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Old 02-15-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Some snaps from the London ExCel Centre Bike Show today...

My mate Peter and I decided to visit the London ExCel Centre today to have a look at the Bike Show...



A costly venture (in the UK, we are expected to pay to let vendors sell us stuff) - car parking was £15, entrance £20 each at the door...

Anyway, lets have a look at some bikes and stuff...



Lots of nice old British iron...



This must be pretty well unique - a Norton frame with a Brough Superior engine...



Old American iron too, along with the new pretender to the Indian trade name...



Some weird stuff...



...dreamt up by some hipster with a soul-patch, no doubt...



One of the only decent efforts I have seen at producing a Honda CX500 café racer...



I was very interested in the different models of air-bag over-vests on offer...



...the demo of which was impressive...



As a veteran of 15 rib fractures some years ago, I now think this technology has come far enough for me to use it. I expect to be making an investment in the spring...



Peter tried a couple of bikes for size - Triumph are clearly targetting the Harley touring market.



...and BMW RT riders...



But you still need to be a short-arse to ride their clubman style bike with any dignity...



Peter also tried a demo of a bike Head Up Display (HUD) - way too big and bulky and just too much ironmongery close to the eyes for this to be a useful tool at the moment - when they have a version that will project onto the visor (or the bike's screen) then it may become attractive. More development needed...



A whiff of nostalgia from a restored Yamaha FS1E...



This is the last bike Kawasaki made that I found attractive. I still do, actually...



There was a Mike Hailwood tribute display - the bikes are tiny...



Royal Enfield are selling their 535cc single café racer for £5000...



The new R1200GS Liquid Cooled Adventure made an appearance, but there was a scrum around it, so no clear pics, I'm afraid. Price for the fully spammed-up model with everything except panniers - £15,300...



Liquid Cooled R1200RT was there too...



...with similar lights to the 1600 6 cylinder...



Touratech's latest catalogue is as thick as a telephone directory...



I have no idea what this is...



This is an Ariel Arrow - I can guarantee it looked nothing like this good when it left the factory...



A few examples of bodywork on display. Most of this picture is carbon-fibre - the rest silicone, lip-gloss and foundation...



Really practical...

Had a long chat with Austin Vince, of Terra Circa and Mondo Enduro fame. He is now very involved in running a venture called The Adventure Travel Film Festival, to highlight the excellent - often completely unfunded - films being created by various people travelling throughout the world. The first festival was in August last year and another is planned for this summer (in Sherborne, Dorset). I asked Austin to drop me a line when it has a firm date - it's definitely a venture I would like to support.

I begin this in a small way by buying his latest DVD - Mondo Sahara...



...and will be watching it as soon as I have finished posting this...

It struck me as ironic that, whilst I spoke to Austin about what is clearly a labour of love to him, Charley Boorman was on stage surrounded by crowds and booming out on the Public Address system. I know who I'd rather speak to...



On the way out, I noticed this Brough Superior for sale at £90,000...



Time to go.

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Old 02-15-2014, 11:39 PM   #2
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Wonderful pics and bikes.
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