Va­ri­ety show makes bik­ing oh-so at­trac­tive

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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.

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