Spread the love

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show

January 24-26, 2020

Cleveland I-X Center

Wintertime is time for indoor bike shows here in the Midwest, and the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) is the MANUFACTURER’S SHOW showcasing all the newest in bikes, gear, and accessories.  These shows have been touring the nation for over 30 years, offering a taste of just about everything “motorcycle” that you could think of.  IMS differs from many of the other winter shows due to the fact that it features OEM manufacturers and new bikes – in addition to customs, stunt shows, gear, and so much more!

IMS is where the manufacturers introduce the year’s new bikes to the consumers – and in many cases they have their entire lineup on display for consideration.  Motorcycle enthusiasts can view just about every new motorcycle offered all in one place – under the same roof. I can’t think of another opportunity anywhere for that.  Most of the bikes are also right there on the floor where riders can climb on and really get a feel for them.

Another unique aspect of the IMS shows is that they cover virtually the entire scope of the motorcycle community – much like Thunder Roads!  Dirt bikes, touring bikes, street bikes, scooters, and even ATV’s and side by sides are all on the floor. And not just the new ones. Incredibly restored vintage bikes, legendary rides from years past, and incredible custom builds are all on display.

No photo description available.

Over the last few years, the focus of the show has shifted more and more to new riders – so even if you’ve never been on a motorcycle before, this is the show for you!  Even if you don’t have a motorcycle endorsement, you can get on the back of a bike and actually go riding around an indoor track on a real motorcycle. It’s an electric one – but it’s a full size bike.  There are also electric powered e-bikes that offer a totally unique experience – blending the versatility and weight of a bicycle with the capabilities of a powered vehicle. And for the kids, there are Stacyc’s – powered stability bikes.  We reviewed (RAVED about) them in last months magazine. Our youngest contributor here at TRO went from training wheels to rippin around the yard in less than 10 minutes the first time he got on one. They are amazing, and your kids can try them out at the show! (Kids 11 and under are FREE – so bring them to the show!)

There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s show – more then we could possibly cover here, but here are just a few of the highlights.

For even more information or to order tickets, visit motorcycleshows.com

Or you can visit PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOWS – Cleveland on Facebook. 

Adventure Out hosted by BDR



Adventure Out! is a space to learn, explore, and share the adventure of life on two wheels. Non-profit organization, Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR) will return for a second Tour as the official host of Adventure Out! during the 2019-2020 IMS Tour.  The space encourages attendees to get out and ride, and features leading brands in the adventure and touring segments and guest speakers sharing stories about their experiences on two wheels. Come kick back at our moto campsite, take a virtual ride on the a BDR, interact with experienced riders and listen to their stories and tips, and find all the gear, parts and accessories you need for your next trek or tour from participating Adventure Out! Exhibitors.  

Adventure Out! Speakers:

Bret Tkacs
World renowned ADV instructor, world traveler and all-around motorcycle guru has spent a lifetime honing his craft of educating riders. Bret Tkacs co-founded Puget Sound Safety in 1996 and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top experts in motorcycle safety and curriculum development. In addition to training ADV riders he has been hired for his expertise by foreign governments, the U.S. Military, police departments and private industry. He is most recognized by ADV riders for his contributions to the Mototrek YouTube series. To follow Bret’s lessons, rants, travels or classes join him at www.brettkacs.com.

Lisa Malachowsky
Lisa is a life-long motorcycling ambassador who has ridden motorcycles for almost as long as she has been walking. She has done a great deal of riding in all parts of the US, has toured off-road in South Africa and on pavement in Italy, Corsica and Sardinia. Her career in the industry started in 2005 at motorcycle dealers in both Northern California and Arizona working in management roles. She has spent the last three years passionately advocating for the expansion of opportunities for female motorcycle riders through her work on the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, through a two year term as the Industry Liaison for the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists, and in her current role as the Community Liaison and Marketing Officer for the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation. She is a key contributor on the DIRTY for GOOD project: providing dual-sport motorcycle training to women. She is also the New York Historical Route Lead for the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride to be held in August 2020. 


Discover the Ride, by the Progressive® International’s Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), is a forward-thinking initiative designed to serve and support the entire motorsports industry. This approachable motorcycling experience is primarily designed for non-riders and is the only program in the market that allows a non-licensed motorcyclist to “Discover the Ride”. Participants are invited to immerse themselves in the world of motorcycling though an adult riding course, Kids Zone, New To 2, and more. 

