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    Quote Originally Posted by brmbrm View Post
    Going with Margaret (She who brings the cheque book) on Thursday.
    Looked at bike/ car/ train and decided on the car.
    Staying here http://www.lacaverna.uk.com/ on Wednesday night.
    Used to be a terrific place and Italian menu years ago. Now cheaper and closed tonight, so who knows?
    So should feel better on Thursday morning, and ready for the scrum of dwadling and general mellee of visitors all going in the opposite direction to me.
    Might dream of a Norton 650. What more would anybody wish for than a Norton 650?

    See you there Dave I'll be coming down Thursday morning stopping at the truckers cafe on the a5 for breaks and ollies on way back for tea be at the show for 10am

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    Looks like I’ll be going on Sat or Sun.
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    I think I'll be there Saturday

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    Had a great time up at the show, being a keen Kawasaki fan I just had to see if my long legs could sit comfortably on the new H2 SX ...... fits like a glove....

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    (2003 Infinity Blue Capo) - Leo Vince x3 Cans/K&N Air filter/Snorkle-less/Catfish Map/ZX-6R FH016 Mosphet Rectifier/Front Coils re-located/Metal Fuel CRC Fixings/Brown Connector-less/Hyperpro Springs F&R/Rear Hugger/R&G Heated Grips/Krauser Alloy Panniers/Givi G45 Box/BMW GS1150 HandGuards with Touratech Extensions/Kawasaki Z1000 Mirrors/CREE LED's/Wilks Raid Rep Sump Guard & aprilia Crash Bars + Lots of Stickers..

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    (2004 BMW R1150 RT) Bigger touring screen, headlight protector & aftermarket reflective decals ..

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    Looks a comfy ride. I’m going Sunday and this looks to be one of the stars of the show for me. Looking forward to it, I also like the new 900 Z1 inspired cafe racer, did they have one of those up there?
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    Yes they did...but it didn't inspire me like the H2 SX does....hope Sunday isn't to busy....!!

    (2003 Infinity Blue Capo) - Leo Vince x3 Cans/K&N Air filter/Snorkle-less/Catfish Map/ZX-6R FH016 Mosphet Rectifier/Front Coils re-located/Metal Fuel CRC Fixings/Brown Connector-less/Hyperpro Springs F&R/Rear Hugger/R&G Heated Grips/Krauser Alloy Panniers/Givi G45 Box/BMW GS1150 HandGuards with Touratech Extensions/Kawasaki Z1000 Mirrors/CREE LED's/Wilks Raid Rep Sump Guard & aprilia Crash Bars + Lots of Stickers..

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    Lots of choice of bikes, perhaps unsustainably so!
    Most interesting for me was Brough. Well if we're in a going backwards race to make our bikes look like greatgrandads - cafe. shed, custom, bitsa - lets go all the way back.
    Bought EDZ layers and varifocal glasses with lens covers 149 (thats 20 off their price).
    Looked at the Enfield 650 Twin, very impressed.
    Went to see the Norton 650, wasn't there. Strange chat "A government grant to make them in the UK for the UK market only, but also make them in India for the Asian market only. Hmm. However, limited edtion Commandos circa 21,000 now same as standard 16,000 during show week.Hmmm how come?
    Harley looks to be at Custers last stand with the re-vamped models.
    A change is coming, cheaper simpler bikes, less performance, made in Asia (Enfield, Harley, Norton, Triumph)
    Breaking news, Aprilia said I was the fifth requesting an adventure bike! They we're fed up saying they didn't have one, but 2019 was going to be the year for them.

    Very good BIKESAFE talk, I was at the filtering one. Very informative.

    But lots and lots of fantastic bikes,

    Met Geoff.

    Best news of all, - the impending road race next year VERY NEAR TO LLANDOVERY IN AUGUST 2018. Lets try the public road circuit on our next visit! http://roadracingnews.co.uk/the-uks-...sh-road-races/

    Also met up with Nick Sanders and am very interested in his MACH motorcycle and music festival. Could this be a group meet up??????
    https://www.nicksanders.com/
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    Had a good day bumped into Dave and Margaret Dave with bags full of Crimbo shopping also saw Andy b on the aprilia stand giving them grief for not making a good replacement for the trusty capo

