Motorcycle Festival Launch

2014 Adelaide blackhorse Festival smallRight To Ride’s Trevor Baird attended the official launch of the Adelaide – Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival at the Ramanda Hotel Belfast  this morning.

Not one to turn down an early morning breakfast Trevor munched his way though the launch, as we were welcomed by organiser Billy Nutt and with special star guests Alastair Seeley, Martin Barr and Michael Rutter.

Billy Nutt ran through the show, which will run on February 7th, 8th and 9th, who will be there, the support the festival continues to attract.

Presentations were given by the invited guests and perhaps of a bit more interest regarding our dealings with motorcycle road safety and support the PSNI Bikesafe rider assessment scheme gave a background presentation with some words about last years motorcycle road fatalities.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland will once again attend the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival to promote the benefits of the Bikesafe road safety programme, which has been and continues to be a resounding success. BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle initiative which is run by most UK Police Services. The principal aim is to prevent and reduce the number of bikers being killed or injured on the roads.

The PSNI believe that riding a motorbike should be fun, but that all motorcyclists have personal responsibility to maintain and improve their skills, knowledge and hazard perception, which will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable.

bikesafelogo250BikeSafe is about starting on the right path to skill development as it “Bridges the Gap” between basic and specialist training. We firmly believe and recommend riders continue their training throughout their riding years to ensure they are equipped with the best skills to keep themselves safe, and not just stop once they have passed their bike test.

Having enjoyed a successful BikeSafe workshop or ride out, the PSNI then actively encourage additional post test motorcycle training from either the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) or the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS).

The BikeSafe Team would like to acknowledge the contribution that festival promoter Billy Nutt, Sam Geddis from Adelaide Insurance, Dave Macey from Blackhorse and all the supportive local motorcycle dealers, whose continued devotion of time, energy and resources play a key role in the ongoing success of BikeSafe.

The stark reality is that during 2013 there was a 150% increase in the number of motorcyclists killed on our roads (4 in 2012, 10 in 2013). We all share the responsibility of doing everything we can to prevent any more families having to face such unnecessary, preventable trauma.

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Nutt Promotions’ Nineteenth Motorcycle Extravaganza

BELFAST MOTORCYCLE  SHOW LAUNCH 00184smallHowever enough of the heavy stuff and back to the festival.

It will be Nutt Promotions’ nineteenth motorcycle extravaganza and we are sure this will be one of our best especially with the support of Adelaide Insurance and Blackhorse.

Long time supporter Sam Geddis, Director of motorcycle specialists Adelaide Insurance Services, said: “As a company we continue to support motorcycling by investing in sponsorship and motorcycle safety initiatives like our Adelaide Advanced Motorcyclists Group enabling motorcyclists to become Advanced Riders thereby reducing their motorbike insurance costs. Visit them at the Festival on the BikeSafe stand. We’re proud to say that this initiative and our other road safety programmes were once again awarded a Big Tick by Business in the Community in 2013.

“The 2014 Adelaide Masters Series, Ireland’s biggest motorcycle racing series, officially launches at the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival. Details of the 2014 championship will be available all weekend at the Mondello Park stand.”

Adelaide was once again voted the UK’s number one insurer for Value for Money, in the Auto Express annual Driver Power 2013 and 2012 surveys, beating all the UK’s best known brands. 46 000 readers voted in the 2013 survey.

Dave Macey of Blackhorse commented: “Black Horse is proud to be involved with the 2014 Motorcycle Festival. There is an exciting array of features and stands, a great range of the latest motorcycles and scooters from all the top manufacturers and the stars of the motorcycling world making appearances, all to enjoy at this year’s festival.

“Black Horse is one of the most established finance providers in the motorcycle industry with a suite of finance products available through Northern Ireland dealers to help with the purchase of a motorcycle or scooter.

“We hope everyone attending this year’s Motorcycle Festival have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”

The Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival will have everything from the motorcycle and karting world worth seeing under one roof. Alongside all the new models, classic machinery, displays and accessories, there will be a hot line up of two-wheel stars to mingle and meet the thousands of fans.

Whos  – Who

BELFAST MOTORCYCLE  SHOW LAUNCH 00182smallYamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati, Suzuki, Harley Davidson, Triumph, KTM, Victory and Indian are amongst the manufacturers who will have their ranges on display while many organisations will be represented including the Ulster GP Supporters Club, the NW200 Supporters Club, Blackhorse, Adelaide Insurance, Mid Antrim MCC, the PSNI and North Armagh MCC.

Crossan Motorcycles will have a wide range of clothing and helmets at their stand with discounts of as much as fifty percent available. They will also have the Magnum quad range and the Hammerhead buggy range on view.

Phillip McCallen is now almost as well known for his motorcycle emporium as for his road racing exploits and he will have no less than 50 bikes on his stand which will represent Triumph, Kawasaki and KTM.

The recently launched KTM 1290 (Beast) will be there and the yet to be launched 125RC and 390RC will be on view to the Northern Ireland public for the first time. Naturally the 690 range, 1190 range and RC8 will also be on the stand as will the 990 Superduke R and Supermoto R.

From Kawasaki there will be 14 bikes on the stand from the 300 up to and including the ZZR1400. The all new Z1000 Special Edition will also be on display.

Triumph will have a massive range of some 20 bikes on the stand including the classic Thruxton and Scrambler from the Bonneville range through to the class winning 675 Daytona and the class leading 800 Road and XC bikes. No stand from Triumph would be complete unless it includes their beautiful custom range including the America and Speedmaster up to the 1700cc Thunderbird. At 2300cc The Triumph Rocket is the largest production motorcycle in the world.

