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Friday, March 16, 2012

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Riders on the storm: The Osaka Motorcycle Show is a must-see event for bike enthusiasts.

Vroom vroom, catch a ride to the bike show

Staff writer

Expect Osaka to be teeming with motorcycle lovers this week, as the Osaka Motorcycle Show is back on course after being canceled last year due to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.

There are six main categories that events can fall under. The "Ride" category offers up test drives for visitors to enjoy trying out new motorcycle models. Available vehicles include the CB 1100 by Honda and the Ninja1000 by Kawasaki.

Local motorcycle-information TV show "Like a Wind" will rev up the fun even further by holding a public audition for participating companies to introduce their products, encouraging visitors to vote for their favorites. The show will hold another audition on the final day to determine two winners from eight girls who are being called "raidoru" (a pun on "ride" and "idol") candidates.

The event started out with the sponsorship of only a smattering of local businesses, but it has since caught the attention of major domestic motorcycle manufacturers.

The three-day show has also invited a couple of expert bikers to take part in talk sessions where they will share their expertise on how to make motorcycling an enjoyable experience.

For parents with kids, the event has prepared a "motorcycle amusement park," with a merry-go-round-shaped bouncy castle as its main attraction. Two professional painters will also be on hand to create humorous portraits of the kids.

As is always the case with the nearly 30-year-old motorcycle festival, the exciting highlight will be the jaw-dropping acrobatic performances by professional bikers in shows which will take place three times a day on Saturday and Sunday.

The Osaka Motorcycle Show 2012 takes place at Intex Osaka in Osaka on March 16. Tickets cost ¥1,500. For more information, call (06) 6357-2677 or visit www.motorcycleshow.jp/index.html.

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