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2014 Toronto Motorcycle Show reveals new bikes galore

Posted by Roger Cullman / February 23, 2014

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014The Toronto Motorcycle Show this weekend is where you'll find the hot new rides for 2014. Moved this year to the larger Direct Energy Centre from the Better Living Centre (where the Toronto Artist Project resides), this year's offerings include eye-catching new motorcycles and scooters from Honda, BMW, Royal Enfield, Vespa, Aprilia, Kawasaki and Suzuki.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014BMW's eye-turning R NineT packs 1,170cc of power in a 2-cylinder flat twin, DOHC, 8 valve, air/oil cooled engine. All this can be yours for just $16,200.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Royal Enfield is making headway in Canada with three new models for 2014, including this gorgeous red Continental GT cafe racer. It's got a 500cc engine and boasts 85 mpg fuel economy. Comes with a 2-year and 10,000 km warranty. Coming soon to a local dealership near you.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014I was quite impressed with the lineup of the new Hondas this year. The sleek all-new GL1800C Valkyrie got lots of attention. It's a liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder with 1,832cc. Comes in Graphite Black or Atmosphere Blue Metallic with a price tag of $20,776. Better start saving your shekels.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Perhaps better suited to Toronto's city streets, the Honda Forza is a maxi scooter with style. It's a liquid cooled, single cylinder four-stroke with 279cc. In Pure Red, it's pure excitement with a sticker price of $6,311.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014If you're just starting out on a motorcycle, perhaps you'd find a better fit in the Honda Grom. I first spotted this compact 125cc beauty at the Motorcycle Supershow last month. Just $3,199 and you're off to the races. Weighing just 225 pounds, it's one of the nimblest new bikes of 2014.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Sure, there are a ton of Vespas in Toronto. This new 946 is the slickest new design they've produced in years. Even with ABS braking and ASR traction control, it's still just a 125cc scoot. And with its hefty $9,946 price, I doubt you'll be seeing many of these on the streets anytime soon. Only 26 of these scooters made it into Canada. There's just two left at Vespa Toronto West.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014The Aprilia RSV4 might be more your speed if you're into Italian design and blazing fast speeds.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Or maybe you'd like to start out like I did with a little 50cc Aprilia like this SR Motard 50 that you can win at the motorcycle show.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Another new motorbike for 2014 is the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS. It's 1,043cc of power for a mere $13,999.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014The "Supernaked" Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Special Edition is also new for 2014 with a little less lime green and a little less pricey at $13,499.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Suzuki's got a new 250cc motorbike that's got some sleek lines and a decent price. The GW250 comes equipped with front and rear disc brakes and a price tag of just $3,999.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014Aside from all the cool new bikes at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, there's plenty of gear to peruse. Like this fancy new Arai helmet graphic.

Several riding schools and insurance companies were on hand as well. So if you're thinking about alternate means of transportation for this spring, this motorcycle show is a good place to start.

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2014New on the scene to the driving school options in Toronto is Motorsoul Riding School. I met Motorsoul's Leah Hollingsworth (pictured, left) and director/chief instructor Ginny Allen, who told me their training facility is just around the corner at Ontario Place.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show is open until 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a..m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Admission is $17.

Photos by Roger Cullman Photography.

Discussion

10 Comments

Jack / February 23, 2014 at 01:19 pm
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I love that they still use chicks to showcase vehicles at car shows and bike shows. These shows would be pretty dry without them and they're paid to be nice to you.
G_Dean / February 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
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Yet another editorial that entirely missed Indian's huge booth, beautiful rides and the Toronto introduction of their first fairing bike ever, the Chieftain.
godge / February 23, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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how many freebies did BlogTO get in exchange for this unusually long article??
Roger replying to a comment from G_Dean / February 23, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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Sorry I missed your ride. I can't feature all the bikes here. You'll be happy to hear that The Globe & Mail featured your Chieftan in their preview: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/new-cars/auto-shows/eight-hot-new-bikes-to-see-at-the-motorcycle-show/article16999013/
Roger replying to a comment from godge / February 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
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Each manufacturer gave me a free motorcycle to keep. Anything else?
Tristan / February 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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I bought a Honda Grom after seeing it at the show. Now all I need is for the snow to melt.
godge replying to a comment from Roger / February 23, 2014 at 05:12 pm
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nice! Just as long as it was worth it.
Roger replying to a comment from Tristan / February 23, 2014 at 06:56 pm
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Cool. What drew you to the Grom?
2wheelcoffin / February 23, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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anyone looking to get a bike visit bestgore dot com first. i guarantee you will change your mind.
Elvis / February 24, 2014 at 12:15 am
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Hey Motorsoul! If anyone is planning on getting their license this season forget RTI and those college programs. Check out Motorsoul, Ginny is truly a top notch instructor.

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