What’s new for 2013? Every year, for what seems like half a lifetime, I’ve made the annual trek to what is today called “Motorcycle Live”. In other words the annual motorcycle show, held every autumn at the NEC in Birmingham. This year was no different, except this time I went on the opening day. First tip for you (if you’re ever thinking of going): Car parking costs £9 in advance at the NEC (Bike parking is free, but what are you going to do with all your belongings?) So this year I travelled up on the Friday evening and stayed with my eldest son, who is currently at University in Coventry. Car parking all day at the weekend at Coventry railway station is £2 and the return rail fare is £1.85 per person. The rail journey was short, comfortable and turned out straight into the NEC (no long walks from the car park). In fact the train was a bit too efficient, as we arrived about ten minutes before the official opening! The first stand was Husqvarna, and time to knock their Nuda 900 off my list. I needed assistance from my two sons to climb aboard this towering bike! Next door to Husqvarna was BMW. Not a surprise as BMW own and manufacture Husquvarnas, not in their original home country of Sweden, but now in Italy. I wanted to The Nuda has an 870 mm seat have a moan height. It feels a lot more! to the BMW Nice idea BMW, but please can I have a higher screen? The salespeople could not tell me what the price is likely to be, or when it’s expected to get to the showrooms. The SAM Observer January 2013
The January 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"