Its always fun to check out new motorcycle products and test ride new bikes and I did just that a couple of weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., at the debut of a new motorcycle industry tradeshow held October 16-20, 2013. The American International Motorcycle Expo, AIMExpo for short, is the first of its kind in the U.S. that welcomed dealers, members of the industry trade, media, and consumers all in one place under one roof. The first three days were open only to dealers, industry trade, and media; on the weekend doors opened to the public. This timeline makes it very efficient for vendors who want to travel to one show to reach both consumers and the industry.
I attended courtesy of American Suzuki, which invited members of media to test ride its new entry-level motorcycle, the GW250, a day before the AIMExpo started. The GW250 is comparable to Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Honda CBR250.
The highlight for me in attending a tradeshow like AIMExpo is that I get to search the vendors for new and interesting items that the mostly female readership of Women Riders Now (WRN) will want to know about. In addition to the separate story I wrote on Cycle Gears womens apparel, below is a photo recap of more products I found, followed by a list of AIMExpo’s attendance stats and a recap video.
AIMExpo By the Numbers: • Total square footage of AIMExpo: 732,644 • Exhibiting companies: 392 • Total attendance: 13,219 • Consumer attendance: 7,781 • Dealer/industry professionals: 2,417 • Exhibitor attendance: 2,798 • Countries represented: 49 • Credentialed media professionals: 223 AIMExpo Recap video hosted by Greg White:
Greg White is host of his own web series called GregsGarageTV.com.You might recognize Greg as a former correspondent on Speed Channel. He and I worked together in the early 2000s as hosts and reporters for that cable network that sadly no longer exists. In September, Speed Channel was rebranded and renamed Fox Sports 1 (FS1). Just a bit of triva for you.
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I went as a consumer. I spent three days talking to vendors and learning about the many products I’ve seen advertised on WRN and in many motorcycle mags as well as a few things that I haven’t seen before. I also test rode some bikes and learned to ride an ATV and drive a side-by-side. I had a blast! There were also some really good restaurants within a couple of blocks of my hotel to sample, too. One downside, if you can call it that, of test riding bikes is that you may find one that you absolutely have to have. As soon as I got home I stopped in at my favorite Yamaha dealer and put a deposit down on the first FJR1300ES they have coming in. I can hardly wait to add this gloriously red bike to my stable.
Thanks for sharing your experience as a consumer. Seems like the event paid off for you big time. Enjoy the new motorcycle!