Author: Phil West Posted: 24 Nov 2015
A plethora of 2016 models were unveiled at the Milan Motorcycle Show last week but which will be on display at Motorcycle Live at the NEC from 28th November - 6th December?
Here's our guide to ensure you don't miss out.
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The Italian manufacturer’s big news for 2016 is a further updated version of its range-topping superbike, the RSV4. The latest RF gets even more sophisticated electronics, improved rear suspension and updated graphics.
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The reborn British marque will be showing both versions of its Ace superbike as launched earlier this year. Hand-built alongside its Atom and Nomad four-wheelers at Ariel’s HQ near Crewkerne in Somerset, the Ace is powered by Honda’s VFR1200F V4 motor held in an exquisite, bespoke chassis.
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Italian exotica specialists Bimota are back at Motorcycle Live and will be displaying its current line-up ranging from the Ducati-powered DB9 to the BMW-powered BB3. We’re also hoping to see it’s brand new, supercharged ‘Impeto’ super naked and a new retro version of its hub-centre steered Tesi, the 3D RaceCafe.
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BMW’s 2016 newcomers, including its new Scrambler variant of the RNine-T, will be among the stars of Motorcycle Live. In addition to the new retro-styled roadster will be the German marque’s all-new entry-level machine, the G310R, its updated maxi-scooter duo, the C650 Sport & C650GT, and its face-lifted and revised F700 and F800 GS.
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The British off-road specialists will be displaying the latest versions of its lightweight adventure bike, the GP450. The single-cylinder machine went into production a year ago and the Bolton-based firm have been refining and developing it ever since.
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The Italian manufacturer is going from strength to strength with its best ever UK and world sales in 2015 and a host of new models on display for next year. The stars are likely to be two new versions of its popular, entry-level retro, the Scrambler Flat Track Pro and 400cc Scrambler Sixty2, both to be found on a dedicated Scrambler stand. But there’s also: new 939cc versions of its Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada; the new 959 Panigale (which replaces the 899); a new, more rugged Enduro version of the Multistrada 1200 plus a Multistrada 1200 ‘Pikes Peak’, and a new, feet-forward, more cruiser-orientated version of its Diavel – the XDiavel.
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The historic Italian off-road specialists are now back in the UK and will be at Motorcycle Live with its new range of 50-200cc endures, mx-ers and supermotos.
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The biggest news on Harley’s stand is the presence of both its new, entry-level Street 750, as launched in the UK earlier this year, plus its concept electric machine, the LiveWire. At the other end of the spectrum the US firm will also be displaying its whole range of 883, 1200, V-Rods and ‘Big Twins.
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Motorcycle Live sees the UK debut of Honda’s eagerly-anticipated, all-new adventure bike, the CRF1000L Africa Twin, but there’s plenty of other updates as well. The CB500 twin cylinder family of CB500F, CB500X and CBR500R, plus the NC750S and NC750X, both receive facelifts and a raft of updates while the VFR1200X Crosstourer has also been significantly updated for 2016.
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The star of reborn, legendary, US marque Indian’s stand at Motorcycle Live will be its new, more entry-level variant of its Scout cruiser as introduced in 2014. The new ‘Scout Sixty’ has a smaller 999cc displacement, (or 61cubic inch, hence the name) compared to the 1133cc Scout plus a lower spec, finish and price (just £8999 compared to the Scout’s £10,499) to make it more affordable and accessible.
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The massively updated 2016 version of its World Superbike championship-winning ZX-10R will be the star of Kawasaki’s stand at Motorcycle Live when it is officially unveiled by no less than the new WSB champion himself, Jonathan Rea, at 10.30am on Saturday November 28. The new superbike king features: revised bodywork and improved ergonomics; lightened crank and primary gear; updated geometry with an adjustable steering head and swingarm pivot and improved electronics.
There are also upgrades to existing models such as ZZ-R1400, Z800, Z1000 and Versys plus reveals a new J125 scooter and a 'Winter Edition' ZX-10R.
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The new 1290 Super Duke GT, a faired variant of the 1290 super naked and spiritual successor to the old, popular 990 SM-T, is the highlight of KTM’s 2016 line-up. Other 2016 newcomers on the stand include a new 1290 Super Duke R special edition, the new RC125 learner sports, updated RC390 and fully revised 690 Duke, not to mention a fully updated off-road range.
