At the MAG stand with staff including Lembit Opik

Via Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch:

His Royal Highness Prince William Duke of Cambridge visited Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham today to get a close look at the UK motorcycle industry and some of the new models that have been launched for 2014.

The Duke, who is known to be a keen motorcyclist, was welcomed to the NEC by Paul Thandi, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, who is also chief executive of the NEC Group.

Meanwhile, I rode up on my KTM and had a quiet wander around.

I’m delighted former MP Lembit Öpik has joined Motorcycle Action Group as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. I am a member of both MAG and the BMF and I chair the Associate Parliamentary Group for Motorcycling. I look forward to working with Lembit to further the interests of motorcyclists.

Lembit and I are pictured below discussing the suitability of the 193 hp BMW S1000RR for Parliamentary commuting. Having travelled daily in the past from Wycombe to Canary Wharf on a BMW K1200S, I’m not sure this smaller motorcycle is fully appropriate to task: I’m sticking with my old KTM 950 Supermoto for a while yet.

Discussing the BMW S1000RR

Motorcycle Live was a great reminder that thousands of people who don’t care about politics do care about enjoying freedom responsibly. Motorcycling deserves nothing less.

Between that thought and the vivid memory of the spectacular array of bikes of all kinds with which we are blessed today, I approach the coming week in good spirits.

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