Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Photos of the Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show 2012

The Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show heralded the start to the 2012 riding season and
brought a slew of bikers to The International Centre over the weekend.

Having just got a new motor scooter, I was eager to mix among my other two-wheel brethren, check out the exotic bikes on display and maybe find some deals on new riding gear.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

When I arrived on Sunday around noon, a section of the parking lot was already filled with Harleys, cruisers, choppers and cafe racers.

The first bike that caught my eye once I got into Hall 1 was actually a huge trike, courtesy of Frankenstein Performance Cycle.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

There were other cool three-wheelers on display, including some eye-turning beauties from

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Kreater Custom Motorcycles and Industrial Custom Cycle:

Think you're man enough to ride this custom mauve Kawasaki Ninja?

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by this little beauty named Tha Misfit by

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Cleveland CycleWerks

Over in Hall 3 I took in a few classic proud possessions on display in the "Bikes of the Century" exhibit, including this cafe racer.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Another classic, the 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, caught my attention with its classic styling, leather and chrome. Richard Thompson

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

wrote a pretty cool song about this bike.

There weren't too many Vespas at this show, it being a motorcycle show and all. But this 1958 Hornet looked pretty rad with in turquoise and gold.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Kawasaki's 2012 Ninja ZX-14 sure turned a few heads.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Some of the vendors had odd accessories for sale. Some of these iron-on patches made me chuckle, like "HORN BROKEN, WATCH FOR FINGER!"

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

There were even some cute Betty Boop belt buckles.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Other hotrods were all colour and chrome.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

One of the things I found amusing was the proliferation of cheap gloves on display everywhere. I was pretty happy with the ones I had, but others pored over the dozens upon dozens of riding gloves on hand at the various booths and tables scattered among the three halls.

SpringMotorcycleShow18.jpg

It was 5 p.m. before I knew it and the show had come to an end. As the show floors cleared out, I got a closer look at some of the Headrush bikes on my way out. They looked intricate and powerful, but you'd never catch me riding one of those.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

The most elaborate bike on display was without question this handmade, airbrushed beauty dubbed "SAMAHAIN" by Alain Pannaton.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Its colour scheme and display was better suited for the autumn, but this work of art was one of my highlights at the International Spring Motorcycle Show.

Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show

Photos by Roger Cullman Photography.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Toronto is getting a drive-in venue like Jurassic Park for Raptors playoff games

Hilton Falls conservation area near Toronto comes with hiking trails and a waterfall

Here's why Danny Green still hasn't received his ring from the Raptors

Escape rooms reopening in Toronto for people within same social circle

How to become a virtual fan in the stands at a Toronto Raptors game

Lake on the Mountain is a legendary place in Ontario with pristine waters

What you need to know about Toronto's first subscription e-bike service

This beautiful beach is a short drive from Toronto but you need reservations to visit