Wednesday 30 November 2011

NEC Bike show Part III

Had a mooch round the KTM stand, still quite fancy one of these, a 690 Enduro R

This was the new 350 Freeride, part Trial Bike, Part Enduro I think it could be popular.

Next stop the Kawasaki stand to take a look at the new Versys 1000, I wasn't too sure about the idea of a four cylinder adventure bike but then I suppose the concept is no different to my Tiger 1050?

Considering it's largely a parts bin special, it doesn't look too bad...

Strange to think it can trace it's heritage all the way back to the Z1, talking of which they had a beautifully restored example on the stand.

Then a quick look round the Honda stand, I had thought this was the new VFR1200 engined Cross Tourer but it turned out to be yet another variant on the new NC700 that powers their new mega scooter, very strange....

And talking of strange, if you were going to ride the length of Africa or round the world, would you choose a race replica like the Yamaha R1?

No I didn't think so but Nick Saunders thought it was the perfect bike. I did get to chat briefly to the man himself and he actually appears quite sane?

Well by then I had seen enough, so it was back to the bike park for a chilly but reasonably quick ride home, once again I was glad I'd left the Land Rover behind.

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