Saturday, 27 January 2018
MOTOR BIKE EXPO 2018, OVER 160.000 PRESENT FOR THE TENTH EDITION OF THE SHOW IN VERONA
Motor Bike Expo 2018 – Veronafiere, 18/21 January 2018 – www.motorbikeexpo.it
This special edition of the show dedicated to motorcycles has finished,
promising of a return of the extra day in 2019
MOTOR BIKE EXPO 2018, OVER 160.000 PRESENT FOR THE TENTH EDITION OF THE SHOW IN VERONA
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The final day was still filled with grandeur, spectacles, and events
Motor Bike Expo, the show dedicated to motorcycles and riders, has crossed the finish line of its tenth anniversary edition in Verona with over 160.000 visitors.
Four full event days: an extra day added to the show schedule to celebrate the tenth anniversary together with over 700 exhibiting companies from the motorcycle industry and the most important motorcycle manufacturers, custom bike builders, and the biggest brands in clothing, accessories, and components.
Motor Bike Expo has once again confirmed itself as an international point of reference for the industry thanks to the presence of the most famous motorcycle customizers in the world, coming not only from Europe and the United States, but also from the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. For four days, the five outdoor areas – a total of 21.000 square meters – hosted more than 60 events ranging from races, test rides, and shows put on by riders and stuntmen. There were a number of new features during this edition of MBE, from the debut of the MBE Award which crowned the best custom bike as the “King of Verona”, “The Art of Kustom” which saw the best helmet artists compete for the trophy, to the very first Indoor Trial Italian Championship.
“This year’s experiment was a complete success,” said the organizers, Paola Somma and Francesco Agnoletto, “and therefore will become part of the future. Motor Bike Expo needed the additional day in order to grow. The extra open day was appreciated and allowed us to reach 167.000 visitors. Motor Bike Expo will continue this with the next edition of the show.”
The Special sector is yet again the undeniable leader among what was offered at Motor Bike Expo.
Among the acknowledgments given out on the closing day of the show was the prestigious Magazine Award, with winners being selected by top international publications who are invited to find their winners at Motor Bike Expo. Andrea Radaelli, the bike builder from Radikal Choppers in Milan, collected a number of trophies for his works of art; the Japanese magazine Vibes and German magazine Dream Machines both selected “Angel Dust”, with paintwork done by Cisko Art, as their Magazine Award winner. Another one of Radaelli’s works, “The Skinny”, made in collaboration with 70’s Helmets, won the award from Easyriders in Germany. Another Italian builder, Boccin Custom Cycles, was awarded the Magazine Award from Madness Photography for their bike “Mala Chica”. The pick for German magazine Bikers Power went to the Indonesian-built bike “The Trident”; the pick from Eliot Iron (Spain) went to “Swamp Water” from English builder Pete Pearson of Rocket Bobs Cycle Works. The pick from U.K. flat track magazine, Sideburn, went to the Triumph Trackmaster from the Swiss builders of Young Guns Speed Shop; 100% Biker Magazine from the U.K. chose “MAG 1919” from Abnormal Cycles, the same bike that had won the MBE Award on Saturday.
Another contest held on Sunday was the Bike Show organized by Italian publications Lowride and Chop & Roll which saw many trophies given to worth motorcycles. The best Custom, also according to these judges, was “Angel Dust”, a Harley-Davidson Shovel made by Radikal Chopper. From amongst the most awarded builds, most notable are the Indian Scout presented by Bad Boys garage (first place Tracker), the Triumph Triton CR 650 by Stile Italiano (winner of the Café Racer category), and the colossal MG-32 from Biker sheriff, winner of the Bagger category.
Among the numerous contests that took place at MBE this year, the Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series Italian Championship proved to yet again be one that should never be missed. The aftermarket giant awarded the best custom motorcycles by hand-selecting the top works on display and dividing them into catories. Awards this year went to motorcycles from Harley-Davidson Padova, Asso Special Bike, 70’s Helmets & Radikal Chopper for “The Skinny”, and to the Spanish builders at Old Custom Flames. The title of Italian Champion this year again was given to Rocket Bobs Cycle Works from the U.K. for their H-D Shovelhead “Swamp Water”.
Speaking of American motorcycles, many expressed great interest in what Indian Motorcycles had to offer in Hall 2, among which was the brand new Chief Dark Horse, an appropriate name for a modern cruiser with a black look throughout, completed with a powerful twin cylinder Thunder Stroke 111 1.819 cc engine. The V-Twin 1000 cc was instead used for the beautiful street tracker that Bad Boys garage built, the first Italian-built Indian Scout Sixty.
