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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

The 2015 Version of the Calgary Motorcycle Show

Sitting on Project LivewireThe second week of January is an important one for western riders.

The Calgary Motorcycle Show is one of three western motorcycle shows run by Power Sport Services.

 

 

 

Laurie Paetz and her team did an amazing job.  Last year, things were up in the air as Power Sport Services had fired the National Sportsmen Shows, the company Laurie and her team worked for.  All of the exhibitors that take in the western shows were sad that Laurie would not be running the shows anymore, but that changed in August when Laurie and her team left the National Sportsmen Shows and were hired by Power Sports Services!

As usual, the gals did a bang up job in brining us a show that was well attended, well laid out and well run.

The manufacturers made the show exciting with so many new machines and concepts vehicles to see.

In the Kawasaki booth was the brand new Ninja HR2, a concept motorcycle that is so powerful it is not roadway approved. It had heads snapping back to take a second look!

The Slingshot The Slingshot In the Polaris booth was the new Slingshot, a three-wheeled roadster that is already outlawed in 6 states!  This vehicle is pretty radical looking and it appears that some provinces are having a hard time categorizing it!  I will speak about both of those machines in the article on the Edmonton show as I got the chance to talk to reps from both companies!

In the Harley – Davidson booth I got to check out Project LiveWire, the prototype electric motorcycle that has had many riders buzzing with interest.

I had the opportunity to climb on that bike and I am here to tell you it is a total power rush.

I am uncertain as to how Harley-Davidson accomplished it, but the Harley “heartbeat” can be felt in your thighs!  The whine of the electric engine takes some getting used to but amazingly, the fact that you don’t have to shift is not disconcerting at all, at least not while the bike is sitting on the Jumpstart live roll platform. The immediate delivery of power from the electric engine was startling. I knew it would be that way, that the power would be there instantly, I understood that on an intellectual level, but to actually experience it was – AMAZING – SCARY – ADRENELIN FILLED!

Here is the link to the video that Jocelyn helped me film of my time on Project LiveWire http://youtu.be/HcRK8bMDWMI

Later this summer I will, (if my riding schedule allows me to), get to ride the LiveWire on the street, during a media demo day and I have to tell you I am excited as all get out!  

The bike is well thought out, the dash is easy to use and the seating position is surprisingly comfortable.  We’ll see how it feels out on the road!

There are so many reasons to love the Calgary Motorcycle Show, there is lots of entertainment; the Evolution of Extreme, the Alberta Trials Riders, the Yamaha Riding Academy, two bikes up for grabs, one for She Rides Night and one for all show goers to participate in.

Distributors of fine motorcycle products like KIMPEX were on had as were many small vendors and insurance companies like presenting sponsor Dalton Timmis Insurance.

Valerie Thompson with RitaValerie Thompson with RitaI was blessed to interview 7 time World Record holder Valerie Thompson, an inspiring young woman with a need for speed and of course I also chatted with the CMDRA’s Ethan Barkley while I was in Edmonton.  You’ll be able to see those interviews on Ride Like a Local on EastlinkTV’s channel 10 and the Ride Like a Local Channel on YouTube later in June.

 

 

 

 

Road Trip Rita meets Karen Doerksen the lady who named herRoad Trip Rita meets Karen Doerksen the lady who named herRoad Trip Rita finally got to meet Karen Doerksen, the lady who gave Rita her handle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L Jocelyn M Siggy R Linda KelmLeft:  Jocelyn - Middle: Siggy - Right:  Linda KelmI want to thank the volunteers from the CVFR (Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders) and the Alberta Rural Ride for Dad, Jocelyn Klein and Linda Kelm for their outstanding assistance in my booth. I am happy to report that for the riding clubs, the arrangement was a huge success, as it was for Belt Drive Betty Media.

It was rewarding to see so many riders interested in Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest where myself and our Media Partners will be giving away over $60,000 in marketing to 12 Canadian Communities!

Along with our Presenting Sponsor, Community Futures of Alberta,  we are excited to support rural tourism in Canada!

I had a blast at the Calgary Motorcycle Show, it was hard work running from interview to interview, speaking with vendors and riders alike, but it is work I absolutely love to do!

I want to thank the show staff for their hard work in making this a show to remember!

Belt Drive Betty

Editor & Rider

 

Last modified on Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:02

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