The Ride Academy had our first team outing on the 22/11/18, of course we thought it would only be fitting for our first outing to be at the UK’s largest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live. There were over 100,000 motorcycle fans that enjoyed the show between 17th-25th November, and we were certainly happy to be among them. It spans across three halls within the NEC arena, Birmingham. Each hall pact with all the new offerings that each of the 40 lead manufactures have come up with for 2019. Although most of the bikes on show had already been unveiled a week prior in Milan it was the first time that we got to see them up close and personal, and boy where we impressed. On top of an already exciting day Kawasaki, Norton and CCM showed off some never before seen models ahead of 2019, which I’m sure you can imagine caused some real excitement at the show!
For us at The Ride Academy CCM really took it up a notch. We spent far too long admiring their new models, and even longer having a nice refreshing drink in their mobile bar! The CCM Spitfire models are genuinely the best-looking bikes we have seen in a very long time. The Ride Academy’s founder Dave has already chosen the CCM Spitfire Bobber as his new bike for next year. Here’s what CCM have said about their new Bobber
‘The Bobber or “Bob-Job”evolved in 1930’s America from the “Cut-Down” bikes of the 1920’s. These were stripped back minimalist machines with all accessories removed, a shortened rear and a lowered seat height making for a more compact, lighter motorcycle.It was a logical choice then to launch our own version of the Bobber, taking its underpinnings from the lean and lithe Spitfire, a bike as stripped back as a modern road legal bike can be. And, don’t be deceived by those laid-back looks; like all Spitfires, this bird can fly!’
I’m conscious that words can’t do the bike justice so feel free to follow this link and have a look for yourself. Let us know what you think! http://www.ccm-motorcycles.com/bikes/spitfire-bobber/.
I must also admit that we were blown away by the Honda stand this year. They showcased a huge variety of bikes as well as the popular choice Marshall Course car at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, The Honda Civic Type R, which is a stunning piece of machinery. Keeping up with the racing theme they even brought out the Championship-winning Repsol Honda, of course raced by the one and only Marc Marquez’s, this did kick up some buzz for the all the racing enthusiasts at the show.
A real fan favourite within the Honda stand was the ‘Power of lean interaction’. Honda allowed race fans to practice their lean angles and get their knee down on the Honda CBR1000rr Fireblade SP1. There was a huge buzz around that and of course plenty of pictures taken. We even got to see our very own Dave enjoying it! (picture in the image gallery below)
A very good day was had this year and we’re already looking forward to next year’s show.
The Ride Academy