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Video Visit to the Long Beach Progressive International Motorcycle Show


The Progressive International Motorcycle Show came to Long Beach, California this weekend, and MD was at the exclusive media event Friday morning to shoot the following video.  The show is traveling all around the country and you can find a city near you by checking here.

Here are links to MD stories we have written about some of the motorcycles discussed in the video, including the KTM 1290 SuperDuke R, the BMW R nineT, the Honda Valkyrie, the Ducati Monster 1200, and the Kawasaki Z1000.

Here is the video:


  1. Boris says:

    News flash: the “naked” bike look is BUTT-UGLY!

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  2. Brent Meeker says:

    Just when you thought they couldn’t get any uglier!

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  3. dino says:

    Nice to see a video format to help cover a lot of information more easily (a picture is worth a thousand words, eh?)

    One suggestion for the video next time. Since it seemed the camera was hand held (just a little drift to suggest it was not on a tripod), maybe have the camera slowly pan around the bikes, so we get all the angles of the hardware, instead of one static view-angle. Just a thought!

    Would love it if I could visit the Cycle Show without all the public crowds!!

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  4. allworld says:

    You have to agree this seems to be the year of bike naked’s

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  5. Mr.Mike says:

    Like the Picture of Dorian Gray, that new Valkyrie gets harder to look at with each passing day.

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  6. mickey says:

    So do you view the ” State of the Industry” after seeing all the new offerings

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    • Dirck Edge says:

      Much more exciting, innovative new product, and the new product blitz is ongoing. The question remains, however, whether the US and European economies can support the demand side of the equation for expensive models. Asian markets are driving the development of smaller displacement, less expensive models, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

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  7. goose says:

    Great use of video. Amazing the significant bikes that are at Long Beach there were not at the San Mateo show. I would agree it would have been nice to see a bit on the new V-Strom.


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  8. david says:

    What? no vstrom? I know it was there.

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  9. fast old guy says:

    Dirck, nice job.. Looking forward to seeing the new KTM in the flesh.

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  10. Ken says:

    Good review on the new iron but you do not include any of the young ladies who normally introduce the bikes! Always wonder if they travel with the show or they just hire locally.

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    • Blackcayman says:

      Having 10+ years working with companies that did big business in the trade show industry, almost all of the “talent” is local ladies.

      In Vegas you can meet a “lady” at the show and if you srike up a friendly conversation, you could get invited to see all of her at a local club or more at your hotel room.

      I do not have first hand experience with this phenomenom, yet I did hear from several reliable co-workers that it was a factual process.

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    • jake says:

      Would rather see more bikes. With all the free stuff you can get lately on the internet, seeing more ladies, even good looking, naked ones, has lost a bit of its luster.

      Lesson: Too much of anything, esp, when it is free, can go and make just about anything seem old and stale. Would rather walk my dog.

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    • Dirck Edge says:

      The young ladies were largely missing from the press day this year. Probably came out when they let the public into the show (after the media left).

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  11. Gary says:

    Thanks for the video blog Dirck. I think this format works very well for cycle-show coverage.

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