This year's wet and muddy BMF Show saw a great turnout on the BMW Motorrad UK stand, boosted by the special appearance of two TV celebrities. BBC Two's Hairy Bikers visited the BMW stand on Sunday afternoon to chat to fans and sign copies of The Hairy Bikers Cookbook.
The pouring rain did not deter waterlogged BMF visitors from patiently queuing to meet the Hairy pair. Si King and Dave Myers kept the crowd entertained for three hours with stories of their cuisine-inspired trip to various countries around the world while making the recent Hairy Bikers Cookbook television series.
The Northern 'foodies' rode R1200 GS and F650 GS bikes in many countries during their travels. Both models were on display on the BMW stand, along with a number of other bikes from the 2006 BMW Motorrad range. The impressive display included the recently launched F800 S sports middleweight, the R1200 S sports boxer, the K1200 GT tourer and R1200 GS Adventure.
The GS Adventure had its UK dealer debut at the BMW Motorrad New Season Launch weekend in March and the celebrations included an exclusive competition for one lucky winner to ride away on BMW's new globetrotting machine - for free. The BMF Show provided the perfect opportunity to draw the competition winner and the Hairy Bikers did the honours.
Although the comedy duo proclaimed the winner to be Dave Myers, the actual winner was in fact S J Bailey of Solihull, who completed his competition entry at Clarks Motorcycles in Birmingham.
The bike has received excellent reviews in the media, with Britain's top-selling motorcycle newspaper MCN quoting: "The latest GS Adventure makes it even easier to do a 'Ewan and Charley'. Excellent on-road or off, it's just the job for going round the block or round the world."
If the reaction at the BMF Show is anything to go by, many BMW fans have been inspired to do a 'Si and Dave' and will be setting off around the world sampling weird and wonderful culinary delights. Others may well just settle for a copy of the cookbook, which is published by Penguin and available from all good bookshops now, priced £20.