The tenth Motor Bike Expo, held at Veronafiere between 18 and 21 January, attracted more than 160,000 visitors, say organisers. An extra, fourth, day was added and will become a permanent feature.
“This year’s experiment was a complete success,” said Paola Somma and Francesco Agnoletto. “Motor Bike Expo needed the additional day in order to grow. The extra open day was appreciated and allowed us to reach 167,000 visitors. Motor Bike Expo will continue this with the next edition of the show.”
The show attracted more than 700 exhibiting companies from the motorcycle industry, including major manufacturers, custom bike builders, and the biggest brands in clothing, accessories, and components.
“Motor Bike Expo has once again confirmed itself as an international point of reference for the industry thanks to the presence of the most famous motorcycle customisers in the world, coming not only from Europe and the United States, but also from the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
“For four days, the five outdoor areas – a total of 21.000 sq. meters – hosted more than 60 events ranging from races, test rides, and shows put on by riders and stuntmen.”
There were a number of new features at this year’s MBE, from the debut of the MBE Award – which crowned the best custom bike as the King of Verona – The Art of Kustom, which saw the best helmet artists compete for the trophy, to the very first Indoor Trial Italian Championship.
Among the acknowledgments given out on the closing day of the show was the Magazine Award, with winners being selected by top international publications who are invited to find their winners at Motor Bike Expo. Andrea Radaelli, the bike builder from Radikal Choppers in Milan, collected a number of trophies for his works of art; the Japanese magazine Vibes and German magazine Dream Machines both selected Angel Dust, with paintwork done by Cisko Art, as their Magazine Award winner.
Another one of Radaelli’s works, The Skinny, made in collaboration with 70s Helmets, won the award from Easyriders in Germany. Another Italian builder, Boccin Custom Cycles, was awarded the Magazine Award from Madness Photography for their bike Mala Chica. The pick for German magazine Bikers Power went to the Indonesian-built bike The Trident; the pick from Eliot Iron (Spain) went to Swamp Water from English builder Pete Pearson of Rocket Bobs Cycle Works from Swindon. The pick from UK flat track magazine, Sideburn, went to the Triumph Trackmaster from the Swiss builders of Young Guns Speed Shop; 100% Biker Magazine from the U.K. chose “MAG 1919” from Abnormal Cycles, the same bike that had won the MBE Award on Saturday.
Another contest held on Sunday was the Bike Show organised by Italian publications Lowride and Chop & Roll which saw many trophies given to worthy motorcycles. The best custom, also according to these judges, was Angel Dust, a Harley-Davidson Shovel made by Radikal Chopper. From among the most awarded builds, most notable are the Indian Scout presented by Bad Boys garage (first place Tracker), the Triumph Triton CR650 by Stile Italiano (winner of the Café Racer category), and the colossal MG-32 from Biker sheriff, winner of the Bagger category.
Among the numerous contests that took place at MBE this year, the Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series Italian Championship proved unmissable. The aftermarket giant awarded the best custom motorcycles by hand-selecting the top works on display and dividing them into catories. Awards this year went to motorcycles from Harley-Davidson Padova, Asso Special Bike, 70s Helmets and Radikal Chopper for The Skinny, and to the Spanish builders at Old Custom Flames. The title of Italian Champion this year again was given to Rocket Bobs Cycle Works for its H-D Shovelhead Swamp Water.
Motor Bike Expo closed with a Sunday filled with great turnout at all of the shows that took place in the outdoor areas which brought life to the four days of MBE 2018. MOTUL was once again proved to be a fundamental presence as a Main Partner of the show.