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We’re at IMS Outdoors Pennsylvania

The gates aren’t officially open yet, but with credentials in hand we are onsite at IMS Outdoors, the reimagined International Motorcycle Show that is now an outdoor motorcycle festival rather than a traditional indoor show.

Most of the major manufacturers are here, though some are missing (BMW, for one). Many are offering demo rides, something that was never available to me when I covered New York IMS in the middle of winter. To my delight, a few brand new models are here — the Harley-Davidson Pan America, for example, and the controversial Sportster S.

The one my jaw hit the ground over, because I’m extremely biased, is the new Kawasaki KLR650. I own a first generation model (2005, going on 1987), and I’m most curious to see how the new one compares to the original. I’m hoping to get my hands on all of these bikes, and more, once the show actually opens up.

One change that I quite like is that the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is all under one tent. At least at New York IMS, these bikes were spread all over the show. They were great decorations, but it made it difficult for attendees to compare and vote on them. Here you can see them all in one place, which makes it much easier to choose your favorites.

Look For Us at IMS Outdoors Pennsylvania

The show previously known as the International Motorcycle Shows has had to transmogrify itself in the age of COVID. They’ve changed from the standard indoor show format to IMS Outdoors, an outdoor festival of all things on two wheels, adding demo rides and electric mobility to their existing Discover the Ride and Ride with Us programs for new riders. (RideApart has all the details.)

I’ve supported IMS in the past, and am happy to accept their invitation to join them at IMS Outdoors Pennsylvania, taking place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds on September 10-12. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about, talking with people, trying some bikes I haven’t had the chance to ride before, and sharing all that with you. Watch for our coverage in mid-September!

Welcome To Piston Slap!

Hello and welcome to yet another automotive and motorcycle news site! There are so many out there, so why should you read this one first?

I’ll let you in on an industry secret. Everyone “steals” from everyone else. Well, it’s not really stealing, since crediting the original sources makes it okay. But still, many of the articles you read on your favorite website are little more than a rewrite of an article on the original website so that the other websites can get the views. Love it or hate it, this is an accepted practice in the auto and motorcycle journalism worlds.

What makes Piston Slap different? We dispense with the pretense. We don’t even try to hide the fact that we get many of our stories elsewhere. We’ll just give you a brief summary, then send you to the original source to read for yourself. Why reinvent the wheel?

Oh, for that mad ad revenue. After all, the more eyeballs click on a page, the more ads appear, and the more money the website makes. Well guess what? We don’t do that. We don’t rely on advertisers to pay the bills, so we don’t need the views that come from producing what looks like original content but really isn’t.

So how do we make money? At the moment, we don’t. This is just a fun side project to try out and see how it goes. Full disclosure, it’s also a way to put what original work we do have, such as our 2021 Climb to the Clouds coverage or the Smokey Da Van website, in front of more eyeballs. Eventually, if there’s enough interest, we’ll start selling Piston Slap merchandise.

Also, without advertisers, we can write whatever we want without the fear of losing those valuable advertising dollars (or getting fired, which has happened to me before). We don’t have to temper our opinions about things, or express none at all (that’s also happened to me), to keep the bills paid. With low operating expenses comes more freedom to say whatever we want to say. We don’t want to be edgy for the sake of being edgy. We just want creative freedom to say what we want.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the site, and find it useful and entertaining. I’d be thrilled if you check out some of my other work, which is linked all over the site. Thank you!