The 2016 AIMExpo kicked off on Thursday from Orlando, Florida's Orange County Convention Center, featuring a day filled with introductions from many of the industry's most prominent brands and manufacturers, highlighted by both global and North American debuts. The doors opened to thousands of trade members who filled the show floor, getting a first-hand look at the latest products coming to the marketplace.
Yamaha had a line-up vying for the pre-show spotlight, revealing its new 2017 YZF-R6, calling it ‘the most aerodynamic motorcycle Yamaha has ever built’. Also being highlighted by the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, its new FZ-09 naked sport bike. The 2017 model of the bike that blew the growing naked segment wide open features radical new styling and a wide array of performance updates.
Rounding out a full slate of new bikes from Yamaha was the customized SCR950 "Checkered Scrambler," built by Brat Style as part of the brand's "Yard Built Projects."
Honda also had some motorcycles they wanted to talk about, including its brand new 25th Anniversary CBR1000RR. The legendary sport bike underwent a major overhaul for 2017, dropping 33 pounds in weight and adding 10 horsepower, which results in a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.
Honda's CBR1000RR - Source Honda
The GSX-R line is the heart and soul of Suzuki, with the 1000 serving as the "King of the Sportbikes." The brand's design philosophies blend effectively with advanced electronics to provide a bike that can adjust to its environment and fine tune its performance to suit a rider's intentions. A wide array of new features combine with the foundational elements that make this such an iconic motorcycle, making the newest generation of the GSX-R1000 Suzuki's best yet.
When the action on the exhibitor floor concluded to bring the opening day to a close, attendees celebrated and socialized at the hugely popular HAPPY! Happy Hour presented by Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance. With the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoach nearby, exhibitors, members of the media, and trade professionals relaxed while enjoying beverages and snacks.
GSX-R1000 - Source Suzuki
Many attendees also took advantage of the opportunity to bid on a specially curated collection of motorcycle memorabilia during the annual Ride for Kids Happy Hour Auction hosted by National Powersport Auctions (NPA) benefits the Cycle World Joseph C. Parkhurst Education Fund. A full 100 percent of the proceeds went towards the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation college scholarship program.
AIMExpo promises to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America. The show is taking place at Florida's Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida until October 16th.