LONDON, THE SCENE OF A REVOLUTION . . .

World Trials Champion Dougie Lampkin - pedal power

World Trials Champion Dougie Lampkin – pedal power

The three-day Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show kicked into life today as renowned bike race pundit Jamie Whitham battled some of the greatest names in British biking at the unique and crash-filled ‘Revolution’ showpiece on mini-bikes, trials machines and bicycles. Thousands of bike fans travelled from around the country to the Capital’s premier motorcycle show, checking out the latest bikes, equipment and attractions from the biggest brands.

Riders ready

Riders ready

This is the first year visitors are able to watch the centrepiece Revolution in association with Michelinevent for free. Ex-British Superbike champion Whitham said, “The show is bigger and better than ever this year and being the focal point in the middle of the hall really gives you a buzz. It’s all a bit of fun but once you get a load of ex-racers together it suddenly gets very serious! It’s definitely the next best thing to being back out on track!”

Whitham’s rivals are made up of current and ex-racers such as former-World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson, 12-times Trials World champion Dougie Lampkin, Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, 2011 British Superbike champion Tommy Hill and fans-favouriteChris Walker.

Alongside the thrills and spills of Revolution, the latest 2013 bikes are on display from all the major manufacturers including machines from Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Sym, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha, to form an impressive line-up for fans to try out for size.

Covering both ends of motorcycling’s rich history, an exact authorised replica of Mike Hailwood’s Honda Six racing bike was started up in thunderous fashion, Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha M1 MotoGP championship-winning bike was on display, alongside other fantastic historic machines, such as Barry Sheene’s ex-GP bikes.

Racers autograph sessions

Racers autograph sessions

The British Superbike Championship is well represented with top riders dropping by their stand and signing autographs for fans. Visitors can get up close and personal with Shane Byrne’s championship-winning Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, the Samsung Honda Fireblade plus many other exotic machines. Top riders such as Alex Lowes, Chris Walker, Dan Linfoot, Danny Buchan, Keith Farmer and Peter Hickman will be interviewed on the MCN stage on Sunday about the season ahead and signing autographs at the BSB stand.

Dedicated show areas reflect the diversity of modern motorcycling, including a Sports and Knowledge Zone, Custom Zone, Adventure Zone, Classic Zone and Retail Zone. Each Zone features explorers, racers and customisers talking about their biking experiences and projects and answering questions from the public.

Tickets are available for £20 on the door and kids under 15 go free, while bike parking is also free.

To find out more and book your visit, go to http://www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com Ticket Office 03332 020 343, check out their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MCNMotorcycleshow or Twitter @MCNnews.

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