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The Motorcycle Show Toronto

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This isn’t the same old Toronto motorcycle show.

With a new date (Feb. 21 to 23), a new venue (Exhibition Place at the Direct Energy Centre) and new management come a host of new features.

Here are some new tires to kick, and after that, a few videos that will get your motor running.

Harley-Davidson

1. Harley-Davidson

The Street series 750cc liquid-cooled cruiser will be on display, but not its 500cc cousin. These new bikes are only the second time Harley has made a bike that isn’t air-cooled, and they’re aimed at new, urban riders.
Yamaha

2. Yamaha

The Bolt is yet another mid-sized cruiser whose subtle distinctions in chrome and exhaust snarl struggle to distinguish it from all the other V-twins.
Honda

3. Honda

While Harley goes smaller, Honda goes bigger with two relaunched heavyweight cruisers – the 1,800cc Valkyrie (pictured here) and the CTX1300.
Indian

4. Indian

The latest incarnation of this historic brand, now owned by Polaris, will show off its three retro-styled cruisers. The Indian Chieftan is pictured here. 
Norton

5. Norton

The revived British brand has updated the Commando with three variations.
Royal Enfield

6. Royal Enfield

These Indian-made bikes of British heritage are not just retro-styled, they are full retro, as not much has changed on these machines since the 1950s.
CCM

7. CCM

Not to be confused with the Canadian sporting goods company, this British company makes only one motorcycle – the GP450 Adventure dualsport making its debut outside Europe.
BMW

8. BMW

The iconic R1200GS, revamped for 2013 with liquid cooling, now gets the rugged Adventure treatment for 2014 with longer suspension travel, greater fuel capacity and more crash protection.

This one’s not for sale

The Castrol Rocket has some impressive numbers, with more than 1,000 horsepower, two Triumph engines totalling 2,970cc, and 7.5 metres in length. But there’s only one number that matters for this bike, and that’s 605.697: the speed in kilometres per hour it aims to beat to regain for Triumph the motorcycle landspeed record.

Don’t try this at home

Their bikes have two wheels, but Team Empire stunt riders Nick (Apex) Brocha and Ernie (EDub) Vigil only ever seem to use one at a time. Their YouTube-famous combination of wheelies, stoppies and drifting makes its first Ontario appearance at the show.

Do try this at home

For years, Clinton Smout has brought the Yamaha Riding Academy to the show so kids aged 6-12 can get suited up like motocross racers and ride mini dirtbikes around a hay-bale track. This year, the long-time instructor has something for the adults, giving instructional demonstrations on obstacles, gravel and other finer points of adventure riding.

Golden Helmets

This is one time bikers will be happy to see the police as the 20-member Ontario Provincial Police precision riding team puts its 1,690cc, 800-pound Harley-Davidson Police Special patrol cruisers through footboard scraping near-miss manoeuvres.

Why We Ride Canadian debut

Saturday night the show will premier the documentary film Why We Ride, which endeavours to capture how riding the touches the soul of anyone whose grin widens and horizon broadens after swinging a leg over a bike.

Easy riding

GO trains and TTC streetcars stop right in Exhibition Place, where there are five times the number of parking spaces and at a better price than at the old Metro Toronto Convention Centre location. For even cheaper parking, leave the car in Liberty Village and use the Exhibition GO Transit station underground tunnel to get to Exhibition Place. Better yet, go Friday after 5 p.m. when parking is free.

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