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Manchester Bike Show 2016

Blog Date - 25 March 2016

It's coming folks! On the 2nd and 3rd of April this year's Manchester Bike Show will be held again at Event City. Where's Event City? If you can find the Trafford Centre just off the M60 then you can find Event City, it's around the back so to speak. 

The Bikes And Travels team (aka Sharon and I) will be there once again on the Chunky Tread stand and this year we are to be joined by Sam Manicom and Nathan Millward. Don't go thinking it's all about international motorcycle travel celebrities! It's good to have them along and all that but most of the team are just regular folk with a passion for exploration on 2 wheels. I mean lets face it I'll be there so you don't need to be special.

Sharon pulls a face with batty the toy batSharon was there with Batty last year. Sharon is "special"

The aim of the Chunky Tread Motorcycle Adventure Club is quite simple - to promote motorcycle travel and adventure. There's no membership fees, there's no formal meetings, there's no patches (but you can have lots of stickers) and there's no requirement to ride any kind of bike or have been to anywhere amazing. All you need is some kind of passion for adventure on motorcycles. You might travel yourself, you might like to read other people's travels, you might want help and advice for a trip be it short or long or you might just enjoy banter with like minded people. All you will need is a Facebook account - and I'm sure there's ways around that too.

What about the show? This year looks a lot larger and with a humongous list of exhibitors. Click on the link for a full list - http://manchesterbikeshow.com/exhibitors.

You might wonder why you'd like to walk around bike club stands? OK yes it's great to sit on Kawasaki's latest sports bike or admire Triumph's new Street Twin but you can go to a shop and do that. It's the clubs that make the show fantastic. They bring motorcycles of all styles and ages. From grubby rats to beautifully crafted street fighters, Russian sidecars to exotic Italian marques, it's all there. You'd be hard pushed to find such a variety of machines in one place anywhere else in the UK I reckon. 

Honda CD 200 Benly at the showSWEET! My favourite bike at last year's show, the CD 200 Benly. I despatched on one of these.

There seem to be more traders than last year so I'm hoping that there'll be some deals.

I particularly want to see the new "Herald" motorcycles as their 250 looks quite sweet and it might be low enough for Sharon. CCM should be interesting. "Microfibre Boxers" sounds comfortable and my threadbare undies are in need of upgrade - ask Sharon. I hope NABD will have some examples of their amazing engineering ingenuity that help the disabled continue to ride. Even the regular local bike clubs bring a smile with quirky bikes and some free sweeties.

Anyhow if you want to come and say "Hi" we will be there. Of course if anyone would also like to bring a large suitcase filled with used £20 notes for us that would be most appreciated. Sharon keeps going on and on and on and on about buying a 250-300 bike and retiring to travel the world on it. 

Ran in panic as sharon pretends to ride a ducati at last years showNO! NO! NO! Last year Sharon threatened to take Ren around the world...on the back of HER bike.

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