Wow, I sign up on SBW only two days ago and I get to pop the cherry on a new forum
Well, since I have the soap box, I would just like to say that I was in England 2 weeks ago and loved it. Really nice winding roads and really good weather. There is an amazing amount of motorcyclists on the roads, much more than I would see on an average day in S. Florida..even with our biking weather. Almost all the riders I saw wear full leather gear, which was a bit odd to see, again coming from a warm weather climate.
I visited a few bike dealers and the whole attitude surrounding the dealers (garages) was very positive. Friendly, helpful staff and a selection of bikes we never see in our showrooms. Almost half the sales floor was stocked with accessories and clothing/helmets, good stuff too, not just a few dusty bottles of BelRay oil and some cheesy hand grips
. When was the last time you saw a motorcycle dealership that had fitting rooms, full length mirrors and shoe measuring devices?. It was all very impressive.
Some of their bike prices may seem high, but the prices listed on the bikes, and in the ads we see in the brit bike mags are out-the-door prices, no sneaky dealer prep and other BS. Most of the prices on bikes there are very close to what we would pay in the US (list prices), with the exception of my bike. They sell brand new RSV Milles for $3,000 less than what we pay
. Their bike prices include 3 years warranty and in some cases roadside service/towing . They also have a demo bike for just about every model they sell!.
Well that was my European (England really) "biking" experience. Looking forward to hearing from any European riders out there that can expand a bit on the biking scene there.