IMSS, Calgary shows start today

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Kawasaki is a major presence at the IMSS show, after skipping last month's show in Toronto.
Kawasaki is a major presence at the IMSS show, after skipping last month's show in Toronto.

If you live in Toronto or Calgary, you can check out some big motorcycle shows this weekend.

The International Motorcycle Supershow, or IMSS, runs this weekend in Toronto at the International Centre.

They claim to be North America’s largest motorcycle show, with 425,000 feet of exhibits, and of course, this is where Kawasaki decided to make an appearance this winter, instead of December’s show in Toronto. Overall, there will be more than 500 exhibitors in seven halls.

Other attractions (along with the huge dealer displays and hundreds of motorcycles to ogle at) include a display by the Canadian Motorcycle Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame, three themed restaurants, a fashion show by Terez Leathers, and a Bonneville tribute display.

The doors to the show are open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. If you want more information, check out their site here. Admission is $18 for adults and $6 for youths 6-12. Kids under 6 years old get in free. There’s a coupon for $3 off Friday’s admission at their website, so it’s worth visiting.

The Calgary Show also kicks off today, running from noon until 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday at the BMO Centre. Admission is $13 for adults, $9.50 for ages 6-15 and if they’re under 6, kids get in free, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Family passes for two adults and two kids cost $35. And, as is often the case, ladies get in for half price tonight, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., with other discounts and prizes also available to them.

You can check out the Triumph Scrambler from Mission: Impossible 3 at the Calgary show, and since it’s Alberta, you can hear Clayton Bellamy from the Roadhammers perform his new single several times at the show. The Yamaha Riding Academy will be set up, giving kids a chance to ride the wheels off the training machines, and Yamaha’s Scooter School will also attend.

There will also be live stunt shows featuring motorcycles, snowmobiles, and quads at the show, scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. today; noon, 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Rene Cormier, of Renedian Adventures, will also be at the show, with information about his African tours, and John Gilbank of Riders of the Sierra Madre will be sharing information about adventuring in Mexico.

Want more information? Check out the show’s site here.

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