Category: Motorcycles

The Motorcycle Show Feb 17 – 19 2017 in Toronto

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Canada’s Premiere Motorcycle Show is coming to Toronto. The passion lives, even in the cold of Winter.

Where?

The Motorcycle Show will be held at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. That is at the east end of the CNE Grounds, near the Princess Gate.

The TTC will be running lots of streetcars to the CNE from Bathurst Subway station.

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Another great Motorcycle on display at Back Alley Cruisers Woodbridge Car Meet July 11 2016.

Here’s another photo a great bike which was on display at the Back Alley Cruisers Woodbridge Car Meet July 11 2016.

Photo of a Motorcycle on display at the "Back Alley Cruisers Woodbridge" Car Meet on July 11 2016. Photo Credit Vincent Banial

Last year the Nikon D7000 was driving me nuts with the output photos. I disliked them. They looked soft.

This years, all of a sudden it’s working. The Woodbridge photos look fine. And the wide Tamron Zoom which I used to shoot these is an OK lens, but not hyper sharp. By the time my meetings were over and I got to the car meet, the sun was going down. The pics have to be High ISO shots (haven’t checked – duh). I’m shocked. This is what I expect from any DSLR, and last year I was not getting anywhere near this out of the D7000. Wish that I could have afforded the Nikon D5.

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Really nice Indian Motorcycle in Woodbridge on July 11 2016

I had something to do in Woodbridge, so I figured that I would drop by the Back Alley Cruisers Woodbridge Car Meet.

Last year, I went and shot the opening day for the 2015 season. This years could not make it.

I shot some of the cars. There are always a few Bikers who bring down some amazing machines. I checked the bikes out and started taking pics. Someone approached me with their hand extended.

It blew my mind, as he knew my name. He mentioned my shooting at La Paloma. It’s been years since I dropped by La Paloma. That was back when I was trading equities and used to hang out on the Ferrari Chat board.

 

Photo of a classic Indian Motorcycle in Woodbridge Ontario. Photo Credict Vincent Banial

I had been down to La Paolma shooting Ferraris and Lambos, when I spotted two Motorcycles, parked side by side. One was an Indian and the other a Harley. It was getting dark and I remember loving the way the bikes looked. They had a glow. So I started taking photos.

Next thing I know the owners yell to me, asking what I’m doing. They were ready to leave. So I asked them if I could takes shots of them on the Motorcycles. I normally do not shoot people – model releases etc. They agreed. I snagged a few shots. A couple pics turned out really nice. The early evening and their headlights. Overhead lights hit the edges of their machines. It all combined to create an atmosphere in the photos.

I posted them on the old CLiK CLiK Vic zenfolio website. They liked the pics and asked for a larger size to enlarge it, and put it up in a repair shop.

This was years ago. One those guys was in Woodbridge tonight. He was the guy who came up to me. I was standing there trying figure out how it was that he knew me. I remember that evening at La Paloma. That Harley and Indian looked great. I’ll have to dig up the pics and post them on this site.

Anyhow, the fellow brought a classic Indian Motorcycle to Woodbridge tonight. His girlfriend was riding a Triumph. Nice folks.

So I shot the Classic Indian and did a quick conversion using the internet PC. I will probably do the car pics on the PC dedicated to Photoshop – maybe on the weekend.

Photo of a classic Indian Motorcycle in Woodbridge Ontario. Photo Credict Vincent Banial

I brought the Nikon D7000 with me to Woodbridge. Yes, the one which had been giving me soft pics. I had tried some new setting. These two pics look fine.

I now wonder if the issue might be the Raw Converter. I downloaded Adobe DNG coverter to convert the NIkon NEF files to DNG. I did not use Photoshop for these (it’s on a different PC). I used Zoner Photo Studio to take care of Levels and Curves and sharpening. I did not do any noise reduction. On the Photoshop PC I use a Topaz Plugin for noise reduction. Noise is not an issue with these.

Things turned out great.  I’m glad that I decided to drop by the Car Meet…More Photos later this month.

the Motorcycle Show -Toronto. February 19-21.

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MOTORCYCLE SHOW-TORONTO WILL GET
ONTARIO’S MOTOR RUNNING

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TORONTO (Feb. 4, 2016) – For Ontario’s riding enthusiasts, it’s not groundhogs on a cloudy day that signifies spring is just around the corner. What gets their motor running is the arrival of the Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, riding into the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, February 19-21.

