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By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

The Triumph Daytona 675R (above) makes its North American debut Thursday at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show. (SUBMITTED)

The Triumph Daytona 675R (above) makes its North American debut Thursday at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show. (SUBMITTED)

The Fraser Valley may seem an odd location for a prestigious British motorbike manufacturer to debut its newest model in North America, but there’s a reason why Triumph chose the Vancouver Motorcycle Show.

Chris Ellis, general manager of Canadian operations for Triumph Motorcycles, said flying the Daytona 675R straight from the factory in England for its unveiling at the opening of the annual motorcycle show at Abbotsford Tradex on Thursday is “extremely unusual.”

“With factory timing on the release of the new 2013 model, the luck of the draw is to hit Vancouver,” he said. “That just shows you how powerful and good that show in Abbotsford is.”

The Daytona 675R is among a potent array of iron horses being showcased this weekend in the Valley city. Harley-Davidson is among them and is celebrating its 110th anniversary with the introduction of a custom line of retro-inspired bikes.

“It’s like old meets the future,” said Darwin Osarchuk, general manager of Trev Deeley Motorcycles, the local dealer for the iconic American motorbikes.

He added the trick to maintaining the vintage style of the bikes, such as the 2013 Hard Candy Softail Deluxe, is concealing its high-tech features. Models such as the Electra-Glide Touring even feature such gizmos as voice-activated sound system and rider-to-rider intercom systems.

“It has just a real independence about it — maybe a rebel aspect as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fraser Valley may seem an odd location for a prestigious British motorbike manufacturer to debut its newest model in North America, but its testament to just how good the Vancouver Motorcycle Show has become.

 

Triumph Motorcycles’ Canadian general manager.

In fact, Chris Ellis said flying the Daytona 675R straight from the factory in England for its unveiling at the opening of the Vancouver Motorcycle Show Thursday at the Abbotsford Tradex is “extremely unusual.”

“With factory timing on the release of the new 2013 model, the luck of the draw is to hit Vancouver,” he said. “That just shows you how powerful and good that show in Abbotsford is.”

The Daytona 675R is among a potent array of motorbikes being showcased this weekend in the Valley city, where Harley Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary with the introduction of a custom line of retro-inspired bikes.

“It’s like old meets the future,” said Darwin Osarchuk, general manager at Vancouver’s Trev Deeley Motorcycles dealership.

He added the trick to maintaining the vintage style of bikes such as the 2013 Hard Candy Softail Deluxe is concealing all its high-tech features, such as a voice-activated sound system and rider-to-rider intercom systems.

“It has just a real independence about it — maybe a rebel aspect as well.”

 

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