Top gear and thrills for all the family at RDS this weekend

Peter Pearson of Rocket Bobs
Peter Pearson of Rocket Bobs

You don’t have to be in the market for a new machine to have a fun-filled day and bag a bargain next weekend.

The RDS will be transformed into Ireland’s largest motorcycle superstore for three days, with everything from the latest in Alpinestars clothing, to hearing protection and, for the first time in Ireland, a smart phone tracking system for your bike from Bike Trac.

One of the top attractions at the show this year will be the exclusive Joey Dunlop Tribute, paying tribute to the greatest rider to ever race the roads (below). Top motorcycle sports photographer Stephen Davison will be talking to those who raced with the great man, including John McGuiness, Mick Grant and Eddie Laycock. Several of Joey’s bikes will also be on display, along with his leathers, iconic helmet and even his tool box.    



London’s iconic Ace Cafe will be hosting the Ace Cafe Classic Zone, with all the bikes of yesteryear featured. Expect to see the ground-breaking machines from the likes of BSA, Lambretta, Triumph, Vespa and Norton. 

The good people at the Ace Cafe will also be hosting the ‘Ace Stunt Starz’ competition, with a display by the Purple Helmets, sponsored by Rock Oil and R&G Racing. Stunt riding is the biggest new motorcycle sport and attracts spectators in huge numbers. With freestyle stunt contestants travelling from all over Europe, visitors can expect to see a high standard of competition.


Then there’s the AMD Custom Bike-Building Championship. This competition is the only Irish qualifier for the AMD World Championship and Peter Pearson of Rocket Bobs will take a look at the entries. 

The bike-building talent in Ireland is world class and, with over 50 entrants, show organisers are looking forward to sending our winners on to repeat the success they’ve had over the last few years at world level. There are no fewer than 22 categories, with Deltran Battery Tender sponsoring this part of the show, along with Zodiac International.

Getting your bike to look the part is one thing – getting your own look sorted is vital. So the Grafton Barber (inset) will be along to groom the visitors to the show. There is no charge, but a suggested donation of €10 will be given to the Irish Cancer Society.    

Skinny Elvis. Foxy Murphy, Willo O’Brien and Brian O’Higgins will be entertaining music fans with what they like to call ‘Twang With A Bang’ – Swamp Boogie, Delta Punk and Voodoo. They’ll be performing on the main stage, where the Rockabilly Roses and Fire show will support them. Czech company Rusty Pistons will dress all of the performers.

Motorcycle adventurer Nathan Millward will be hosting the ‘Travel and Adventure Talks’ feature, where he’ll talk to a number of riders who have ridden out of their comfort zones. From Dakar competitors to the participants in Temple Street’s Route 66 Challenge, there’ll be plenty of stories told and advice given. Plenty of exhibitors will point you in the direction to your own adventure – Overlanders, Celtic Horizon Tours, Trailblazers and Adventure Motorcycles Ireland.

Safety is an important part of riding a bike and there will be several training companies on hand for wannabe bikers and advanced riders. Out in the sand arena, there will be the option to both view and try your hand at flat track racing.  

You can also always take to the Eddie Irvine Racing Motorcycle Simulators and see how fast you can ride one of six MotoGP-inspired bikes for free. 

The Carole Nash Motorbike and Scooter Show promises to be a great fun day out for motorcyclists of all styles, as well as a wonderful family day out for all. Buy your tickets online and save 25 per cent - www.irishmotorbikeshow.com