2011 Toronto Motorcycle Show Preview

Just four short days from now, Toronto-based motorcycle enthusiasts (well, Toronto-visiting fans, too) can be among the first on the continent to set their eyes on what’s being described as the “most beautiful 600 in the world.” The Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosts the annual Toronto Motorcycle Show from Dec. 9 – 11, with a bevy of 2012 bikes on display: over 20 manufacturers will show brand new models, many for the first time in Canada.

Making its North American debut, and hinted at above, MV Agusta’s F3 675 is the very definition of a must-see. MV Agusta has proclaimed that the admittedly stunning bike, heading to market in  June 2012, will “become the new reference both on the street and on the track.” We’ll be chuffed to see, and decide, for ourselves.

Harley-Davidson offers two new bikes sure to gain a lot of attention. The new Dyna Switchback, a new niche bike that has already been well-received by audiences at other international shows, is “the star,” according to Alex Carroni, public relations specialist for Deely Harley-Davidson Canada. Also on-site will be the 10th anniversary V-Rod, with a limited edition paint scheme.

Show manager Laurie Paetz admits that new products are the mainstay of the annual exhibition, but also points to the other fun events happening within the convention centre, including a vintage display, and Honda Canada’s sponsored lounge with live DJ, video games and contests. This year, in addition to bringing back its riding academy for children 6 – 12, Yamaha is also adding a scooter school for the 16-plus age group — a good fit for Toronto, actually, given the traffic glut and the fact that scooters are efficient, economical and environmental. And, as usual, a BMX half-pipe with some of top riders will feature demonstrations throughout the weekend.

In terms of attracting a broader range of visitors, Friday sees students gain entry for $5, and women for free after 5 p.m. as part of the She Rides Night. On Saturday, Harley-Davidson, one of the sponsors for the UFC fight later that night at the ACC, will bring in fighters Jake Shields, Brendan Schaub and UFC girl Brittany Palmer for an autograph session. Metro Toronto Convention Centre; Adults $16, Family pass $38

Image courtesy of Luciano Meirelles.

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