Two years running I have been to this show, after a gap of 2 or 3 years. Its a minor highlight in a tedious winter month. Even quite early on the Friday it was heaving with people. The demographic is clear: the great majority of attenders are middle aged men. I’d say there is 5 – 10% women. And a few families with small kids who climb all over the bikes. There are always a small number of the injured, either with their wrists in a brace or with crutches or in wheelchairs. Every year I wonder what the stories are behind these more serious injuries.
The bikes, of course are beautiful and shiny and great fun to swing a leg over.
But mostly they are there to admire. Some, like the BMW R1200GS Adventure (huge already) up on a plinth higher than all the other Beamers.