Get suited and booted for the Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show this weekend
THERE’S nothing like some fresh metal and new gear to whet the appetite for the dry roads ahead.
And with something for all the family at the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show in Dublin’s RDS next weekend, some 25,000 bikers and bike fans of all ages, shapes and sizes will descend on the capital for the ultimate bike-fest.
With more than 100 different exhibitors displaying their goods and services over three halls from Friday, March 3, to Sunday, March 5, there’s something for every visitor.
The main manufacturers will all be launching their new 2017 motorcycles, with BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, KTM, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha all showing off their wares.
Here’s a quick glance at what the manufacturers will be tempting you with over the three days.
Three new R 1200 GS models will be launched, including the Rallye version (below) – which comes with a rally seat, sport windshield, radiator and frame guards, wide enduro foot pegs, and spoked wheels with optional studded tyres.
Off-road performance is significantly improved due to harder suspension, longer spring struts and extended spring travel.
There will be a total of 18 BMWs on display, including the K 1600 GT SE, S 1000 RR Sport, S 1000 R Sport and R nine T.
The Monster is considered by many to be the most iconic Ducati of the past 20 years.
The 1200S (below), which borrows technology from the 1299 Panigale superbike, is built on a new frame, with a resized chassis and has a redesigned bodywork.
In addition to its higher-calibre suspension and brakes, the Monster 1200S has a carbon fibre front fender, new triple Y-spoke cast aluminium wheels with exclusive ‘S’ graphics, an LED daytime running light and LED turn signals.
Ducati will also be launching the Monster 797, Multistrada 950, Scrambler Café Racer & Desert Sled, as well as the newest Supersport.
The new boy in town is Herald Motorcycles. There will be a range of learner or commuter-friendly bikes on show, including the Classic 125, Classic 250, 250 Rambler and 250 Roamer.
Honda will have its full 2017 line-up at the show. And to really get the juices flowing, there’s even the uber-exclusive Honda RC213V-S, the road-going version of the RC213V MotoGP bike.
With a price tag of €190,000, even if you have money to burn, you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these.
Only 90 machines were made, with the 999cc V4 keeping as close to the racing machines as possible. But you can see one in the flesh at the Honda stand.
One of the many highlights at the Franklin Motorcycles Indian Display at the RDS will be the Scout (below), a sports cruiser which embodies the historic styling of the original, as well as its reputation for strength and reliability.
The new Scout is the first Indian motorcycle to use a 1,133cc, liquid-cooled, 60-degree, V-twin engine. With its electronic fuel injection, counter-balancing and a six-speed transmission, the bike can produce 100 HP and torque of 72.2 ft. lbs. (97.7 Nm) @ 5,900 rpm.
Much of the technology found on the new GSXR-1000 (below) was developed for Suzuki’s Moto GP bikes, resulting in a bike for the masses that is a lighter, more mechanically simple, dependable, and robust, while maintaining its credibility as a true sport superbike.
Racing Variable Valve Timing features in the new model, meaning the new inline four-cylinder engine produces both class-leading power and torque. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 also has a comprehensive electronics package that features a 10-mode traction control system and cornering ABS.
Suzuki will also be launching the New GSXS750A. Also on show will be the V-Strom 1000 Adventure, V-Strom 650, GSXR750, GSXS1000A/FA, SV650A and Suzuki’s scooters range.
Triumph fans can look forward to seeing the Bonneville Bobber, Street Triple 765 and Street Scrambler models. The Street Triple 765 was only unveiled on January 10 and this will be the first time it has featured at a Motorbike Show anywhere.
The Bobber’s 1200cc high-torque engine has upgraded electronics and a new dual airbox/filter design, which enables it to produce more torque and power down low compared to its predecessor, the Bonneville T120. The new bike has a 27-inch seat height, 2.4-gallon fuel tank and 503-pound dry weight.
Yamaha has set the bar high in 2017 when it comes to delivering ‘naked’ bikes or roadsters. The Japanese manufacturer has taken its popular MT-10 model and married the most advanced YZF-R1M Supersport technology to create its ultimate hyper naked motorcycle, the MT-10 SP (below).
As well as the MT-10 SP, Yamaha will be displaying, among others, the MT-09A street fighter motorcycle and the Scrambler 950.