Sure looks like winter out there today, but for those of you dreaming of the open road, the Montreal Motorcycle Show is being presented Friday through Sunday at the Palais des congrès.
If you’re looking for a new bike, all the major manufacturers will be there to show off their 2016 models, including (in alphabetical order) Arctic Cat, Aprilia, BMW Motorrad Canada, Can-Am Spyder BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian Motorcycle, KTM, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha and Vespa. And it’s not just motorcycles, there will be ATVs, scooters and more on display, plus all the gear to go with them.
If you’re more into custom, check out the five Rolling Stones tribute motorcycles from Prémont Harley-Davidson, painted by artist Yves Thibault. Builders from the upcoming documentary Les Vagabonds sur Deux Roues, directed by Youssef Berrouard, will also be on hand, along with several other Quebec motorcycle builders. Or check out Torch Motorcycles’ Revv-olution, an educational program where women design, engineer and craft their first motorcycles based on their unique needs, body diversity and ride styles.
If you’re looking for someone to ride with, there will be representatives of various clubs on hand as well.
The show’s organizers say that there’s been a nearly 30% increase of women bike owners in Quebec since 2009. They’ve brought back their popular She Rides Nite this year, with half-price admission for women from 5 pm on Friday evening. It will include activities, and a ladies-only draw for a 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300, courtesy of Canadian Kawasaki Motors and Excel Moto of Montreal. There will also be several well-known women riders at the show.
The Yamaha Riding Academy for kids is also back this year. It gives 6 to 12 year olds a safe place to try out a Yamaha TT-R off-road minibike (free). Once your kids have had their fun, head over to BMW Motorrad Canada’s Eye Ride virtual test ride, and Gastown Supply Co.’s Freedom 5000 simulator for your own.
The show is open Friday from noon to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Adults (15 and over) pay $15, seniors and students $11, juniors (6-14) $10, children under 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) are free. The family pass at $39 for two adults and two juniors, looks like a good deal.
For more details, check out the show’s website.