|Michelin's Revolution Arena|
Riding in on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), we passed through the cranes, metal wastes and crazy architecture of Londons Docklands on the way to the MCN motorcycle Show. Packed in on all sides on the train by a dazzling selection of every type of motorcyclist in every shape and size - all buzzing with suppressed excitement about the treat awaiting them in the halls of Excel a few minutes away.
Then after a ten minute hike to Hall nine, there it was in all its glory, the MCN Motorcycle Show 2013 with many happy smiling faces passing through its hallowed portals to see the delights beyond.
Inside was a feast of stands with row after row of shiny motorcycles, the main arena with events on all day, plus motorcycle merchandise, motorcycle adventure holidays, Dakar heroes, what's new and some of what's old - here are just a few of the delights on view...
Ducati had a large stand with, amongst others, the new liquid cooled Hypermotard - attracting a lot of attention
Ducati also had the award winning Diavel and Diavel Strada on display in new colours including the cool stripe colours of blue and white. The Diavel Strada is a lot more comfortable beast now with comfort options like side bags, windshield, raised handlebars and comfy seat.
BMW was displaying its usual polished wares with the BMW F800GT. The new F800GT has gained 5bhp over the ST it replaces, has belt final drive and a new full fairing.
The R1200GS, sports a water assisted liquid-cooled classic boxer twin engine. The new system is a mix of liquid and air-cooling with the liquid cooling only the hottest parts of the engine with 'water jackets' surrounding the two cylinder heads. This liquid cooling only adds 2.7kg to the weight of the bike using only 400ml of liquid. The new engine also has a vertical through-flow system from the inlets to the exhaust - a variation on previous models. As it stands this is the world's best-selling adventure bike, and it is user friendly, you do not need to be an expert to ride it.
Triumph's new Tiger Sport was on display - and impossible to photograph without someone sitting on it! It is based on the 2012 Tiger 1050 but features a range of changes which enhance its sporting abilities. These changes also improve its touring and all rounder capabilities. It has a new stronger rear end which means that the seat can go lower. It also has a single sided swing arm.
The biggest thing to afficionados is of course the fact that it has a substantial power increase of 10bhp for the liquid cooled three-cylinder engine with a new exhaust. Add in new wheels and ABS as standard and you have a nippier and comfier bike.
KTM was showing the 1190 Adventure which has always been an off-road favourite. There are two versions of the 1190 - the Standard and the R each appealing to different groups. The Standard is a super tourer and a 'travel enduro' and is not aimed at extreme riders. Both bikes have an adapted RC8R superbike engine and are incredibly quick and versatile, capable of 150bhp. Nice.
The Duke 690R and the 390 (which has a groovy engine which is actually a 373.2cc four-stroke single) were also on display with revised versions on the market for 2013.
|Honda NSS300 Forza Scooter|
Yamaha have brought out a number of new special edition touring models including The Super Tenere XT1200Z, and XT660Z
|RSV4 Factory APRC ABS|
Moto Guzzi V7 racer
And a couple of elderly Indians had rolled in...
There were also the entrants for the Carole Nash Built in Britain competition on display...an interesting bunch
|Sports and Sports Modified Steven Peters 1998 Buell Cafe Racer|
|Concours & Restored David Stanley's 1949 Vincent Rapide Series C|
|Classics Ian Defriez's 1954 BSA Bantam|
|Chppers & Custom Paul Humphrey's 1971 Harley-Davidson 8-Ball|
|Streetfighters Rob Currie's 2006 Triumph Daytona|
|Classics Kevin Miller's 1962 AJS 7R|
|Pro Builders Rolling Art motorcycles 2011 Dunkley Harton|
|Streetfighters Lee Workman's 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1340|
|Concours & Restored Mark Turner's 1975 Kawasaki Z1-B|
|Choppers & Custom Shaun Wainford's 2009 Barbarian|
|Sports & Sports Modified Nathan Horsfield's 1991 Suzuki RGV250|
|Pro Builders Peregrine Motorcycle Company's 2012 Yamaha OW-16 Replica|
....and the winner is....drumroll...... Streetfighters Lee Workman's 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1340
And finally from the custom section...
A great day out was had by all...and we got tickets for the Riders for Health Africa Experience raffle which looks awesome...here's hoping!