Plenty of Street and Dirt Bikes to Actually Ride
If you haven’t yet made plans to attend one of the upcoming International Motorcycle Shows Outdoors taking place across America this summer and fall, you really should. And bring your riding gear, as you will have a plethora of opportunities to sample the latest bikes from a multitude of motorcycle brands.
Harley-Davidson recently announced they will have their 2021 demo fleet present at every stop, joining an already exciting array of manufacturers that will be present. After a year of no shows in 2020, the IMS folks decided to shake up their show style by booking outdoor venues across the States for 2021. They were apparently working toward some form of outdoor convention options before Covid hit, but the year that was accelerated their ideas to action. Whatever challenges that has presented the IMS and vendors in planning and logistics, the result is a veritable goldmine for us enthusiasts, with incredible opportunities to actually ride the motorcycles presented, rather than merely straddle them in a climate-controlled convention center.
Photos by Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield, and Suzuki
From the IMS Outdoors website, here’s a listing of the brands and the bikes they will be bringing for demos-
CVO: CVO Street Glide, CVO Road Glide, CVO Limited
Touring: Ultra Limited, Road Glide, Road Glide Special, Road Glide Limited, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road King Special
Sportster: Iron 1200, Forty-Eight
Softail: Sport Glide, Low Rider S, Softail Slim, Heritage Classic 114, Street Bob 114, Fat Bob 114, Softail Standard, Fat Boy
Scout, Scout Bobber, FTR1200, Chief, Springfield, Challenger, Chieftain, Roadmaster
Ninja 400, Ninja 650, Ninja 1000 SX, Ninja ZX-6R, Versys 650, Versys 1000 SE LT+, Vulcan S, W800, Z400, Z650, Z900, Z900RS, KLX300, KLX300SM
Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650, Himalayan, Meteor 350
2022 Hayabusa, KATANA, GSX-R1000, GSX-R750, GSX-S750, GSX-S750 Z ABS, SV650, V-Strom 1050, V-Strom 650, DR-Z400SM, DR-Z400S, DR-650, Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
Venture, Bolt, FJR1300, Super Tenere, Tenere 700, MT-10, MT-09 SP, MT-09, MT-07, MT-03, XSR900, XSR700, Tracer GT(MY 2020), R3, and the all-new R7
Models coming soon
Models coming soon
Photos by Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph
The opportunity to sample several bikes, one after another, brand by brand, is absolutely incredible. And bring your family and friends, even those who don’t ride but might be interested, as they will have opportunities to “dip a toe” in the moto waters with programs such as “Discover The Ride” with Zero Motorcycles, “Kids Zone” with Strider and All Kids Bike, “Ride With Us” by the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and even Harley-Davidson offering their “Invitation To Ride” training course at several locales. Click HERE for demo ride requirements at each event.
Photos by IMS and Strider
We’re looking forward to the return of the International Motorcycle Shows this year, and going Outdoors is a stroke of genius. To hop on a Harley CVO, then ride a Triumph Bonneville, followed by a Yamaha MT-07 for instance, is pretty unprecedented on this scale. If this format winds up being as popular as we think, expect to see the other notable brands (Honda, BMW, MV Agusta, Ducati, etc.) joining in the joy in upcoming years. We plan to attend several of these ourselves, so if you see a Road Dirt shirt on anyone at an event, please say hello.
Click here for a listing of show locations, dates, and ticket info:
Photo by American Motorcyclists Association