SWISS-MOTO 2015 delights motorcycle fans with a record start to the season
70,519 enthusiastic motorcycle fans flocked to the twelfth edition of the SWISS-MOTO motorcycle, scooter and tuning show - that's a new record. The enormous wealth of new products and special models in all classes thrilled both prospective and already convinced motorcycle fans and left nothing to be desired. The crowd pullers included the European premiere of the fastest motorcycle in the world and the first presentation of the new Moto2 machines by Dominique Aegerter, Tom Lüthi and Robin Mulhauser at the MotoScout24 stand. The next SWISS-MOTO will take place from February 18th to 21st, 2016 at the Zurich Trade Fair.
The SWISS-MOTO motorcycle, scooter and tuning show successfully opened the new motorcycle season from February 19th to 22nd, 2015. This year's exhibition offering beat all previous records and fulfilled the dreams of 70,519 enthusiastic visitors from Switzerland and neighboring countries. The largest Swiss motorcycle event thus exceeded the visitor record of 2011 (69,213) and broke the 70,000 mark for the first time. The motorcycle enthusiasts who arrived took full advantage of the opportunity to try out the over 1,500 new products on display and to select the right equipment for the coming motorcycle season from the huge range of clothing and accessories. The trend this year was for unclad, attractively styled and individually adaptable all-rounders in all displacement classes. For racing fans, manufacturers from Europe and the Far East showed several brand new high-tech athletes. Just like with two-wheelers, lifestyle, retro design and an individual outfit were popular when it came to motorcycle clothing. In addition to the expanded exhibition offering, the fastest motorcycle in the world caused a stir at SWISS-MOTO 2015. Both designer Mike Akatiff and Rocky Robinson, the world's fastest motorcyclist, were so impressed by the enormous visitor interest and the incomparable atmosphere at the trade fair that they quickly decided to give SWISS-MOTO a place of honor in the form of a large logo sticker to give the fastest motorcycle in the world.
Trade fair manager Yves Vollenweider was also pleased about the fantastic start to the season: “The new visitor record and the incredibly broad media interest in the run-up to and during the trade fair prove that SWISS-MOTO is much more than an ordinary motorcycle trade fair and has now become an important mouthpiece for the motorized two-wheeler industry Switzerland has become. We are particularly proud that the new Swiss Moto2 team has chosen SWISS-MOTO as the venue for the first presentation of their new machines. There can hardly be a better proof of the increasing importance of SWISS-MOTO.”
Two Swiss win SWISS-CUSTOM bike show
The third edition of the SWISS-CUSTOM customizing & tuning show integrated into SWISS-MOTO shone with even more crazy paint jobs, hand-made individual components and custom bikes . One of the highlights in 2015 was the joint bike build-off by the award-winning custom professionals from CCCP and Bobber Garage. During the four days of the trade fair, a board racer was assembled from scratch and refined on site. It used 21-inch wheels, custom-made oil and gasoline tanks, handlebars, saddles and mudguards built by CCCP, as well as a modified rigid frame that ensures a real Bonneville racer look. The handmade exhaust system from CCCP ensures a rich sound, and the final touch was provided by custom painter Marcus Pfeil with a unique paint job. The big SWISS-CUSTOM bike show with 60 detailed custom bikes was once again a crowd puller. Thanks to the new cooperation with the Custom Show Emirates and the associated main prize – a flight including the winning bike to Abu Dhabi – the quality of the bike show was once again significantly increased. An international jury of experts evaluated the style, technical execution, workmanship and innovations of the motorcycles in nine categories and chose the best-of-show bike on the Sunday of the trade fair. The jury chose a fully restored and modified 1946 bike built by Sandra Fröhlich, McSands Motor Shop. But that's not all: for the first time, another winner was chosen alongside the best-of-show bike among the motorcycles on display. Custom professional Danny Schneider from Hardnine Choppers secured the special “SWISS-CUSTOM PICK” prize and thus has the opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi to represent Switzerland from March 26th to 28th and compete against the elite of international custom professionals. In return, the SWISS-MOTO team will select a bike during the Emirates Custom Show that will be presented for the first time in Europe at SWISS-CUSTOM 2016. The Customizing & Tuning Show was rounded off with hot fire shows from the Fuel Girls from England.
Further highlights of SWISS-MOTO 2015
The special exhibitions “Speed” with monstrous drag bikes and top fuel dragsters as well as the two special exhibitions “Mofa-Kult” and “Café Racer” presented different facets – with unique vehicles, exciting background information and great attention to detail of the motorcycle world can be experienced on site. On the SWISS-MOTO forecourt, Gerd Habermann really turned up the heat and thrilled the crowds with smoking burnouts on his “Funny Bike”.
The next SWISS-MOTO will take place from February 18th to 21st, 2016 at the Zurich Trade Fair.