MCN London Show spectacular

Published: 17 February 2016

Thousands flock to the capital to kick start their 2016

As the doors closed on Sunday night, almost 40,000 bike fans had poured through the doors at London’s ExCeL to face ultimate temptation head-on at the three-day Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show.

Sixteen major manufacturers brought their 2016 ranges to show off, while more than 150 further exhibitors gave showgoers everything they needed to start their biking year in style. From adventure tours and trackdays, to clothing and accessories, there was plenty to tempt wallets to the open position, while a steady stream of top racers and celebrities kept the crowds entertained on stage, and in the epic battleground of the Slide arena. For those with truly impressive bank balances, the COYS auction also saw some stunning results, including the sale of a Moto Guzzi 500GP V8 Evocation for a truly staggering £176,000.

BMW’s Iconic 100

BMW revealed new limited-edition models to celebrate 100 years of the company’s existence with their Iconic 100 Collection, covering four different models.

All four made their debut at the show, and include the R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, R1200RT and the R1200RS – and they are all available to order now.

The four special editions are based on the highest-specification models in their respective ranges, each boasting a commemorative paintscheme to celebrate historic BMW models.

Each Iconic model is an exclusive opportunity to own a piece of history, and bikes are individually numbered from one to 100. Prices for the Iconic bikes range from £16,790 for the R1200GS through to £20,645 for the R1200RT.

New Tiger released

British brand Triumph also used the show to launch their new Tiger Sport 1050 to the public, and got a fantastic reaction from showgoers. The new iteration of the firm’s popular
adventure sports bike gets a substantial mechanical and cosmetic makeover with a heavily-revised version of the venerable 1050cc inline three-cylinder motor boasting increased torque figures and significant improvements to fuel consumption.

Other changes include a new ride-by-wire throttle, a selection of rider modes, adjustable traction control and standard ABS. The Tiger also gets a new exhaust, a new clutch with slip assist, adjustable windscreen and new mirrors. It will be available in either matt black or glossy silver, with a price expected to be confirmed soon at around £10,499.