‘Build it and they will come’ could have been the mantra for the first ever Shiny Side Up Bike Fest on the Kapiti Coast. Over 1,200 bike fans attended to ogle at the machines on display, hear from well known figures in the two-wheel world, watch motorcycle gymkhana and trials displays, oh–and grab a snag from the charity BBQ!

The Ride Forever team was proud to play its part in making it all happen, including bringing in people like suspension guru Dave Moss, top racer Avalon Biddle, Queen of road rash Brittany Morrow, and pilot of the awesome Afterburner 2 drag bike Ian Wilkins.

We were all there for the event too, including several of the top Ride Forever instructors: Andrew and Lynne Templeton, Stu and Ross of Two Bald Bikers fame, and even Chris Smith who rode down from Auckland. As well as encouraging riders generally to take training, we had the amazing Ride of a Lifetime promotion to talk about for the Gold Course, signing up dozens of participants on the day.

And what a day it was. For a start, the weather was perfect (always a help). The ‘bikes began rolling in well before the 9.00am start time and, as is often the case, some of them were as much of an attraction as anything else. Dave Moss got the programme going with a talk and demonstration about suspension dynamics and adjustment. He also hatched a sneaky plan to get hold of someone’s MT-09 and show what can be done to offset the very limited rebound damping on the stock bike–without replacing the shock. Thanks to Garry who loaned his orange machine: the payback was a noticeably better-handling bike, which Garry was delighted with.

Talks from Brittany, Avalon and Ian attracted large groups while others checked out the gymkhana displays by the Capital Coast Coneheads and NZ Police. Andrew Templeton got stuck in and not just to people’s bikes for a health check, he also took part in the gymkhana, swapping from his huge Triumph Trophy to a slim GN125 and negotiating the course with equal aplomb. Andrew also conducted the ABS demo, showing the difference between different brake techniques and ABS vs non-ABS.

The day itself was also the catalyst for a load of associated events. In the run-up, Dave Moss held a variety of his suspension schools up and down the country (including a dedicated road school which we will report on separately). Meanwhile, Brittany Morrow gave presentations at dealerships around the country. 

Great to see a nice selection of food and refreshments on offer from the vendors who attended. They and the museum’s café were certainly kept busy. And between the BBQ, various donation points and a raffle for a $800 TSS Red Baron voucher, a large chunk of money was raised towards helping baby Mila undergo life-changing surgery in the United States.

The feedback has been great, so it looks like Shiny Side Up may be taking a regular place on the calendar.