The New Zealand Motorcycle Show started out as fundraising venture by the Papakura Rotary Club in 2013 and grew fast, doubling attendance every year to a total of 7,500 visitors at the last show. This year’s numbers are still to be confirmed, with counts showing up to 8,000, but it looked even busier overall than 2016, with a large number of people there throughout Sunday. Saturday, as usual, was packed.
New Zealand Motorcycle Show website
Held in the main halls of the ASB Showgrounds at Greenlane, the hundreds of 'bikes parked outside formed a show in itself. But it was inside where the main action lay. Starting out as a show for classic ‘bikes, the event embraced customs in 2015 and transformed into a full-on motorcycle show last year. The competition among the classics and customs, however, remains a core part of proceedings. And there were some stunners on display, ranging from early 20th century motorised cycles to ‘80s classics like the RC30.
The Ride Forever stand, well-located just a few steps from the main entrance, saw a constant stream of people. Many were there to enquire about the Ride Forever coaching programme, and 254 riders signed up for courses over the weekend.
Loads more took part in the two competitions that we had running, with 333 entries for the draw to win $250 of riding gear (congratulations to the winner, John Poole) and 203 entering for a free ‘bike service worth up to $500, won by Kirk Garlick.
Plenty more were keen just to chat about ‘bikes, riding and what we do. On the latter topic, it really seems that awareness of Ride Forever is close to a turning point. Sponsoring last year’s show obviously helped, and all the other work we’ve been doing—shows like Shiny Side Up and Kick Start, campaigns related to the current Motorcycle Awareness Month and Get Ride Ready, plus engagement via social media—has clearly raised Ride Forever’s profile. Another 161 riders registered for our free Ride On newsletter (you can sign up at the bottom of this page).
Talking of raising profiles, once again nearly all the major manufacturers were represented at the show. From the seriously slick Honda stand to Yamaha’s hugely impressive and creative presence, there was plenty to drool over. The Harley stand was predictably popular. Indian motorcycles, once again, dazzled with their display and you could take your pick from Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Aprilia, Triumph, BMW, Royal Enfield, MV Agusta, you name it. Suzuki went with a yellow theme for the ‘bikes on display and it was great to see the new 250 V-Strom in the flesh: a dead ringer for its bigger siblings.
Can’t wait for next year!