The Vancouver Motorcycle Show, the only British Columbia event where all of the major manufacturers showcase their new models, returns to the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford from Jan. 20 to 23.
With some 200 exhibitors spread out across 143,000 square feet of display space, the show attracts more than 35,000 annual spectators, making it B.C.’s premier motorcycle event.
Some of the notable debuts will include BMW’s new ultimate touring twins, the K1600GT and K1600GTL, now offering, for the first time, a six-cylinder in-line engine.
Last season’s launch of the Can-Am Spyder RT touring roadster is followed up by a new-for-2011 Spyder RT Limited roadster, an ultra-luxurious touring model with an integrated GPS, semi-rigid travel bags, travel cover.
BRP also brings Can-Am DNA to the side-by-side market by introducing the five-model 2011 Can-Am Commander lineup.
Harley-Davidson will be showing the new SuperLow, Road Glide Ultra and XR1200X models for model year 2011 and Honda is set to unveil two new models to the North American market with the world debut of the CBR250R and the Canadian introduction of a European favourite—the CB1000R.
In 2010, Royal Enfield Motorcycles—the world’s oldest motorcycle company—returned to Canada and this year they are showing the Bullet Electra, Bullet Electra Deluxe and Bullet Classic.
Suzuki’s newest GSX-R750 and GSX-R600, two outstanding Supersports, share race-proven advanced engine technology, broader power delivery, improved throttle response, lower emissions and about 10 per cent better fuel mileage.
Yamaha Motor Canada introduces two new bikes—the 2011 Stryker cruiser and 2012 Super Tènèrè adventure tourer.
And last in the alphabetical list of notable products, Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electronic bikes is getting ready to hit retailers in Canada after announcing its highly anticipated product line, including the Zero S, DS, X, and MX.
Other features at the 2011 Vancouver Motorcycle Show are expected to include:
Friday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. Retro Night with live rock’n roll, the world’s most classic retro bikes and the Retro Rat Race and Café Racers Cup, where vintage rockers race each other on classic motorcycles.
She Rides Nite
Saturday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m.
She Rides Nite is a celebration of women in the motorcycle industry, from beginners to those who ride, race and work in the industry.
See the world-famous 5th Gear Stunt Team—featured in the internationally-acclaimed movie Street Kings,a documentary that follows the life and times of professional motorcycle stunt riders.
The best in supermoto compete face-to-face to earn the title of 2011 Vancouver Motorcycle Show Champion. This knee-dragging road racing sport with high-flying motocross styles is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Be inspired by the intricate details and artwork of customized motorcycles at Custom Alley, one of the most popular features of the show.
Some of B.C.’s top custom shops, including Trick Factory Customs, No. 9 Cycles, Jarz Performance, RND Cycle and Full Out Cycles, will be there to show off their recent one-of-a-kind projects.
Yamaha Riding Academy
The Vancouver Motorcycle Show is the exclusive place where kids can learn how to ride at the Yamaha Kids Riding Academy.
With certified instructors and the latest motocross gear, it’s the perfect atmosphere to introduce kids to the world of motocross and get them excited about the sport.
Dates & Times:
• Thursday, Jan. 20—3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 21—10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 22—10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 23—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Youth (6-15): $8
Children (under six and accompanied by an adult): free
Family (2 Adults/2 Juniors): $34
TRADEX is just 50 minutes from Vancouver along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway #1 and immediately adjacent to the Abbotsford International Airport at 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 6H5.
Thousands of parking spaces are available, with a shuttle service delivering guests to the front door. Motorcycle riders can park their bike for free.
For more information visit www.VancouverMotorcycleShow.ca 604-535-7584.