By Ashley Price
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Strolling around the AIMExpo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center I came across a few things you won't want to miss.
Sure, you'll find your own favorites at the event, which runs through Sunday. But here are my top five.
1. Famous bikes at manufacturer displays
Coming from a racing background, I love walking around the larger manufacturer displays and seeing who's famous bike is displayed. Sometimes you'll find a champion racer there signing autographs. This year MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Champion Tony Elias was at the event, as well at American Flat Track AFT Twins Chanpions Jared Mees. My personal favorite is Valentino Rossi's MotoGP R1 displayed at the Yamaha exhibit.
2. Cool 'hole in the wall' products
Something that I really enjoy about the expo is finding and learning about brands and companies that I didn't know existed. Being immersed in a new brand and being able to view and possible demo their product in person before buying is a huge advantage. One product that has been catching everyone's attention at this years expo in the OneWheel board. This motorized, self balancing skateboard has one large wheel that is placed between the feel of the rider on the board. As the rider leans forward the board moved and as the rider leans backwards, it stops. According the the exhibitors, the board and go across almost any terrain and is a hot item among racers as a way to get around the pits at racers. It's definitely a cool product and something you need to check out at the expo.
3. Skidmark Garage's Bike Display
Skidmark Garage is known for their incredible custom bike work, and when I say that they went all out for the AIMExpo, they went ALL OUT! Their display has to be one of the largest at the event and boasts well over a dozen breathtaking custom bikes. My personal is a sparkly purple-and-blue Harley.
4. Helmet Displays
Another way to see cool custom work at the expo is by browsing the helmet displays. Helmets are often a great way to show your individuality and share a custom paint job. Almost all the larger helmet companies, like Shoei and Aria, have some kind of custom helmet on display. But my personal favorite at this years AIMExpo has to be the Bell Helmet exhibit. They have the most helmets on display by far and have the coolest looking paint jobs for you to check out.
5. Legends and Heroes Display
As a huge AMA Supercross fan, I picked the legends and heroes display as by far my favorite exhibit at the event. Seeing historically significant bikes on display brings back a lot of nostalgic feelings. While the display at AIMExpo isn't quite as big as the one at AMA Supercross events, it's still pretty large and boasts some really great bikes. I also consider this display the hidden gem of the event. It's tucked away in the farthest corner of the convention center, but it is definitely worth the walk.