BIKE SHOW ROARS BACK
Vancouver Motorcycle Show returns to the Tradex in Abbotsford January 18-20
The Motorcycle Show will be at the Tradex Jan 18-20.
STEPH TROUGHTON, LDMG—VOICE FILE PHOTOS
he Vancouver Motorcycle Show, which has built its reputation on bringing the best in powersports brands together, is back for its annual three-day bike unveiling at the Tradex in Abbotsford.
From January 18-20, 2019, gearheads and maximum torque lovers will be able to get their fix and find their ride with the newest makes and models of motorcycles as well as the latest accessories and technology featured all under one roof.
Back by popular demand, local stunt group VanCity Stunters will be generating their usual flurry of smoke-filled excitement with their acrobatic motorcycle maneuvering and high-energy performances their fans have come to expect. Group founder and Langley resident Matt Bush says the group of riders, which includes none other than Maple Ridge favorite Bill Hitchon, famous for his ATV one-of-a-kind tricks, will have a new show featuring new surprising stunts.
“No one will want to miss what we have
planned,” assures Bush.
New to the outdoor stage this year will be none other than the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team. Driving up from their hometown in Washington state, the team, who is celebrating their 80th anniversary this year, will be bringing their vintage Harleys – some of which are even older than the team’s official beginning.
“We can’t wait to see these iconic professional stunt riders, who at points in their performances, become human pyramids, all without ropes, props, skyhooks or gimmicks of any kind” says show manager Laurie Paetz.
Vintage Harley lovers will be able to further satisfy their passion inside the Tradex as well as Trev-Deeley Motorcycles present their highly rare of vintage collection that includes a 1926 JD, 1933 VLE, 1944 EL 1953 K Sport, 1954 FL, 1966 XLH and 1973 SX350.
Seasoned riders attending the Show will not want to miss how to demonstrations from professional riding instructor Clinton Smout who will demonstrate techniques ranging from clutch control to avoiding obstacles and slow speed maneuvers. Smout’s arsenal of tips and tricks are guaranteed to increase riders’ confidence levels for the riding season ahead. After visitors are armed with their fill of riding tips, they can relax in the Moto Lifestyle Lounge where they will hear live entertainment and be able to view up-close customized Triumph motorcycles.
SHE Rides is back for its Friday night premier where the entry fee for ladies is cut in half after 5 pm. Excitingly, one lucky lady on this night will walk away with a new Kawasaki Versys – X 300 ABS courtesy of Kawasaki. The grand prize draw will take place on Friday evening at 8:30 pm and the winner must be present to win. She will also have to be over 19 years of age and will be required to show valid photo identification upon claiming her prize.
And for those who don’t win the She Rides prize, the Kawasaki Double-Take Giveaway has returned. Two Kawasaki Z125 PROs will be given away at the Show on Saturday January 19th. The Z125 PRO is fondly referred to as a nimble streetfighter that is designed to defy what a lightweight motorcycle can be. This motorcycle draw is open to all show attendees, over the age of 19. Show attendees must fill out their electronic ballots at the Kawasaki booth from 12 pm to 3:45 pm on Saturday to be eligible for the draw that will take place at 4 pm in the front hall.
Yamaha Riding Academy is also returning for kids between the ages of six to 12 who want to learn how to ride the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle, in a safe and secure environment and in the company of trained and certified instructors. Each riding session is approximately 15 minutes and is limited to eight riders total. The academy is free-of-charge with admission.
For the even younger riders is the Show’s Strider Adventure Zone where children as young as 18 months and up to the age of five can take part in test riding a Strider Bike, all while improving and developing fundamental bike-handling skills. Parents and caregivers will have an opportunity to watch their children weave through a course that includes tires, rumble strips and ramps. Regardless of their skill levels, children who participate will have a blast as they either learn new riding skills or advance the ones they already have and make new friends while doing so. Families are encouraged to visit the adventure zone in the show’s outside feature tent so they can book their children’s riding experience.
EVENT: 2019 Motorcycle Show - Vancouver
DATES: January 18 -20 2019
LOCATION: Tradex – Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford
HOURS: Friday 12:00pm-9:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
ADMISSION: Adults $13.00 until Jan 2 2019 at which point, they will go up to $15
Juniors (6-14) $12.00
Seniors (65+) $11.00
Children (5 and under) FREE with adult purchase
Family Pass $40.00 (2 adult & 2 junior passes)
SHE Rides Night ½ price ladies only after 5:00pm on Friday Night
Free parking for all motorcycles!
To buy tickets today and avoid lineups at the box office visit: Vancouver Motorcycle Show at: www.vancouvermotorcycleshow.ca. Tickets can also be purchased on site during event days. And don’t forget to become part of the Motorcycle – Vancouver’s online community and like the Show on Facebook or follow on Twitter @thebikeshows.
ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES
Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces seven premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.