I went along to the Manchester Bike Show at Event City yesterday – this is the fourth year it has run and I think its fair to say that it has more than taken the place of the annual show that used to run at the G-Mex.
Its a decent enough show and if the information on the web site is accurate then there were over a 1,000 bikes on show yesterday – although I didn’t take time out to count and check.
Entry price is reasonable £16.00 on the day or £13.00 in advance (for adults) and there really is plenty of free parking.
It’s sort of show pf two halves. The new models were all located in Hall 4 and it seemed to me that most of the major players were there with Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Triumph, Ducati, Victory, Indian and Benelli displaying new models, although on a personal level I was disappointed that Moto Guzzi didn’t have an official presence.
The second half of the show was set out in Hall 3 with an absolute bucket load of bikes presented from a broad range of clubs and featuring Classics, Dirt Bikes, Street fighters as well as a crop of interesting side car ‘combinations’.
Hall 3 was rounded off with the inevitable range of accessories and auto jumble stands.
Of all the stands in Hall 3 the one that caught my eye the most was the stand from a Yorkshire based company called 1jac and they were displaying what appeared to be a superbly crafted and engineered bike lift/paddock stand, in fact if I had a spare £300 (show price) I would have bought one on the spot, I think it’s well worth checking out their product at http://www.1jac.com/
One modest improvement on previous years was the provision of a temporary pedestrian road crossing (manned lights) when crossing from the free car park to the event halls. On the down side I thought the refreshments (coffee, burgers etc) were overpriced and at best were of average quality.
Pictures are posted below and in the following blog post and clicking on the first one will open the gallery for viewing.