Variety show makes biking oh-so attractive
Wandering around the packed Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show last weekend, there was a lot to like. A stack of new bikes, plenty of silliness in the Slide live action show and superstar riders, such as fourtimes WSB champ Carl Fogarty and British Dakar winner Sam Sunderland joining the fun.
A closer look at what everyone was cooing over highlighted just how much motorcycling has changed – and is changing. Cool classic, custom and retro bikes are taking more space and attracting more attention than ever before.
It just shows how rich and diverse the world of motorcycling is these days. I saw one 50-year-old (ish) bloke jump from a Honda Fireblade onto an X-ADV scooter, before heading towards the Norton stand. The wider the offering, the bigger the net, the better the catch.
At least that has to be the hope. Another bike attracting loads of attention was Ducati’s new Supersport machine (full analysis from p4). Famous for cutting-edge sportsbikes and more recently stylish scramblers and sports tourers (with the Multistrada), Ducati now think there’s a market for a sensible (ish) sportsbike. MCN does too – only time will really tell but if the show was anything to go by, Ducati could be onto a winner.