The revival of the two-wheel market also represents an opportunity for new players in the sector. This being said, the team from WOOLF, all of whom are from Verona, participated in the event after having been awarded important European funding for the research of Horizon 2020 and having been selected along with 30 Italian companies to represent the final frontier of technological innovation at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. This is a device that can be worn as a bracelet (for use on a motorcycle) or installed on a car dashboard; through a dedicated app and a sophisticated system of sensors, it transmits vibrations when the user is in particularly vulnerable areas such as dangerous intersections, traffic lights, and speed cameras. Another great story of Italian innovation comes from Patrolline, the Como-based company that was reborn thanks to its employees who took over the company in 2015, which specializes in remote monitoring for motorcycles. The product, called “PatrolSat”, sparked particular interest among the visitors at Motor Bike Expo. “We noticed that the motorcyclists wanted to have complete control of their motorcycle without the added cost of an operations center. With PatrolSat, you can always know where to find your motorcycle and, in the case of theft, locate it and lock it from anywhere simply by using the app installed on your smartphone.”
Motor Bike Expo closed with a Sunday filled with great turnout at all of the shows that took place in the outdoor areas which brought life to the four days of MBE 2018. MOTUL was once again proved to be a fundamental presence as a Main Partner of the show; with over 200 square meters of built space at their stand in Hall 6, visitors were able to appreciate the technology of their new products and experience it in Virtual Reality. At the Motul Arena, in Area A, visitors stood literally open-mouthed as they witnessed the European Stuntman Contest. The contest, now past its fourth edition, saw 18 riders from all over Italy as well as Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Denmark, and Brazil. The winner, Mike Jensen, was awarded first place with prize money and the opportunity to ride in front of tens of thousands of fans. The Danish stunt specialist placed ahead of Pawel Karbownick from Poland and Danis Rybalko from Russia. Aside from the competition, stuntmen performed from the Scuola di Polizia and Quadrift riders, as well as Nicola l’Impennatore with his specialized Vespas, to put on a series of shows that have come to be a tradition for the public in Verona.
Speed, excitement, smoke from burning tires, and lots of fun: this is what you can always expect from the Drift Show and Taxi Drift put on by Graziano Rossi and his drivers. At the wheel of their 400-horsepower Nissan 350Z, these Daba Drift artists got the adrenaline pumping for the dozens of passengers they took on a ride, to the point of Rossi saying, “If I found myself in their place, I’d want to kill them! Some stayed calm, others said ‘you’ll never see me again!’ But when they understand that there’s no danger and that drifting is like dancing in pairs with the driver, they get a real taste of what it’s like.” Among the performers was Alessandra Rossi the girlfriend of the MotoGP racer Andrea Dovizioso, no worse than he is at the wheel of a drift car. “Dovi (Andrea Dovizioso)? He never wants to come with me in the car, it’s already enough that he stays by side when I drive ours… but let me practice a little bit more and then the challenge is on!”
The 2nd MBE Urban Enduro Trophy, directed by Moto Club Spoleto, gave the public a true, authentic show on Saturday and Sunday in outdoor area B. Around thirty riders took to a technical course that, in only a few kilometers, was able to concentrate and combine many of the difficult characteristics typical of enduro racing. A challenging circuit was placed under the supervision of the ex-world champion, Mario Rinaldi, who gave the riders a considerable amount of reason to concentrate on their task as well as helping all of the stars and the crowds of spectators have a great time. Mini 65, Mini 85, and Open: three categories, two days of racing with separate categories for each. On Staurday, the eleven year-old from from Piacenza Marcello Bruschi (KTM) won the 65, the fourteen year-old Piedmontese Alessio Gallo (Husqvarna) wont the 85, and Andrea Spagliccia from Terni won the Open on his Beta. On Sunday, the flagbearer for M.C. Val Luretta Bruschi gave an encore performance in the lower category, once again agead of Manuel Dell’Occhio (KTM) and Loris Menichelli. In the 85, the victory went to Andrea Bocconi ahead of Alessio Gallo and ed Elia Zucconi (Husqvarna) while at the top of the Open category, after three final rounds, Enrico Rinaldi emerged victorious ahead of Pietro Pini and Simone Cristini.
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