The annual Vancouver Motorcycle Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 18 to 20. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The annual Vancouver Motorcycle Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 18 to 20. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Live demos and stunt shows part of Vancouver Motorcycle Show

Annual event returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from Jan. 18 to 20

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show starts Friday, Jan. 18 at Tradex in Abbotsford and runs throughout the weekend.

The event features the latest gear, live demonstrations, stunt shows, and a brand new lineup of 2019 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters as well as the classics.

Back by popular demand, local stunt group VanCity Stunters will generate their usual flurry of smoke-filled excitement with their acrobatic motorcycle maneuvering and high-energy performances their fans have come to expect.

New to the outdoor stage this year will be the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team.

Driving up from their hometown in Washington state, the team, who is celebrating their 80th anniversary this year, will bring their vintage Harleys – some of which are even older than the team’s official beginning.

Vintage Harley lovers will be able to further satisfy their passion inside Tradex, as Trev-Deeley Motorcycles presents their vintage collection that includes a 1926 JD, 1933 VLE, 1944 EL 1953 K Sport, 1954 FL, 1966 XLH and 1973 SX350.

Also at the show, professional riding instructor Clinton Smout will demonstrate techniques that include clutch control, obstacle avoidance and slow-speed maneuvers.

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After visitors are armed with their fill of riding tips, they can relax in the Moto Lifestyle Lounge, where they will hear live entertainment and be able to view up-close customized Triumph motorcycles.

She Rides is back Friday night, when the entry fee for ladies is cut in half after 5 p.m. One woman on this night will walk away with a new Kawasaki Versys – X 300 ABS courtesy of Kawasaki.

Yamaha Riding Academy is also returning for kids from the ages of six to 12 who want to learn how to ride the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle in a safe environment and in the company of trained and certified instructors.

At the show’s Strider Adventure Zone, children as young as 18 months and up to the age of five can take part in test riding a Strider Bike through a course of tires, rumble strips and ramps.

Families are encouraged to visit the adventure zone in the show’s outside feature tent so they can book their children’s riding experience.

The show also includes the Kawasaki Double-Take Giveaway, with two Kawasaki Z125 PROs given away at the show on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The draw is open to all show attendees, who must fill out their electronic ballots at the Kawaski booth from noon to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday to be eligible for the draw.

Also featured are exhibits from some of the biggest names in motorcycle production, including Yamaha, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Aprilia, Kawasaki, BMW, Honda, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, and Piaggio, and more.

Doors are open from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for kids ages six to 14, $12 for seniors and free for kids five and under.

Visit vancouvermotorcycleshow.ca for more information or to purchase tickets.