Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 24 Nov 2015
It’s that time of year again! The UK’s bike industry is getting ready to show off what they’ve got at Britain’s biggest bike show, Motorcycle Live.
The show kicks off this Saturday, 28th November and will run for nine days through ‘til Sunday December 6th.
Last week in Milan, manufacturers lifted the covers off over 50 new models for 2016 so there’s plenty of new metal to cast your eyes on for the very first time on top of all the end of year bargains, all of your favourite racing stars, motorcycles roaring to life and all the other entertainment!
Here are ten things not to miss:
THIRTY YEARS OF GSX-R
The GSX-R has come a long way since it was first introduced in 1985. Not only are Suzuki displaying the very latest model, which was unveiled just last week, but they are also showing some of the most iconic GSX-R models from the last three decades, as well as the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team’s 2015 Endurance World Championship-winning machine.
Throughout the show, Suzuki engineers will restore an original, 1985 GSX-R750F. Head over to Hall 4 to take a look, right next to the Bennetts stand!
High-power super-nakeds are all the range these days with almost every major manufacturer having dipped a toe in the pool of 160bhp+ street fighter-style machines.
The latest to grab a slice of the action is Yamaha, who have taken the engine from their all-conquering 2015 YZF-R1 and stuck it in the latest addition to their popular MT family – the MT-10.
The MT-10’s aggressive styling is like nothing we’ve ever seen before from the Japanese marque, which certainly got people talking last week in Milan.
SCOOT! KAWASAKI UNVEIL NEW 125cc COMMUTER
It’s been a couple of years since Kawasaki took their first foray into the world of maxi-scooters with the J300, but now they have a second, smaller edition, the J125, which looks set to take on the best-selling Honda PCX125.
They’ve also got a brand new ZX10-R on show, which has been highly influenced by the development of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes’ World Superbike machines.
BIKE SOCIAL BAR
We like to have a laugh here at Bike Social so we’ve taken over the bar in Hall 4! Head over, grab a drink and watch some of our best videos from 2015.
Freestyle Motocorss makes a return to Motorcycle Live this year. Presented by the owners of the ultra-awesome Arenacross Tour, riders from across the globe are set to perform 32 shows of intensely choreographed action.
This will be situated in the NEC’s FMX Live Arena, with 2,000 seats per show available at just £5 per ticket if you purchase if you purchase on line with your Motorcycle Live tickets.
MEET THE RIDERS
Across the nine days there will be plenty of chances for you to meet your favourite racing stars. Huge names like Danny Kent, Scott Redding, John McGuinness and many more are set to be in attendance with daily autograph sessions advertised during the show.
Head over to the Eurosport stage where you’ll see the stars put to the test in a number of quizzes and tests and you can even expect the odd team announcement for British Superbikes 2016!
ON YA BIKE
As usual, Motorcycle Live presents plenty of chances to get on two-wheels, whether you’re a seasoned-pro or a spring chicken when it comes to riding. The guys at ‘Get On’ will be around to offer people the chance to ride for the first time while for the little ones, ‘My First Honda Adventure’ offers the chance for them to get the bug early.
There’s also a test ride zone, and Yamaha’s popular MT Tour will also be in town.
Did you ever think you’d see a 160bhp belt-driven cruiser from Ducati? Well, the Bologna factory have surprised this year by wheeling out what they’re calling the XDiavel, which is, in our opinion, essentially a cruiser on steroids.
The detailing is phenomenal, and the ‘S’ version comes equipped with a little feature called ‘Ducati Power Launch’ and yes, that is launch control. Bring on the traffic lights!
THE AFRICA TWIN IS HERE
After teasing us for over a year, Honda have finally unveiled a production-ready version of the new Africa Twin. We’ll be riding it next month in Cape Town, but for now you can try it for size before it hits dealers early next year.
Honda have also updated their 500cc range for 2016, with the CB500R, CB500F and CB500X all on display at the show alongside the new NC750X an S models. There’s also a weird little adventure scooter concept, let us know what you think of that…
LET IT ROAR
While there might not be dyno runs of the deafening Kawasaki Ninja H2R this year, there are bound to be a few manufacturers who won’t be able to resist firing it up. It wouldn’t be Motorcycle Live if there wasn’t lots of noise.
Here’s a video of Norton’s Domiracer drawing in the crowds from last year’s show…
Well, what are you waiting for? Head over to www.motorcyclelive.co.uk and buy your tickets now! Don’t forget to drop by the Bennetts stand by the entrance of Hall 4 – they’ve got Scott Redding and John McGuinness signing autographs on Saturday.