Some classic appeal
Though a predominately modern show, there was a bit there for us classic enthusiasts at the 2017 Motul-backed Dirt Bike Show.
Let’s get it out there at the start, this show is a modern show with no real concession to the classic, twinshock and Evo scene which makes up the bulk of this magazine. That said, there was enough of ‘our’ type of motorcycling to create some interest for the editor.
Naturally the Tough-sheet Twinshock series stand was overflowing with bikes and people, the 125 Evo series stand too had stuff on there which caused us to stop and chat a bit.
Amid the glitz and glamour of the new stuff in the main hall at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, there were things like the tyre guys, with all of the latest rubberware to deal with all sorts of enduro and MX terrain. Michelin had arranged a test of its new tyre – introduced at the ISDE in France a few weeks ago – on a course designed by Ady Smith’s KTM Enduro Experience up at the 4 X 4 track in the NAC grounds.
Elsewhere in the halls were the 150GP MX series racers on their thrilling finale to a season of hectic racing. Or how about the Motoball guys? Two teams – France and Germany – battling it out over the four days on specially prepped bikes and a massive football.
Was getting a bit of kit your thing? The trade hall was rammed full of such stuff and there were lots of riders hauling away their purchases.
Stage action this year was compered by road racer Steve Plater who is also noted for being involved in the dirt bike scene. As youngsters did the electronic games thing, racing round an MX track, Steve kept up a brilliant dialogue as he encouraged them to test their limits. Steve also hosted the awards ceremonies and interviewed star riders from the world of off-road.
One of the coming things in dirt biking is electric motorcycles. As the ever-increasing effects of climate change start hitting, the once novel idea of electric powered machinery is now less of a novelty and more serious. Caroline Sandiford’s Mecatecno stand had the latest full-sized, adult trials bike featuring a two-speed gearbox and all the stuff one would expect for a top flight machine. Mecatecno top man Jordi Mila was on hand to help with demos and explain a bit about the bike to those of us who got a go on it. Seriously, if you get the chance try this out.
Tidy looking Yamaha Pinky Mono in the autojumble area in Wrighty’s stand.
When you’re famous you have to sign autographs. Emma Bristow – UK trials superstar – signs posters for Isla and Charlie.
A young lad by the name of Noyce was working with Rickman and riding a Montesa- engined Metisse. “Can we try a Husqvarna engine in there?” he asked... and a legend was on his way.
250 London’s twinshock clothing range is the sort of thing we wore in the Seventies and Eighties. Look out for the new range in CDB.