The 29th edition of the Show is Toronto’s stop on the motorcycle manufacturers’ national seven-city tour, which kicked off earlier this year in Western Canada. It showcases the industry’s biggest brands, their newest models, and the latest technical innovations for motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and scooters, along with riding gear, accessories and travel destinations.

In additional to the more than 500 bikes on display, there are thrilling stunt shows, beginner riding lessons for children, a special night for female riders, and two big draws for new motorcycles.

This year’s highlights include:

2016 Triumph Street Twin Grand Prize Draw: One lucky Toronto Motorcycle Show-goer will win a new 2016 Triumph Street Twin, with the keys awarded on the third and final day of the Show.

She Rides Nite: Women are taking to motorcycle riding at a record pace and we’ll celebrate that on the Friday evening of the Show (Feb. 19). She Rides Nite features half-price Show admission for ladies after 5 pm, and industry experts will be on hand to provide information and advice specific to the needs of the female rider. There’s a ladies-only draw that night to win a new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300.

Friday night parking is free for all show-goers after 5pm.

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Team Empire Freestyle Stunt Team: Team Empire features American freestyle riders Nick “Apex” Brocha and Ernie “EDub” Vigil, who travel the world showcasing their motorcycle stunt-riding prowess before live audiences. They have built a large online following, where their popular chase adventure videos have totaled over 100 million YouTube hits.

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Yamaha Riding Academy For Kids: This popular feature introduces children, aged 6-12, to the wonderful world of riding in 15-minute sessions with certified instructors and riding gear provided.

The Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience: JUMPSTART combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially designed stationary support stand that allows participants to fire up the engine, give the throttle a twist, and hear that unforgettable Harley sound – under the watchful eye of trained personnel – without turning a wheel.

Yamaha’s “How To” Demos: One of Canada’s leading motorcycle training authorities, Clinton Smout, brings his expertise to Toronto in the Yamaha “How To” demos with informative sessions educating riders on how to safely navigate challenges like riding on gravel roads and over obstacles.

Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets: The OPP’s Motorcycle Precision Team has been performing across the province for over 50 years, and they will showcase their superb riding skills aboard their fleet of Harley-Davidson Police Specials.

The Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is produced by Power Sport Services. This is the Show where enthusiasts will get their first live look at the new 2016 models set in impressive displays from the biggest brands in the business, including ApriliaBMW MotorradCan-Am BRPHarley-DavidsonDucatiHonda, HusqvarnaIndianKawasakiKTM Moto GuzziPiaggioPolarisSuzukiTriumph, VespaVictory, and Yamaha.

Show hours are: Friday, February 19 (noon – 9 pm); Saturday, February 20 (10 am – 8 pm); Sunday, February 21 (10 am – 5 pm). For Show features, ticket prices, and info visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca.

Discounted advance tickets are now on sale through the website’s online box office and at select Ontario motorcycle dealers.

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ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE

Headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked one of eight Canadian Brokerages to make the top 150 Brokerages in the World in 2013 by Canadian Underwriter Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Moncton Motorcycle Shows.

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces seven premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Calgary, Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver.

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Posted by: Vincent Banial
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Disclaimer: Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are owned by the respective Trademark owner. There could be unintentional errors or omissions in this post. Always refer to the official sites to confirm details and any ongoing changes or updates. This post is subject to change without notice. Any offers mentioned in this post are also subject to change without notice.

A few more Photos of the Custom Motorcycles at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

The top and bottom photos have been converted to HDR using Topaz Labs Adjust 5 plugin. The Middle photo is not an HDR. It was processed blending a B&W photo layer to sharpen the photo. Sharpening can be done using assorted methods. All the other photos from the Motorcycle Supershow used the Photoshop High Pass filter to sharpen them.

Photo of a custom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

PCustom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Photo of a custom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Custom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Photo of a custom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Custom motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

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Speed Trix “Eye Cherry” Custom Motocycle displayed at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

The Speed Trix display was simply Custom Motorcycle Eye Candy.

Photo of Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called "Eye Cherry", on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called “Eye Cherry”, on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

This one model called “Eye Cherry” stood out for me. I kept returning to try and capture the beauty of this Custom bike. The cherry paint job had depth.