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Not one but TWO all-new V9 machines, the V9 Roamer and the more custom-styled V9 Bobber, are the big news from Moto Guzzi in 2016. Designed as larger slightly more cruiser-oriented variants of its popular V7 retro roadsters the two bikes are intended as spiritual successors to Guzzi’s long-running 750 Nevada cruiser. Other highlights are a new scrambler version of the V7, dubbed the V7 II Stornello plus an attitude-packed ‘bagger’ derived from the MGX-21 concept machine displayed last year and now to be called the ‘Flying Fortress’.
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Although the much-anticipated all-new F4 1000 has yet to break cover, MV still has two newcomers for 2016: a virtually all-new (and now Euro4 compliant) Brutale 800 middleweight super naked plus a limited edition special edition of the 800 Dragster designed in association with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Dragster RR ‘LH44’.
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Revived, historic British marque Norton will have its latest twins on display including the latest, ‘Mk II’ version of its 961 Commando plus the gorgeous, featherbed-frame Dominator SS, both of which were first revealed earlier this year.
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Motorcycle Live sees the UK debut of two new Piaggio scooters for 2016: An all-new version of its popular Liberty ‘big wheel’ scooter, which comes in versions from 50 to 150cc plus a new, stylish variant, the Medley, which is available as a 125 or 150.
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Although Royal Enfield has yet to unveil its hotly-anticipated ‘Himalayan’ adventure-style bike, the ambitious, Indian-owned marque will have its full range at Motorcycle Live, currently topped off by the GT535 Continental launched in 2013.
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Although not quite yet production ready, an all-new GSX-R1000 superbike will be one of the stars of Motorcycle Live before expecting to be launched towards the end of 2016. The all-new, MotoGP-inspired machine features variable valve timing, cutting-edge electronics and is expected to be the lightest and most compact GSX-R ever. Also at Motorcycle Live will be the heavily updated SV650 and a new, larger VanVan 200 to compliment the existing VanVan 125.
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Set to be the star attraction of this year’s Motorcycle Live, Britain’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer will be displaying not just one, but whole family of all-new Bonnevilles plus two significantly updated Speed Triples AND a fully-revised Tiger Explorer 1200 adventure bike. The all-new Bonneville family comprises: a new, entry-level, 900cc Speed Twin; the 1200cc Bonneville T120 and T120 Black plus the cafe-racer 1200 Thruxton and Thruxton ‘R’. The updated 1050 Speed Triple, meanwhile, gets engine updates, new electronics, tweaked styling including new headlights and comes in ‘S’ or uprated ‘R’ versions. Finally, the Tiger Explorer 1200 has been fully revised into a new family of machines, in a similar was to the Tiger 800 last year, with three more road-orientated ‘XR’ variants and more off-road ‘XC’s all with engine, electronics and other changes.
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After 2015’s stunning all-new R1 Yamaha has done it again for 2016 with an all-new, super naked spin-off of its astonishing superbike, the MT-10, which gets its UK debut and is set to be one of the stars of the show, at Motorcycle Live. Based on the R1-S (the US-only, more budget version of the new R1), the MT-10 is detuned for more torque (but still puts out 165bhp) and gets the same chassis, suspension and electronics, but in a more brutish, high-barred package. Also on display is another MT – the all-new MT-03 which is effectively a naked version of 2015’s R3, entry-level sportster twin. While last but by no means least, is the new XSR900, a restyled, semi-retro version of the popular MT-09.
The Missing Few...
Unfortunately not quite all of 2016’s new bikes will be at Motorcycle Live with a few, smaller manufacturers unable to make it. The most conspicuous absentees are: revived Italian marque Mondial, who unveiled an all-new 125/250 retro roadster dubbed the Hipster at the recent Milan Show and compatriot Benelli, who has also recently unveiled both scrambler and adventure bike style 500cc twins as well as an all-new, entry-level 300cc sportster.
The Bennetts stand and the Bike Social Bar are situated in Hall 4, Stand 4D05 and both John McGuinness and Scott Redding will be stopping by on Saturday 28th November.