2022 International Motorcycle Show and Custom Bike Show Are Back Outdoors

It’s the season to be motorbike riding, fa-la-la… uh, I mean, vroom-vroom-vroom. That means taking your bike out of winter storage, making sure your safety gear is clean, and checking that all your paperwork is in order. But it also marks the return of regular bike shows, both for custom builds and for the industry as a whole. And if you can’t wait to get some more vitamin D, good news, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show is out again.

The 2022 Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns to ride outdoors again

2021 Progressive International Motorcycle Show Outdoors Chicago Gate | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

For more than 40 years, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show has toured the United States, showcasing the latest bikes, gear, technology and custom builds. But while the mostly theatrical formula worked reasonably well, a few years ago showrunners started thinking about a refresh. And while not the only motivating factor, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly influenced IMS’s decision to head outdoors in 2021. This decision has proven to be a resounding success for the equestrian community, RevZilla said.

By hosting the show outdoors, IMS provided more opportunities to showcase a wider variety of brands. When it was indoors, the only motorcycles you could safely ride at the International Motorcycle Show were the zero smokeless electric motorcycles. But IMS Outdoors hasn’t just seen Zero, but Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are bringing motorcycles. Additionally, the show hosted demonstrations of e-bikes and side-by-sides, as well as courses for new riders organized by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

As a result, 44% of attendees at IMS Outdoors 2021 were either new or potential cyclists. Additionally, the “Discover to Ride” program saw over 1,600 adults and teens swing their legs on motorcycles for the first time. Additionally, about 1,700 children used balance bikes and e-bikes while visiting eight cities. It’s a hell of a way to build riding community.

So, for 2022, the International Motorcycle Show is setting the stage again. Once again, attendees will be able to ride demo motorcycles and e-bikes from various brands outside. And whether you need your first gear or just want a better-fitting helmet, the shops and suppliers will be there.

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2022 has a slightly new name and is looking for builders

Several custom motorcycles at the 2021 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Chicago in the covered hangar

Custom Motorcycles at Chicago’s 2021 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

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Along with demo rides and gear showcases, the 2022 International Motorcycle Show also features the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show outside. Only this year is technically the Dennis Kirk Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, as the powersports parts retailer is the title sponsor, not J&P Cycles. Also, since this year, Hot Bike Magazine President and former head of sales and marketing for Arch Motorcycles, Jordan Mastagni, takes over as CEO of UBCBS.

Although the name is slightly different, the custom bike salon classes are not. As in 2021, manufacturers can register their projects in one of the following three categories:

  • Custom street class
    • 2000 or later major OEM engine and frame as the basis
    • Specifications of the original engine cradle
    • Hardtail sections and wide tire modifications are allowed, as is cutting and/or neck raking to stretch the frame
  • Custom Classic Class
    • 1999 or earlier OEM engine; no replicas
    • Custom or modified frames in stock allowed
  • Freestyle lessons

In addition to these rules, all inputs must be running and operational. Additionally, they must follow DMV rules regarding two- or three-wheeled motorcycle setups. Yes, even Freestyle builds.

Speaking of builds, the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show wants them. If you think your custom motorcycle is ready, registrations are already open. Each class winner wins between $500 and $1,000 plus sponsor prizes. Additionally, winners and runners-up are invited to the Championship Round, where they will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the title of “King of Builders”.

What is the IMS 2022 calendar?

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Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the 2022 International Motorcycle Show has something for you. And if you want to attend, ticket sales have already started for the eight-city tour.

As of this writing, here’s the schedule:

  • Colorado (The Ranch Events Complex): June 17-19, 2022
  • Chicago (Goebbert’s Farm): June 24-26, 2022
  • Pennsylvania (Carlisle Fairgrounds): September 16-18, 2022
  • New York (The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum): September 23-25, 2022
  • Atlanta (location to be determined): September 30 to October 2, 2022
  • Northern California (Santa Mateo County Event Center): October 21-23, 2022
  • Arizona (Westworld of Scottsdale): October 28-30, 2022
  • Southern California (OC Fair & Event Center): November 4-6, 2022

With a bit of luck, EngineBiscuit will see you there.

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