- Superbikes, very superbike superbikes and history on show
- ‘Simply Bikes’ is just one of a series of ‘Simply…’ events
- Mike Hailwood’s 1961 TT winner made the most noise
LONDON, England – A busy line-up of 663 motorcycles and trikes rode across the England’s New Forest to Beaulieu to join the second ‘Simply Bikes’ rally for a celebration of two and three-wheeled machines.
While that might not mean much to local bikers 12 000km away, the images of the machines on display most likely will be… take a look.
High-performance sport bikes made up a large part of the display on July 10, from a vivid-green Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R to legendary marques such as Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia; models such as the BMW R1200RT and Triumph Tiger were joined by a Honda Goldwing and a Sky Team V-Raptor 250.
Visitors enjoyed the start-ups of the National Motor Museum’s 1961 Honda RC162 outside the museum entrance. The historic bike, ridden to victory in the 1961 Isle of Man TT by Mike Hailwood, roared into life in the hands of workshop engineer Mike Gillett.
Despite its modest 249cc engine, the Honda’s loud exhaust meant that some spectators needed the free ear plugs which were handed out.
Cool cruisers on display exuded class, from Harley-Davidsons and Indian Scouts to a Yamaha Royal Star and a Suzuki Intruder LC 1500 with many featuring whitewall tyres and eye-catching two-tone paintwork. Motorcycle/sidecar combinations were also there, as was a Triumph Bonneville with its own tiny trailer finished in matching colours.
Older machines included treasures such as a 1947 James, which looked much smaller in comparison to its modern counterparts. The original artwork on this historic bike’s fuel tank proudly declared it to be “the famous James”. Other classics included a six-cylinder 1970’s Benelli 750 Sei in excellent condition, a BSA Bantam Major and Honda 250N ‘Super Dream’.
Matchless and Vincent were also represented.
A selection of trikes also turned heads as their owners proudly rode them into the show. Alongside Harley-Davidson and Star-based trikes were distinctive machines powered by Volkswagen and Reliant engines – indeed one of the most incredible custom trikes was fitted with a Jaguar V12.
Visitors browsed trade stands; London biking venue the Ace Café sold merchandise from its stand; Southampton Harley-Davidson had bikes for sale.
Voting took place during the show for the People’s Choice and the winner was Steve Jackson’s Triumph Rocket III. Jackson has owned his mega-powered machine for six years and added accessories that include satnav and a variety of driving lights.
He was presented with a commemorative trophy and Autoglym prize by Beaulieu’s financial director Phil Johnson. Laurie Brown of the Ace Café presented Steve with a goody bag.
‘Simply Bikes’ is part of Beaulieu’s packed schedule of ‘Simply’ rallies, among them ‘Simply Japanese’ on July 31, ‘Simply Land Rover’ on August 7 and ‘Simply Smart’ on November 13.
Should you intend to visit the UK the full list of Beaulieu events can be accessed here.
IT’S NOT A BIKE SHOW IF HARLEY ISN’T THERE… 2016 ‘Simply Bikes’ show at Beaulieu, England. Image: Newspress