More Kawasaki machinery will appear on the Motoplus stand. Motoplus plan to have the Z1000, Z1000 Special Edition, ZZR1400 Special Performance Edition, Z1000SX, Z1000SX Tourer, Z800 Performance, ER-6F, ER-6N, Ninja 300, Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-6R 636, Versys 650 and the J300 Special Edition Scooter on the floor.

2014 will be an important year for Charles Hurst Motorcycles and Yamaha UK with in excess of twelve new models to be released. Some models you will already know about while some may come as a surprise. Charles Hurst Motorcycles are delighted to report that the new models for 2014 will be on their stand at the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival. These models will be FJR 1300, MT-09, MT-09 SR, MT-07 ,SR 400 and the recently released 2014 XTZ 1200 ZE. Don’t forget to visit the Yamaha stand where alongside the bikes the BBB Motorcycle Club we will be offering you the chance to win a 2014 Yamaha MT-09.

The BBB Motorcycle Club raised over £20,000 for local charities in 2013 and this year aim to raise thousands for ‘Cash for Kids’ which brings hope, healing and happiness to young people in Northern Ireland. You can make a donation at the festival and at the same time try and win the Yamaha MT-09 by trying to guess the code of a safe which holds the bike’s keys.

Charles Hurst Motorcycles will again have a selection of used bikes on display, with their Price Promise (We won’t be beaten on price). The price promise Charles Hurst give on used bikes has seen their sales rocket in 2013 and they aim to drive it even further during 2014. Charles Hurst will also have a helmet, clothing and accessory stand with some bargains to be had to make way for new stock.

Don’t forget while you are visiting the festival the Charles Hurst store is only two minutes from the King Hall Complex at Boucher Road.

Well known in the road racing game, Millsport Ducati will be in Belfast for the festival. They will be showing off the following models – the new Monster 1200 and Panigale 899 ABS, Panigale 1199S, Diavel Stripe, Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak, Hypermotard, Monster 696, Panigale 1199, Hyperstrada, Diavel Strada and Panigale 1199R.

Belfast Harley-Davidson will be bringing an all new stand to this year’s show. Some of the highlights will include the new ‘Project Rushmore’ touring bikes with twin-cooling, the highly acclaimed Softail Breakout, the redesigned Fat Bob, ABS equipped Sportsters, and for the performance orientated riders, the V-Rod Muscle.

They’ll also have a selection of Harley-Davidson riding and casual clothing, kids clothing, glassware and ‘collectibles’, and even some pet products for the four legged members of the family! Something for everyone on Stand Number 1.

Multi Franchise Dealer GS Motorcycles with showrooms in Hillsborough and Ballymena will have on show their range of Suzuki motorcycles, including the new DL1000V-Strom, DL650 V-Strom, GSX1250FA plus one of William Dunlop’s TAS race bikes and a limited edition Yoshimura GSXR750, along with C1500T Custom, Hayabus, GSXR600, GW250 Inazuma. Also GS Motorcycles will have some of their latest Victory and Indian Motorcycles.

Honda is gearing up for this years Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival where a number of it’s exciting new-for-2014 models will be on show for the very first time. Local dealers Allens Honda, Belfast Honda and Russells Off Road will be on the stand to discuss your motorcycle needs. So come along and check out Honda (stand 2).

The off-road fraternity will as usual be out in force at the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival. The Motorcycle Racing Association (MRA) were delighted with the response to the new Motocross Village at last year’s festival so there was no hesitation in returning to this year’s event. They will be back with the Motocross Village which will have on display machines representing seven different off-road disciplines which are Adult and Youth Moto Cross, Adult and Youth Quad Cross, Supermoto, Sidecar Cross and Enduro/Cross Country

There will be experienced staff on the stand to help visitors with any aspect of off-road motorcycling.

The North of Ireland Karting Association will be returning to the King’s Hall where they will be launching the 2014 NI Kart racing season. Locally the main focus for the drivers attention will be the NI Championship, which kicks off on 1st March at Kirkistown and concludes at Bishopscourt in September. In between, the drivers will also face the challenge of Nutts Corner and the NW200 Paddock.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the year will be the Superkart UK Cup and British Superkart Championships at Bishopscourt on the 31st May. On their last visit to these shores, in 2012, the Division 1 Superkarts smashed Jonathan Rea’s outright lap record by over 1.5secs and with a grid packed with European, British and Irish champions, that record could be lowered even further.

Last year we were celebrating the success of Charlie Eastwood becoming 2012 Rotax Max World Champion. In 2013 Charlie added the European title and in doing so became the first driver from Northern Ireland to hold both titles at the same time. Following Charlie’s success, the NI Kart Experience was launched at the show last year. The aim of the scheme is to introduce new drivers into karting. Using race prepared machinery, potential newcomers to karting get a taste for the full thrill of karting and hopefully we will find the next generation of champions.

Opening Times

The Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival takes place at the King’s Hall, Belfast, from:

Friday, February 7th until Sunday February 9th.

Opening hours are 2-10 pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £12 / €12
OAP – £6 / €6
Children under 14 – free

Buy tickets from Nutt Travel or at the door each day.

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Come to the festival and join in the live TV coverage which will be streamed worldwide on www.motorcyclefest.tv as will highlights of today’s press conference.

For more show information, please call Nutt Promotions on 028 703 51199 or visit www.nutttravel.com

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