 XL1200 Sportster. I wanted to compare my 2006 Sportster to the latest improvements. Yes, it sure handles better due to the new front fork design. Even though my ten year old model is paid for, I can still dream and save my pennies for the PIMS next year.