Two-wheel ticket

by Willy Williamson . Mar 18 2016

While it’s a sure bet every auto aficionado in town will check out Piston Ring’s World of Wheels car show this weekend at the newly renovated RBC Convention Centre, thanks to the CycleRama Motorcycle Show running in conjunction this year, the annual show will also draw in locals who prefer to do their cruising on two wheels.

Harley-Davidson Winnipeg has signed on as the main sponsor for the CycleRama portion of the event, meaning you are getting two tickets for the price of one.

In addition to a selection of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles and accessories, the dealership will be selling Harley clothing and accessories.

As part of the CycleRama show there will also be more than 60 local motorcycles on display ranging from vintage bikes to mind-blowing customs.

For Harley sales representative Daniel Trach, the big show is not just an oportunity to showcase the dealership’s lineup of motorcycles, it also represents a chance to prove he knows a thing or two about what he sells. “This show gives us a great platform to show off and talk about our motorcycles with people who don’t normally visit us here at the dealership,” said Trach. One of the bikes the company will be displaying is the new Softail Slim S. “With the 110-cubic-inch motor, it is a very distinct-looking motorcycle with a new blacked-out look that is really getting a lot of attention here in our showroom,” said Trach, “we are looking forward to sharing it with the masses.” The redesigned Sportster will also be on display, with considerable updates having been done to improve looks, handling and comfort. “The new premium suspension package is now standard on all Sportster models,” said Trach, “they now feature redesigned rear shocks with larger diameter bodies and pistons and the front suspension has also been retuned.” Trach added Sportster models are now available with large diameter fork tubes that stiffen up the ride and redesigned seats for added comfort.

Although only 24, Trach is a veteran with almost ten years of service at Harley-Davidson Winnipeg. He started at the dealership washing motorcycles and doing general maintenace duties when he was 14 years old. He worked at the dealership part time through high school and while attending the University of Manitoba and upon his graduation from UofM last year he was hired on full time as a sales representative. “It has been both challenging and fun at the same time,” said Trach of his transition to sales. CycleRama will mark Trach’s first effort as a salesperson at such a large scale event. “It’s going to be super busy and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people,” said Trach, “I’m pumped about the weekend and encourage everyone to stop by and say hello.”

Metric mania

For fans of import motorcycles, specifically metric bikes, (the name Japanese imports have been dubbed), Adventure Power Products, a Kawasaki and Suzuki dealer from Ile-des-Chênes, will have a huge display of new motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs, as well as a pair of vintage speedsters.

Adventure co-owners Derek Roth and Frank Cicco have been burning the midnight oil, in this case of the two-stroke variety, restoring a 1972 Suzuki T 500 Titan and a 1976 Kawasaki KH 500. The Suzuki was ready to go, but at press time the pair, along with help from local import expert Denis Robidoux, were just putting the finishing touches on the old Kawasaki. “We have restored all of the mechanical components, repainted the frame and replaced the tires,” said Roth, “we left the tank in its original state, it just looks so cool the way it is we opted not to repaint it.”

Roth and Cicco have been especially busy lately. In addition to preparing for the World of Wheels, the dynamic duo are also overseeing the construction of Adventure Power Products new 10,000-plus square-foot facility, located next door to their existing dealership. “It has been a very busy and very exciting time for us,” said Roth, “we are really loooking forward to spending the weekend hanging out with our many friends in the local motorcycle and ATV community — World of Wheels is always huge fun for us and we wouldn’t miss it.”

willy@freepress.mb.ca