American International Motorcycle Expo To Become A Four-Day Event

AIMExpo1In the short time since the launch of AIMExpo, show management has received a significant amount of feedback from the Powersports industry hailing the event as much needed and an overwhelming success. Based on input received, and keeping with AIMExpo’s mission of providing the most effective and efficient platform for B2B and B2C commerce, AIMExpo will be streamlined by one day. The 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) will be a four-day event held on October 16-19, 2014. Last year’s inaugural event was five days. Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center remains the host venue for the event. Exclusive trade and media days will be held on Thursday and Friday (October 16 & 17) with the show expanding to include consumer attendees on Saturday and Sunday (October 18 & 19). The AIMExpo is powersports’ only combined trade, media and consumer event in North America.

“Since the beginning, a core goal has been to serve as a catalyst for change,” said Larry Little, General Manager, Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. “This means listening and responding to the needs of the industry. Our post show surveys of exhibitors, trade and consumer attendees, coupled with the extensive conversations we have on a daily basis with our customers and partners, clearly pointed us to the decision to go to four days.”

AIMExpo2The new four-day format will ensure AIMExpo remains a highly-productive and well-organized event while increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness for all participants. The inaugural AIMExpo featured 392 exhibitors including manufacturers and distributors Yamaha, Erik Buell Racing, Suzuki, KYMCO and Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice, among others. AIMExpo 2014 has already booked over 200 exhibitors and is on track to surpass the launch year in both size and scope.

PowerSports Business Institute @ AIMExpo, the events’ highly regarded industry education program will also return offering attendees invaluable learning opportunities not found anywhere else. Additionally, Motorcycle & Powersports News, the event’s official media sponsor, will again be producing AIMExpo show publications including the Show Directory, Show Dailies and Souvenir Consumer Program. Companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact one of the sales representatives toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

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11 Responses to “American International Motorcycle Expo To Become A Four-Day Event”


  1. 1 George Van Tine Jan 25th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Visited the show in october. Nice, but why so few vendors of the custom v-twin industry? Because they are setup in Daytona for Biketoberfest?

  2. 2 Rodent Jan 25th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    AIMS might be inline to replace Biketoberfest!

  3. 3 ROGUE Jan 26th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Rodent; Why would Vendors who have done so well for years in Daytona Beach during Bike Week and Biketoberfest want to move?

    The volume of people that go to Daytona definitely makes it a better place for any vendor.

  4. 4 ROGUE Jan 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    George; Much like “INDY” this is billed as Motor Sports and includes things that most V-Twin riders are not interested in.
    There may be some V-Twin dealers set up in Daytona that are big enough to do this event as well But I doubt you will to many there.
    There are better places and events for those interested in V-Twin motorcycles to attend and of course that is what the vendors are looking for.

  5. 5 Shifter Jan 26th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Rogue. There was more dealers present in Daytona visiting the AIMExpo every day than the V-Twin Expo!

  6. 6 HD Rider Jan 26th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I don’t see how the Dealer Expo (now moved to Chicago) is going to compete with this. I look for the Dealer Expo to go belly-up.

  7. 7 Blackmax Jan 26th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I would not says the other shows are dead, just yet
    Yes the amenities are better & it is warmer
    but not so much for the V-Twin industry,
    As Rogue said people already have their spots for Biketoberfest already staked out & paid for

  8. 8 ROGUE Jan 27th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Something that should be clear and that is that the V-Twin Expo is for exactly what the name says for V-Twin Only.

    It is not open to the general public. I personally find that better for me and the vendors I have talked to seem to agree that it gives them better time with their business customers.

    I have not checked how many Dealers and or Vendors are attending either show But if you add other types of motorcycles and then add motorsports it makes sense that there would be more dealers and or Vendors.

    With that being said when companies set up at a show it is to attract customers. Because of the amount of people in and around the Daytona area including those who daytrip in there are more potential customers in Daytona than Orlando.

    There has to be Pros and Cons to both types of shows. I personally am not interested enough in all the other type of vehicles at some of these shows and having to spend time getting to what I want to see.

    Granted there are many others that are interested in these other type of vehicles enough to want this type of show. To each their own But trying to compare the two is like trying to compare Apples and Oranges
    .
    Over the years the amount of motorcycle activities related to the Daytona events have spread to surrounding areas and Orlando is definitely one of those areas and that will help the AIMExpo I am sure.

    I do think the AIMExpo is trying hard to offer a good venue But they have a long way to go yet. I do wish them luck in their venture.

  9. 9 Brett Sherman Jan 27th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    There is a rumor that the V-Twin Expo and the AIMExpo were “talking” to each other. Merging in one show in Orlando?

  10. 10 Walt Lumpkin Jan 27th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I was a quest of one of the vendors at the AIMExpo and even though I’m primarily a V-twin guy I found it well attended by the vendors for the other part of the two wheel industry. I found the bike manufacturers enthusiastic about their products and the industry. There were some notable absentees from the iniitial show but I suspect they will reconsider their 2014 plans.

    As Rogue so eloquently stated this show is not in direct competition with anything happening in Daytona or Cincinnati. The AIM industry attendees and the general public attendees each have separate agendas and interests. There could very well be some crossover since Orlando and Daytona are so close but that would be a plus for each event. The metric cruiser manufacturers do have an interest in Daytona and we do see more and more sport bikes at the large legacy rallies.

    I think enticing The Motor Company and the various vendors that populate Daytona each year to Orlando would be next to impossible. And the AIM show is not a party, it is business. Allowing the public entry to the show only helps the vendors get the maximum bang for their dollar.

    As one V-twin industry vet told me, we don’t have the resources to man two simultaneous shows and it would not make good business sense to do so when they are located so close together and our customer is in Daytona.

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