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2015 Progressive International Motorcycle Show: Washington, D.C.

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Experienced by Adrian McQueen

Welcome to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS), a nationwide tour allowing biker enthusiasts to interact with the major motorcycle brands, parts, apparel and customization shops partaking at each tour stop. Cruisers, sportbikes, dirtbikes and atvs were on display to engage interest from riders of all walks of life.

From Friday to Sunday the Washington Convention Center served as the host for the annual mid-Atlantic destination. The motorcycle community was highly intrigued to see industry, powerhouse motorcycles such as the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and the H2R, the Harley-Davidson Project Live Wire electric bike and the Auto Cycle Polaris Slingshot. Upon announcement, each of these awe-inspiring bikes had the Web, message boards, motorcycle shops and local bike meets buzzing. Anticipation was high with long lines of consumers awaiting entrance on opening day to witness these beauties live.

Manufacturers were setup to offer riders intimate experiences with their new products as well as answer questions from thousands of attendees. J&P Cycles presented the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show with a cadre of enticing rides from Garwood Custom Cycles, C&C Cycles and other amateur builders and riders who participated using their own machines. With custom bike enthusiasm increasing immensely in the Washington Metro market the ideas and creativity of the participants enticed onlookers and sparked discussions regarding concepts for the biker aftermarket.

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Moving on, the highlight of IMS was of course the energetic stunt show. Wheelies, stoppies and burnouts from Kawasaki stunt team members Jason Britton and Eric Hoenshell sent the crowd overboard. Stunting is coming back stronger than ever and is recognized by the exhilaration of patrons in attendance. After each demonstration the riders signed autographs and posed for pictures with their fans.

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Of course I was in heaven this past weekend but would still like to see the return of the grand MOTO GP section, the Pit Stop Challenge and the Strider Adventure Zone for the kids. This year Automotive Rhythms had the pleasure of partnering with Throttle Life, Fit Fathers, Myrtle West and Sportbikes, Inc. with a booth complete with custom bikes from Myrtle West, motorcycle photography from Insana Collins photography and fashions by Ground Pounders, Knee Draggers and Superior Worx clothing lines. As well, the team was able to supply visitors with generous giveaway items from Mothers Polishes and Shoe City, family oriented companies with an emerging presence in the motorcycle community.

Enjoy our photo experience!

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