This past weekend I drove up to Charlotte, NC to attend the 11th stop of the 2012 International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) tour. This was the first appearance for the IMS in Charlotte after having been held in Greenville, SC for the past several years.
I arrived at the Charlotte Convention Center Friday evening at around 6pm to find a bit of a slim crowd. A weather system had moved through the area around 5pm which might have led some that were planning to ride to the show to change their plans. Although I had rather that there had been a better turnout, the lack of people did allow for me to get some pictures without having to wait for a clear shot. Most of the major manufacturers were represented along with a good assortment of gear and accessory brands plus some regional exhibitors. I watched the Smage Brothers (of America’s Got Talent fame) last performance of the day and was really impressed with their trials riding abilities.
On Saturday morning I arrived at the show about thirty minutes after the doors opened and there was already a much larger crowd than the previous evening. There was plenty to see and do whether you were looking for a new bike, shopping for gear and accessories or just checking out all of the cool new, custom and vintage motorcycles that were there on display. All of that along with the seminars and the stunt show made the trip well worthwhile. If you missed the IMS this year (you have one more chance at Bike Week in Daytona) be sure to catch it next year when it rolls through your part of the country.