WEEKEND FUN HITS PAY DIRT; ON YOUR BIKE.
Byline: FRASER ADDECOTT
IF you're the sort of biker who likes to get down and dirty, there is only one place to be over the next few days.
The International Dirt Bike Show revs up today and runs through till Sunday, November 1. In fact if you're interested in any form of motorcycling, this show comes highly recommended as "dirt bike" covers so many disciplines - motocross, trial, enduro, supercross, adventure and even mountain biking.
New model ranges from the likes of big-name manufacturers, including Kawasaki, KTM, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Husqvarna, will be on show.
Look out for Suzuki's new RM-Z250 which, with a new frame, updated motor and the firm's Holeshot Assist Control system, will be an MX2 contender next year.
Also getting its UK debut will be the Vertigo Combat trials bike, co-developed by multiple world trials champion Dougie Lampkin. The two-stroke bike will be demonstrated in the arena at the show by British trials champ James Dabill.
He will join top riders Jack Price and Iwan Roberts in riding up near-vertical inclines, careering off sheer drops, scaling huge obstacles and balancing on the narrowest of ledges in three trials performances each day. There is also an extreme mountain bike show and an action-packed minibike supercross race series, with eight classes from 50cc Kids through to Pro 160cc.
The show also offers a range of have-a-go features. For tots aged from 18 months to five years there is the Strider Adventure Zone - light, adjustable balance bikes which are perfect for getting the little ones into the swing.
Then, for five to 11-year-olds, there's the opportunity to get their first licence as they ride a 50cc Honda round a circuit under the watchful eye and guidance of two instructors.
There is also a quad-bike riding experience for youngsters and, in the electric zone, Mecatecno mini-machines for age two upwards.
Also in that zone, look out for the return of iconic Spanish brand Bultaco, with the pedal-assisted 2.6bhp Brinco, as recently reviewed in MirrorBiking by Geoff Hill.
Electric Motion will have novice and intermediate machines on display and available to test, and more experienced riders will be interested in KTM's Freeride - also recently tested by Geoff.
It all promises to be an exciting and action-packed four days of biking... there's even a wall of death.
The International Dirt Bike Show is at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, Warwickshire, from today until Sunday.
Visit dirtbikeshow.co.uk Go to mirror.co.uk for Geoff's reviews of the two electric bikes, plus lots more bike tests by Geoff and myself.
CHAMP James performs stunts