Washington DC – The Progressive International Motorcycle Show

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Some of you might already know I’ve always loved motorsports – I’m energized by pretty much anything that goes fast!  Last weekend, I attended the Washington D.C. Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

About The Show : Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

According to Motorcycleshows.com, “The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® is the world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour.  With 35 years of experience, the IMS Tour provides attendees with an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling, connecting hundreds of thousands of motorsports enthusiasts with top manufacturers and premier aftermarket brands.”

“The 36th annual tour will visit seven cities in 2016 and 2017, welcoming experienced, new and non-riders to preview hundreds of new 2, 3 and 4-wheel vehicles before they hit the dealerships.  Attendees will also have the chance to purchase parts, gear and accessories; speak with brand representatives; vote in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show; see vintage bikes; connect with other enthusiasts; watch a stunt show and experience new attractions – all in one weekend!”

The show attracts season veterans, aficionados to enthusiasts and I wanted to share my experience, especially to my female’s readers!  And ladies, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, found that female motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high. Motorcycle Owner Survey found that women now account for 14% of all U.S. motorcycle owners.  Source: Motorcycle Industry Council


Virtual Ride : Eye Ride

One thing that really stood out at this show was at the BMW Motorrad Booth – Eye Ride Experience. Eye Ride is the first virtual motorcycle test ride by BMW Motorrad.  According to cnet, Virtual reality (or VR) “is a computer-generated environment that lets you experience a different reality. A VR headset fits around your head and over your eyes, and visually separates you from whatever space you’re physically occupying. Images are fed to your eyes from two small lenses.”

I was going 180-MPH on a race track in Spain without even leaving the booth!  In a 180-degrees environment wearing a revolutionary VR Oculus Rift head set by Oculus, I was leaning into the corners, completely immersive in the VR experience.  The only thing missing was the wind and bugs – maybe they could have had a fan blowing – ha!

There are endless possibilities of infusing VR into the Motorsports Industry.  Especially for a rider who is unable to ride anymore – this will help them experience some of the pleasures with a virtual ride.

About The Eye Ride

According to BMW Motorrad De, the Eye Ride is a “virtual reality test ride where you can experience all of the fabulous reasons to ride – the view, the sound, the feeling…on-road, off-road and at the race track.”

“Eye Ride’s engine is “Oculus Rift”, the revolutionary virtual-reality-headset. With a massive field of view and head tracking technology it offers a unique, immersive experience.  Taking the virtual reality experience one step further, Eye Ride is also the world’s first Oculus Rift project using no 3D rendered data but real video footage.  With a total of eight GoPro cameras – kept in 3D-printed cases and mounted on a BMW R nineT – Eye Ride lets you experience the thrill, excitement and exhilaration of riding.”

“Once you ride a motorcycle you love it forever”.

Check Out The Campaign Video:



It’s All About the Fit : How Should a Motorcycle Helmet Fit?

Another great takeaway from the show was how find the best fit for the most important piece of gear, the helmet.  While color, design and price may be a part of your decision, selecting a good lid for your head is the most important investment – you gotta be safe and smart because good helmets aren’t cheap, but they are worthless if they don’t fit correctly.

A helmet that fits makes riding a motorcycle more fun. From a runner’s point-of-view, a good running shoe is also all about the fit – if it doesn’t fit right, the experience won’t be fun and could possibly be painful.

At the Marketplace and at the HJC Helment booth, the reps were very knowledgeable and helpful.  They went over the essential aspects to choosing the correct motorcycle helmet.  Below are some brief key points of selecting a helmet.

  • Shape
  • Size
  • Fit


Because head and helmet shapes vary, a measurement alone will not guarantee a good fit. It is best to try on a variety of helmets from different manufacturers.  All helmet manufacturers design their products to fit a specific head shape.  Once you know your head shape, it’s easier to filter the vast selection of helmets available.


Your head measurement will give you a starting point for selecting a helmet size.  To begin fitting a helmet, start by measuring your head at a point approximately one inch above the eyebrows in front and at a point in the back of the head that results in the largest possible measurement. Take several measurements to be sure you have measured the largest part of your head.


The fit of the helmet should fit snugly and firmly against your head, but not so restrictive that it causes any pain.  Also, if you wear glasses while riding, put them on and make sure the helmet fits properly over and around them.  There should be no “hot spots” – places within the interior of the helmet puts pressure on specific points of the skull or face – but it should not move around freely.  There should be no gaps at the temples or cheeks.

So, when you go to the store/dealership make sure the representatives are knowledgeable, helpful, and definitely show interest in your safety – helmets are the most important component of your gear and you don’t want to mess with your head!

HJC Motorcycle Helmets Booth in the Marketplace

HJC Marvel Helmets


SHOEI RJ Platinum-R Open Face Helmet Color: Wine Red



Below are some snaps I took from the show

Washington D.C Motorcycle Show Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Washington D.C Motorcycle Show Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Kawasaki Booth



Ducati Scrambler


Ducati 1299 Superleggera

Ducati says the 1299 Superleggera is the first ever factory bike to be equipped with a carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels, and that the bike’s engine is the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built. Only 500 units of the 1299 Superleggera will be produced.  via @ Ducati


Custom BMW Motorrad



The 2016-2017 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour schedule is as follows:

  • Long Beach, CA: November 18-20, 2016, Long Beach Convention Center
  • New York, NY: December 9-11, 2016, Jacob Javits Convention Center
  • Washington D.C.: January 6-8, 2017, Washington Convention Center
  • Dallas, TX: January 13-15, 2017, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
  • Cleveland, OH: January 27-29, 2017, I-X Center
  • Minneapolis, MN: February 3-5, 2017, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Chicago, IL: February 10-12, 2017, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center