For many motorcycle enthusiasts, spring can’t get here soon enough. But while winter is not over yet, you can be sure the forecast calls for 70 degrees and sunny inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as the 23rd Annual Indiana Motorcycle Expo comes to town February 14-16.
The show, which kicks off the opening weekend of the Ford 60th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, will take up over 70,000 square-feet space in Exposition Hall. It brings together bike enthusiasts, manufacturers, major dealers and bike-related exhibitors from across the U.S.
Expect to see all the latest motorcycles models, in addition to a full range of gear, accessories and other motorcycle products and services that cater to the motorcycle lifestyle.
One unique feature of the show, which reflects a growing “biker tourism” segment of the population, is the Two Wheel Destination Showcase: A collection of Convention and Visitors Bureaus from around the Midwest offering well-researched motorcycle adventures, from long-and winding country escapes to other biker-friendly destinations, including information on hotels and restaurants.
Pete Miller of Renfro Productions says, “There’s an incredible array of new motorcycles and related motorcycle products on the market right now — for men and ladies alike,” Miller says. “From specialized electronics to clothing, custom paint and fabrication services, motorcycle care products and, of course, the bikes themselves, exhibitors at this year’s Indiana Motorcycle Expo will have it all for our visitors to see.”
One of the more visually appealing aspects of this year’s show is no doubt the Biker’s Showcase: A judged competition of bikes, from Vintage, Performance Custom and Modified American to Modified Street, American Cruiser and even European and Metric categories.
And speaking of visual appeal, you won’t want to miss the International Bikini Team: A world-wide model search organization that has flown in girls from all over the country, including the local Indiana area, to compete in a biker wear competition, followed by a swimsuit competition. The girls will be available for photo ops before and after the show.
Kids will no doubt like the Tiny Tots Riding Experience, presented by ABATE of Indiana. This special exhibit allows kids to try out their two-wheeled skills in a safe and controlled environment.