Meet the Rider Magazine Editors at the 2017 AIMExpo Presented by Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio

2017 AIMExpo
The 2017 AIMExpo Presented by Nationwide will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, September 23-24.

The Rider’s Garage by Rider magazine, Woman Rider and Thunder Press is returning to AIMExpo Presented by Nationwide at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, this September 23-24. AIMExpo is America’s combined trade, media and consumer powersports event, and is open to trade and media on September 21-22, and the general public on September 23-24. The newly expanded Rider’s Garage experience gives AIMExpo attendees the opportunity to meet some of Rider’s editors and enjoy an inside look from industry experts at motorcycle products and accessories, riding skills enhancement and DIY classes. The Garage is geared toward active motorcycle enthusiasts and will include more than a dozen industry experts speaking on a variety of motorcycle-related topics. Rider’s Garage is free to all attendees of the event.

New this year: the Rider’s Garage is combining with the AIMExpo Main Stage, so you’ll be able to find all the speakers and activities you want in one place. We will also be hosting our first ever Woman Rider “Women Who Ride” panel, where you can sit in on a discussion about the growing number of female riders, how to choose the right bike for you, the latest in rider apparel, women’s-only motorcycle tours and inspirational stories from some of the most influential women in the industry. This is a very special opportunity that you won’t want to miss! (Guys too!)

Here is the full schedule:

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Saturday (Show Hours 9-6)

10:00 – Eric Trow, Stayin Safe
Of Motorcycles, Men’s Rooms and Mutts
What does an airport restroom have in common with riding twisting mountain roads? How can walking a dog help keep you out of trouble on blind curves and hillcrests? In this engaging and often humorous workshop that borrows on his popular Riding Well column in Rider magazine, Trow illustrates how we can find valuable lessons in everyday life that can help make us better and safer riders. Like the way sunscreen just might help you avoid road rash.
Stayinsafe.com

11:00 – Scott Enlow, Arai Helmets
Experience Makes the Difference
With so many helmet brands on the market today, it’s important to know who makes your helmet and how it is made. For 70 years the Arai family has been dedicated to providing the best protection possible. Learn about what goes into designing and building a premium helmet and why you should care.
Araiamericas.com

12:00 – Where the Road Ends
Where the Road Ends Motorcycle Documentary: Preparing for the Darien Gap
In November 2017, a team of U.S. Army veterans will ride motorcycles from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America, crossing the infamous Darien Gap in the process. The team will overcome subzero temperatures, sweltering heat, and miles of untamed jungle to complete an expedition which can only be considered an ultimate test of will.
Wayne Mitchell, retired Army Engineer officer, producer and expedition leader
Jake Hamby, Freelance Videographer and Combat Camera Operator
Alex Manne, photographer, former Special Forces Communications and Army Photographer
Simon Edwards, former Special Forces Medic and two-time land speed record holder at Bonneville
Wheretheroadendsmoto.com

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1:00 – Get Inspired by Women Who Ride
Sit in on a discussion about the growing number of female riders, how to choose the right bike for you, the latest in rider apparel, women’s-only motorcycle tours and inspirational stories from some of the most influential women in the industry:
Alisa Clickenger (Women’s Motorcycle Tours), Tracy Motz (Rev’It), Jen Mueke (BMW), Erin Sills (multiple land-speed World Record holder), Lisa Thomas, world traveler

2:00 – Lise Pearson, ACF-50
Protecting Your Motorcycle from Corrosion
Ride hard, leave the maintenance to us! If you live in an area near bodies of fresh or salt water, or that regularly experience high humidity, snow or rain, and you own and ride motorcycles that have parts prone to corrosion, you need a product like ACF-50.
acf-50.com/products.html

3:00 – AMA Hall of Famers Meet & Greet
Come meet the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2017, including Donnie Emler Sr., Eddie Lojak Sr., Bob Moore, Peter Starr and John Ulrich — as well as AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner who was inducted in 2000. Get their autographs and hear from these American motorcycling greats in photos, videos and their own words. A Q&A follows the presentation.
https://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/News-Story/ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-announces-class-of-2017

4:00 – Court Rand, Ecuador Freedom
Fly and Ride Adventures – What You Need to Know
What is a fly and ride adventure and why would you do one? How to choose your destination. When to go? What to look for in a tour / rental company. How to make sure your ride goes smoothly in a foreign country like Ecuador.
Freedombikerental.com

5:00 – Matt Wiley, Race Tech
Turning Knobs—The Wizardry Behind Motorcycle Suspension
Today’s suspension components are sophisticated yet simple to tailor and adjust to your bike’s needs.
Racetech.com

Sunday (Show Hours 10-5)

11:00 – Lise Pearson, ACF-50
Protecting Your Motorcycle from Corrosion
Ride hard, leave the maintenance to us! If you live in an area near bodies of fresh or salt water, or that regularly experience high humidity, snow or rain, and you own and ride motorcycles that have parts prone to corrosion, you need a product like ACF-50.
acf-50.com/products.html

11:45 – Eric Trow, Stayin’ Safe
Of Motorcycles, Men’s Rooms and Mutts
What does an airport restroom have in common with riding twisting mountain roads? How can walking a dog help keep you out of trouble on blind curves and hillcrests? In this engaging and often humorous workshop that borrows on his popular Riding Well column in Rider magazine, Trow illustrates how we can find valuable lessons in everyday life that can help make us better and safer riders. Like the way sunscreen just might help you avoid road rash.
Stayinsafe.com

12:30 – Where the Road Ends
Where the Road Ends Motorcycle Documentary: Preparing for the Darien Gap
In November 2017, a team of U.S. Army veterans will ride motorcycles from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America, crossing the infamous Darien Gap in the process. The team will overcome subzero temperatures, sweltering heat, and miles of untamed jungle to complete an expedition which can only be considered an ultimate test of will.
Wayne Mitchell, retired Army Engineer officer, producer and expedition leader
Jake Hamby, Freelance Videographer and Combat Camera Operator
Alex Manne, photographer, former Special Forces Communications and Army Photographer
Simon Edwards, former Special Forces Medic and two time land speed record holder at Bonneville
Wheretheroadendsmoto.com

1:15 – Mike Tole, Cardo Systems
3rd Generation Wireless Intercom Devices
An overview of Mesh-enabled intercom headsets and the many substantial advantages of them compared to the Bluetooth daisy-chain headsets of the past 10 years.
Cardosystems.com

2:00 – AIMExpo Championship of the Americas Awards Ceremony
The AIMExpo Championship of the Americas is a showcase of design, engineering and creativity by custom bike builders from as far north as Greenland all the way to the tip of South America. Builders compete for prizes in five categories–Free Style, Retro Custom, Street Custom, Performance Custom and Peoples’ Choice–and a chance to represent the Americas in the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
aimexpousa.com/championship-of-the-americas

3:00 – Eric Hougen, Wolfman Luggage
Inside Soft Luggage and Ride Right
Selecting, mounting and packing specialty motorcycle soft luggage for on and off-road riding, and a discussion of the Ride Right Initiative recently launched by Backcountry Discovery Routes to bring attention to the inherent risk of motorcycle travel in the left lane, and promote safe riding on trails.
Wolfmanluggage.com

4:00 – Matt Wiley, Moto-Services.net
Critical Motorcycle Maintenance Items You May Have Overlooked
All too often it is up to the rider to tell the Service Department what services his or her motorcycle needs. DIY’ers may or may not be aware of some often overlooked service needs.
Moto-services.net

For more information about AIMExpo or to buy tickets, visit aimexpousa.com.

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