NEC Bike Show Today
Posted by MadMike on November 22, 2017, 7:01 pm
Today was our chosen day to go to the NEC. the little 127 Box Brownie was taken in case we saw any motorbikes. The crowds were non existent. there was plenty of room, no jostling to sit on any of the bikes, except the Triumphs! |
A number of bikes were started and run inside the exhibition hall to the delight of the gathered throng. So courtesy of the little 127 Box etc etc...........
To start the CCM Spitfire. £10,000 on the road. It just shows that in the brave new world you pay more and get less! Oh to be a Hipster.
Ten grand and they can't do better than these dents in the tank?
Next is what they told me is called a Café racer. Have they ever seen a real one I wonder?
Bath tubs next, but this time not on a Triumph.
Next the much vaunted Royal Enfield 650 Twin. Not a bad looking bike at all to be fair. It was a show model and was gleaming. However people have expressed concerns about build quality on some forums. The detailing could certainly do with some thought, and on the show bike, designed to impress, the use of cheap looking fasteners spoilt the look. Indeed many of the nuts and the bolt heads had obvious bruising in the plated finish. this was further compounded when I found that the nuts securing the indicators were in fact only hand tight!!
The Enfield 650 engine. It does resemble the original RE twins which should help in the retro market.
Next the RE engine after the mice had been at it.
Now a Royal Enfield twin in Café Racer style, that is retro old style café racer and not Hipster CR.
Now for something different. A Moto Guzzi, but no sign of Victor. Now style and even names are important from a marketing point of view but why would you put a sign on a new bike describing it as "Rough"?
Now for Real Sex on wheels. never mind Chinese commuters, and Indian retros here is the oval pistoned Honda NR. Drool. Drool. Drool.
On such exotica even the decal showing the model designation is worth a picture. I don't care......it's my camera. LOL.
The engine from Fred Marsh's home built four cylinder racer. Built by Mr Marsh back in the 60's in his shed in Southampton. A true masterpiece of engineering. It is now in the NMM and this morning they fired it up....it was bloody loud.
The super charged Kawasaki, resplendent in the obligatory K Green.
.....and look it even has a badge to say that it is super charged.
Ducati have always, to me anyway, been synonymous with sleek, sporty, agile looking machines but we now have a sight of the latest incarnation of their Scrambler range. Perhaps it is just me, but they now look somewhat lardy IMHO.
Next two Norton's both with sidecar fitted on the Watsonian stand.
Talking of retro bikes the Ariel Ace hardly falls into that category. Oh yes, look it's a Bobber. LOL.
In 2019 the Moto 2 clas at Moto GP will replace the current Honda CB600 control engine for a new 765cc Triumph Triple engine. This is the Triumph test bike with the new engine. At 2:30 they started it up, and once again it was a bloody loud bike.
The rear tyre on the Triumph has obviously been getting involved in some serious cornering. the wear is almost onto the very small side wall, and in turn almost hitting the Dunlop name !!!
Now I am a real Norton fan as many will know, but the new Commando California with its rear sets, narrow racing style tank and the high and wide bars smacks of the fabled Norton Hi-Rise of the 70's. Sorry Mr Garner.
However he is forgiven after seeing the new V4 Racer and road bike.
The new 650 Norton? Not there. Just some design drawings to get market opinion on which version people prefer. I shall wait until I see the thing in the flesh before commenting.
Finally a couple of Brough Superiors. Love them or hate them, they are a bit like Marmite in that respect, they are certainly superbly finished and detailed. All were available for people to sit on and try for size, or perhaps to simply dream.
The retro named SS100. Drool. Drool. Drool again.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed my day. Sorry there are no current Honda's or Chinese things but frankly as they do not interest me the little 127 Box Brownie refused to photograh them. He is a bit of a snob actually. LOL.
Other opinions may be available but this one is always correct.