Motorcycle USA recaps the best and brightest of the 2013 riding season in its annual Best of Awards Street video
– including best street bike, sportbike and coveted Motorcycle of the Year.
Another riding season is in the books and once again it’s time for MotoUSA to take a look back at the year that was in our annual Best of Awards. This year’s awards continue with 14 categories, limiting the eligible bikes to 2013 model year entries. The annual tradition included the usual heated discussions about the category winners – but we assure you no editors were harmed in the decision-making process. As usual, the Best of Awards allow us to reflect on another amazing year serving our readers. So a special thanks to all of you for supporting MotoUSA, and here’s to an even better 2014.
Industry Leader – Larry Little
With the motorcycle industry still in recovery it’s encouraging to see the launch of an audacious new event like this year’s inaugural American International Motorcycle Expo
. Credit for the AIMExpo is owed to industry insider Larry
Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group GM Larry Little has been
recognized by the AMA as 2013 Motorcyclist of the Year for his
work on launching the inaugural AIMExpo - a leadership effort
that MotoUSA acknowledges with its selection of Little as the
2013 Industry Leader.
Little, who presided over the new event this past October in Orlando, Florida. Little is no stranger to the motorcycle industry, having served a decade-long term as chairman of the Motorcycle Industry Council as well as a stint as publisher of Cycle World. Little turned his attention to AIMExpo in his new position as Vice President and GM of Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group – the show’s promoter.
The AIMExpo challenges the IMS series and Dealer Expo as the premier motorcycle trade show in the US. Little envisions an all-in-one Expo concept, with manufacturers showcasing their new model releases and coordinating dealer events at the same time, so the entire industry can get together. For its first-year 400 exhibitors were in attendance, with Suzuki holding its dealer meeting concurrently and Erik Buell Racing debuting its new 1190RX
. The Expo also sports international pretensions (as its name suggests), finally giving America a trade exhibition which potentially could rival the major European shows in Milan and Cologne.
The AIMExpo is slated to return next year to Orlando, the October 15-19 date once again preceding the Milan EICMA show by three weeks. The event still has a ways to go before reaching truly premier international status, and it needs the backing of more OEMs to get onboard with the concept, but we applaud Little’s leadership for getting the ball rolling. The AMA has already recognized Little as its Motorcyclist of the Year
for his pioneering efforts, and MotoUSA seconds the motion by selecting Little as the Industry Leader for 2013.