Get Your Motor Running

More than 500 vendors will show off their motorcycles at the fairgrounds

February 08, 2007|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter

With the Super Bowl over and baseball season more than a month away, people looking for a dose of machismo should head to the Timonium Mid-Atlantic Motorcycle Show this weekend.

Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, it is one of the largest motorcycle shows on the East Coast. This year, organizers expect to draw more than 40,000 people.

"We're sort of the kickoff of the entire motorcycle season," said Rich Kohles, the show owner of American Recreational Promotions.

"We're one week after the Super Bowl, so as far as testosterone goes, there's nothing this weekend ... and it's three weeks before everybody leaves for Daytona [Fla.]" (for Bike Week).

This year, the show is emphasizing non-domestic bikes from companies such as Ducati, BMW and Yamaha. It will be the first on the East Coast to show the Ducati 1098 Superbike, Kohles said.

The show will also host seven bike builders who were featured on Metric Revolution on ESPN2. They include Doug Keim from Creative Cycles and Adam Canni of Canni Design. This part of the show is popular with a new generation of riders, Kohles said.

"It tends to draw a much younger audience," Kohles said. "They tend to be people that are more interested in extreme sports, and performance riding and racing as opposed to the American cruiser market, which has really been the backbone of the motorcycle industry for years."

The show will host more than 500 vendors with everything from performance parts to clothing. The Maryland State Transportation Department will conduct seminars on motorcycle safety and show patrons the requirements for state certification.

Also, about 250 bikes will be in competition for awards and trophies.

If the weather warms up (unlikely), the parking lot outside the show will turn into a minishow, Kohles said. About 1,000 people will ride motorcycles to the show if it's warmer than 40 degrees, he said. Last year, there was a warm spell, and at one point more than 2,000 bikes were parked outside. Hundreds of bikers brave cold weather for the show.

"If you look at the outside of the show, it's incredible to see that many bikes lined up in front of the show," Kohles said.

The Timonium Mid-Atlantic Motorcycle Show is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 10-15 and free for those younger than 10. Coupons for discounted admission are available at the Web site. For more information, call 410-561-7323 or go to cycleshow.net.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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