New Rider Course in partnership with Zero Motorcycles
The New Rider Course gives non-licensed attendees the opportunity to ride a motorcycle for the first time and learn riding basics from expert instructors. The indoor demo course will host a fleet of speed-limited electric Zero Motorcycles to give participants the experience of riding a motorcycle in a safe and controlled environment. Zero Motorcycles have no transmission, feature ABS as standard equipment, and its zero emissions make an indoor experience on one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world a possibility. Instructors from Total Control Training will be on hand at each show to give instruction and guidance and gear will be provided by Cycle Gear, Shark Helmets, HJC and Shoei. 

 Women’s Program hosted by Alisa Clickenger and Robert Pandya
Calling all women interested in learning to ride!  Beat the crowd at IMS and come take advantage of women’s-only laps at Discover The Ride. Women’s-only sessions kick off Saturday and Sunday with the chance to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle. The women’s program will be held a half hour before show open of every IMS show on Saturdays and Sundays. Riders will learn the next steps to becoming a motorcyclist, and have the opportunity to meet Alisa Clickenger, author of Boost Your Confidence Through Motorcycling. Participation is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows.  Can’t make the morning session?  No problem!  The New Riders Course is open all hours of the IMS show for you to experience.

 Discover the Ride: Next Steps
Discover the Ride: Next Steps is a continuation of our New Rider Course. New Rider Course participants can enter to win a Next Steps course in their area after the IMS tour concludes, recieve more information on how to find a local school so you can get trained and prepare for your motrocycle licence.

New To 2
New To 2 serves to educate new riders on the world of motorcycling by answering all of the commonly asked questions. Hosts Jordan Diggs, Monique Filips, Jocelin Snow and Rickey Gadson will be on hand to answer questions, guide new riders through Discover the Ride, and be a resource for new riders on how they can get more involved in motorcycling after leaving IMS. New To 2 also provides an online catalogue of videos geared specifically toward non-riders.  Visit www.newto2.com to check out the videos.

Dyno Experience
Get on a real motorcycle that is securely mounted to a dyno to experience starting a motorcycle up, engaging the clutch and shifting through the gears, while feeling the torque of the motorcycle with the guidance of an expert. 

Entry Level Motorcycle Showcase
Your first bike will not be your last bike. Choosing your first motorcycle can often be a daunting task so we are making it easy by showcasing some of the best entry level motocycles for beginning riders. Together with Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha, we will have a variety of entry level motorcycles on display and experts on hand to help you learn more and understand how and why a small displacment motorcycle is an excellent choice for your first bike.

XDL Wheelie Experience
Test your wheelie skills in a controlled environment, while improving balance and throttle skills with the help of XDL stunt pros. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the exhilarating torque of Zero Motorcycles that have not been governed to reduce power for the New Rider Course. The XDL Wheelie Experience is a motorcycle attached to a stand in a manner that allows wheelies without forward movement; it’s fun to watch and more fun to try.

Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle Demos
Discover a new take on 2 wheels by going for a spin on a Yamaha electric power assist bicycle

Kids Zone
The Kids Zone joins Discover the Ride in partnership with Stacyc, featuring a closed course of battery assisted balance bikes for children to experience riding for the first time, which are the ideal way to introduce riding to young kids. Participants will have the option to ride the balance bikes with or without the addition of a speed limited electric motor depending on their skill. The reccommeded age and weight requirements are 3 years old to 75 pounds. All particpants will be tested for skill before entering the course. 



JANUARY 24 –  26, 2020

Cleveland International Motorcycle Show



3:00pm – 8:00pm


9:30am – 8:00pm


10:00am – 5:00pm




Kids – 11yr and under


Ticket and a Tee $25.00 at www.Motorcycleshows.com



Want to beat the crowd, not wait in line, and not have to fight to get up and close with that new motorcycle you’ve been lusting after? The VIP Tour is the perfect way to experience the Progressive® International Motorcycle Show® without having to deal with any of the hassles.

Offered only on Saturday and Sunday mornings, VIP’s get early entrance to the show half an hour ahead of everyone else (check in 45 minutes prior to show open!), a guided tour of all the great attractions at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Show® and a gift bag valued at $15.

VIP Tour is limited to a maximum of 100 participants and tickets are available while supplies last.  The VIP Tour is offered at all shows.  Don’t wait to take advantage of this premier ticket package! 

Comments are closed.