Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) run through the winter from coast to coast and are a great way to learn about the latest in motorcycling, including what’s going on at the National Motorcycle Museum. The Museum has supported and created IMS features like “Women on the Wall of Death, “100 Years of Motorcyclist” and this year an “Evel Knievel Retrospective” complete with a replica Evel jump bike, an XR750 Harley-Davidson. Show attendees in Minneapolis, Cleveland, Novi, Chicago and Indianapolis had a chance to read of Evel’s accomplishments on large timeline panels, and at most shows got to meet George Sedlak, artist, who conceived and painted Evel’s red white and blue bikes and helmets.
In addition, The National Motorcycle Museum for the 12th year launched the new fundraiser bike, this year at the New York IMS during the pre-show press time. Donated by Victory Motorcycle Company and customized by Arlen Ness, the 2013 Victory Cross Country is grabbing a lot of attention, especially when fans of the Ness family see it’s signed by Arlen and his son Cory. The bike, custom one-off paint and Ness accessories top $31,000 in total and you could be the winner on December 31, 2013 when the lucky ticket is drawn. We send thanks to dozens of volunteers who worked with us at each show, handed out literature and took donations for chances to win our Victory fundraiser bike.
But the biggest reason we display at the IMS is to encourage show attendees to come to Anamosa, Iowa and spend a day at the National Motorcycle Museum. About 500,000 attend the entire show circuit and we hope to see some of you at the Museum soon.