Blog: GA at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show

January 24th, 2011

by Tom Beaujour

Guitar Aficionado, which boasts frequent motorcycle reviews by yours truly, was lucky enough to snag a few pre-show press passes for this past weekend’s Progressive International Motorcycle show at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Much to our delight, a cornucopia of new bikes were on display. Harley Davidson’s new Dark Custom Blackline Softail held pride of place at the storied Milwaukee, WI manufacturer’s booth.

Bologna, Italy’s Ducati, meanwhile were proud to show off early production examples of its aggressive and incredibly light power cruiser, the Diavel, and even kind enough to let this particular editor mount it in order to experience its ultra-refined ergonomics.

Not to be outdone, Britain’s Triumph unveiled more new models than in any year since its inception, not least of which was this revamping of their fast and famous Speed Triple line. Model not included.

Also make a very strong showing was the recently revived Indian of North Carolina. Even before the show opened to the public, Led Zeppelin could be heard blasting from the company’s semi-trailer turned booth.

Retro-styled and dressed in leather and fringe, these bikes are serious road machines that surely are not for the meek or modest.

Adventurous types for whom chrome is not a de rigueur motorcycle attribute could also find many bikes to capture their wandering spirits and imagination. Particularly cool was this motorcycle and sidecar kit by Russia’s Ural company.