This year, the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa will introduce a new judging class for motor cycles – dirt bikes.

Motor cycle manager Glenn MacDonald said that the class was introduced this year to reflect on the increasing interest in dirt bikes of all types amongst the two-wheel fraternity.

It is difficult to define just what a dirt bike actually consists of, so we’ll leave that to our expert judges. Generally though, there are various types of off-road motorcycles, also known as dirt bikes, specially designed for off-road events.

An easy definition is: “A motorcycle designed for use on rough terrain, such as unsurfaced roads or tracks, and used especially in scrambling.”

Compared to road-going motorcycles, off-road machines are simpler and lighter, having long suspension travel, high ground clearance, and rugged construction with little bodywork and no fairings for less damage in spills. Engine sizes start at 50cc, and generally go to 250cc. but can be higher capacity.

As a new category, the dirt bikes will join eight other classes of motor cycles that will be judged at our event this year. Each of these classes will have both a “Best in Show” and “Second Best in Show” trophy.

Other trophy categories will be American, British, European, Japanese, Original, Restoration, Trike and Sidecar.

The major motor cycle award will be the Shannons Insurance Best Motorcycle in Show.

Mr. MacDonald said that the Euroa Show and Shine is again producing a special series of flyers that will be specifically aimed at attracting the motor cycle community and their fans.

“We have has these type of flyers before, and distributed them as far as Melbourne and Albury.

“There has always been a great interest shown in Harley Davidsons and in the Japanese bikes, so it is difficult to create something that appeals to all tastes. The addition of the dirt bike category this year reflects the traction, if you like, that these cycles are gaining in the industry. They are lots of fun, comparatively inexpensive, and everybody loves them.” Mr. MacDonald said.

.. Ray Read