Discover The Ride

Discover The Ride

Discover the Ride by IMS gives prospective riders of all ages the opportunity to ride for the first time in a safe and controlled environment, among other interactive opportunities for both new and experienced riders. Participants are invited to immerse themselves in the world of motorcycling though the adult New Rider Course, Kids Zone, Wheelie Machine and more. Stay tuned for information on how to register.

New Rider Course in partnership with Zero Motorcycles
The New Rider Course is the only course in the market that allows non-licensed motorcyclists to experience, first-hand, the thrill of 2-wheels. Particpants will learn riding basics from Total Control Training instructors, using a fleet of speed-limited electric Zero Motorcycles in a safe and controlled environment. Zero Motorcycles have no transmission, feature ABS as standard equipment, and its zero emissions make an indoor experience on one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world a possibility. Particpants must be at least 18 years of age or 16 with legal guardian consent.  All riders are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  Helmets, gloves and jackets are provided. 


Women's Program hosted by Alisa Clickenger and Robert Pandya
Calling all women interested in learning to ride!  Beat the crowd at IMS and come take advantage of women’s-only laps at Discover The Ride. Women’s-only sessions kick off Saturday and Sunday with the chance to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle. The women’s program will be held a half hour before show open of every IMS show on Saturdays and Sundays. Riders will learn the next steps to becoming a motorcyclist, and have the opportunity to meet Alisa Clickenger, author of Boost Your Confidence Through Motorcycling. Participation is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows.  Can’t make the morning session?  No problem!  The New Riders Course is open all hours of the IMS show for you to experience.


Discover the Ride: Next Steps
Discover the Ride: Next Steps is a continuation of our New Rider Course. New Rider Course participants can enter to win a Next Steps course in their area after the IMS tour concludes, recieve more information on how to find a local school so you can get trained and prepare for your motrocycle licence.

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New To 2
New To 2 serves to educate new riders on the world of motorcycling by answering all of the commonly asked questions. Hosts Jordan Diggs, Monique Filips, Jocelin Snow and Rickey Gadson will be on hand to answer questions, guide new riders through Discover the Ride, and be a resource for new riders on how they can get more involved in motorcycling after leaving IMS. New To 2 also provides an online catalogue of videos geared specifically toward non-riders.  Visit to check out the videos.


Dyno Experience
Get on a real motorcycle that is securely mounted to a dyno to experience starting a motorcycle up, engaging the clutch and shifting through the gears, while feeling the torque of the motorcycle with the guidance of an expert. 

Entry Level Motorcycle Showcase
Your first bike will not be your last bike. Choosing your first motorcycle can often be a daunting task so we are making it easy by showcasing some of the best entry level motocycles for beginning riders. Together with Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha, we will have a variety of entry level motorcycles on display and experts on hand to help you learn more and understand how and why a small displacment motorcycle is an excellent choice for your first bike.

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XDL Wheelie Experience
Test your wheelie skills in a controlled environment, while improving balance and throttle skills with the help of XDL stunt pros. You'll also have the opportunity to experience the exhilarating torque of Zero Motorcycles that have not been governed to reduce power for the New Rider Course. The XDL Wheelie Experience is a motorcycle attached to a stand in a manner that allows wheelies without forward movement; it’s fun to watch and more fun to try.


Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle Demos
Discover a new take on 2 wheels by going for a spin on a Yamaha electric power assist bicycle.


Kids Zone
The Kids Zone joins Discover the Ride in partnership with Stacyc, featuring a closed course of battery assisted balance bikes for children to experience riding for the first time, which are the ideal way to introduce riding to young kids. Participants will have the option to ride the balance bikes with or without the addition of a speed limited electric motor depending on their skill. The reccommeded age and weight requirements are 3 years old to 75 pounds. All particpants will be tested for skill before entering the course. 

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