Here at REAL-RIDERS we keep a close eye on the international and domestic bike shows so we know what’s coming up. But away from all the hype, where you really get a good feel for what’s going to appear in the local dealerships is the Motorcycle Trade Expo.
It’s where the importers, manufacturers and dealers meet, and where we journos get a glimpse of things to come. This year’s show was held on January 24-26 at Stoneleigh Park just south of Coventry. The event covered most aspects of life on two wheels, from bikes to parts and clothes to sat navs.
An interesting feature of this year’s expo was the amount of pedelecs (electrically assisted bicycles) – with new offerings from Raleigh, Benelli, Bultaco, Rieju and many others. Pedelecs seemed to be everywhere, so over the next few months REALRIDERS will have a closer look at that market and how they might work as a mode of commuting…
|Peugeot Citystar 200i|
In the more traditional corners of the market, our little eyes spied quite a number of interesting looking new scooters too. The expo was the setting for the first UK outing of the Peugeot Citystar 200i. The fuel-injected 200cc scoot only weighs 150kg and looks compact. We’re looking forward to getting one for testing later on in the year. Peugeot also proudly displayed its ‘Scooter Franchise of the Year’ certificate from the 2016 Industry Awards. Very well done indeed!
Flying the lag for the retro scene was the Brixton BX125, launched at the expo. The bike on show was still a prototype and a few details may change before it arrives in dealerships later in the year. But from what we saw at the show, it’s safe to say that the bike looks good. This is definitely another one that we want to take for a test ride…
Sinnis Motorcycles boasts nine new models for 2016, including two that are still prototypes, but we have been promised a ride on them very soon. The bikes are called the Buccaneer and the RS125. The first one offers café retro style in the 250cc category, while the latter is a streetfighter 125cc. Stay tuned for all the details soon!
Mooof displayed an impressive range of Neco scooters, Bullit Hunt motorcycles and Beaufort e-bikes. Mooof is now to be considered a major player in the scooter game with 18 models in its range. We covered its brands in REALRIDERS a couple of issues ago and will be looking for rides on the new models as soon as they are available.
MUTT & MASH
|Mash Dirtstar 400|
Retro bikes were represented by small capacity vintage goodness in the form of Mutt and Mash motorcycles. Mutt’s Desert Racer and Mongrel ooze custom cool, with a solid Suzuki 125cc at the heart of them. Mash on the other hand bases its range on 400cc engines and modern classic looks.
The Suzuki stand had an impressive fleet of bikes on show, including the Address 110, the Burgman 125, the VanVan 200 and the Inazuma 250 from its small bike range.