September 8 2010

INTERMOT Cologne release:

For five days, the trade fair and the city will experience the fascination of motorcycles. Covering110,000 m² and over 1,000 suppliers of  the latest in motorcycles, scooters, lightweight and small motorbikes, electric mobility, clothing and accessories. The trade fair will feature racing, shows, spectacular stunts and many other highlights. The exhibition centre's entire outdoor area - a total area of about 75,000 m² - will be made available. And best of all: Everyone who would like to discover the fascination of motorcylces can not only see the world of motorised two-wheelers, but also experience it first hand. The programme of hands-on activities at INTERMOT Cologne extends an invitation to the whole family to join in and ride. With or without a license, young or old, experienced riders, beginners or simply curious - everyone can gain their first impressions here, and there is even a special track provided for kids.

INTERMOT testing:
Test riders will feel welcome here because everyone can test and try out the two-wheelers to their hearts' content. The following test courses welcome visitors: electric bicycles (electric motorcycles and scooters); battery-supported pedelecs, which are also known as LEVs (light electric vehicles); and of course the legendary test courses for trials, quads, long-distance enduros, hard enduros, and refresher tracks for bikes up to 125 ccm, as well as the big general test track for many new models over 125 cc.

"INTERMOT Young Action" in Hall 5.1 will be a paradise for children and young people. It will offer test courses for playing and riding bicycles, mini-quads and minibikes. Adapted to the skills of various age groups, inside the hall there will be a track for walking bikes for small children, and older children will be able to demonstrate their capabilities on the bicycle track and the riding skills track. A gaming zone will offer opportunities for virtual fun. The INTERMOT kindergarten and the kids' "Hard Rock Café" with music games and action ensures even more variety. In the outdoor areas, kids can enjoy the tracks for mini-motorcycles, mini-quads and teenage riders. On the Saturday of INTERMOT (9th October 2010) there also will be a sports competition for kids only: On the big track in front of Hall 5.1 there will be a fat-tyre race for school classes from Cologne as well as individual competitors. The race is open to children between the ages of six and 11 whose bicycle tyres are at least 3 centimetres wide. And the winners can expect attractive prizes. INTERMOT Cologne 2010 is the ideal programme for families - with games, fun and entertainment for affordable family prices. That's because admission is free of charge for children under the age of 12.

On the first day of the fair, the action will include the team competition for the supermoto long distance racing world championship. For two hours the international drift acrobats and their machines will be drifting through the curves of the trade fair's race track. Hot duels will also be fought by the riders competing for the Yamaha Cup, the brand series of KTM and Triumph, long-distance riders from the world championship, the IDM and the superbike class. The riders in the minibike class will also do demo laps, and a complete run of the pocket bike-championship will take place at INTERMOT. On Friday teams will be battling for victory in the "4 hours of Cologne". Scooters in all displacement categories and lightweight motorbikes with up to 125 ccm will then compete for every centimetre and scrape their knees as they race through the track curves. To make the spectacle perfect, the race will begin with a Le Mans start.

Further INTERMOT Cologne highlights: At the 1st LEV world championship it will be determined which concept takes a person farthest in one hour. LEVs (light electric vehicles) are bicycles that are also equipped with electric motors to give riders supporting power. In cooperation with the international LEV Association, the organizer developed a rule that ensures a perfect illustration of the bikes' performance. On the roughly one km long track, electronic assistance will be used to determine which series produced bike or which prototype best supports the rider.

Equally good for preventing CO2 emissions are the electric scooters being run in their world championship event. While the LEV participants are allowed to augment their vehicles' motor power with their own muscle power, here the propulsion is only by batteries and electric motors. The duration of this race is also one hour. Registrations for both classes can be submitted to

At the INTERMOT outdoor area, the "who's who" of the stunt riding scene will be on hand: Chris Pfeiffer, Kevin Carmichael and Oliver Ronzheimer will really push it to the limit during their shows and amaze the audience with unbelievable stunts. At regular intervals the race track will serve as a drag racing strip. Professionals like Herman Jolink will impress the audience with the mighty acceleration of their specially tuned machines.

Breathtaking moves nearly 20 metres above the ground at INTERMOT Cologne - the best freestyle artists will be soaring above the exhibition grounds and executing breathtaking jumps including backflips and handstands on the handlebars. And that will be a good warm-up, as the "NIGHT of the JUMPS", a round of the FMX World Championship, will take place on Saturday evening in the LANXESS Arena.

At the "Action, Safety and More" event area trade fair visitors can find out all about the important topic of motor bikes and safety: In which situations is an anti-blocking system helpful? What should you do in dangerous riding situations? The Institute for Motor Vehicle Safety (IFZ) will provide comprehensive information, while Oliver Ronzheimer and Chris Pfeiffer will perform motorbike acrobatics of the highest level during individual tests.

Races and stunt shows can't take place without a riders' camp with the teams' service trucks. In Hall 5.1 visitors can take a peek behind the scenes, purchase items from the teams' merchandising collections and discuss new products and trends.

Special shows:


Exploring foreign countries and continents with special touring motorcycles - motorbikes transform every trip into an adventure and every destination into the beginning of another fantastic journey. In Hall 10.1 the magazine TOURENFAHRER will be presenting about 40 touring motorbikes of all brands, models and equipment, plus the right gear to take on the next journey. On the connected "touring riders" stage, professional globetrotters, travel journalists and photographers will be on hand to report on their experiences. As part of the special show the Tourism Centre will focus on travel agencies that specialise in motorbike journeys, as well as many activities and information on hotels and the most important holiday regions for motorcyclists.

"Cologne Custom Championship"
The special show on the topic of "Customizing" that has made a great impression in preceding years will present the best bikes in the categories Chopper/Cruiser, Fighter, Sports Bike, Café Racer and Scooter in Hall 10.1. The INTERMOT visitors will vote for the "Best of Category" in the categories. The winners will receive generous cash prizes. An independent jury of experts will choose the winner of "Best of Show" who as a result will directly be qualified to participate in the Customizing World Championships in Sturgis, USA, and will win the trip to the states. You can find the manufacturers of customised motorbikes, parts and accessories from this segment near the "Customizing" area.

Workshop Centre
Specialists from the Schweinfurt Vehicle Academy will be demonstrating how a workshop for two-wheelers can meet today's requirements on more than 160 square metres of space in Hall 8. In live demonstrations in the INTERMOT Workshop Centre, trade visitors can see for themselves that even the most complicated tasks can be accomplished. The following topics will be presented:

1. Electrical and electronic fault diagnosis
2. Performance testing for e-bikes
3. Customizing
4. Engine and motor technology
5. Service and maintenance of e-bikes

The exhibitors in the immediate proximity of the Workshop Centre are suppliers offering products in the tools, workshop equipment and shop fittings segments, as well as vocational training academies and trade associations. Everything from exhaust ventilators and air pumps to vehicle lifts, frame alignment equipment, workshop cranes, a motorcycle wash bay, tyre mounting and balancing equipment, welding equipment, tools, business software, and much more can be found here. The Workshop Centre is perfect for all professionals, from master mechanics to their trainees, as well as amateur mechanics.

INTERMOT photography competition
The world of motorcycles has always been a favourite theme of photographers. Photographers from all over Europe are therefore called on to submit their photographs on this theme for a very special photo competition. The winning photos from the categories "My World of Motorcycles", "Biker Types", "Travel Emotions on Two Wheels", "Motorcycle Racing" and "Moto Digital" will be exhibited in Hall 5.1.

Further information at  INTERMOT COLOGNE - 6th to 10th October 2010