Running from 17-19 February, the show takes place at the ExCel convention centre on the banks of the River Thames. The site is a few minutes’ walk from a handful DLR stations and London City Airport, and has easy road access from the east of the city.
The show itself is smaller than Motorcycle Live but that does not mean it is any less worthy of a visit. The smaller size and attendance can make easier it to negotiate. All the big manufacturers are in attendance and there are a host of big names from the motorcycling world for you to see, meet and chat too. Below is the latest list but we are advised there are names being added daily, so it's all subject to change.
Charley Boorman (Triumph 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2pm)
Shane Byrne (Ducati at 11am and 2pm)
Charley Boorman (Triumph 11am and 3pm)
Carl Fogarty (Triumph 11am and 2pm)
Glenn Irwin (Ducati 11am and 2pm)
Carl Fogarty (Zona - time TBC)
Glenn Irwin (11am Ducati stand)
A unique feature of this show is the oval race track that is situated in the centre of the hall, which hosts the live action event ‘Slide’. Don't think that this is some procession of motorcycle racers riding round at a snail's pace and waving at the crowd. You will see two teams of world class riders from the UK and down-under going head to head and getting properly sideways in some fast-paced flat track action. For the UK, we have John McGuinness, Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker and Aidan Collins. For Australia Troy Corser, Billy McConnell, Mark Lemon and Kevin Doolan. The price is included in the ticket price but should you want to get closer to the action you can obtain a paddock pass for £40, which also includes show admission to the show. Here you can watch the action up close and rub shoulders with the riders before and after the race.
As well as the live action in the main hall there is the Coys auction taking place on Saturday 18th February between 2:30 and 5pm. Featured bikes include a Ducati 750 Corsa, Ex-Tom Sykes Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 from the 2008 British Superbike season, a super rare Yamaha YZF-R7 and a stunning Moto Guzzi 250 Albatros with an estimate of £70,000 to £100,000.
Visitors to the show can also get up close to Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 championship winning Suzuki RG 500 Grand Prix bikes. The Sheene collection returned to the UK last autumn after a long time spent abroad and have been touring the country since then. Be sure to catch them before they go back into hiding!
As always BikeSocial will be on hand to bring you any breaking news stories from the event. There are also free teas and coffees on the Bennetts stand (R410) for any current Bennetts policyholders. Feel free to stop by and have a rest in our lounge area where they will have staff on hand to take quotes and answer any insurance related questions you may have.
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm
* Tickets cost £21 on the day with children up to 15 admitted free.
Don't forget, it's free parking for motorcycles and just a small charitable donation to leave you lid and jacket securely.
You can find out all the other essential show information at the show's website here.