Your views on the Ally Pally

Published: 01 February 2002

Here’s what you had to say after visiting the MCN Ally Pally show. Not been yet? Hurry up, it closes on Sunday, February 3.

Sarah Kittendorf: " The highlight for me was the discount prices for the Donington GP on July 14th. It was amazing last year and I can't wait for it this year. Also, the Ben Bostrom replica, the only word I can think of to describe it is "Wow!" Most of all has to be meeting the riders. Jamie Robinson was my favourite because he chatted to me for about twenty minutes - top man.

Mark Willis: " Went with the intention of buying boots for the other half, superb result, pair of Alpinestar gp pro Doohan reps £40. Absolute bargain!! Felt so good, treated myself to Akrapovic carbon/titanium can for my 2000 Blade. Can’t say how much, as as I am in the good books for the boots and she might read this.

Suzuki follow the"Blue Marlin" and build the B-king. V5 is bloody lovely.

Chris Hunt: We went Tuesday and thought it was brilliant. Only criticisms... lack of signposting.. we are not regulars to London and the only signs for the show were just about when you was on top of it. We loved the show. All the stall holders were friendly and let you browse if that's what you wanted. The stunt show was superb and we loved every minute of it. We are both agreed, the show is better than the NEC Show. We could actually sit on the bikes and take our time. At the NEC it is a free for all scramble.

All in all, a superb show,friendlier than the NEC and worth the journey. "

Andrew Petrou: " Just got back from ally pally. What a great show. I got a great lid (and black visor shoushhhhhh) boots and still stayed in my budget range.Mrfantastic: " Excellent. Highlight of the show? A pair of Dunlop Sportmax for £150. Luvverly. "

Rosso: " Blimey... the best parts? The freestyle jumping for sure, and equally seeing the Bennelli, the B-King (an awsome bike) and meeting John Reynolds. rossoAlanGoodman: " I thought it was bloody great. Obviously a bit frustrating seeing all those lovely things you know you'll never get to ride. And some of the bikes weren't bad!! Hope the wife doesn't read this... " Sorry Triumph, but the new naked 600 looks like whoever built it had spilt something on the drawing he was following... Found some little gloves which fit my daughter like ...er a glove!! My brother-in-law is a big James Haydon fan, so he was well chuffed to bump into him and get his autograph. "

Godot " Bargain of the show/market/whatever you want to call it, has to be the Akrapovic full race system I bought from Rhino Dyno (thank you, thank you) - stuff £560, how does £449 sound? In second place, a pair of Spidi gloves, from a stall whose name I can't remember, but from £125 to £65 sounds like a good price. In third place, the stunt show, cos it was free, unlike some places that try to charge you for it. Best bike there - has to be the Dunlop rep. Looked the absolute b*llox. "

Ollyowl: " Got myself a Texport 2 piece reduced from £800 to £300 - bargain. Went there to shop rather than stare - leave that to the NEC, but great anyway. MCN girls top quality too! "

Chuggy53 said: " My best bargain was a Skidmarx double bubble for £35 from Busters (Skidmarx were selling them for £45 !!) The stars for me were the race paddock (although the bikes were too far away - I want to touch them), the Tornado - wow! From all angles, the B king (built by robots for Robocop?) The blue/union jack paintwork on an R1 (didn’t get the traders or stand no.) Didn’t like paying £3.50 for two fishcakes and a bag of chips! "

Not everybody was as happy…

Matt Bond: " I gotta say i found the Ally Pally rather boring. In comparison with the NEC show, which i found brilliant, it lacked in all areas. There definetly weren't enough bikes or babes. I'm sorry to say i wont be returning next year.

Paul Watson: The show was superb BUT the main reason I went was to see the Honda V5 and it wasn’t there , I must have walked round the show five times to try and find it. The Motor cycle News said it would be here, thats all I kept thinking. If I had known it was going to be late i would have gone when it was there. MCN could have told us on the site... (Ed’s comment: The non-appearance of the V5 for the weekend was not known until Friday night. We carried an update and apology from the organisers as soon as was possible, which in this instance was Monday morning. But, of course, we’re very sorry you were disappointed.)

Share your views posting on our chat boards (follow link, right) or send an e-mail to david.cushman@emap.com with Ally Pally Highs in the subject line.

We’ll pull your ideas together to help those who have yet to go to the show and to reveal your star of the show.