Ah yes, motorcycle show season – that time of the year when all you hosers trot down to your local convention center and wander around with lustful eyes, ogling all the machines you’d love to buy, if only your wife (or husband) would let you.
The show season kicks off in earnest this week, with events in Toronto and Calgary (and BTW, CMG will be at the Toronto show!)
The North American Motorcycle Supershow runs at the International Centre in Toronto Friday-Sunday. The doors are open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.
There’ll be over 500 exhibitors and 1000 bikes on display at the Supershow’s seven halls; they’re claiming it’s North America’s largest retail show. There’s going to be a used bike market (if you can’t afford a new one), a bunch of themed restaurants, a Canada Cup showbike competition and heritage/hall of fame and racing displays.
Parking is free; admission is $20 for adults, and $5 for kids 6-12. Kids under six get in free. You can get a coupon for $3 off admission at the show’s website. In fact, if you’re looking for any other information about the show, their site is the best place to get it – and you can find it here.
The Calgary show runs at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park, noon-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Show up and you can check out bikes, accessories, and all that other fun stuff that manufacturers promote at these events. There’ll be stunt riding shows (Team Empire is going to be there), country musician Clayton Bellamy will perform, the Yamaha Riding Academy will be there, and after 5 p.m. on Friday, women will get half-price admission for the SHE Rides event. They can also enter to win a Suzuki S40 motorcycle.
There’s a Triumph Bonneville that some other lucky winner (guy or girl) will take away from the show as well.
It’ll cost you $14 for an adult ticket to this show, with seniors (65+) and juniors (6-14) getting in for $10. Children under 6 get in free with an adult ticket purchase, and a family pass (two adults and two juniors/youths) will cost $36.