As riders and bike lovers, the industry’s leading manufactures have pulled out all the stops this year, in order to deliver a complete offering of the latest models, including icons from the past, and a look into future designs and technologies.
Here is just a small sample of the most highly-anticipated new models that await the some 33,000 riders and bike fans who are expected to gather at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from February 26 to 28:
APRILIA: EVOLUTION MEETS REVOLUTION
The new Tuono V4 Factory 1100 ABS is a true thrill generator that delivers fun in its purest state. The latest and most spectacular evolution of a sport dynasty includes a new 175-hp engine, a revamped chassis for better agility, a new look, the possibility of connecting your smartphone to the vehicle, and more. As for the RSV4 RR, it represents the most profound advancement ever made on this extraordinary model. The result is the most compact full-size sport bike on the market, with its impeccable aluminium double rail frame helping to emphasize its racing vocation.
INDIAN: LOOKS MAY NOT BE EVERYTHING, BUT...
Expertly balanced and lightweight, the Scout Sixty is the perfect motorcycle to start your legend. Among its features are Indian Performance shocks that offer the rider wide range rebound adjustability. Its Mini-Ape handlebars provide the bike with a distinctive look and comfortable reach, and its saddle is mounted on a strong forged aluminum base that provides the rider with a firm, stable, and comfortable perch. The Chief Dark Horse maintains the legendary Indian Chief style, but its black finish gives it an unpolished, raw look, while its distinctive Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine boldly announces its presence.
KTM: A CLASSIC REINVENTED
Two decades ago, the original Duke was nothing short of revolutionary. KTM’s first single-cylinder street bike grew into a cult classic, adding extreme fun to a raw and radical concept. In 2016, the totally redesigned 690 Duke remains true to the spirit of its ancestor’s ways, while housing the state-of-the-art technology of tomorrow: remarkable flexibility, sophisticated electronics, improved ergonomics, and boosted power. This firmly cements the world’s strongest single-cylinder production motorcycle at the cutting edge of engineering.
MOTO GUZZI: LONG LIVE THE REBEL SPIRIT
The Moto Guzzi Audace declares its rebel spirit immediately, simply with its name. This is a muscle bike designed to enhance the spectacular performance of the 1400cc engine, the largest V-twin ever manufactured in Europe. Ostentatious and fierce, the Moto Guzzi Audace has no chrome plating: every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark as night, an ideal look for enjoying a solitary ride. The Eldorado is the modern and luxurious interpretation of the unforgettable Eldorado 850 of the '70s. The personality of its ancestor has been preserved by combining elements from the past with technological evolution and stylistic continuity. Positioned just 724 mm from the ground, the new saddle invites you to take a seat, press the start button and let the asphalt roll under your feet for at least 300 km, a range made possible by the sculpturesque 20.5 litre fuel tank.
PIAGGIO: AN IDEAL BLEND OF SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT
When Piaggio created the MP3, the world’s first three-wheeler scooter, it introduced a new type of vehicle offering unprecedented levels of riding safety and pleasure. The new Piaggio MP3 500, available with a 500 cc engine, allows you take full advantage of the comfort, road holding capability and all the fun this scooter offers. Clever, safe, inimitable, fun and agile - meet the MP3 500 by Piaggio.
SUZUKI: PERFORMANCE RUNS IN THE FAMILY
From the DNA of a supersport legend comes the pure sport roadster. The ALL NEW GSX-S1000F is a motorcycle built for real-world excitement. Inheriting the genuine engine and main components of the celebrated GSX-R1000 (winner of multiple championships), the new GSX-S series takes the spirit of the Suzuki GSX-R to the street, with shared technology and components packaged into a chassis designed specifically for street riding comfort. This is a bike born to deliver heart-pounding performance on every road you ride.
VESPA: RAISING THE BAR
Fresh from Italy comes the all new and thoughtfully refined Vespa GTV 300. This next generation of GTV 300 hosts a multitude of upgrades that keep this iconic retro style minded model at the forefront of innovation and advanced technology. This all NEW model offers over 50 specific design and performance upgrades. Combined with the most powerful engine ever offered on a Vespa, the new 2016 GTV 300 is the ultimate scooter.
VICTORY: ALL MUSCLE
Back by popular demand and better than ever, the Hammer S proves that a muscle cruiser can carve curves as ferociously as it can jump of the line. This much muscle demands inverted forks to turn straight-line power into turn-carving performance. Its two-tone paint complements the bike’s distinctive style, and its large back tire grips the road and never lets it go. Also new to the 2016 Victory line-up and quick to make a name for itself is the Empulse TT, an electric motorcycle that accelerates up to 161 km/hr. Its reliable battery fully charges in just 3.9 hours.
YAMAHA: INTELLIGENCE ON TWO WHEELS
Yamaha is clearly not slowing down when it comes to releasing new and exciting models. Its XSR900 model blends Yamaha’s world-class engineering with standout neo-retro sport styling, creating a new type of machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Equipped with the same thrilling engine that’s found in the award winning FZ-09, it also boasts traction control, ABS and all-digital instrumentation. Meanwhile, the fun loving BWS 125 has undergone a significant makeover for 2016. Not only is the styling all new, but there’s more under-seat storage capacity and a new rear disc brake. Not stopping there, the front disc brake diameter has been increased, the roominess of the cockpit has been increased, and there’s a cool new headlight too.
In addition, BMW, Can-Am BRP Spyder, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki and Triumph will also be showcasing their 2016 line-ups at this year’s Montreal Motorcycle Show. “The 2016 edition of the show will have more bikes and more options than ever before.” states Show Manager Bianca Kennedy. “Visitors will love all the new bikes and gear under one roof, as well as having all their questions answered by the pros. They will go home with new information, new dreams, exciting plans and great ambitions for the riding season ahead."
The Montreal Motorcycle Show: February 26 to 28, 2016, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle)
Friday, February 26: Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 27: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, February 28: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets (taxes included)
Adults (15 and over): $15
Seniors (65 and over) and students (upon presentation of a valid student card): $11
Juniors (6-14): $10
Children (5 and under): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (two adults and two juniors): $39