motorcycle live 2016 – part 3 (final) …

I wrote about this years Motorcycle Live in Part 1 and Part 2. This Blog post is the third and final part of the write up following my visit to the 2016 show in Birmingham.

In Part 2 I had wrote about the manufacturers stands that I thought were pretty good, and they were (not in any particular order): Yamaha, Kawasaki, Triumph and Harley Davidson. I had been really looking forward to seeing the Moto Guzzi stand and the new models, but to be honest I was a little underwhelmed at the display in Hall 3.

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The bikes of course were nice, but the way the display had been set up just seemed a  little bland, especially when compared to those that I have already referred to. The V9s on display looked good.  I really love the look of the Roamer and on display was a white and black model complete with back rest and rack and a silver Bobber with the red detailing on the tank.

Naturally there were a few V7s there including an anniversary edition – but accepting that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I just didn’t think it worked and almost seemed like a clash of style and taste with the chrome tank, brown seat and the 50 of the V750 picked out with a yellow background … but doubtless there will be plenty that like it, it just isn’t my cup of tea at all.

And to continue along similar lines I don’t think the new version of the V7 Racer is any sort of improvement  – the tank, seat hump and mud guard are in a flat/matte finish and although the previous version of the Racer was never really about subtlety – my personal view is that this variant seems all over the place in terms of styling.

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I didn’t get pictures of all of the Guzzi’s on display but I have posted a few more below, including a couple of fascinating older models, including the 1950 500cc Bicilindrica.

I took the opportunity to sit on the mighty MGX-21, and although its not the type of Guzzi I aspire to own, its certainly pretty incredible looking and has a presence all of its own, I can imagine it would be a cracker of a bike to ride … and comfortable as well.

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Moving on from the Guzzi stand, there were plenty of other things to see at the show and we enjoyed wandering round looking at the bikes from BMW; Matisse, Enfield, Indian and the rather odd looking machines from Husqvarna.

Sometimes though you just cant beat looking at a bit of the detail of the machines on display and I was as happy to do that as look at the actual bikes. Whether its the subtle beauty of an exhaust, brake line or suspension set up – and what ever motorcycle eye candy floats your boat, there was plenty to ogle at, and there’s some of it in the following pictures: