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Snapshots from the 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show

| 15 December 2013 10:17 am

Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Long Beach Convention Center

Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
LONG BEACH, CA, DEC. 6-8, 2013

Find your fast, find your thunder, find your moto – you could truly find it all at the 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show!

Major manufacturers rolled out an array of 2014 motorcycles that the public was eager to view. Oh, there were custom bikes, too, as the JP Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show filled the house, along with vendors galore. One could go outdoors and watch the action stunt show or mount a bike at the factory demo rides. New this year on the Progressive stage were some budding musicians from the West L.A. School of Rock, followed by the Racer X/ Honda Band.

Here are some photographic highlights of the event…

This is the annual show that brings out all forms of motorcycle enthusiasts. If you missed it, well, there is always next year…

This is the annual show that brings out all forms of motorcycle enthusiasts. If you missed it, well, there is always next year…

First up from the School of Rock was the band Night Talks. Everyone was so impressed with how these younger people appreciated the music of Led Zeppelin. Jacob Butler skillfully used a bow on his guitar while playing “Dazed and Confused.”

First up from the School of Rock was the band Night Talks. Everyone was so impressed with how these younger people appreciated the music of Led Zeppelin. Jacob Butler skillfully used a bow on his guitar while playing “Dazed and Confused.”

The lady who led the Daytona 500 for five laps, Danica Patrick, is now partnering with Can-Am. “I’ve never even ridden a motorcycle on the road,” Danica said, “but the bikes and cars are all in the same vein.” Commenting on her Can-Am Spyder test ride, she said, “I thought it was perfect and easy, but it’s got a wheelbase, so don’t hit curbs or cones like I did.”

The lady who led the Daytona 500 for five laps, Danica Patrick, is now partnering with Can-Am. “I’ve never even ridden a motorcycle on the road,” Danica said, “but the bikes and cars are all in the same vein.” Commenting on her Can-Am Spyder test ride, she said, “I thought it was perfect and easy, but it’s got a wheelbase, so don’t hit curbs or cones like I did.”

Kerri Kasem poses on a very special Victory motorcycle. This is the Sixx Sense/ Cross Country 8 Ball bike that Nikki Sixx of the band Motley Crew and Kerri Kasem designed for a contest on the FM radio show “Sixx Sense.” (Go to sixsense.com.)

Kerri Kasem poses on a very special Victory motorcycle. This is the Sixx Sense/ Cross Country 8 Ball bike that Nikki Sixx of the band Motley Crew and Kerri Kasem designed for a contest on the FM radio show “Sixx Sense.” (Go to sixsense.com.)

Jack Daniels is now a partner with Indian Motorcycles. “We brought together two American brands to benefit the military,” said Indian marketing manager Julie Elepano. What better way is there to bring attention to a new Indian motorcycle than to have the Jack Daniels girls pose on one?

Jack Daniels is now a partner with Indian Motorcycles. “We brought together two American brands to benefit the military,” said Indian marketing manager Julie Elepano. What better way is there to bring attention to a new Indian motorcycle than to have the Jack Daniels girls pose on one?

The Jack Daniels girls are back for another view. “The only thing that is better than taking a picture of a motorcycle is taking a picture of girls on a motorcycle,” says photographer Tom Corley.

The Jack Daniels girls are back for another view. “The only thing that is better than taking a picture of a motorcycle is taking a picture of girls on a motorcycle,” says photographer Tom Corley.

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The “Spirit of Munro Streamliner” features a new thunder-stroke 111-cubic-inch motor. Indian is back, and it’s going to be bigger than ever!

The “Spirit of Munro Streamliner” features a new thunder-stroke 111-cubic-inch motor. Indian is back, and it’s going to be bigger than ever!

Two fine Indians from Paul Greenstein.

Two fine Indians from Paul Greenstein.

A 1935 Indian Chief that was seen on the “American Pickers” TV series. Note the leaf-spring front suspension.

A 1935 Indian Chief that was seen on the “American Pickers” TV series. Note the leaf-spring front suspension.

These three ladies got together to design the paint on this trick Triumph.

These three ladies got together to design the paint on this trick Triumph.

South Bay Triumph would be more than happy to sell you a hot-rod Triumph called the “Street Tracker.”

