2016 Progressive Long Beach IMS in Photos

The first 2016-17 Progressive International Motorcycle Show of the season kicked off with a flurry, manufacturer reps shooting rapid-fire bullet points like circus barkers to a throng of local and international media Friday morning. Special guests added to the moto-pageantry that is the IMS, Indian Motorcycle flexing its new Indian Wrecking Crew muscles by bringing out American Flat Track champion Bryan Smith to sit on the FTR750.

Bryan Smith Indian Flat Tracker Long Beach IMS 2016

Reigning American Flat Track champion Bryan Smith sits on the Indian Scout FTR750 he will be competing on next year.

Over at Victory Motorcycles, Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita was applauded for having recently completed a record-setting six continent, 57,000 mile run riding a Victory Cross Country Tour.

Grizzly Award from Victory Motorcycles 2016 Long Beach IMS

Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita receives a personal memento from the Victory Motorcycles team at the Long Beach IMS.

Erik Buell and his team officially unveiled the new EBR Motorcycles Black Lightning, its more relaxed ergonomics, lower price point and blacked-out scheme with the potential to lure new buyers Buell’s way.

Erik Buell EBR Black Lightning Long Beach IMS 2016

Erik Buell unveiled the EBR Motorcycles Black Lightning at the 2016 Long Beach IMS.

If the caliber of bikes in the Long Beach J&P Ultimate Builder Bike Show is any indicator, it’s going to be a helluva season. The custom game is strong in SoCal. Can’t wait to hear the results.

Kens Factory Klassy Nine Long Beach Ultimate Builder Bike Show 2016

SoCal came out swinging in the first round of the 2016-17 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show at the Long Beach IMS.

We’ve got more to report on later, but until then, here’s photos from Friday at the 2016 Long Beach IMS.