Loud and Proud: Three-Day Motorcycle Show Wheels Into D.C. This Weekend
In the past decade or so, it seems motorcycles have gone from the haven of dirtbag bikers and motocross enthusiasts to mainstream pop phenomenon.
With television shows like “Monster Garage” and “American Chopper,” stars like Jesse James and the Teutul family have become cable TV (and with James, for awhile at least, tabloid) mainstays. These days every Tom, Dick and Harry can be seen riding a Harley (or a stylistic knockoff) and pretending to be bad to the bone, a civilian Hells Angel if you will.
German-style motorcycle helmets have become de rigueur, the tattooed subculture blowup going hand in hand with the bike boom. Yeah, even middle-aged office workers can try and catch some cool from the rolling thunder of a chromed-out chopper. No one is going to check that you recently sat for your CPA exam or that you haven’t been in a dustup since middle school. More power to you.
And of course with the advent of the X Games, dirt-biking has also taken on a showier edge. While it’s doubtful motocross racing has changed much, the X Games are developing a whole new generation of incredible freestyle stuntmen, guys doing things on motorcycles that would’ve seemed unreal a relatively short time ago.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Some of these people are lifers, some are hobbyists, but they all have one thing in common: Each one loves riding their bike. In this spirit, we invite the Northwest-area apartment renter to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, which takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from January 13 to 15.
I really can’t say much more than the site’s own video. There’ll be bikes galore of all types, the Smage Bros Stunt Show, the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, and you can even design your own ride at the Kawasaki-Design-A-Bike exhibit.
Show hours are Friday the 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday the 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday the 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ticket prices vary, but you can grab a single-day pass for as little as $13 if you buy online in advance. It’s only $2 more if you buy the day of.
Check the site for further pricing details. Kids five and under get in free.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located next to the Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center Metro stop on the Green/Yellow Line.
So if you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, or just a curious sort looking for a fun outing, you come on out and see the bikes. You can also see great apartment listings on Apartment Showcase.