South Bay Triumph would be more than happy to sell you a hot-rod Triumph called the “Street Tracker.”

Honda shows the new Valkyrie for the street. They mentioned Honda’s success in Moto GP racing, with 20-year-old Marc Marquez winning the championship.

Honda shows the new Valkyrie for the street. They mentioned Honda’s success in Moto GP racing, with 20-year-old Marc Marquez winning the championship.

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“Let the good times roll” with a Kawasaki. Jeff Herzog show the new Ninja, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. He made sure to mention the success of Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto aboard a Kawasaki.

“Let the good times roll” with a Kawasaki. Jeff Herzog show the new Ninja, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. He made sure to mention the success of Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto aboard a Kawasaki.

Paint Alley featured some highly respected artists, such as Skratch. Here, he is working some magic on a Sportster tank.

Paint Alley featured some highly respected artists, such as Skratch. Here, he is working some magic on a Sportster tank.

There was some wild custom painting on bikes throughout the show, such as this one of a lady who was armed and ready. Don’t mess with her bike, that’s for sure!

There was some wild custom painting on bikes throughout the show, such as this one of a lady who was armed and ready. Don’t mess with her bike, that’s for sure!

This is one scary front fairing, which was created by Charlie Thomas for his sportbike.

This is one scary front fairing, which was created by Charlie Thomas for his sportbike.

“Show me a photo of your bike and I’ll paint it for you,” says artist Makoto Endo.

“Show me a photo of your bike and I’ll paint it for you,” says artist Makoto Endo.

George Roybal’s Hayabusa is quite a sight. Perhaps you know what superhero this might be…?

George Roybal’s Hayabusa is quite a sight. Perhaps you know what superhero this might be…?

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With two Triumph motors, it’s no wonder this drag bike is called “Double Vision.”

With two Triumph motors, it’s no wonder this drag bike is called “Double Vision.”

Aside from some good music, the Progressive stage also featured some special motorcycle guests. Here, TV host Greg White (right) interviews five-time Daytona SuperBike champ Scott Russell (left), who noted, “ The big money is in Europe, but first you have to conquer the U.S.”

Aside from some good music, the Progressive stage also featured some special motorcycle guests. Here, TV host Greg White (right) interviews five-time Daytona SuperBike champ Scott Russell (left), who noted, “ The big money is in Europe, but first you have to conquer the U.S.”

Motocross racer Andrew Jefferson (left), who now works for Husqvarna, speaks with company president John Burleson. “We’re going to get back to the desert, because that’s where we started,” Jefferson said. Burleson pointed out that the company started in 1903 (as did Ford and Harley-Davidson), and stated, ‘We believe in riding motorcycles, and we want the dealers to ride the motorcycles.”

Motocross racer Andrew Jefferson (left), who now works for Husqvarna, speaks with company president John Burleson. “We’re going to get back to the desert, because that’s where we started,” Jefferson said. Burleson pointed out that the company started in 1903 (as did Ford and Harley-Davidson), and stated, ‘We believe in riding motorcycles, and we want the dealers to ride the motorcycles.”

This “Indian Larry” motorcycle is named “Sweet Marissa” after the customer’s wife.

This “Indian Larry” motorcycle is named “Sweet Marissa” after the customer’s wife.

How low can you go? California Superbike School will help you get there.

How low can you go? California Superbike School will help you get there.

There was a good row of ’70s bikes, including this Suzuki Rotary 5. The bike has a single rotor Wankel 498cc motor that is water-cooled and produces 68 horsepower.

There was a good row of ’70s bikes, including this Suzuki Rotary 5. The bike has a single rotor Wankel 498cc motor that is water-cooled and produces 68 horsepower.

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A beautiful Norton Commando 750S.

A beautiful Norton Commando 750S.

This is the battery-powered Zero SR, which has 67 horsepower and an approximate 150-mile range.

This is the battery-powered Zero SR, which has 67 horsepower and an approximate 150-mile range. The legendary Preston Petty sure likes his Zero motorcycle. Preston competes with his Zero in flat-track racing at Perris Raceway.

Yamaha showed Supercross star Josh Grant’s bike.

