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Toronto Motorcycle Supershow a drool-worthy affair

Posted by Roger Cullman / January 5, 2014

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoThe North American International Motorcycle Supershow is a fantasyland for motorcycle enthusiasts in Toronto. There's a variety of motorbikes to drool over, from cruisers to sport bikes to cafe racers to scooters.

Boasting as "the world's largest motorcycle show," it features more than 500 exhibitors and 1,000 motorcycles on display. It's no wonder the Motorcycle Supershow attracts over 50,000 attendees to the International Centre by the airport strip every year.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoYou'll find swimsuit calendar models sitting astride Harley's as well as heavily bearded Heaven's Saints Motorcycle Ministry dudes. All of them the friendliest people you'd ever meet.

Since the -38 degree windchill forced most in attendance on Friday evening to arrive on four wheels, not two, I was likely not the only one feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store amongst all the motorcycles.

Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto While I had my scooter parked for a good few weeks now, I was pleased to see this sharp old Lambretta at the show, posing with a stuffed bear for the good folks at MADD.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoHarley Davidson motorcycles were well represented at the show.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoAs were the sports bikes. This Kawasaki Ninja Special Edition sure turned a few heads.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoThere was a nifty nook with some classic motocross photos. This 1974 Yamaha YZ250 B was the very first production motorcycle with monoshock rear suspension. The dry weight was claimed at 214 pounds.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoIf you're looking for a new helmet, there's a plethora of choices at the Motorcycle Supershow, including some real deals to be had. Especially if you wear size XS or XXL.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoThis ape is on his Victory lap.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoYou've got to be a real man to equip your bike with leather fringe grips.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoThe motorcycle show vendors were all smiles, eager to pose or have you try out sitting on their bikes.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoThe Vintage Road Racing Association brought a few of their finest rides, including this 1972 Yamaha XS750.

Motorcycle Supershow in TorontoLearning Curves was on hand to show off a sporty new Honda Grom 125 and sign up eager new riders for their motorcycle training classes, which begin in late March. Thinking of riding this year? You'd better sign up soon, as they're already filling up.

Aside from the bikes themselves, you could find some cheap belts (2 for 5 bucks!), fancy wallets (see below) and badass t-shirts to be had. And you could get some fancy leather polish to shine up your motorcycle leathers (and footwear).

I found a nice pair of riding pants on sale at the rather large GP Bikes display. I'm not sure if they replenish stock every day, but the most popular sizes tend to go quickly.

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Photos by Roger Cullman Photography.

Discussion

7 Comments

Samcro / January 5, 2014 at 05:23 am
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Where is the international center?
Jibbly / January 5, 2014 at 10:17 am
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@Samcro - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=International+Centre%2C+Toronto
Happa / January 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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breaking news: theres a motorcycle show going on but it ends today in a few hours, sorry we didnt tell you sooner. - blogTO
George replying to a comment from Happa / January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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The "Weekend events in Toronto: January 3-5" post from January 3 specifically mentions this event... maybe do some research for yourself before jumping to conclusions.

...pathetically typical.
jake / January 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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This show is only good if you've never been before. Otherwise, it's all dame every year and every event. It has very flea market type of feel to it. The only reason I went was because I was hoping to find some gear for my girlfriend but wasn't able to. Otherwise, there are better ways to spend $20
Jim / January 7, 2014 at 11:34 am
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This is the same show every year. There are a lot of cool bikes but where is all the NEW gear? Most of the equipment sold is overstock or old lines in size XL or XXL. Why don't Alpinestars, Joe Rocket or Dainese have any booths? I want to see their spring line. This show is geared more towards cruisers than sport bikes.
YouMotorcycle replying to a comment from Happa / January 8, 2014 at 03:28 am
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I can't imagine anyone I know who rides a motorcycle not knowing there was a show this weekend...

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