A chill maybe in the air but motorcycle riders are already thinking about their first ride of the spring.
And this weekend they have a golden opportunity to dream a little more about the joys of the open road at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show, which runs for three days at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford.
Show producer Laurie Paetz says the show’s diversity and massive selection of bikes and line-up of entertainment is what fans keep coming back for.
“They really appreciate that there is so much to see – from entertainment and giveaways to classic and newly introduced bike models,” she says.
The family-friendly event will again feature the latest gear, live demonstrations, motorcycle giveaways, local musical entertainment, and a brand new line-up of 2016 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters as well as the classics.
New to the show this year, is Indian Motorcycle, which will introduce its middleweight cruiser the Scout ABS, the Roadmaster and the Chief Dark Horse. Honda’s fleet will include the brand new CRFL1000L Africa Twin, described as a blend of advanced technology and multi-terrain durability.
Spectators will also see two new full-size models– the Pioneer 1000 and 1000S.
Harley Davidson Canada is set to introduce its sleek Road Glide Ultra and newly styled Forty-Eight.
BMW Motorrad is debuting its 2016 S1000XR and showing its modified F700GS and F800GS models.
Triumph has introduced the next generation of Bonneville with five new motorcycles.
Kawasaki promises to up the wow factor with its Ninja ZX-14R bike, which features advanced electronics, an innovative frame and ultra-powerful 1,441cc inline four-cylinder engine.
Yamaha is bringing out its Y2450F model, which has a modified engine and launch control system for those riders who need faster starts. Riders looking for suburban commuter comfort should check out Yamaha’s BWs 125.
The name Ducati may be synonymous with speed but the brand has joined the cruiser world with its bike the X Diavel. Ducati is also featuring its new Multistrada 1200 Enduro, equipped with adapting power and suspension as well as ABS and traction control that ensures the operator can tackle any kind of terrain.
BRP is also rolling out its cruiser line with additions of the F3-T and F3 Limited models to its existing F3, F3-S Special Series vehicles in the Can-Am Spyder F3 line-up. Suzuki has plans to display its newest retro cruiser, the TU250X.
For those looking to find a crossover bike, Victory rolls out its 2016 Cross Country 8-Ball, featuring creature comforts such as spacious lockable saddlebags and a sound system that can dispel wind and engine rumble.
KTM is bringing the new Freeride 250R to the show – a bike that reportedly bridges the gap between a full-size enduro and trials. Finally, Italian manufacturer Piaggio is featuring its Fly 50, a light and easy-to-handle bike.
Spectators can expect to see such favorites as Team Empire and enjoy She Rides Night, which runs from Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those attending can enter the draw for a 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the grand prize giveaway – a 2016 Bonneville 800 Street Twin provided by Triumph Motorcycles and valued at $12,000.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ticket info: http://www.vancouvermotorcycleshow.ca/