- The Washington Times - Friday, January 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows presented by Toyota opens to the public at the Washington Convention Center Jan. 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of a 13-city nationwide tour. This motorcycle extravaganza presents the world of motorcycling with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for both new and experienced riders. Showgoers will enjoy an up-close look at the latest in fuel efficient transportation with hundreds of new vehicles that get 50-plus miles to the gallon.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows back to Washington D.C.,” said Group Show Director Jeff D’Entremont. “This event will offer several new show features including first-time rider seminars, a Scooter Pavilion, a thrilling BMX stunt show and more for the entire family.”

Following is a brief description of the new features coming to the Washington Convention Center:

Ÿ Scooter Pavilion Presented by GEICO Powersports – Scooter sales have skyrocketed during the past couple years as more people climb aboard motorized two-wheelers to escape fluctuating gas prices. From the Piaggio MP3 three-wheeler to the all-electric Vectrix scooter, the latest high mileage transportation options will be displayed, with more than 20 models from Aprilia, CF Moto, Genuine, Honda, KYMCO, Piaggio, Suzuki, Vectrix, Vespa, Yamaha and more. There is also a competition to win two new Honda Metropolitan scooters and matching helmets.

Ÿ BMX Stunt Show – A BMX stunt show will thrill showgoers with high-flying aerial tricks and flat-land stunts from BMX rider and New York Champion Jorge Jovel, X-Games Rider Stephen Cerra, Play Station Jam Competitor Collin Evans and long-time rider Jason Rodriguez.

Ÿ Architects of Inspiration – This collaboration between Toyota Trucks, Roland Sands Design and Upper Playground features stunning artwork inspired by several iconic motorcycles from Roland Sands, as well as the Toyota Tundra. Participating artists include Sam Flores, N8 Van Dyke, Saber One, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Jeff Decker, Roland Sands, Jona Cerwinske, Karl Dreshen and Tom Clark.

Ÿ Michelle Smith Autograph Signing – Michelle Smith, model and host of the television program “American Thunder” on SpeedTV, will greet fans and sign autographs.

Ÿ The Hub – For the first time ever, this new high-energy area will be jam-packed with new bike unveilings, informative speakers, new rider seminars, advanced rider clinics and more.

Ÿ Explore Motorcycling New Rider’s Welcome Center – The Welcome Center is the inviting home to a surplus of information for new riders, as well as a place to ask questions and learn about motorcycle safety, women’s programs and local riding clubs.

Ÿ Vintage Pavilion – This popular retro showcase returns with an expanded collection of rare vintage motorcycles including classic dirt bikes, cruisers and more from various vintage groups throughout the country with a special History of Motorcycling exhibit.

Ÿ Family Action Zone – Children will enjoy several fun activities including an obstacle course with Strider Running Bikes, and an interactive gaming center featuring the latest video game systems.

For the 16th consecutive year, Cycle World, the world’s most popular motorcycle magazine, is the title sponsor for the series and leading manufacturer Toyota will return for the 11th year as presenting sponsor. The show is open to the public Friday, January 9 through Sunday, January 11, at the Washington Convention Center, located at 801 Mount Vernon Place., in Washington D.C. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. On Family Day, Sunday, January 11, children 11 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission. Discount tickets and a half off coupon for Ladies Night on Friday, January 9 are available on the Web at www.motorcycleshows.com. For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit motorcycleshows.com.

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