Author: Bike Social Reporter Posted: 26 Nov 2014
This year’s Motorcycle Live show is now well underway and once again both organisers and exhibitors have ensured there’s a whole host of things to enjoy.
Not only does the show provide you with the chance to get up close with all the latest models for 2015, there is a plethora of interactive features to sink your teeth into. Our guys have been there all week and here are a few of their top suggestions of things to see:
Kawasaki Ninja H2R Dyno Run
Kawasaki stunned the motorcycle industry a few months ago in Cologne as they unveiled an insane, 310bhp supercharged Ninja. It’s called the H2R and it’s without doubt the maddest bike of the year. For that reason alone you need to go take a look, but Kawasaki have taken things one step further. How do you best show off the most powerful machine exhibited at the show? Stick it on a Dyno, of course!
Twice a day, Kawasaki strike up the H2R on a dyno for all to see. It happens at both 12:30 and 15:30 and ear plugs are an absolute must! Flames spitting out of the exhaust & a red hot supercharger, what’s not to love?
Suzuki Classic Fire Up Display
This year’s Motorcycle Live show actually comes with a health warning about loud noises. Not only are Kawasaki doing full speed dyno runs on the H2R, on the Suzuki stand the Japanese marque’s UK team are striking up three classic machines including Kenny Roberts Jnr’s 2000 Grand Prix Championship winning RGV500, the XR14 raced by Barry Sheene, Randy Mamola’s XR45 and the XR69 replica Michael Dunlop races at the Classic TT.
Honda’s RCV for the road
You might not be able to get up close to Honda’s concept MotoGP-road –bike, but it’s worth taking a look. Honda have it elevated on a platform so you can only really see it from the bottom, but they do give you the chance to compare it with a 2013 Marc Marquez RC213V sitting alongside the new offering. Will it ever make production, if so how much will it cost?
Take Kawasaki’s mental H2R and Honda’s still-to-be-fully-confirmed RCV out of the equation and the most anticipated bike of this year’s show season is undoubtedly Yamaha’s new YZF-R1. The old R1 shape, which has been seen in some shape or form for over a decade, has been completely scrapped and a new M1 MotoGP bike-inspired machine has been born.
Not only is it worth setting your eyes on the R1, but talk to the Yamaha guys about it too. They reckon that 90% of the electronics are the same as software found on Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1. It’s an incredible bit of kit and those in the know are already tipping it to dominate on the racing circuit in 2015.
If you’re familiar with Norton owner and CEO, Stuart Garner then you’ll know that he wouldn’t want to be outdone by a Japanese manufacturer on the decibel meter, especially at a UK bike show. Each day at 13:30, Norton strike up Garner’s own personal Norton Domiracer, the first out of just 50 made.
The unsilenced V-Twin is guaranteed to pierce your ears as it roars into life. Not to be missed.
Your chance to Ride
This year there are even more chances for you to get on two wheels, whether you’ve tried it before or you’re a motorcycling virgin. Silverstone have brought along their ‘Rookie Ride’, there’s the Get On campaign, Honda are once again letting youngster’s rip it up with ‘My First ride’.
One for the grown-ups is Yamaha’s MT tour, the bus has rocked up with the entire MT range which you can sign up for a test ride on there and then. Whether you fancy trying the entry level MT-125 or the three cylinder MT-09, the range has something for everybody. Be careful though, we’ve ridden them all and they’re a treat and at that price, it’s hard to resist!
Crank’d Live Action Show
The Crank’d show is back for 2014! Taking home-grown superstars from motorcycle trials, BMX, mountain bike trials, and road bike stunt riding and blends these pedal and petrol-powered performers together for a battle of the cranks over a specially-constructed indoor playground of dirt ramps, jump boxes, high jumps and flatbed sections.
Stars on Stage
Motorcycle Live provides a perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your racing heroes without them being in the high-pressure atmosphere of a race weekend. Check the daily schedule for autograph signings or head to the British Eurosport Black Horse Stage to see live interviews before catching them as they come off the stage!
Forgotten Treasure – the MT-09 Tracer
In amongst all the hype about 300bhp Kawasaki’s and a bunch of 200bhp Superbikes, bikes like the MT-09 Tracer slip under the radar. Unveiled in Milan, the Tracer is Yamaha’s latest addition to the best-selling MT range and we think it’s really worth a look.
The MT-09 Tracer epitomises the versatility of Yamaha’s 847cc Cross plane three cylinder motor, as can be seen by the huge area the MT range covers. At just £8,149 this is an absolute steal for a trusty sports tourer.
Of course you can’t forget the Bennetts stand! Come meet the Bike Social team in Hall 2 on Stand 2B40. We’ve got the Bike Social CB750 project bike on display for the very first time, Ian Lougher’s Classic TT winning Paton, Pure Triumph’s 1050 Daytona, our insane Rocket III and the infamous Brough Superior Moto2 bike Jeremy McWilliams rode in the 2014 British Grand Prix.
If you’re a Bennetts customer you can take advantage of our VIP lounge and rest your legs while sipping a free xpress coffee.
Want more info on Motorcycle Live? Check out our show guide!