IMS Kicks off its nationwide Powersports tour in Long Beach, CA on Nov. 22nd.
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With riding season coming to a close (at least in the Northeast), event season kicks off to soften the blow. First on our agenda is the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, CA and it's just a few weeks away. IMS is the largest consumer motorcycle show tour in the world and has been fueling the Powersports industry for 38 years.
With nearly 800 exhibitors on the eight stops across the country, IMS has something for everyone — from the avid enthusiast all the way to the casual observer. Featuring the hottest new motorcycles from major manufacturers to new accessories and parts, vintage bikes, unique experiences, and a custom bike build-off from J&P Cycles.
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, a.k.a UBCBS, is celebrating it's 10th birthday and will be at every stop so you can ogle, admire, and be inspired by the craftsmanship and imagination of some of the world’s top builders. Two confirmed builders in this year's competition are California-based builder Dustin Kott, and the Texas-based non-profit Motorcycle Missions — an organization helping veterans and first responders with PTSD to cope and heal through motorcycles as therapy. UBCBS has become one of the must-see attractions on the IMS tour, offering professional and amateur builders a chance at $100,000 in cash and prizes across the IMS Tour and chance to be crowned ‘King - or Queen - of The Builders’, so come out and cast your vote for your favorite build.
Though UBCBS and the newest motorcycles from manufacturers are reasons to get off the couch in their own right, there are many other attractions to get excited about. Things like Discover The Ride - an initiative to allow new potential riders the opportunity to experience riding in a safe and controlled environment, IMS Vintage - a space dedicated exclusively to the classic machines that shaped the industry we all love, Adventure Out! - a whole section dedicated to the adventurous souls in attendance, and many, many more.
We'll be out in Long Beach, CA for the kickoff of the 2019-2020 tour season casting our votes at the UBCBS, hoping we fit into the lifestyle gear showcased at SHIFT, and wandering about wide-eyed taking it all in. Save some dough on your ticket with online code IRONAIR20, then come find us and say 'hi'.
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