I heard that IMS (Progressive International Motorcycle Shows) was happening in Long Beach over the weekend and I had to go! I drove from LA to Long Beach on Sunday afternoon. Walking into the convention center (where it was being held), you have a "gear check" area. It was convenient for riders to have a place to hang up gear and not have to worry about bumping into people, bikes, small children. Walking through the corridor you're offered Progressive Insurance bags to hold all your "show swag" and then BOOM you're surrounded by tons and tons of bikes! Every booth was an absolute blast! If you look in the general direction of a bike, the staff running the booth would offer to let you hop on so of course I had to oblige! Since I had my camera out, everyone was so accommodating and asking me if they needed to move anything around etc.
Some companies had bikes you could go out to the parking lot and demo! Triumphs, Harley's, Royals, Ducatis, and the list goes on! Not to mention all of the gear! Scorpion, Sena, misc leather makers, motorcycle insurance, and they even had a Floyds Barbershop! In between the booths there were custom built bikes ranging from choppers, street bikes, cafes, even a crazy three wheeled bike! The people were so rad and everyone there was just like us, a motorcycle fanatic. If you ever have a chance to go to an IMS show, DO IT!