Sunday, February 22, 2015

Motorcycle Show Toronto 2015

After the Jaws of Death, Jordan jumped his motorcycle over several people, including his trusting wife and son, then his son actually drove his little motorcycle over his dad - it was either payback or he needs to work on his skills more. The Trials and other demonstrations at the Motorcycle Show - Toronto complemented the masive hall filled with the biggest motorcycle manufacturer's showcase of existing and new bikes for 2015.
The show is within the grounds at Exhibition Place at the Direct Energy Centre from February 20-22 and the theme for 2015 is "Whatever your ride, feed your passion here". The bonus of the location is that there is lots of parking in the area and under the Centre which came in handy during Saturday's snow day.
Demos and seminars also featured the Yamaha Riding Academy for Kids, Clinton Smout's How to Seminars at the Race Cafe, Team Empire Stunt Demonstrations and the OPP Golden Helmets. You can also enter for a chance to win a 2015 Triumph Bonneville Newchurch Commemorative Special Edition motorcycle.

Front and Centre in the show were large displays from Honda and Harley-Davidson and we visited Honda first and discovered that they had one of those motorcycle displays that pivots. So I hopped on it and pretended that I was taking a corner at high speed - with a beautiful girl stunt riding with me. The other major brand displays included BMW, Victory, Indian, Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki. Besides motorcycles you could also find ATVs, side by sides and scooters.
Walking the long aisles of the Centre we kept hearing a very quiet jet engine firing up and wandered around until we came upon the Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric motorcycle display. They had a stand-alone setup where people could climb on the stationary motorcycle on a dyno machine which allows the back wheel to spin. People cranked these babies up and the whisper quiet bikes turned into powerful beasts ready to launch you on the open road.

Brand new 2015 models include Yamaha who are "releasing five new bikes this year one of which is the all-new R3. It sports a new twin cylinder 320cc engine and all new chassis. The R3 offers class-leading power combined with light, agile handling. The 2015 Bolt C-Spec has all the great engine characteristic of the Bolt, plus low slung clip-on handlebars, new solo seat with rear seat cowl and a more sporty riding position. For those that are looking for fun, affordable transportation there is the fully automatic SMAX. Powered by a 155cc single cylinder, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine, the SMAX easily keeps up with traffic, with loads of wind and weather protection, it’s virtually vibration fee."

Posted by James Hamilton and Joe Hamilton.

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