The new CE Centre which was the venue for the 3rd Annual Ottawa International Motorcycle Show is a new building. So new, in fact, that painters were still at work on the interior while Bike Show vendors were setting up their booths on Thursday.
There was lots of parking, affordable at $7 for the day, and access from the highway was easy and immediate. Located next door to the Ottawa Airport, the venue was very well situated as well in terms of proximity to hotels and restaurants.
All attendees received a Show magazine that featured an article by Riders Plus as well as a full page ad on the back cover that said "Bike Insurance - It's All We Do" (the ad being for - who else? - Riders Plus Insurance). When they entered the doors to the show they immediately faced a display of shining, irresistible Harley Davidson models of various types and colours courtesy of Classy Chassis. Sales of these beautiful bikes were brisk all weekend long. Immediately to the left of this booth was the turf of Riders Plus Insurance, the providers of pens, desktop calendars, liability card holders, and, clearly, motorcycle insurance.
A large expanse in one corner of the show was occupied by Freedom Harley Davidson of Ottawa. The new 2012 models that were spread over this area represented the same high standard of exciting new concepts, colours, and accessorizing that Harley riders have come to know and appreciate every year.
Representation by Rider Training Course providers was fantastic. Algonquin College was onsite as always, and their professional instructors were available all weekend to answer questions and give advice to attendees who intend to get licenced sometime in 2012.
Ottawa Safety Council brought out their expert instructors to meet, greet, and enlighten. Rider Training Institute instructors were also on hand since they offer courses in the Ottawa area as well as across Ontario.
Learning Curves had a corner booth and generated lots of interest from showgoers. All of the instructors from all of the riding schools had an air of enthusiasm; these are people whose love of motorcycles is obvious.
The good people who manned the booth at Motorcycle Mojo Magazine were kept busy signing up new subscriptions, so the weekend had to be counted as a success both for them and for the new subscribers who will start getting their magazine.
There was a lot more to buy, see, and enjoy at this show, of course. Lots of accessories and clothing at great prices, some hot helmet sales judging from the number of these items being carried around. On Saturday representatives from local Ottawa radio station BEAR 106.9FM were on site, which was fun.
We're sure that next year's show will be even better, and we sincerely hope to see everyone within driving distance of Ottawa at the January 2013 show.