Motorcycle Riders Event 2017

The Kick Start Motorcycle Riders Event 2017 brings together riders, retailers and anyone who loves bikes. The event is being held on Sunday 1 October 2017 at Canterbury Agricultural Park, Curletts Road, and focuses on improving safety on our roads for motorcyclists.

Motorcycles travelling on country roadA collaboration between Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils, Police, ACC, Ride Forever trainers and local stakeholders, the event aims to encourage riders to upskill regardless of their level of experience, and promotes training as a key factor in achieving that.

Waimakariri Road Safety Co-ordinator, Kathy Graham, says there are just over 75,000 motorcycle licence holders in the Canterbury region with nearly 21,000 registered motorcycles. 

“Canterbury has some great roads for riding, so it’s no surprise in the Waimakariri the majority of our crashes involving motorcyclists are on the open road (66%).  A high number of the fatalities and serious injury crashes over the last ten years are where riders have lost control on corners.”

While riders can’t control what other drivers do on the road, there are key skills riders can use to make sure they have the best chance of staying upright on the open road and avoiding conflicts with other vehicles, Kathy says. 

“Kick Start is a great opportunity to see rider demonstrations, learn some key skills about braking, ABS v non ABS, positioning on the road, suspension set up and more as well as the chance to talk to different trainers about what’s on offer.”

Kick Start 2017 is on Sunday 1 October 2017, Canterbury Agricultural Park, Curletts Road, Christchurch – 10am-2pm (rain or shine).

  • Food and drink available, including Club BBQ’s
  • Free bike safety checks, rider demonstrations,
  • Entertainment and kids’ bouncy castle
  • Visit motorcycle dealers and the truck display
  • Vote for the best motorcycle on show

View the full programme of events.