Motorcycle Live Highlights Vol.1
It was, as far as the organisers were concerned, one of the best shows of recent times – an opinion shared by many and also us here at Get On. There was so much to see and do that in our show roundup we’ve decided to split it out into three volumes so that we can do the whole show justice. So here it is.. volume 1.
We’ll start with the smaller bikes as many of our readers will be most interested in this area and there was so much to see.
Honda launched their new CB125F, already one of if not the best selling 125cc bike in the UK today the new CB manages to cram in not only a sleek update on its looks but also some neat revisions to its super reliable engine too. Honda claim greater pick up (acceleration) and better throttle response too. Honda UK say, ‘The 2015 CB125F is drawn from a fresh gene pool and while it maintains the previous model’s core strengths, it builds heavily on quality, ease of use and a desirable new look.’ Looking over the bike at the show it’s hard to disagree with them. We also still love the quirky looks of the MSX125, a modern day monkey bike for the uber cool set.
Kawasaki revealed a new Z250SL, capitalising on the growing trend to naked street bikes. Looking very much in line with their aggressive Z range this little pocket rocket delivers performance and style aplenty with its 249cc four stroke engine compact chassis and lightweight wheels. Kawasaki write. ‘Sporty, stylish and practical, this compact street warrior incorporates every aspiring biker’s wishes and needs for a daily machine or weekend companion.’ So an all round ace bike then! Cool. If this wasn’t enough Kawasaki also threw in a new Ninja 250SL sports bike and a naked Z300 too. Wow they’ve been busy!
Herald, a relative newcomer to the market were showing off their gorgeous but oddly named MUTT125, a classically styled bike with some lovely modern touches designed by legendary bike builder Benny Thomas from Boneshaker Choppers. They also had on display its slightly bigger brother the aptly named Classic 250 which they say is for riders looking to make a distinct statement out on the road, can’t disagree with that. We’d definitely keep an eye on these guys because with design like this and keen prices they are sure to be a hit.
Yamaha had some lovely colours on their beautiful and award winning MT125, the smallest in the range of MT’s plus a new YZF-R3 to add to the growing range of YZF’s. The R3 features a brand new 321cc twin engine which according to Yamaha features som eof the most advanced tech available today – with thier history of innovations who are we to question them? Either way you go these Yamaha’s are sure to excite winning as they have already many accolades.
Keeping with the retro feel WK were showing off a wonderfully patriotic TOMCAT 125 model alongside their equally retro RT125. Both single cylinder air cooled models they offer incredible value for money and should persuade any new rider that they took the right decision to get into two wheels. WK were also showing off a collection of again retro inspired scooters in their Mii50 range too.
KTM were as ever pushing the orange theme and their race inspired RC125 was always surrounded by legions of fans and wanna be owners – the same was true for their ever popular naked Duke 125. Of course when mentioning the 125′s you can’t help but also notice their slightly bigger brothers the 390 range too. Choices, choices!
Peugeot had a strong presence this year again running on a retro theme. Their new Django 125 range drawing crowds for the stylish good looks and striking colourways. Available in four different styles there’s bound to be one right up your street. If a slightly more modern twist is what you are after then look no further than their iconic speedfight model – available in 50cc or 125cc this one has been around forever and for good reason too. Great performance and super cool looks will never go out of fashion.
Talking of scooters we couldn’t leave without mention of the classic Vespa range who were showing off in style this year. The return of thier Primavera range bang on trend with a matt finish paint job was mobbed. Available in four engines, two 50cc models a 125cc model and a 150cc one too with more colours then you could ever choose there’s bound to be one whhich fits your individual style and pocket.
Next we’ll look at mid range bikes – look out for our next installment.