The Best of AIMExpo 2013

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America’s new bike show wants to bring a genuinely world-class exhibition across the Atlantic. In this, its first year, manufacturer support was scant, but the aftermarket turned out in a big way. Here’s our pick of the best of AIMExpo 2013, brought to you straight from the show floor.  Next >>

  • chupa

    Daft Punk!

  • gaudette

    Really?!!! 16 pages…that’s just gross

    • RWerksman

      Totally gross – especially considering the blurb on each page is a single paragraph plus single picture, AND each page embeds twitter, facebook, and google plus links that come from remote sites slowing everything down.

      I wasn’t blocking ads on this site… until now. :(

      • JohnnyWaffles

        Yeah I like working for free too

        • E Brown

          There’s a happy medium between wanting to get paid and padding the bill…

      • Zach

        There’s a Chrome add-on called Widgetblock that stops all the FB/twitter/G+ stuff from loading. I installed it a while back because otherwise this site’s pages were unusable on my computer.

    • Jonathan

      I don’t mind clicking 16 times to view other slideshows, it’s just that it isn’t done well on this site. I’m sure they’ll get there. If they’re looking for inspiration, Mashable has a good slideshow system that isn’t clunky. I think they’re experimenting, but hopefully they learn and adapt quickly.

      • Brian

        the problem is that it isn’t a slideshow, it is 16 different pages, and not enough content for them to be real pages full of content to warrant it all.

        • Jonathan

          It’s a slideshow. And a shitshow.

      • RWerksman

        Neither do I, nor do I mind advertising in general. In fact, up until this post, I had ABP disabled for this site, and clicked on some of the advertisements. Additionally, I actually PAID for the content on the old HFL site.

        With this particular post however, it’s intentional obfuscation that is specifically put in place to increase page views. There is no value for the reader, which is sort of the point for a website in general.

    • kentaro

      I’m pretty sure the Rideapart/HFL gang gets everyone’s point and will do something about it. I visit this site daily because they post the best news on the motorcycle industry and because I really think the team cares about their readers. No site has the authors contributing so much in the comments from what I can tell.

      Now, let’s talk about how we can one of those Daft Punk helmets in time for Halloween.

  • Dustin

    Spot Gen 3 is a must get. Thanks.

  • pete bloggs

    16 pages is taking the pi%s. Yes we understand the site needs to make money but there comes a point when I and I’m sure others will just not bother coming to the site.

    • martin

      is that all you have to worry about in life? are your fingers sore?

      • runnermatt

        I think the complaints may stem from who has fast internet and who has slow internet. I wish I had FIOS, but I wish more that DSL or Cable internet was even available at my house.

  • Rowtag

    you look pleased with that jacket wes

  • Bryan Zebleckes

    To those complaining about pages and ads you do realize these guys have to make a living somehow. I would much rather give the ad clicks to this site and keep them growing then some other site.

    • pete bloggs

      What next? A new page every sentence?

    • Brian

      while I know and understand exactly what you are saying, it is a bit ridiculous with each page having as minimal amount of verbage and single picture for each page. I might be more inclined to not complain if there was more detailed pictures ( as in more than say 3 per page/item) and some more descriptive detail(s) with estimated prices, eta’s, and various other potential things to tell people. In this format with the details/pics listed, this could have been done in 3 pages, maybe 4. I get the distinct impression this was a rush job just to put something up, rather than taking some more time to put it together fully.

  • NOCHnoch

    Boots look absolutely killer. I’ll take 2nd from left, thankyouverymuch.

  • VagrantCoyote

    I usually drink the RideApart Kool-Aid and ready to defend most of their decision and direction, but I agree, 16 pages is horrendous. Come on guys.

    • KeithB

      I second that opinion.
      Display on a scroll down page and have adds change in a side bar.
      This is the kind of crap that some were concerned about with the HFL move to Ride Apart.

  • Bram

    16 pages and still no KTM Superduke 1290R….

  • John

    I want my 5 minutes back.

