Bangkok Motorbike Festival 2010

Bangkok Motorbike festival 2010

Central World motorcycle display on 7 floorsThe second annual Bangkok Motorbike Festival will be taking place January 28th through the 31st at Central World Center in Bangkok. The first 7 floors of Central World will feature all sorts of displays and merchants selling gear as well as some very cool bikes. Vendors on display will include a who’s who of the bike world such as Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Ducati, BMW, Sachs, Can-Am, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki. The front entrance to Central World will also be transformed into a large motorcycle pit stop where even more bikes will be on display.

As well as showcasing the latest models available enthusiasts will also be able to see and purchase the latest in bike accessories, apparel and safety gear. The show isn’t all about the merchants  though there will also be stunt shows, interviews with leaders in the industry, live concerts and even a fashion show.

Vintage bikes on displayThe exhibition is hoping to explain, and draw attention to, why people ride motorcycles for fun in Thailand and let people in on the great touring possibilities Thailand has to offer. To further this goal a caravan of riders will start a scenic journey in northern Thailand and bring it all the way to Bangkok where they will be escorted to the grand opening of the show.

Showcasing the newest bike modelsThailand has a long history with it’s motorcycles from as early as 1967 when Honda built it’s first plant just outside Bangkok to today with Thailand exporting over 1.4 million motorcycles a year including the famous British brand Triumph.

Last years exhibition was a big hit and this year it’s expected to be even bigger with an estimated 150, ooo people attending. Below is a schedule of events for the 4 day exhibition and if you click on the banner above or below it will take you to the festivals web site where you can get even more info.

Bangkok Motorbike festival 2010 Schedule of Events:

Thursday January 28th, 2010

10.00 : BMF 2nd is open
15.00 : Arrival of Northern Trip Caravan
16.00 : The opening ceremony of the 2nd Bangkok Motorbike Festival 2010
17.00 : Stunt Show/BMF Beer Garden is ready to serve
18.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Pariya Manomaiphibul (Khun Pong), Market Development Manager of Tiger Motor Co., Ltd and Manging Director of Bikecare International Co., Ltd.
19.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show : Mr. Rath Wijitraphongsa (EPAP) from KSR
21.00 : Live Band from
22.00 : Indoor activities close
23.00 : BMF Beer Garden close

Friday January 29th, 2010

10.00 : BMF 2nd is open
16.00 : Talk Show :
17.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show :
18.00 : Talk Show :
19.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show: Mr. Dom Hetrakul, Managing Director of Britbike Co., Ltd. and actor
20.00 : Talk Show: Mr. Mana Chaiwan (Khun Gai) and Mr. Patima Gongpetch (Khun Tom) from Strom Rider Club
21.00 : Live Band
22.00 : Indoor activities close
23.00 : BMF Beer Garden close

Saturday January 30th, 2010

10.00 : BMF 2nd is open
15.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Somchai Khemklad
16.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Pisit Kunananantakul (Khun Ae), Managing Direstor of Kunka Corporation Co., Ltd.
17.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show :
18.00 : Talk Show :
19.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show : Mr. Teera Pudpong (Khun Morris) from Scooter Rider Group
21.00 : Live Band
22.00 : Indoor activities close
23.00 : BMF Beer Garden close

Sunday January 31st, 2010

10.00 : The last day of BMF 2nd is open
15.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Wikrom Montrichok (Khun Gai)
16.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Pornsak Kanchanapa (Khun Toi)
17.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show :
18.00 : Talk Show : Mr. Chantap Pongpatinan (Khun Aek) From Eka’s Extreme
19.00 : Stunt Show/Talk Show :
21.00 : Live Band
22.00 : Indoor activities close
23.00 : BMF Beer Garden close

Bangkok Motorbike Festival 2010 poster


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  2. Mike
    January 22, 2010 | 1:50 am

    Talen, I guess this might be quite popular with a lot of expat bikers?

    “The exhibition is hoping to explain, and draw attention to, why people ride motorcycles for fun in Thailand…”

    Its almost worth travelling to Bangkok to see how they achieve this given the appalling motorcycle accident stats.

    Sorry couldn’t resist that one :-)
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    • Talen
      January 22, 2010 | 8:22 am

      Mike, I was thinking the same thing. I can only imagine what the insurance would cost to cover a motorcycle tour of Thailand.

  3. Sammy Cornwall
    January 22, 2010 | 7:47 am

    Man! That would be awesome! I would love to watch that motorbike festival! Did you just say Harley Davidson and Ducati?? Whoa!! My eyes just popped out! I should buy a plane ticket to Thailand asap!

