Friday, October 13, 2017

New Location - Same Great Show


New Location - Same Great Show
AIMExpo 2017

For the first time in its five year run - AIMExpo moved from Orlando, FL to Columbus, OH. While the move was initially controversial - the show seemed to fit in it’s new environment. Rich with great
restaurants, bars, and nightlife opportunities for after the show - attendees were pleasantly surprised by what Columbus had to offer. The hope was that the AIMExpo would essentially take over the city for the show dates - and did it ever.

Around the Greater Columbus Convention Center, bikes were lined up - parked alongside busy city streets. The surrounding hotels were packed with riders who attended for both work and play. With a huge variety of exhibitors to meet with, products to sample, bikes to test ride, and informative presentations - AIMExpo had a little bit
of everything to engage the most novice of powersports enthusiasts to riders who’ve been at it for years. 

From Indian to Yamaha to Suzuki and Harley Davidson - all the big manufacturers pulled out the stops for this show. They were there with their best displays, most bad-ass bikes, and off-road units that could take you to the farthest reaching corners of our country.

Buyers definitely took notice of the lower price points of the smaller, lightweight bikes from all the manufacturers - many sporting a stop-you-in-your tracks matte black paint - and rumors flew about the big Honda announcement coming up in the next few weeks. Some hoped there would be a sneak peek at the show - no such luck - but the leading rumor was that they would release an automatic Goldwing. Time will tell. 

Next year, the show’s headed to Vegas - lining up with Las Vegas Bike Week and Monster Energy Cup in October - giving attendees more than enough to keep them busy. It should definitely be a top destination on your 2018 list.

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The Legend of the Bell


Photo Courtesy of Bike Bandit

The Legend of the Bell

October - especially because of Halloween - brings out a superstitious side of us. From avoiding ladders to making sure black cats don’t cross your path - this is the month to scare the crap out of your friends and watch over your shoulder for a rogue zombie. The motorcycling community is no stranger to superstition - from riding with the rear pegs down to green bikes being bad luck to - our personal favorite - the Gremlin Bell.

While the exact origin is unknown - the superstition says that by attaching a small silver or brass bell to the lowest part of a motorcycle’s frame, the rider will be protected from road gremlins trying to harm them. If the road gremlins do grab a rider’s bike - the hollow part of the bell will catch them - and while they may be able to hold on initially, the ringing and bouncing of the bell will drive them crazy and they will let go - leaving the rider safe to ride on. Here’s the catch though - riders can’t purchase these bells for themselves - they need to be given one from another rider as a sign of goodwill and camaraderie.

This tradition runs deep with Harley riders - but many other cruiser and touring riders have also adopted it over the years. And while there will never be a way to prove if this superstition is real - October is the month to give it a chance - so hit the road during this weirdly spooky month and toll the bell.



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