For over two decades the Classic Bike Show has attracted motorbike enthusiasts from various corners of the globe. It enables them to get up close and personal with bikes, bikers and other like minded people amongst the biking community.
Attracting over 30,000 visitors per show, it remains the most popular and largest event of its kind worldwide.
After visiting myself, it’s not hard to see why it creates such a buzz. It runs twice a year over the span of a weekend. Offering its visitors live talks, over 900 traders, dealers, auto jumble stands, food stalls, iconic individuals from the biking community, clubs and many more, it would take the whole weekend to see everything.
My favourite bike at the show, the Yamaha XT500. I actually had the XT250 whilst we were in Australia working with sheep. It was such a dream to ride especially with the area that we were living in. Vast open fields and a horizon which didn’t seem to stop, I was in my element. The sheep however, were not fans.
(Apologies for the terrible photos these were taken with a Go Pro hero 4 back in 2016)
We watched many live shows but the star of the event for me, was this little guy.
Another highlight, was The Wall of Death which I’ve never seen in person. Since the early part of the 20th century The Wall of Death has marvelled its audiences with this daring and dangerous attraction.
Running the Wall of Death was the Fox family. They put on an incredible show, especially Abby. She was riding with her legs over the handlebars, arms in the air and a huge smile on her face. It was such a thrill to watch and I can only imagine what it was like to ride. If you want to see more of the Fox Family you can do so here. They have much better photos on their site than I took, so it’s worth checking it out for yourself. I desperately need to invest in a good camera…
Out of all there was to see at the Bike show this was what I found the most inspiring. My dream is to ride across the world by motorcycle – and one day I am going to do it! Seeing the bike that has done it and all of its add ons, made me realise that it’s 100% possible. Also things have changed so much since this couple completed their trip, (the internet being the biggest) that the trip would be a lot less complicated now. A quick Google search at my fingertips I can find out when the next train is, what time the sun comes up, where the nearest hotel is etc. Of course there won’t always be internet but you get the idea.
This show is the perfect place for anyone with an interest in bikes and great inspiration for those working on a project. I am now on the hunt for my new bike and in the process of getting my current one MOTed and up for sale. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long before I’m back on something as cool as the XT250 again!