    I like the Welsh road race track the bloke on the stand said it was only 10 miles from Llandovery on the new bike front I liked the new Africa twin with the bigger tank also the adv-x Honda scooter there was a few Ktm's I like the quick verso thing is ok at the price I didn't buy eneything had a talk with the arai bloke there may be a carbon tourcross coming out next year had a talk with mc Ginn he still looks bad after the nw200 accident he will not be doing the nw200/ tt hot of the press Hutchison has signed for Honda mc Ginn didn't look happy about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by brmbrm View Post
    Lots of choice of bikes, perhaps unsustainably so!
    Most interesting for me was Brough. Well if we're in a going backwards race to make our bikes look like greatgrandads - cafe. shed, custom, bitsa - lets go all the way back.
    Bought EDZ layers and varifocal glasses with lens covers 149 (thats 20 off their price).
    Looked at the Enfield 650 Twin, very impressed.
    Went to see the Norton 650, wasn't there. Strange chat "A government grant to make them in the UK for the UK market only, but also make them in India for the Asian market only. Hmm. However, limited edtion Commandos circa 21,000 now same as standard 16,000 during show week.Hmmm how come?
    Harley looks to be at Custers last stand with the re-vamped models.
    A change is coming, cheaper simpler bikes, less performance, made in Asia (Enfield, Harley, Norton, Triumph)
    Breaking news, Aprilia said I was the fifth requesting an adventure bike! They we're fed up saying they didn't have one, but 2019 was going to be the year for them.

    Very good BIKESAFE talk, I was at the filtering one. Very informative.

    But lots and lots of fantastic bikes,

    Met Geoff.

    Best news of all, - the impending road race next year VERY NEAR TO LLANDOVERY IN AUGUST 2018. Lets try the public road circuit on our next visit! http://roadracingnews.co.uk/the-uks-...sh-road-races/

    Also met up with Nick Sanders and am very interested in his MACH motorcycle and music festival. Could this be a group meet up??????
    https://www.nicksanders.com/
    Also met up with Nick Sanders and am very interested in his MACH motorcycle and music festival. Could this be a group meet up??????

    as a nick sanders fan i would attend a group meet up there....but looking at the date it would coinside with my family holiday in may half term........arse!

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    Went to the show yesterday, it was very busy, pretty much a queue just to sit on a bike, note to self, next time try and go in a week day!

    I have to say the NEC is miles better than the excel show, even if it's a lot further away from me. Stand out bikes for me were all British I'm pleased to say;

    The CCM Spitfire range - beautifully made/engineered simple, elegant and special. Around the 9k mark, all pretty much sold out by the end of the show, I particularly liked the Scrambler, 135kg, Husquarvana 600cc single, lovely little bit of kit.

    Norton's stand was nice, the Carbon race bike is a beautiful piece. Then the Brough stand, again amazing engineering.

    The jap stuff really doesn't feel special at all, nor the Italian stuff particularly either! All the volume bikes looked way overpriced. I couldn't get to sit on the H2SX as with only one bike to sit on, it had a permanent crowd about it. The ZZR1400 is a lovely comfy bike, something I could see myself owning one day.

    Good to see so many lightweights around, 250's-650's. The tougher Africa Twin is very nice. The KTM Duke 690, good for them producing it with such a low weight. At the other end, why so many 220+kg bikes?!!! Funny how so many of the sport bikes are so small with the average person getting taller with each generation, who are these bikes catered to? Seeing so many people sitting on bikes it's always one extreme or the other, the bike either looks tiny or massive lol.

    Lots of retro looking bikes which shows the tide is moving away from supersports stuff, that said the tamer Ducati supersport is a nice ergo bike, but again, so many narrow bikes at the bars...why? The ZXR for example has a nice broad stance at the bars, all the new race bikes are just too narrow. Good to see the old school Suzuki's GSXR's and the Katana, oh and the stunning RG 500 on the ramp.

    The Ducati sled thing was quite nice but expensive. Watsonian had some awesome sidecars if that's your thing. Harley was a bit meh, Indian a bit samey but nice 'staff'. No MV Agusta yet again! Aprilia disappointing, apart from the best rear end of the show and I'm not referring to any of their bikes. Moto Guzzi had some nice bikes, in particular the massive lump with red cyl heads and lots of carbon, right up to the rear reflector and number plate lamp that looked liked they had just bolted it on straight from Halfords...seriously, how can they cock up the small details so badly.

    So there's my abridged review!
    2008 Caponord ETV 1000 ABS- "Il Capo"
    2002 Tuono 1000 RSV-R Limited Nr.035
    - "Hyperthrust Cleared and Counting..."

    1993 Ninja ZXR750R
    1992 Ducati 907IE
    1986 Katana GSX750SE


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