Our British motorcycle correspondent pays a visit to the 2011 Birmingham Bike Show to get a preview of the latest offerings from several OEMs. Check out more info in the 2011 Birmingham Bike Show.
- A custom-built 997cc dohc Twin engine was added to this British classic by Gerry Lisi, owner of Metisse Motorcycles.
- Attendance at Britain's biggest bike show increased by 14% in 2011 despite continuing struggles with unemployment.
- "Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a 2012 BMW S1000RR!"
- Discounts were everywhere this year as bankrupt businesses unloaded leftovers.
- Alan Jones, Ducati UK’s Press Officer: “Forward orders are really good. Our dealers are taking orders at an incredible rate and we’re certain that we will be sold out of our 2012 allocation of every Panigale model.”
- Our contributor was enamored by the 998cc engine in the new MV Agusta F4.
- Honda’s new Cross Runner represents a solid design, but it faces stiff competition in the AT market.
- Frank Melling: "Gerry expects customers to come to the Metisse factory and sit down with him, personally, and discuss just what they want from their new bike."
- Our contributor was unimpressed with Kawasaki's new Versys 1000.
- In its tricolored trim the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale was one of the most fawned-over bikes at the show.
- Capable of delivering 198hp to the rear wheel, the Panigale's engine remains deceptively small.
- Norton CEO Stuart Garner: “We’re definitely over the hill. Bikes are leaving the factory steadily and things are getting better every day. I am looking forward to 2012 with real confidence.”
- Delivery of the Norton 961 Commando is expected to increase over the next year now that a supply chain in firmly in place.