Lon­don Show

Ac­tion, new bikes & stars

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jor­dan Gib­bons MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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?

Rebel rac­ers

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.

Wor­thy win­ners

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.

Shaw’s Beach Bob­ber won the BOTK The Slide show got a bit heated at times... Suzuki re­veals clas­sic race team of Par­rish and Neeves

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