Despite this having been on at Alexander palace for many a year this was my first visit, and indeed my first visit since the old Ally Pally car shows in the Early 80's
I decided to take the bike rather than 3 trains, and had even looked at the map, it was as I passed the Ace Cafe I was joined by some other guys on Harleys and victory's, "are you off to ally Pally?" they called ""yes" I replied "oh good we shall follow you" needless to say I didn't see the large sign to the right, so nearly ended up going to Romford
By now the followers had given up and I was on my own, so I doubled back, "AHA!" I exclaimed there are signs that way :) and I was soon at the top of a windblown hill parking in the secure parking area. Somehow the followers had got there first.
Even before you ventured in, you were confronted by Vic Jeffords masterpiece "Manhattan" and if I thought that was good I hadn't seen anything yet.
In but a trice and with £15 relieved from my wallet I was in the show, perusing 50years of MCN Bikes and then the Victory bikes were the first new bikes I saw.
Most of the Big motorcycle manufacturers were there, Harley Davidson had the NightRod, very nice, on the stand, along with the low sportster 1200, which gives it a very different look, and the very tall Buell off road thingy
I lusted for a while over the triumph trail bike and found the BMW off roaders, hot from Charley Boormans Paris Dakkar attempt, still covered in sand and desert muck
Tucked in the corner near to the overpriced coffee was the custom and chrome section, with many of the bikes from "Biker Build off" it was a shame there was no stall selling trinkets and baubles for your bike then. Battistinis Smooftale was one to lust over and very retro, I felt the lighting , being a dark and gloomy corner let some of the bikes down.
certainly this is the place to go if you require any cheap clothing, but I was good and let the credit card have a rest.
Reaching the Ace cafe stand and the MCN show stand there it was the bike of the show for me, the Ecosse Heretic, a hand built vision of beauty, mere words cannot explain quite how excellent this bike is. I hope the photo's do the bike justice.
Deciding to head off before the traffic was too bad, I strolled back to the bike only to find the Radio transmitter above the show had dissabled mine and several other bikes. Alarm whailing loudly I was assisted by two passers by to push the bike to the entrance at the top of the hill, so from here I could freewheel with the alarm still wailing, not unlike a demented ice-cream salesman further away so I could turn the alarm off. Now this is a big hill and rolled down at great speed thankfully to find a spot I could dissarm the alarm, needless to say after this I managed several wrong turns but it was a great day out.
I may even be back next year.