I think it is fair to say that there was some serious metal on the Triumph stand this year. Still riding the retro wave, Triumph continue to build upon their heritage to great success and judging by the sheer numbers of bikes on their stand, they don't appear to be slowing down. Along side an array of custom bikes including the super charged white Thruxton owned by Carl Fogarty, Triumph were showing off the new additions to their Bonneville range. The T100, a smaller version of the T120 (according to Bike magazine) sat alongside the Street Cup which is an out and out cafe racer. The Street Cup is certainly bang on trend and looked good with its two tone tank and dark finish.
There was a time when Aprilia were throught of just as highly as Ducati. This is no longer the case, especially in the UK where poor factory support to the dealer network has resulted in those very dealers being very scarce across the UK. Which is strange because they still make some serious machinery. Their RSV4RF is compact and purposeful and is the latest in a line that have been at the very front of WSBK racing for several years and this spirit has been brought forward in the shape of their new Tuono 125. It does appear that this should really be a winner. An entry level bike with Italian flair and design, what could go wrong?
Their stand was finished off with some top quality racing equipment too. Always helps when you have a pretty small range I guess.
Within the same family as Aprilia, Moto Guzzi make very different machines. They have been refining their V7 range for years and their bikes are lovely. This year though it wasn't the V7 that stood out, it was the monstorous MGX-21 Flying Fortress, decked out head to foot in carbon. It was certainly different and I would assume will attract the same sort of person who likes Lamborginis. Saying that, the Gallardo was something very special.
Like their sister brand, Moto Guzzi capped off their stand with some beautiful, and I do mean beautiful, like in the Sophia Loren from the 70s sense, race machinery.