2011 International Motorcycle Show in D.C.

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  Every January, Progressive insurance sponsors the International Motorcycle Show in Washington D.C at the Washington Convention Center. The D.C. tour dates were Jan 14 - 16, 2011. With hundreds of bikes to look at and sit on, this is one event bike lovers of all ages can really enjoy. Custom rides, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and BRP (to name a few) along with a hosts of motorcycle vendors provide hours of entertainment. Professional stunt rider Jason Britton pumped up the crowd with burnouts and wheelies while Women Ride speakers promoted, you guessed it, women riders! The Women Ride designated area was a first for the motorcycle show. This confirms the accepted role of women in the motorcycle community. Women are the largest growing group of riders and retailers are starting to pay more attention to this fact. Aside from the Women Ride arena, there were noticeably more female biker apparel at this affair than the 2010 International Motorcycle D.C. show. While coasting up and down the aisles with my family we purchased patches, chrome cleaning products and two leather vests. Because you are welcomed at the door with a large carrying bag, you can throw all your goodies in it and not miss a beat when collecting bike brochures and calendars. There were vintage bikes on display but mostly this show is geared around the new bike market. Motorcycles are the star attractions; their pristine shiny bodies and amazing custom paint jobs will keep you reaching for your camera. Most attendees are very courteous in letting you take pictures. I had a few people walk in the middle of a shot but they were generally kids, which is understandable. Can you imagine how exciting jumping off and on bikes without the usual “Don’t touch that!” means to a child? It is a dream come true for the young and young at heart.

   So, the next time you want a fun family event to attend consider going to the International Motorcycle Show. General one day admission is $15 at the door or you can buy discount tickets if purchased online in advance. Upcoming 2011 shows will be in New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Greenville and Daytona. Visit http://www.motorcycleshows.com/WashingtonDC for more information or contact me at mjcammo@yahoo.com.

  As for me I am looking forward to the 2012 D.C. show, hope to see you there!

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