  • Chris Cope

    Who would buy a Hero bike in the States? I can think of only a handful of US cities where a tiny bike would actually be practical (i.e., cities where people live in a heavily congested area and commute solely withion said congested area, never touching a freeway and very rarely going more than 40 mph) and only one of those cities allows filtering.

    • Mark D

      I’d be interested in a super-cheap ~200cc urban dirt bike. Say, new for $3,500 out the door.

    • Piglet2010

      I would like to see Hero buy Harley-Davidson and put Erik Buell in charge – karma thing, eh?

  • Mr.Paynter

    The Vanson is exciting for one day when I am big/rich.
    The Bullit suddenly seems more worthwile at the higher price-point than the Gringo with the ECE rating!

  • kentaro

    I would be happy to pay per month again to remove pagination and ads, and a little more if I got a sticker with Wes’ face on it for my panniers.

  • ph0rk

    An armored Model A? Is this real?

  • Gerardo Astroball

    Love the site… as a suggestion for improvement, invest time some time in photography, and perhaps a decent point and shoot.

  • HoldenL

    Wes, do you think AIMExpo is worth a three-hour drive each way to visit? For, you know, a member of the masses who doesn’t have a press pass?

    • Wes Siler

      Yeah, I think so. It’s primarily aftermarket, but there’s a TON of aftermarket and some very neat stuff. It’s a nice show.

  • CruisingTroll

    I think the Hero has promise in the marketplace, but not with those whip thin spaghetti noodle forks. Seriously, a mountain bike has thicker forks than that…

  • Aaron much complaining about 16 pages and ads. Is there any one that is excited about the new stuff?

    • Brian

      sure, after seeing the page with small blurb about Venture Heated gloves, I Google’d them and found among their products they have an electrically heated Snuggie in their product range of offerings.

  • El Isbani

    I think bikes like Hero could replace the “first car” for a lot of young people. Looking back, it would have been cooler than my truck at age 17.

  • huttonj

    16 pages is horrible. Create a consistently good experience for your audience, it will pay off over time. There are other ways to do ad placements. I love this site, but the 2 page switch was irritating, this is just obnoxious. If you’re going to make people page through 16 times, at least get a decent gallery module or something. This is a cheap move from an otherwise respectable site.

  • ben

    Spot Gen 3… Why have I never heard about gen1 and gen2!? I will be buying one immediately.

    Also, I don’t get what the deal is with all of the complaints. 16 pages of content doesn’t bother me as long as I get to watch these new episodes of RideApart TV…

  • illyoojeen

    Hey Wes, do you have any additional details on the AR3? Specifically, what type of armor Vanson is going to use? And do you know how they plan on incorporating it into the jacket? I saw a prototype of a different armored Vanson jacket and all they did was attach velcro to the lining and armor, which seemed like a pretty cheap move for a $500+ jacket.

    • Wes Siler

      It’s their foam CE armor and it’s stitched in. It actually works well, coverage is excellent, extending down your forearm from the elbow and fully enveloping the shoulder. No back protector is included, you’ll need to wear a separate, strap-on type doohickey like i do:

      • Josh

        Did you get a chance to try it on? Curious how it’ll look off the bike…

        • Wes Siler

          That’s me standing there in it. And there’s about a million pictures of me in my version everywhere.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    Kawasaki needs to get into that qaudski so they can name it Kawaquadski

  • Daniel Ooms

    Liking the boots, helmet and gloves. Looking forward to those items coming out.

    NOTE to RideApart: thumbnails of the items at the bottom would be a nice add. Thanks for all the hard work.

  • kentaro

    Here, print this.

    • Justin Turner

      Man, its gotta be die-cut around that flowing hair.

      • kentaro

        A silhouette of that head of hair would be cool. Maybe on top of the old sheep skull HFL logo.

  • DaveDawsonAlaska

    The Gibbs Quadski would be great fun in Alaska, especially if adding a winch to the front wouldn’t make it too nose heavy to float since it doesn’t have 4wd. Most of really long cool trails up here dead end at or cross rivers or lakes which are easy to cross in winter, when everything’s frozen, but create a no-go in summer when its not.

  • Bryan Laviolette

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