Yamaha showed Supercross star Josh Grant’s bike.

A new KTM street machine called “Super Duke,” with 80 horsepower. Ken Hagi, vice president of sales, was there to present the new line-up to those in attendance on press day. Before he started, he asked for a moment of silence for fallen rider Kurt Caselli.

A new KTM street machine called “Super Duke,” with 80 horsepower. Brad Hagi, vice president of sales, was there to present the new line-up to those in attendance on press day. Before he started, he asked for a moment of silence for fallen rider Kurt Caselli.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is a well-built café racer.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is a well-built café racer.

The JP Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show had bikes placed throughout the entire building.

The JP Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show had bikes placed throughout the entire building.

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This looks like it could be a car, but it is really the front of a Can-Am Spyder. Ron Santarsiero named his custom ride “Atlantis Star Gazer.”

This looks like it could be a car, but it is really the front of a Can-Am Spyder. Ron Santarsiero named his custom ride “Atlantis Star Gazer.”

Michael D. owns this 1947 Harley-Davidson FL, which he entered in the Retro Modified class.

Michael D. owns this 1947 Harley-Davidson FL, which he entered in the Retro Modified class.

Just what you need: a Honda with four cylinders and then turbo-charged.

Just what you need: a Honda with four cylinders and then turbo-charged.

This 1978 Yamaha 650 is owned by Rich Craig, who said, “I tried to copy it after one of my dad’s race boats.” (Note framed photo at bottom of picture.) Great job, Rich.

This 1978 Yamaha 650 is owned by Rich Craig, who said, “I tried to copy it after one of my dad’s race boats.” (Note framed photo at bottom of picture.) Great job, Rich.

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“Us Versus Them” is the name of this Sportster that is all brushed, giving it a no-chrome look.

“Us Versus Them” is the name of this Sportster that is all brushed, giving it a no-chrome look.

With all that bling, Shannon Ventura’s “Dazlin” bike was definitely the brightest.

With all that bling, Shannon Ventura’s “Dazlin” bike was definitely the brightest.

“Headcase” is the owner of this 1967 Triumph that is painted orange, with roses.

“Headcase” is the owner of this 1967 Triumph that is painted orange, with roses.

Quintin Gutierrez’s 1940 Knucklehead, with twisted metal by Seth.

Quintin Gutierrez’s 1940 Knucklehead, with twisted metal by Seth.

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“Wrath Heimdall Slammer” is the name of Gary Savill’s 80-cubic-inch Harley. Note the cool old-school helmet with goggles.

“Wrath Heimdall Slammer” is the name of Gary Savill’s 80-cubic-inch Harley. Note the cool old-school helmet with goggles.

This bike is hard to describe. You can see the custom paint and velocity stacks out of the tank. The most interesting thing is the single-sided swingarm and front-end setup.

This bike is hard to describe. You can see the custom paint and velocity stacks out of the tank. The most interesting thing is the single-sided swingarm and front-end setup.

This “Big Kahuna” is the ride of choice for “Cat Woman.”

This “Big Kahuna” is the ride of choice for “Cat Woman.”

Time to rock with the Racer X/Honda Band, which was formed by motorcycle enthusiasts. These great artists of classic rock are (from left to right) Honda’s Steve Holmes (guitar), Racer X Magazine’s Scott Wallenberg (vocals), Uni-Filters’ Tom Gross (drums), Honda’s Bill Pugh (bass), and Honda’s Mike Chieffo (guitar).

Time to rock with the Racer X/Honda Band, which was formed by motorcycle enthusiasts. These great artists of classic rock are (from left to right) Honda’s Steve Holmes (guitar), Racer X Magazine’s Scott Wallenberg (vocals), Uni-Filters’ Tom Gross (drums), Honda’s Bill Pugh (bass), and Honda’s Mike Chieffo (guitar).

A 1928 Indian Scout that is for sale by the Southern California AMCA. Can you just imagine who was the original owner of this bike? Where did he ride, and what type of experiences could he share with us now? That would be truly interesting…

A 1928 Indian Scout that is for sale by the Southern California AMCA. Can you just imagine who was the original owner of this bike? Where did he ride, and what type of experiences could he share with us now? That would be truly interesting…

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