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.

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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.

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