Last year’s Shiny Side Up Bike Fest on the Kapiti coast was such a success it’s returning this year and it’s bigger than ever. It’s also being joined, one week later, by a sister event in Auckland.
The Kapiti Shiny Side Up Bike Fest will again be held at the Southward Car Museum, off Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu. It proved to be an ideal venue, with lots of space and easy parking for the ‘bikes. Organisers are hoping to attract even more riders than the 2,000 or so that attended last year, and the lawns outside Southward will easily accommodate them. This year’s date is Sunday 29th January, 10am-4pm.
Further north, the inaugural Auckland Shiny Side Up Bike Fest will be held at the Trust Arena, Central Park Drive, Henderson. Again, plenty of space for bike parking and displays. The date for your diary is Saturday 4th February, 9am-4pm.
As attendees from last year will tell you, Shiny Side Up is a fun day out that celebrates all things motorcycling, with a focus on what we can do to keep ourselves a bit safer on the roads. There’s heaps on, including the return of our great friends from the USA, suspension guru Dave Moss and the Queen of road rash Brittany Morrow. There’ll be braking and gymkhana displays (the latter featuring local star James Riley), plus loads of retail and food stalls at both events. Best of all, entry is free thanks to support from Ride Forever, NZTA, all the local councils across the Wellington region, Auckland Transport in Auckland, plus local clubs and retailers.
Additional treats to look out for in Kapiti are a talk with NZ Superbike champ Sloan Frost, a presentation on the latest motorcycle technology by Bosch technical supremo Ken Humphreys from Australia, and stunt riding displays by Kingi from HD Stunts and Ryan from SFC. Plus, of course, you have the amazing Southward museum to explore. There’s a Show & Shine competition and entry is free, you just have to park in the competition area for the duration of the event.
In Auckland, The Sound radio station will be broadcasting from the event. The line-up also includes James Riley’s gymkhana display plus stunt riding by Nick Kroeze of NZ Stunts. The Show & Shine competition is organised by the motorcyclists’ children’s charity, BRO-CCAAB. Entry is by gold coin donation entry with proceeds helping their charitable work.
Insider’s tip: alongside all the fun to be had at either event, there are a few valuable things to take advantage of too. Dave Moss’s demonstrations involve working on a bike from the audience - volunteer yours! Not only will you, like everyone watching, gain a lot of knowledge about bike set-up; your bike will be dialled in for you by a true master. Second, there will be mechanics on site from some of the area’s top motorcycle dealerships conducting mini-workshops. Seek them out, they're a huge source of knowledge. Talking of which, there will be several Ride Forever advanced riding instructors attending both events. They'll be wearing Ride Forever clothing, so make sure you chat to them about any riding issues you have. Not only will they dish out great advice, they might even take you on a free Ride Forever course…