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Two-Wheeled Show Stoppers Return to Long Beach

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Got a passion for all things motorized and two-wheeled? Then the Progressive International Motorcycle show being held this weekend in Long Beach is just the ticket. The show, running through Sunday at the Long Beach convention center is the place for those of us on the West Coast to see the debut of new motorcycles, learn more about riding and see some of the bikes that transcend the idea of mere transportation to become art.

New models from BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha and more will be on display, as well as concept bikes, custom builds, and a stunt-riding exhibition. A booth specifically geared towards female riders or women who want to learn more about motorcycling offers an inclusive space for a growing segment of the motorcycling population, while a Design-A-Bike experience lets people bring their 2-D dreams to life. Demo rides are provided from BRP/Can-Am, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Star and Victory are available for those who know what they're doing and want a chance to test the newest tech.

Seminars on basic riding, bike maintenance, long-distance touring, appropriate gear and talks from some of the best known riders in the industry — including two of the worlds fastest women, Leslie Porterfield and Melissa Paris — will be going on all three days.

And for the history buffs out there, Los Angeles-based Motorcyclist magazine has a booth celebrating its 100th year in existence featuring a collection of bikes from every decade. The magazine was launched in 1912 to cover the then-emerging motorized (and pedaled) two-wheeled world and it has evolved over the years to become the longest running motorcycle magazine in existence.

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The show is $13 for adults, and $6 for kids, but check the website for details. Hours on
Saturday are 9:30am - 8:00pm and Sunday from 9:30am - 5:00pm.