IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby deilenberger » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:17 pm

mogu83 wrote:Scary Don, but your stating my sentiments exactly. I can't remember a year that I didn't go, even the year when they were closing down the Parkway behind me as I was going home, or the year it was in Philly, or the year it was in Valley Forge.
It has become a $100 day, and that much will buy me enough gas to get to the Colorado border.

So the bike show goes on the list with Laconia and Daytona, things that have changed for the worse. I still enjoy the MOA National (no matter where it is) and lately the Barber vintage days.

Of maybe it's just the curmudgeon coming out :wiser


Someone called me today (RDS.. from NJ Shore) wanting to go tomorrow, he said "Well, it's something to do.." he even offered to drive in (which is $$$ with parking..) and I still can't get excited about it. Sunday is usually a zoo, the merchants are worn out and it seems most of the customers are the street-stunter kind of "rider".. I did the one with the blizzard. I was manning the BMW-MOA booth with Brian Curry. We never looked out the windows. When we left around 8PM, there was 2' of snow on the streets and not a car or bus to be seen. There is no subway from Javitts to the train.. so we had to hoof it. Walked down the middle of the street (38th IRRC) since the sidewalks were even worse with drifting snow. It's the first time I was ever afraid of croaking due to exposure. High winds, no place open to duck into and warm up, and drifting rapidly falling snow. Made it to the train after about an hour of slogging. That was another time I said "never again.."

BTW - Nancy named me the Club Curmudgeon quite a few years ago. I have a lot of practice at it according to Nance.. is there room for two? Would the club survive? Inquiring minds want to know. :wings
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby bmwpixie » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:39 am

Harry shows some promise as a curmudgeon, but has a ways to go before I would consider him as an official second in the club. For now, it's all yours, Don.
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby bevans » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:43 am

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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby Ron_Ces » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:41 am

NY cycle show review. I would say that the biggest surprise was that Triumph and Ducati were surprisingly absent. The show keeps shrinking, with small moto-related goody vendors (the interesting stuff) becoming almost an afterthought. Funny, that the waterproof shoe, sock and eyeglass cleaners keep multiplying. In year's past, I liked talking (and buying) from the small vendors. Companies like Lee Parks, Nick Plezick, Cycle-Gadgets, RAM Mount, etc. made the show. This year, even Backroads Magazine did not have a booth. Sad. This may be my last year. Now, when is Timmonium?
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby w2ge » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:01 pm

From what I understand vendors hated NYC. Very expensive to show there...along with the ancillary costs: hotels, etc. and for attendees (IMHO) it’s an expensive PIA. I’ve said for years, have it in North Jersey, Meadowlands, etc.

Soooo much easier, cheaper to get there and the same for Vendors..

IMS had signed a contract with Javits, hopefully it’s over and they can look elsewhere.
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby mogu83 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:25 pm

w2ge wrote:

IMS had signed a contract with Javits, hopefully it’s over and they can look elsewhere.


How about a renovated Asbury Park convention hall. :)

Even with all the hassle with moving stuff in and out of the building and all the extra expense it is New York and the Big Apple. Many of the people wandering around are obviously not 'motorcycle' people, just folks looking for something to do and the twenty bucks for a ticket means nothing to them. They wouldn't travel to Jersey. They tried to move in the past, although it was out of the NYC area, and the attendance suffered.
In the past many manufactures have used the New York show to introduce new models, usually getting a few seconds free coverage on the six o'clock news. It's a great showcase.

North Jersey would be interesting if they could find a venue, but I wonder if the NYC people would go.


Interesting side note: The Harley group I occasionally ride with (they have a lunch ride every week), has well over 500 people on their Facebook list and not one mention of the NYC show. I asked a few if they wanted to go to the show a few years ago and one answered 'Everything I need to know about motorcycles I can find in the Harley Dealer'. Point being, some people have a very narrow view (all marques) of what motorcycling is and the IMS type show just has a bunch of stuff their not interested in.


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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby bevans » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:30 pm

Atlantic city would be nice, bet they could get in cheap lol.
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby Bukwas » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:07 am

Unless you really need to touch and feel a product that you're actually interested in, from my perspective based upon the cost and hassle to get to the NY IMS show, it's just a waste of my time. As was mentioned, the small vendors aren't there anymore. Plus, with the Internet, bloggers, vloggers, vendor websites, manufacturer websites, video, forums, chat, phone, and the ability to email questions to sales and engineering, etc, why do I even need to go to an event like this? I actually get better information, more details, and specifications from an online source. And I don't need to deal with a salesperson that more than likely hates his job.
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Re: IMS Motorcycle Show -12/1/2017-12/3/2017

Postby Tequila Jim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:08 am

Although I agree the show gets smaller and has less interesting vendors each year I still enjoy going. I like looking at the high end Italian bikes as well as the one-off customs especially now that the stupid chopper craze has died. I used to go the the Long Beach Show every year and it is quite a bit larger and more interesting with more emphasis on sport and performance oriented machines. I purchased everything from jackets and helmets to heated grips at these shows but lately there just aren't any vendors. I hardly got any stickers this year. That was my biggest disappointment.

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