Photo of Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called "Eye Cherry", on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called “Eye Cherry”, on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

This Speed Trix Custom bike quite literally stood out, as being Incredible Eye Candy

Photo of Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called "Eye Cherry", on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called “Eye Cherry”, on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Photo of Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called "Eye Cherry", on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called “Eye Cherry”, on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Photo of Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called "Eye Cherry", on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle called “Eye Cherry”, on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

A few more photos of Custom Choppers which were on display at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Photo of a Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo Credit Vincent Banial

Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

 

Vincent shot a Vincent at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. That’s a 1953 Vincent Shadow

Vincent shot a Vincent at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

That’s a 1953 Vincent Shadow Classic Motorcycle.

The NDAGuides Motorcycle Pricing has this one likely at a tad just below $200,000

Photo of a 1953 Vincent Shadow classic motorcycle displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

1953 Vincent Shadow classic motorcycle displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photo of a 1953 Vincent Shadow classic motorcycle displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

1953 Vincent Shadow classic motorcycle displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photos of amazing Air Brush Art on Custom Bikes at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow

The patience needed to create this art is astounding.

The following are photos of the Air Brush Art foud on the Customer bikes which were on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow, held in Toronto.

Photo of Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photo of Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photo of Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photo of Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Photo of Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Details of the Air Brush Art on Custom Chopper displayed at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

 

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Paul Teutul Jr. held Autograph sessions for fans at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow

Amazing Air Brush work was featured at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto Jan 08, 09 & 10 2016

Building an amazing Custom Chopper is one thing. The final paint and finish is quite another.

Speed Trix featured about a dozen Custom bikes at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. Each one had an incredible paint job.

Not far from the Speed Trix display was an Air Brush display by “Wizard Custom Paint“. Patience and Artistic skill shone. They had a coupe of Custom bikes which they had Air Brushed. The following are a few pics of their amazing skill.

I have lots more pics of the incredible Air Brush work which was featured on the Custom bikes on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Will post more pics soon…

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial
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More photos from the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Harley Davidson had a huge presence at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Photo of Harley Davidson at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Harley Davidson at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Speed Trix showcased about a dozen awesome Custom Choppers at  the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Poto of a Customer Chopper by Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Photo of a Customer Chopper by Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto

Photo of a Customer Chopper by Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Photo of a Customer Chopper by Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Speed Trix at the 2016 North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto.

Will post more pics as time permits…

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North American International Motorcycle Supershow. You can’t miss this show. I went on Fri Jan 08 and was impressed. Great show

Fri  Jan 08 2016, was the first time that I went to shoot the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. I was expecting a show similar in size to the Spring Motorcycle show which was held in the Better Living Centre at the CNE.

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Speed Trix Custom Motorcycle at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

 

I was floored. The North American International Motorcycle Supershow is “H-u-g-e”. It is the largest Motorcycle show in North America.

Custom Motorcycles filled Hall 5, my first stop. a few of the custom bikes I had seen at prior shows. For example,  Anaconda the Three Wheeler was on display. Hall 5 was filled with some amazing Eye Candy.

Terez Leather fashion show at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Terez Leather fashion show at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Hall 5 also has a large stage. I caught a Leather Fashion Show by Terez Leather.

Then a band called The FlairZ came on stage. Never heard of them. I looked up onto the stage and recognized faces.

On Bass was the amazing Jeff Jones.

Jeff Jones on Bass with The Flairz performing at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Jeff Jones on Bass, with The Flairz, performing at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

The last time that I saw Jeff play was at Nathan Philips Square and he was performing with Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Jeff Jones is the Bass player in Red Rider. I have also seen Jeff perform with the Carpet Frogs. They are Burton Cummongs (formerly Lead Singer with Canada’s The Guess Who) backup band.

On Drums and Lead Vocals was none other than
Sean Fitzsimons. Sean is also the Drummer with the Carpet Frogs.

Sean Ftzsimons on Drums with The FlairZ, performing at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Sean Ftzsimons on Drums with The FlairZ, performing at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2016

Rounding out The FlairZ was :
Barbara Sherk on Keyboard and Vocals.

Ronnie Beals was on one guitar.

Rick Spyder was on the other guitar.

