Progressive International Motorcycle Shows continues to increase new ridership

Expands 'Discover the Ride' beyond the motorcycle industry

The following is an industry press release ...

Santa Monica, Calif. (March 8, 2019) — The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, the industry leader for connecting powersports’ top brands with enthusiasts and buyers, today announced its immersive show feature, Discover the Ride, is expanding to reach a broader audience of non-riders, joining the 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show.

Introduced to a community of motorcycle enthusiasts at the previous 2018/2019 IMS tour, Discover the Ride became the industry’s first and foremost program breaking down the high barriers to entry.

An exciting addition to the DFW Auto Show, the program will feature four experiential attractions including The Dyno Experience, New To 2, The Kids Zone in collaboration with StaCyc, and The New Rider Course in partnership with Zero Motorcycles and Yamaha Power Assisted Bicycles.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with custom and rare, restored vintage motorcycles hailing from the Dallas metro area, as well as new models on display for novice and experienced riders from leading global manufacturers, Confederate Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, and Yamaha Motorcycles. To learn more about Discover the Ride, please click here.

Catching the DFW Auto Show’s attention is a major milestone, not only for Discover the Ride, but for the overarching industry.

Through a safe, fun and quick introduction to riding, Discover the Ride is paving the way for the larger motorcycle industry by initiating educational conversations and addressing hesitations, that will in turn, encourage consumers to take the first step toward becoming a motorcyclist.

In the midst of industry-wide ridership concerns, Discover the Ride successfully took the industry’s first stride toward bridging the gap for non-riders to experience the thrill of two wheels.

In fact, in its first year alone, nearly 8,000 attendees of all ages participated in Discover the Ride over the course of seven shows, with more than a quarter of adults being new to motorcycling.

“Following the tremendous success during the 2018 -2019 IMS tour, we’re thrilled to bring Discover the Ride to the DFW Auto Show, reaching an even wider audience of potential new riders,” said Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President, Powersports, UBM. “The DFW Auto Show is a natural extension for Discover the Ride, branching out from a motorcycle-specific audience and helping more people experience what it is like to ride on two wheels. We are truly excited to continue the momentum we’ve built throughout the tour.”

Key highlights from Discover the Ride’s seven-show tour:

  • Nearly 8,000 attendees participated in Discover the Ride across the seven-show tour throughout the nation (Long Beach, New York, Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Chicago).
  • Over 4,500 consumers rode a Yamaha Power Assist Electric Bicycle and Zero Motorcycle as a part of The New Rider Course. Thirty-two percent were non-riders, with 84 percent planning to start riding.
  • Discover the Ride is appealing to a more diverse, younger demographic, with 63 percent of non-riders being under 35; over 50 percent of non-riders within Discover the Ride were female.
  • Almost 2,000 kids rode StaCyc bikes in The Kid’s Zone.

For those interested in the very best of vintage, classic and retro-style motorcycles, IMS Vintage presented by Progressive will be on display at the DFW Auto Show, giving attendees the chance to experience the history of motorcycling right from the beginning through a display of decades-old vintage bikes. Also exhibiting will be handcrafted, custom motorcycles that are truly works of art and a growing part of the motorcycling community.

More details on available attractions within Discover the Ride, presented by IMS New Rider Course in partnership with Zero Motorcycles and Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles:

  • The Kids Zone with StaCyc
  • Dyno Experience with Yamaha and Harley-Davidson
  • IMS Vintage presented by Progressive
  • New To 2 Seminars
  • Custom Motorcycle Showcase
  • New motorcycle displays from Confederate Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, and Yamaha Motorcycles

About Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (www.motorcycleshows.com)
The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows offer enthusiasts an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling. Launched in 1982, the tour showcases hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.

About the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show (www.dfwautoshow.com)
For 37 years, the DFW Auto Show has given automotive enthusiasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest vehicles the manufacturers have to offer. For those who are in the market to purchase a new vehicle and for entertainment seekers alike, this spring new car and truck extravaganza is the place to be. The Show has grown from 30,000 square feet at Market Hall to more than 650,000 square feet at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. Visitors are treated to exciting displays from the manufacturers who use the Show as a platform to introduce current and future year models.