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post #1 of 12 Old 12-03-2017, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down NYC Progressive Motorcycle show

Worst ever! Sure quite a few bikes, but no Stuff, Farkles, boots or important stuff to ad. No camping stuff, tents. What a waste of time. No hands on stuff either. Spent a lot of $$$$$$ to get there, tickets, and food for the wife and I along with lodging and got GYPPED!

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-03-2017, 09:32 PM
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The So Cal show in Long BEach was only 25 miles from home but past shows had proved to be a bit boring. Yah, no great sales on squat.I was a no show.
Shame you spent so much to be disappointed.
Camping bargains, REI garage, Cabella sales, a myriad of online outlets? Good luck with the search.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 06:41 AM
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Sorry to hear about the show. I've gone to the NY show twice, the first time around '07 it was good, lots of vendors and such. In '11 not quite as good, less vendors and some of the new bikes I went to see weren't on display. It's almost a 500 mile round trip so I stopped going.

We have some local shows put on by the same company, some good & some not. One year I spent $18 to get in and saw everything in about 18 minutes. Local dealers bring bikes, but often times it's a half hearted attempt, they just grab a few bikes off the showroom floor.

What I've been doing for a while with some riding friends, and is a lot more fun is doing "Motorcycle Day." On a Saturday in the late winter we hit the local dealers, it's a day to hook up after not seeing each other for a few months, talk about the upcoming riding seasons, get lunch and beer, and to just get out of the house after a long New England winter. We've got some great dealers, so typically see Ducs, Aprillia, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, KTM, HD, and the big 4 from Japan.

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post #4 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by manofsteel1 View Post
Worst ever! , got GYPPED!
I stopped going a few years back. I don't think a show could be any worst, junk, lousy vendors. They moved open time of Fri. from 12 noon to 2, which was enough to get me stuck in commuter traffic when I left, so I'm done

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 12:21 PM
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I went on Sunday. It appears to be less and less popular, and the fringe bike manufacturers have pulled out. Honda and HD appeared to have the most traffic. The others not so much. It has always been a marketplace for cheap crap, with a few better manufacturers sprinkled in. I did notice that the reps were glued to their cell phones, certainly a sign of the times. Let's face it, motorcycling is a dying sport/hobby, just like bowling, golf, model railroading etc... I hope to enjoy motorcycling as long as I am physically and mentally capable. What happens after the baby boomer generation is gone, I do not know.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 01:11 PM
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Think I'll stay home....

Thanks for the show review. Fellow group riders are heading to Minneapolis later this week for the next show. That's just over 900 miles round trip. I was contemplating joining but my intent would have been to look for gear, brand name helmets and farkles. Think I'll save the $$ for online shipping charges instead.
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 01:20 PM
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From what I'm hearing.....not a good place to look at luggage and other farkles for a Strom? Was planning on going to the Cleveland show, maybe not after this report. Problem for me, very few dealers within a 100 miles have any selection at all of aftermarket stuff.
Online is OK, but I really like to look at stuff in person. Video review only shows what they want you to see.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 04:11 PM
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I don't believe that these Motorcycle shows were ever intended to bring quality retail aftermarket accessories to the public. They are just "add ons" to the motorcycle manufacturers. The better aftermarket companies realize that this is not the venue for great sales. It is an expensive proposition to have a group of employees travel with products to locations all over the country. And, the internet is that good for most people, especially with liberal return policies. It is a great time for the consumer, not so much for manufacturers.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 04:19 PM
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I went to several shows in Phoenix, (read:Glendale Az.), and the first was impressive, but they went downhill each yr. The demo rides were a nice feature if you're trying to decide on a new model, but that's about it.

I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my motorsickle. A. Guthrie.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-04-2017, 04:26 PM
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Demo rides are always fun and free. Not really a good indication of the pluses and minuses of a bike, as there are typically a significant riding restrictions. NY Show is in December, and demos are not offered. I think most would agree that these shows have gone downhill for a variety of reasons.
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