Friday, February 21, 2020

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2020

The world's top manufacturers are in the Enercare Centre February 21-23 to present new and returning motorcycle models for the upcoming riding season.

Friday morning is the media preview with the show opening to the public at noon today. So join me as I check out the new stuff first.
Media Preview Schedule:
9:15 am Media Registration (Media Centre, Salon 107)
9:30 am – 9:55 am Clutch Society
10:00 am - 10:15 am Kawasaki
10:20 am – 10:35 am Triumph
10:40 am – 10:55 am Piaggio
11:00 am – 11:15 am Yamaha
11:20 am – 11:35 am Suzuki
11:40 am – 11:55 am Harley-Davidson
First up is the Clutch Society's enclave full of custom builds for people that have a passion for riding and love for the lifestyle. Plus they have beer from Collective Arts Brewing. Founders Dan and Suzy welcomed us to their new temporary home where you could also find info on the October 2020 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.
Bradley from Kawasaki presented the 4th generation ninja complete with the enhanced Ninja front lip and the move to a single muffler, full tft dash display and an impressive electronic package. Next was the superbike style ZX10RR which is the only one in Canada Followed by the new 2020 ZH2 which is a 200hp supercharged absolute beast, starting at under $20k.
Ian from Bonneville Triump had several new models with their flagship motorcycles the Rocket 3 GT 2500cc next generation complete with bluetooth connections, pictured at top.
Shane represented the Piaggio group: 'Aprilia designed for racers, built for riders'. The 217hp 2020 RSV4. One of their machines was the fastest up the famous Pikes Peak. Piaggio also does Moto Guzzi motorcycles and vespa scooters. New for 2020 is the Vespa electric scooter.

Graham from Yamaha was excited to show the Tenere 700 with many variations possible through modular designs and accessories. The new R1 has a new engine to meet new European regulations. These bikes compete as superbikes. Yamaha also manufacturer generators, 4x4s and boat motors.

Jason from Suzuki rolled out the brand new Katana, based on gss platform. It comes with 3 mode traction control. Next is the 2020 V-Strom 1050 with new technology intelligent riding system which monitors and remembers your style of riding.
The curtains were removed for these new Harley-Davidson models

Finally Scott from Harley-Davidson went through a few gorgeous bikes such as the LiveWire electric bike with a 235km riding range. Harley-Davidson is a company in transition as they bring in a product portfolio appealing to wider range of customers. The Jumpstart model; No clutch, no gears to run through. Also the new Fatboy blacked out 2020 limited edition anniversary model. Plus two new models were unveiled during the Canadian premier of the Bronx 115hp bike and the new Pan-American touring motorcycle liquid cooled 145hp bike.

From the Motorcycle Show Toronto website; "The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the biggest manufacturers show in Ontario, with a wide-ranging and exciting line-up of exhibitors that celebrates the motorcycle lifestyle. From the open road, to the track and to the trail, this is your chance to see the newest models from the big names. Find everything you need for the season ahead, including bikes, aftermarket parts, gear, accessories and more! Talk to experts, join a riding club, plan your next motorcycle trip and meet awesome people who share your passion. The Show is jam-packed with special features and events that are sure to please riders of all ages, including the kids. Mark the dates now on your calendar and make plans to join us."

Show Hours
Friday, Feb 21st 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday, Feb 22nd 10:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday, Feb 23rd 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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