Rev up your engines guys, this weekend is made for you.
Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ show takes place this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building (255 Front St. W.). The Motorcycle Show is scheduled for December 7-9 and promises bikes, babes and boxers (no, not those kind… the bike kind).
This year’s theme is “Riding Redefined”, and it speaks to the on-going evolution of motorcycles and riding through innovative technologies and design in new bikes, riding gear and parts that will be on display during the three-day event under one roof, in a space the size of three football fields.
Fellow Weekend Tripper biking novice, we can look forward to special features such as:
– “She Rides The Night” on Friday, December 7 will be “an entertaining evening of programming that appeals to women riders,” with half-price admission for women after 5:00 pm
– The Yamaha Riding Academy making its only Ontario motorcycle show appearance of the season with a free opportunity for kids, aged 6-12, to take a ride on an off-road motorcycle while at the Toronto Show
– Northeast Tourism Trial Demos, will feature two of Canada’s top Trial riders, Jordan Szoke and Dan Johnson who will strut their stuff on a challenging indoor obstacle course
– Motorcycling celebrities at the Show will include Dave Hatch, the host of TSN’s Motorcycle Experience (North America’s longest running televised motorcycle program), who will be at the Joe Rocket booth to talk about all things two-wheeled.
For biking experts, there will be plenty to see as well.
BMW Motorrad has announced that it will be debuting the highly-anticipated liquid cooled boxer, the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
The “GS” has received a makeover and power has been increased in it from 100hp to 125hp as well as the aforementioned change from air-cooled to liquid-cooled and new design and electronics.
BMW also plans on introducing the 2013 BMW HP4. The new motorcycle is a limited production special model based off the S1000RR superbike. It features an unbelievable 193hp and only weights 169 kg (372 lbs)!
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will also be ushering in its new line of models. Debuts include the 110th Anniversary selects, a re-styled Dyna Street Bob motorcycle and the custom CVO Breakout and CVO Road King machines.
Harley-David is also expected to roll out previews of its Hard Candy Custom line that embraced the movement of the late 1960s with metal flake paint and shiny chrome.
If window shopping for bikes isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. Rider training is available as well as demo rides and contests.
“Not only will enthusiasts get to see the newest in bikes, apparel and accessories at next month’s Motorcycle Show-Toronto, but they’ll also learn about some of the most scenic and best riding routes to explore anywhere in the world, and they are right here in Ontario,” said Show Manager, Neil Fardy.
One of the best parts about the motorcycle show is the appearance of the season is that show visitors will be able to get advice on the best ride-friendly routes and accommodations throughout the province.
An interactive motorcycle trip planner, www.GoTourOntario.ca will be on a big screen and the Show’s staff will provide an idea of how to plan the best route and show you how to download it onto your cell phone.
So go ahead gentlemen. Get your “man” on. I am sure your girlfriends and wives will enjoy the time off.
The Motorcycle Show’s hours on the weekend are:
Friday, December 7, 12:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For Show features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca or call 416-491-4449.