Shopping around

Yesterday I went to the Motorcycle Expo at the NEC, it’s a business to business show aimed at creating connections within the bike trade. I was there with my AdventureRide hat on to check out what was available on the trail bike front. Gas Gas were exhibiting a pre production Cami 250 trail bike which was attracting a lot of attention. The Cami has been in production for a couple of years now and has been sold into the South American market, the bike on display at the show was the new European version featuring upside down forks and a few other modifications. With the Cami having been in production for a couple of years it’s safe to assume the bike should have been comprehensively de-bugged by now. The Cami on display looked superb and there was nothing about to suggest a pre production lash up, it looked extremely purposeful with the careful attention to detail which Gas Gas are renowned for.

For many years now Gas Gas have been distributed by John Shirt in Buxton, recently this has changed and whilst Shirts will still handle the trials product the enduro bikes [and the Cami trail bike ] will be handled by ClementsMoto of Canterbury. With a  £4k price tag the Cami  is an interesting option for riders wanting a high quality, fit-for- purpose trail bike as opposed to a de-tuned enduro bike. It’s a tad porky at 117kg [bear in mind I’ve been spoiled by my 94kg Pampera] but it’s still acceptable within the class and is to be expected at the price. ClementsMoto proprietor Dean Clements has promised to let me try out a Cami as soon as one becomes available and hopefully in the next month or two I can publish a full riding report.

The cobby looking Cami featured some nice detail engineering including a proper grab slot under the seat, essential on a trail bike which is bound to need hauling out of deep mud at some point

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Less impressive at Motorcycle Expo was the KTM stand or, to be more specific, the KTM staff. I sidled up to the stand on three separate occasions hoping to have a chat about the Freeride, the 350 four stroke version was on display and it looked looked fantastic. Unfortunately the two members of  staff on the stand seemed more interested  in their laptops and iPhones than speaking to customers . There’s a fine line between not bugging someone  and totally ignoring them.

In a previous life I’ve done my fair share of manning exhibition stands and the first rule is always to engage the customer and gather as much intel as you can. The second rule is don’t slouch around in chairs.  Perhaps KTM are so successful nowadays they don’t need to try very hard, but you have to question as to why go to all the time and trouble of setting up a market stall if you’re not going to try and flog your wares?

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