  4. Lloyd
    January 22, 2010 | 8:59 am

    One of the ‘smarter’ things I did during my ‘mid wife crisis’ last year was buy a Ducati Desmosedici that was being ‘seperated’ from it’s original owner due to the financial crisis (ie… reposession).

    His loss was my gain as it is agruably the most amazing piece of machinery I have ever seen, or ridden. Sadly the last one I heard mention of for sale in Thailand was at a staggering 5,000,000 Baht second hand, more than twice what I paid for mine in the UK and mine had never left the dealers showroom. It’s great to look at nice bikes but owning one in Thailand is another!!

    • Talen
      January 22, 2010 | 3:20 pm

      ‘mid wife crisis’

      That made my day Lloyd :)

      Ducati’s are sweet bikes. A friend has one and he swears he will never ride anything else.

      I wouldn’t ride a big wheel in Thailand much less a bike…especially knowing my girl is on the road on a bike .

  5. Catherine
    January 22, 2010 | 9:12 am

    Talen, you find the greatest Thai news!

    I won’t attend the festival, but I’m glad to hear that it’s here.
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    • Talen
      January 22, 2010 | 3:21 pm

      Cat, There are an increasing amount of great events happening around Thailand…just made another post about the upcoming world reggae festival.

  6. Martyn
    January 22, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Talen for any serious biker a tour of Thailand must be an exciting thought and with its temperatures you could travel day or night. A fair point by Mike about the accident rate but not riding under the influence of alcohol would severely reduce your chances of getting hurt. A tour of Thailand, what a fantastic thought.

    • Talen
      January 22, 2010 | 3:24 pm

      Martyn, if you think about it the accident rate is high but considering most Thai households have at least one motorcycle the accident rate / ownership rate has to bring the numbers slightly more in line.

      And while I would love to tour Thailand by bike I wouldn’t be worried about my riding but the Thai’s around me. Pookie got into a bike accident with another bike on a deserted main highway in Mukdahan…neither she nor the other rider ever saw each other!

      • Max
        March 6, 2010 | 10:29 am

        Hi, I just calculated that I rode around 100000 km over the last 4 years in Thailand and (knock on wood) except for my training year .. I have not had an accident or even single scratch on the bike. I have toured the east, west and north of Thailand many times and can say it is perfect bike country if you like adventure biking. Even speeding is possible from time to time but that raises the stakes.. I ride a Honda VFR 800 from 2004 which is a sports tourer and works well for me. But it seems any type of bike works in Thailand. The roads are generally acceptable and the traffic is light outside bigger cities. So you can ride big tourers, fast sports bikes, choppers whatever you want. For me the super sportlers are fun but the fun comes from riding fast and this works against you statistically (you can only be lucky for some time..). I feel that choppers (which I personally do not fancy) and sports tourers are the right bikes for Thailand (yes yes there is the BMW GS series too). With a big sports tourer like a Kawasaki ZZR1400 the riding fun comes from presence (controlling the mass, sound) rather than speed and somehow this fits into the landscape. It’s a bit like an elephant walking undisturbed between the smaller stuff.
        Enjoy riding in Thailand!!

  7. Jez
    January 22, 2010 | 5:12 pm

    Wow I just read your comment about Thailand exporting Triumph bikes, I had not idea they started making these in Thailand!

    When did that happen? Triumph are made not far from where I live in the UK.

    • Talen
      January 22, 2010 | 10:20 pm

      Jez, The Triumphs made in Thailand are exported to the Asian market but the Triumph factory in Chonburi, Thailand does manufacturer engines that they send to the U.K. for assembly at the Hinckley pant.

      Apparently some of the bikes make it to The U.S. too, To find out where a Triumph is made look for the 11th character of the vin “J” = Jacknell road Hinckley England or “T” = Chonburi Thailand.

  8. Harry
    January 24, 2010 | 10:08 am

    A bike show and beer garden. Sounds like Thailand.

    The problem for us, ex-pats, is where can you buy a bigger bike and get a bike serviced not mangled?

    At least Kowasaki with the 650s have opened a door, but where are Honda and Yamaha apart from red faced at the show.

  9. SiamRick
    January 24, 2010 | 2:07 pm

    Gee, I leave just in time to miss the Thailand motorcycle event of the year. I am a two-wheeler but the thought of literally putting your life on the line every time you ride in Thailand is a scary one. No matter how vigilant you are, you will never see the one that knocks you off the road in that country. I feel it’s just too risky if you want to live a long and active life in LOS.
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