Super Super talented musicians. Really enjoyed their set.

On a separate PC I am converting the Raw photo files to DNG and then will run them thru Photoshop. Will start posting more pics tomorrow and Sunday.

The North American International Motorcycle Supershow is literally awesome. Classic bikes. New bikes. Used bikes for sale. Custom bikes. Clothing. Leathers. Helmets. You name it and it can be found there. Many of the booths had huge signs indicating really big discounts on their wares.

Make some time available on Saturday and Sunday and visit this show.

It is at the International Centre on Airport Road, next to Pearson Airport.

Parking is “FREE” for those attending this show.

Click on this line to visit the show web page where you can request a discount coupon for one adult entrance fee.

 

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial
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Disclaimer: Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are owned by the respective Trademark owner. There could be unintentional errors or omissions in this post. Always refer to the official sites to confirm details and any ongoing changes or updates. This post is subject to change without notice. Any offers mentioned in this post are also subject to change without notice.

North American International Motorcycle Supershow coming to Toronto on Jan 8, 9 & 10 2016

The 2016 edition of the North American International Motorcycle Supershow will be coming to Toronto on Jan 8, 9 & 10.

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National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show, after 33 years, is no more.

North American Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto, Jan 02 thru Jan 04 2015

Photo of Spartacus, taken in 2012. Photo credit Vincent Banial

Photo of Spartacus – 2012. Photo credit Vincent Banial


The North American Motorcycle Supershow is billed as the largest Retail Motorcycle Show in North America.

Featuring almost half a million square feet of exhibit space.

They’ll have Live bands and Fashion Shows on three stages.

Over 1,000 motorcycles will be on display, filling six huge halls.

THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE will host the show. It is located at 6900 Airport Rd, (at Derry Road and Airport Road – near the Airport). If you have questions plse call 1-800-567-1199

Show Times:
Friday Jan 02 2015 – 12 noon – 10 pm
Saturday Jan 03 2015 – 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: Jan 04 2015 – 10 am – 5 pm

For more show info and updates plse click on this line to visit the website for the North American Motorcycle Supershow.

 

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

Disclaimer: Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are owned by the respective Trademark owner. There could be unintentional errors or omissions in this post. Always refer to the official sites to confirm details and any ongoing changes or updates. This post is subject to change without notice. Any offers mentioned in this post are also subject to change without notice. Spartacus may or may not be on display at this Motorcycle Supershow.

National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show coming to the Better Living Center at the Toronto CNE grounds on April 12th & 13th

Photo of Spartacus, taken in 2012. Photo credit http://ccvic.zenfolio.com

Photo of Spartacus – 2012. Photo credit http://ccvic.zenfolio.com

This show has kicked off Motorcycle riding season in Ontario for 32 years.

On April 12 & 13 the 33rd annual National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show will come to the Better Living Center at the CNE grounds (in Toronto).

Very well run show. Lots of vendors, with tons of stuff for Motorcycles and riding. Many Local Toronto Tattoo Artists will also have booths at the show.

Mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss this show.

To learn more about the show including show website links , plse click on this line.

That will take you my blog post, on our Zenfolio site. Sorry, but I’m not allowed to post the same post on more than one site (but I can link to that other post).

See you all at the show…

North American International Motorcycle Show at the International Centre in Toronto – Jan 3rd till the 5th

The International Centre, across from Toronto Airport, is hosting the 2014 version of the North American International Motorcycle Show. Continue reading

2013 National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show. Photos.

Custom Motorcycle at the 2013 National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show.

Custom Motorcycle at the 2013 National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show.

I spent Friday at the 2013 National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show. Had a blast shooting on the show setup day.

Great people run this show. Amazing Motorcycle eye candy filled the Better Living Centre at the CNE. Continue reading

32nd Annual National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show April 13 & 14 2013

Poto of custom motorcycles called INSINARATOR by John Shope's Sinister Industries at the National Motorcycle Show in Toronto

Photo of INSINARATOR by John Shope’s Sinister Industries at the National Motorcycle Show in Toronto. Photo courtesy of – ccvic.zenfolio.com

They will be holding it a bit later this year. This show has become a family tradition for many. This year will be their 32nd annual show. It will be held at the Better Living Centre building on the CNE grounds.

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