The Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at ExCeL London!
- By bikershub
- On 22/02/2017
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Courtesy of Carole Nash (big thumbs up to you!), Biker's Hub were able to attend the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at the ExCeL London on Saturday! Filipe went along to represent Biker's Hub and here's what he thought....
Another year, another Carole Nash MCN motorcycle show at the ExCel centre in London, and once again, thousands of enthusiasts visited the centre to absorb the amazing atmosphere of bikes, bikes and more bikes. During our visit on Saturday, it was just impossible to walk around freely, and even a simple task of taking a picture, or even have a closer look and try some of the bikes was a herculean task, which bodes very well for the show, and for the industry.
Brands were very well represented with Triumph enjoying the launch of their new Speed Triple, with a live show at the Slide arena with professional stunt riders showing the abilities of the new Speed Triple’s (albeit limited by the space) and the approval stamp of four times world superbike champion Carl Fogarty who was on site and keen to answer any questions with a nod of approval for the new Speed Triple.
KTM were right at the entrance and investing heavily on the Adventure range, and these new bikes were just stunning. On site the Duke 390 was next to the big brother Duke and Super Duke, for new riders to get started riding and already looking at the future upgrades. This was normal across the range at most bike stands with most brands showing up their 390’s or equivalent offerings next to the big brothers on site. Marketing at work.
BMW were also heavily represented, even inviting all visitors to sign up for their model launch later on in the year, riding courses, and much more. The GS model range and the S1000RR obvious favourites with visitors queuing to try the new models, only to be outshined by the incredible number of riders at the RnineT corner, that kept those bikes warm throughout the day, up until the last minute and doors closed.
Norton showed their incredible engineering and craft with the V4 SS and RR at the centre, absolutely amazing bikes, surrounded by their Dominator’s and Commando.
Ducati let the Panigale’s, Monster and XDiavel steal the show, with the fantastic £72,000 Superleggera fight for attention with a beautiful white Supersport S.
The Japanese corner, had the usual overflow of models with Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki side by side, with their wide range of models that would fit any rider, any age, any style. Yamaha had at the front many variants of the MT range, next to the stunning SCR950 and XSR900. Kawasaki had the Ninjas next to the Versys, and a beautiful stand with loads of racing apparel. At the Suzuki stand, the Gixxer’s and the new V-Strom stole the show.
Honda had their stand on the opposite side, after the shock of green at the Kawasaki stand, the orange at KTM, the route 66 themed stand at Harley-Davidson, we actually walked past the Honda stand 3 times, looked at the new Fireblade in one of the corners, and decided to go looking for the Honda stand, and realized we were already there. It was a definition of Low Profile. The new Fireblade and the curious looking X-ADV made up for it.
On the adventure corner, there was an incredible range off bike holidays on offer, from very interesting packages in South Africa and New Zealand, next to the European Alp rides.
Coys auction was another event that was completely booked, with buyers and enthusiasts, with some classic bikes being sold for good money, giving perhaps a hint that the trend that has been seen in the auto industry where classic cars are being looked at as an investment, might now have arrived.
The rest of the show, had the normal wide range of stands, with amazing discounts on equipment, helmets, and after market parts. The Ace Café corner was another stand that had dozens of visitors at any given time.
On the Slide Arena, the UK team led by John McGuinness were burning rubber all day against the Oz Team led by Troy Corser, with much enjoyment from the crowd, with good racing and a few shunts to keep things interesting.
All in all, an amazing event, with thousands of visitors, hundreds of bikes, equipment and an amazing atmosphere, with riders from all ages mixing with younger ones who will hopefully follow their parent footsteps riding bikes, an opportunity to compare several bikes for size on the spot from several manufacturers and if you were so inclined and on the market for one, some very very good deals.