Tuesday, 4 November 2014

International Dirt Bike Show 2014

Another show that I've been meaning to attend is the International Dirt Bike Show, at Stoneleigh Park. This is a mostly modern bike show but I was up for something different and I certainly had a great time sketching some up to date dirt bikes....

Honda Buildbase 2015 CRF450R


This was my first and last sketch of the day, due to security moving me on as a fire risk! 
This CRF450r is seen in it's 2015 guise. I especially like the bash plate. I was especially pleased that David Thorpe, 3x World Champion and Honda Team Manager, was impressed by the sketch. David not only manages the Honda MX team, he also runs motocross lessons at the David Thorpe Off Rad Centre in South Wales.

David Thorpe, with the sketch and bike.

Jonny Walker KTM 250EXC

This is one of Jonny Walkers many KTM factory bikes, apparently this is most likely to have been used in an enduro. Jonny Walker is an E3 Class Enduro rider and Extreme Enduro Rookie for KTM. Jonny came 1st in both the Red Bull Hare Scramble and the Red Bull Romaniacs in 2014.

I sometimes (stupidly) assume that modern bikes aren't as complicated as the veteran and vintage bikes I'm used to. I was wrong there is still a lot going on in the exposed areas, and the livery adds to that complexity. There is also some tricky angles going on with the fairing too. I decided to crop this bike down to the main fairing and engine as it really works as a composition.

Mark Cossar's GSXR1000 Grastrack Sidecar

(ink sketch)

I love these grass track sidecar outfits, and this one is no exception. It looked great with the GSXR engine sticking out.

Mark Cossar is the current British Speedway Champion and has 4 British Grasstrack Championships.   The Cossar team also travelled to Australia to compete over there. After 5 months of competing nearly evey week the Cossar team finished the tour with a win at the Black Chrome Sidecar Speedway Grandslam.

More Bikes....

Antonio Cairoli's 350 SX-F

1974 Bultaco Alpina
Sammy Millers No. 1 Bultaco Sherpa
Jeff Smith's Works BSA Motocross Machine
1965 BSA C15 Trials & 1984 Aprilia Sidecar

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