The inaugural American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) to be held on October 16-20, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Consumer days are October 18-20) announced the details of AIMExpo Outdoors!, the event’s interactive and experiential outdoors space. The nearly 400,000 square-foot area located on the grounds of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will feature a variety of activities throughout the five-day event geared towards trade, media and, most importantly, consumers.
The centerpiece of AIMExpo Outdoors! is the exclusive demo area, designated for testing the newest 2014 models for dirt and street. Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy key Suzuki ATV’s, while Yamaha will showcase its brand new Viking side-by-side (SxS). Additionally, KYMCO and Massimo Motors will feature a selection of its latest ATV’s and SxS’s. For the street, Yamaha will showcase its newly introduced 850cc FZ-09 triple by offering the product’s first public demo rides. Suzuki and KYMCO will also offer demo rides on select road bikes and scooters.
“What makes AIMExpo Outdoors! compelling is its interactivity,” said Larry Little, Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group Vice President & General Manager. “Along with an experience in the aisles at AIMExpo, we’re going to provide attendees with an experience in the saddle at AIMExpo Outdoors! Industry, media, and consumers will have hands-on opportunities to both see and test new models before they hit the showroom. The proper timing and location of AIMExpo allows us to present a number of groundbreaking features that are excellent examples of how AIMExpo is building an event that meets the changing needs of the industry.”
The Off-Road Demo Area was designed by AMA Hall of Fame member and former AMA Pro Grand National Champion racer Mike Kidd to let attendees operate the ATV’s and SxS units of participating manufacturers. The natural terrain layout is constructed to test the capabilities of these vehicles in a real world setting.
Adjacent to the Off-Road Demo Area, the AIMExpo Adventure Course will also be the site of one of the most exciting features at the show. The course will be available for consumers to operate their own street legal off-road bike. The feature, first of its kind for a major powersports expo, will include rocks, logs, off-camber turns, mud, and obstacles that riders of adventure bikes might encounter. The AIMExpo Adventure Course is the ideal way for riders to assess their skills while putting their bike’s performance to the test
For those new to off-road powersports, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, ATV Safety Foundation and Motorcycle Safety Foundation will be offering Introductory Experiences to initiate new riders to the basics of operating ROV’s, ATV’s and dirt bikes, respectively. The ROV Experience is for licensed participants age 16 and over, the ATV Experience is for riders age 6 and over, and the Dirt Bike experience is for youth ages 6-12, exclusively.
Rounding out the fun at AIMExpo Outdoors are a special Dynojet Shootout, presented by Cycle World, and special performances by one of the leading street freestyle teams in the world, Empire Freestyle. Achieving viral fame with their Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle video series, Empire’s incredibly talented duo of Ernie Vigil and Nick “Apex” Brocha will put on a breathtaking show, pushing the limits of high performance riding. To check out a YouTube video highlighting Empire’s amazing skills, click here.
AIMExpo Outdoors! is a short walk from AIMExpo’s main exhibit hall located at the OCCC’s West Building. Additionally, shuttle transportation will be available throughout the event, operating from point-to-point between the main entrance, AIMExpo Outdoors! and the event’s host hotels. Additionally, thanks to the support of AAA Motor Club, AIMExpo will offer FREE motorcycle parking, encouraging attendees to ride to the OCCC. Free motorcycle parking will be located just to the west of AIMExpo Outdoors!