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gate drops on international dirt bike show

The International Dirt Bike Show opened its doors to thousands of off-road fans yesterday. 

From the moment the gate dropped at the Stoneleigh Park-based showcase there was plenty to keep the masses entertained with exhibition stands packed full of the latest 2016 production machinery, with plenty of manufacturers also displaying the factory rocketships that race enthusiasts rarely get to see up close and personal.

The diversity of the show was evident as, not only had the major and established players such as Beta, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Sherco, Suzuki and Yamaha covering the disciplines of motocross, enduro, trials, trail, supercross, electric and minibike, created a vibrant impact with ultra-modern stands, but there were also plenty of new-to-the show exhibits to ring the changes. The innovative Bultaco Brinco electric MTB proved to be of great interest, as did the relaunched range of Fantic enduros and the new production version of the Vertigo trials bike.

Visitors looking for a bargain made a bee line for the retail hall, with stand holders reportedly enjoying brisk business.

Fans flocked out to hall four to witness the incredible agility and speed of the Arena Trials riders, under the guidance of 12-time world trials champ Dougie Lampkin. They flicked their Vertigo, Beta, Gas Gas and Scorpa bikes over and through a series of obstacles and pitted their petrol-powered motors in head-to-head battle against the pedal-power of MTB stunt riders Danny and Ash Butler. The end result was often surprising and kept the packed crowds cheering and hollering.

Over in hall five, the have-a-go activities kept the youngsters amused with My First Honda Licence, Strider Bikes, Mecatecno, Kuberg, Electric Motion electric trials bikes, quads and remote control bike operators creating a stir. In the same hall the Minibike Supercross riders put their machines through their paces and tested out the new tight and twisting indoor supercross circuit in preparation for the weekend’s Show MiniBike SX finale.

Early indications are that the 2015 International Dirt Bike Show will deliver on its promise.

Full report in the December issue of BDN.  


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