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As an action-packed trade fair event, INTERMOT Cologne 2008 will once again provide its visitors from 8th to 12th October 2008 with exhibitors' presentations, impressive shows and many other highlights relating to the topics of motorcycles, scooters and motor sports. The whole of Koelnmesse's outdoor space — all 75,000 m² —
will be used for this, as will special areas in the exhibition halls. Here visitors can test drive the new models on the various test tracks and experience action-packed motorcycle racing and the breathtaking stunt shows of the professionals. Another popular attraction that is returning this year is the spectacular Freestyle Motocross Show, which will be making a guest appearance not only at the trade fair but also
at the Kölnarena as part of the Freestyle Motocross World Championship “Night of the Jumps” on the Saturday of INTERMOT Cologne.

The INTERMOT Cologne 2008 event programme at a glance:


Action Event Area: Supermoto and demo races as well as scooter, minibike and pocketbike races. Pure racing enjoyment — on the largest INTERMOT outdoor area, there will be thrilling races in the supermoto, scooter, minibike and pocketbike categories. The stars of the supermoto scene will be in Cologne for the supermoto invitational race.

In addition, cup riders from the hotly contested Yamaha Cup, long-distance race riders from the World Championship and top riders from the IDM and other race series will show off their skills and their machines’ performance during the demo rounds. A further highlight is the motor scooter race “Six Hours around Cologne”.


Show riders’ camp

A real race has to include the teams' service trucks, which are located prominently on the ramp above the Action Event Area. Visitors can take a peek behind the scenes, purchase the teams’
merchandising collection and chat about new products and trends.

Freestyle MX

Breathtaking moves nearly 20 metres above the ground — the best freestyle artists will be soaring above the exhibition grounds at INTERMOT Cologne. And that will be a good warm-up, as an FMX World Championship round will be taking place on Saturday evening in the Kölnarena. The Upforce action troupe will be performing breathtaking motorcross jumps on enduros, and while still in mid-air they'll be doing handstands on the handlebars, back flips
and many other thrilling jumps.

Stunt shows/dragsters

At the INTERMOT outdoor area, the “who’s who” of the stunt riding scene will be on hand: riders including Christian Pfeifer, Oliver Ronzheimer, Rainer Schwarz and Kevin Carmichael will be giving the public a thrilling show and doing unbelievable stunts. At regular intervals the race track will serve as a drag racing strip. Pros like Herman Jolink and others will be impressing the audience with the mighty acceleration of their specially tuned machines.

“Globe of Speed” Show

The world of motorcycle-riding acrobats will come to Cologne at “Globe of Speed”. The performers ride up to six motorbikes simultaneously in a steel sphere with a diameter of just six metres. The dazzling action will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The “Action, Safety and More” track

Here is where you can find out all about motor bikes and safety: How much wear and tear can motorcycle clothing be subjected to? In which situations is an anti-blocking system helpful? What should you do in dangerous driving situations? The Institute for Motor Vehicle Safety (IFZ) will be providing comprehensive information, while Oliver Ronzheimer will perform motorbike acrobatics of the highest level.


E-bike track

Visitors to INTERMOT Cologne will be able to try out selected models at the electric bicycle test track in the outdoor area. Scooters and bikes will be charged up with CO2-free power at Solon AG's solar charging station. This will contribute to the current debate on the topics of environmentally friendliness and mobility.

Trial track

At the trial track, visitors who would like to show off their talents can balance their two wheels on top of obstacles.

Teen Test Ride

The trial track for teenagers is focused on the topic of motorbikes. Even without a driver's license, young motorbike fans can have their first experience on a machine.

“Refresher” track

On the “refresher” track those who haven't been on a motorcycle tour in a long time can use this chance to open up the throttle and get reacquainted. Additionally, there will be advice from the
specialists from TÜV Rheinland for those who haven't driven a motorcycle for a while and wish to resume.

Hard enduro track

Off-road fans and all those who are interested can test the cross-country mobility of current off-road bikes that are also registered for road use and really make the dirt fly.

Test track

Almost 200 of the best motorcycles — from every brand and in every displacement category — can be used for test rides. And anyone — provided they have a valid motorcycle licence — can test the machines available on this track. Experienced instructors will be on hand to explain the bikes and help participants to get the feel of the machines.

ADAC Biker Cup

Don't underestimate this obstacle course. Here it isn’t the fastest rider who wins, but rather the one who brings his machine through the demanding course without any errors. After five exciting days at INTERMOT the best bikers can win attractive prizes — the top prize being a brand-new motorbike.

Motorbike World for children

Little bikers hit the big time! The little ones get their first chance to take a spin on special bikes while being supervised and guided by experienced instructors.

Riding without a licence

Even without a license, visitors can experience their first ride on a motorised two-wheeler under expert supervision.

Quad track

Riding high on four wheels — the off-road track for quads with lots of fun and action.

Travel enduro track

You've come to the right place if you've always wanted to test drive big, long-distance enduros. Here, experts can give you a taste of the Paris-Dakar rally and other adventurous motorcycle journeys.


Special “Innovation” show In Hall 4.1, the “Innovation Centre” will present innovative future-oriented products and services relating to the topics of motorcycles and scooters in a specially designated hall area. The “Innovation Centre” exhibits will include prototypes as
well as two-wheel vehicles with alternative drive technology that are already available on the market, as well as innovative products from the parts / accessories and clothing segments. The INTERMOT Innovation Centre is an excellent platform for companies to present their alternative drive technologies and other innovative products and services for the two-wheeler sector, particularly against the backdrop of the ongoing debate about climate change and people's growing environmental awareness. The “Innovation Centre” is located within walking distance of the e-bikes test track with the solar charging station.

Special “Touring” show in the Tourism Centre

The event in Hall 4.1 will offer the spectacular ambience of a large touring show sponsored by the magazine “Tourenfahrer”, featuring touring bikes from the major brands. As such, it will be the perfect venue for tour organizers, tourist region representatives, hotels, restaurants, tourist offices and other suppliers from the tourism sector to showcase their products and services.

“Cologne Custom Championship” special show

The special show “Customising”, which was already popular in 2006, will make another appearance this year in the more prominent and larger area of Hall 5.1. The Cologne Custom Championships will take place here for the first time. The best bikes in the categories Chopper/Cruiser, Fighter, Sports Bike and Scooter will be presented in an area measuring nearly 1,000 m2. The INTERMOT visitors will vote in the categories “Best of Category”. 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 USA.

Workshop Centre

A fully functional model workshop will be set up on an event area measuring around160 m2 in Hall 5.1. This workshop will be operated by the Schweinfurt Vehicle Academy and feature the following four workstations: engine technology, diagnostics, bodywork and frame/chassis diagnosis. 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, workshop 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.

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Special show on classic vehicles/motorbike history

Cult bikes from a bygone era are always sure to spark a nostalgic gleam in enthusiasts’ eyes. Journalists from MOTORRAD CLASSIC magazine will be on hand to present milestones of biking history and to talk with visitors. In addition, the motorbiking club MSC Freier Grund will show a selection of historic motocross bikes.

World of Fashion

A select group of companies from the motorcycle clothing segment will be presenting their innovative products on the Boulevard of the exhibition centre. A unified presentation will provide bikers with concise information about the clothing so that they can later visit those manufacturers that interest them at the fair.

Special “Sports” show

A sports theme island will give motor sports fans a chance to meet professional bikers and their tuned vehicles. “PS” will bring all of the current four-stroke racing motorbikes to the starting line
and thrill visitors several times a day with long-distance pit stops at which tires will be changed and tanks filled in less than 20 seconds.

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