Action, new bikes & stars
The 2017 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show was a record-breaker with 39,811 visitors makingtheir way to Excel to see new bikes, classic bikes, custom bikes, BSB winners, WSB winners, TT winners and even a Dakar winner. So what were the highlights?
Taking centre stage was the Slide show, which saw John Mcguinness, Neil Hodgson, Troy Corser, Chris Walker, Billy Mcconnell, Mark Lemon and Kevin Doolan go to head-to-head in a series of indoor flat-track races.
At the same time our very own Michael Neeves joined Steve Parrish on stage to announce he will be racing the Suzuki Katana, rebuilt at Motorcycle Live, at the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival along with third man Jamie Whitham.
Britain’s first Dakar winner, Sam Sunderland, also dropped in, having taken his KTM on a sightseeing tour of London before riding into the show arena to receive the adulation of the roaring show crowd.
Show-goers were also treated to the first public unveiling of something special (quite literally) – the Segoni Special G800 Oro. Segoni were formed in 1971 by the Segoni brothers, but after Giuliano was killed in a motorcycle accident, the brand faded away until it was recently revived by his son Lorenzo. We’ll have more on the Oro soon, but also on the stand was the absolutely gorgeous, classic endurance racer that Lorenzo will also be racing at the Donington Classic.
Also making its debut was CCM’S new Spitfire. The MCN show was the first time anyone outside CCM had seen the Spitfire in the flesh and what an amazing bike it was. The hand-welded steel frame would have been at home in the custom competition, never mind on a production bike. Meanwhile, Triumph showed their Street Triple RS to the world for the first time, with stunt riders Ernie Vigil and Nick Brocha wowing the crowds on the bonkers new 765.
Not only was the winner of the Classic Bike competition announced but Harley-davidson’s Battle of the Kings was also decided. The winner was the Beach Bobber by Shaw Harley- Davidson, of Lewes.
After a public vote, the final five were judged by a panel of experts that included renowned artist Grayson Perry and the Beach Bobber came out on top.
Also decided was the MCN London Custom Bike Championship, sponsored by Harris Billet and Zodiac. The winner of Best in Show was Paul Milbourn with his Moto Guzzi V11 Titanium, netting £ 3000 in cash, a £750 Harrison Billet voucher and a €750 Zodiac voucher.