The annual motorcycle show will return to Melbourne next November, but will Brisbane ever host another show?
After last weekend’s Sydney Motorcycle Show attracted more than 25,000 visitors, organisers announced it would return in 2019 and the Moto Expo Melbourne will be held at the Showgrounds on November 23-25 2018.
So what is happening to the promised Brisbane show?
Sydney’s show is owned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and run by Troy Bayliss Events which runs also Moto Expos.
They ran a Moto Expo in Brisbane in 2014 and events in Melbourne in 2104 and ’16 and in Sydney in 2015.
When we asked Troy Bayliss Events spokesman Mark Petersen last year about a Moto Expo in Brisbane, he said expos would return to Brisbane in the first quarter of 2018 and Melbourne in November.
But a “BrisVegas” date was missing from today’s official press release.
However, Mark says Queensland and northern NSW motorcycle fans can rest easy.
“We are in the final stages of confirming Brisbane details and hope to announce shortly,” he says.
“But we didn’t want to hold off this release going out.”
Stay tuned. We will add the new dates as soon as they are available.
The 2017 Sydney Motorcycle Show held in the new International Convention Centre Sydney attracted 25,000 visitors.
However, 30,000 people filled the Darling Harbour foreshore to witness Robbie Maddison ride his waterbike on Cockle Bay to promote the show.
We wonder whether Robbie will be back on Port Phillip Bay and the Brisbane River next year!
Robbie was one of many celebrities at the event which also included special guests 2015 Dakar winner Toby Price, GP legends Gary McCoy and Anthony West and celebrity chef and bike lover Matt Moran.
FCAI boss Tony Weber said the event “delivered a brilliant product showcase”.
It needed to as sales of motorcycles are down for the first nine months by 7.8% across the board and 14.9% in road bikes.
The show added several new initiatives including a Women in Motorcycling forum, an Art Showcase of motorcycle photos and a custom painted helmet display.