And the guys are voting for a Lava Dome???
Think your being a tad harsh Russ. Ameybrook has spent a lot of time and effort restoring a bike which really meant something too him. That to me encapsulates one of the big reasons I setup the site. As such ABs bike is a worthy entrant....
You've seen my bikes John, not one of them is boutique, they are all average production models that mean something to me personally, not one of them holds any particular rarity value or interest. I'm hardly a bike snob.
I think I'm being unfairly lambasted here though. I'm not being harsh, this is a discussion board and I'm airing my views. I voted for the Merlin because I appreciate its rarity and the work that went into it. I'm lucky enough to have visited the Merlin factory in the States and have seen the work that goes into each and every frame that they produce... its awe inspiring and for me, it would be very hard for any
manufacturer to beat a Merlin in a BOTM competition.
I've said on other threads (and this one) that I think the Lava Dome is a cool bike, the paintwork is stunning and Ameybrook has put a lot of work into it, I'd be very happy if it was sat in my garage. The shots in the snow are beautiful aswell, definately pics for the December page of the calendar one day. However is a good paintjob and backstory enough to beat possibly the only Merlin of its kind in the UK? Not for me, Not to mention the probably rarer Boulder.
Come on, we've all got different reasons for voting for whatever we vote for, lets air them and debate them, not pussyfoot around slapping each others backs
If we all liked the same thing, life would be very boring (and competitive on e-bay!) indeed.