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100 people rate the best bikes, bargains and babes at the NEC Show

Published: 11 November 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

We asked 100 people to choose their favourite bikes, the top stands to see, the hottest bargains to be had and the loveliest ladies to spot at the NEC Show. Check their answers to see if you agree or use their tips to help you make more of your forthcoming visit to the Birmingham event.

The first 10 are below, but to see the rest, follow the links on the right of the page. If you want to see the lady that they voted the best-looking, then follow the link entitled " The babe you rated best " .

Follow the other links to see the rest of our NEC Show coverage, complete with an exclusive video of all the highlights.

Matthew Nicholls, 16, from Spalding, Lincs, rides an Aprilia Rally 50cc. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson Low Rider. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Harley-Davidson. BEST BARGAIN: So many, I’m still looking out for it.

Mark Sankey, 36, from Kidderminster, Worcs, just sold a Yamaha FJ1200 and wants a CCM supermoto. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1984. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: GSX-R1000. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Liz. BEST STAND: Suzuki. BEST BARGAIN: Don’t need one, I’ve got enough kit to sink a battleship.

Rebecca Eyre, 27, from Manchester, rides a Suzuki Bandit 400. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1998. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING MAN: There should be more men to look at if you’re going to encourage women to take up biking. BEST STAND: Suzuki. BEST BARGAIN: Still hunting.

Carl Delaney, 35, from Manchester, rides a Ducati Monster 900. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1991. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Suzi Perry. BEST STAND: Suzuki. BEST BARGAIN: I’m still looking for some boots.

Sam Harris, 50, from Stamford, Lincs, rides Yamaha FZR1000. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1981. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha XJR1300. BEST LOOKING FEMALE: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Yamaha. BEST BARGAIN: Not looking.

Laughton Stuart, 53, from Stamford, Lincs, rides a Suzuki GSX-R1000. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1981. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Suzuki GSX-R1000. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Kawasaki. BEST BARGAIN: Haven’t seen any so far.

John Bhogal, 26, from Derby, rides a Suzuki GSX-R400. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1999. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Ducati 998. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Abby. BEST STAND: MCN, for the girls. BEST BARGAIN: Not looking.

Leighton Williams, 23, from Chippenham, Wilts, wants a Suzuki Bandit 600. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1986. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Suzuki GSX-R1000. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Honda. BEST BARGAIN: Haven’t found it yet.

Austin Wales, 22, from Chippenham, Wilts, rides a Suzuki GSX-R750. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1995. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Suzuki GSX-R1000. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Emma. BEST STAND: Suzuki. BEST BARGAIN: I’m looking for cheap Alpinestars gloves.

Ian Head, 26, from Oxford, doesn’t own a bike. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: CCM R30. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Motorex girls. BEST STAND: Aprilia. BEST BARGAIN: Aprilia helmets for £99.

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