Following the recent, annual Tokyo and Milan Shows where all the new 2018 models were revealed, the first chance to see them in the UK is at Motorcycle Live taking place at the NEC in Birmingham once again. The doors open this Saturday (18th November) at 9am and we’ve put together a guide to the Top 15 must sees for your visit, in no particular order:
The New Bikes
An obvious starter but on show will be headline grabbing machines from 39 manufacturers including Ducati’s Panigale V4 and Multistrada 1260, Yamaha’s three-wheeled Niken and MT-09 SP to Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 SX and Ninja 400, Honda’s CB1000R, CB300R, CB125R, Africa Twins and GoldWing plus Triumph’s 800 and 1200 Tigers, Royal Enfield’s two new 650 Twin machines, Norton’s California, BMW’s F750 GS and F850 GS…and so on. There’s plenty of new metal on show to cater for all tastes. Camera phones at the ready.
Look out for, or more like listen out for the Triumph 765cc-engined Moto2 bike at approximately 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.30 over the weekend and 10.30, 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30 during the week.
Depending on which day you visit there’s bound to be some familiar faces roaming around from the short circuit and road racing scene. Among those confirmed are Bradley Smith, Johann Zarco, Ian Hutchinson, Shakey Byrne, Alex Lowes, Michael Dunlop, Jonathan Rea, Charley Boorman, Neil Hodgson, Niall, Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie, Tom Sykes, Carl Fogarty, John McGuinness, Leon Haslam and many, many more.
Kevin Schwantz’s RGV500 Restoration
The Suzuki Vintage Parts Programme have been responsible for live builds at the NEC in recent years that include the Katana and an original GSX-R750F. This year they’ll take the 1989 Pepsi Suzuki, strip it before Team Classic Suzuki’s chief mechanic, Nathan Colombi, and his team restores it to full working order.
FMX Live presented by Arenacross UK will return to Motorcycle Live for one final time, as it completes a three-year tenure. The extreme freestyle motocross spectacle will be going out with a bang, ramping up the live action to present their biggest, loudest and most insane show yet!
The FREE 30-minute show aims to leave even the most hardcore of FMX fans on the edge of their seats. With just inches separating the riders from the roof of the arena, they’ll be executing extreme aerial stunts, such as the Whip, Cliffhanger, Tsunami and Heart Attack. Mistakes are not an option and tensions will be high, particularly as the riders attempt to out-do each other in the “trick-off” section of the show!
Weekdays: 12.00 and 14.30
Weekends: 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30
Eurosport Entertainment Zone featuring the Blackhorse Stage
The Eurosport Entertainment Zone featuring the Black Horse Stage will once again occupies the heart of Motorcycle Live and provides non-stop entertainment all day, every day. Visitors can enjoy quizzes and game shows with loads of prizes to be won, plus daily Q&As with racing stars from MotoGP, World and British Superbikes, the Isle of Man TT and Speedway – all hosted with a healthy dose of witty banter.
BMW GS Experience
The BMW GS Experience adds a touch of adventure and excitement to Motorcycle Live, giving you the chance to learn and try some of the handling techniques taught at Simon Pavey’s world-famous BMW Off Road Skills school using BMW GS motorcycles.
Yamaha Dark Side MT Tour
The popular Yamaha ‘Dark Side MT Tour’ makes its final stop of the season at Motorcycle Live, with the giant truck taking centre stage for the MT Tour display with its Dark Side branding and collection of MT clothing and accessories, plus accessorised MT Tour bikes. Experience the full range of new MT models for yourself by visiting the Dark Side Test Ride stand and booking a demo ride at the show.
Test Ride Zone
The Test Ride Zone returns to Motorcycle Live thanks to Shoei, Sidi and Spada and a great line up of bikes from the leading manufacturers for you to ride out on the open road.
Along with a FREE ride, all Shoei, Sidi and Spada safety equipment is provided by an experienced product technician, so if you’ve travelled to the show by train or car, you’re still able ride. You’ll get a full briefing before you pick up your bike and take to the roads accompanied by out-riders. You’ll get a real feel for your chosen bike and then get the chance to wander to the manufacturer’s stand for any questions they may have.
Two Wheel Taster with Get On
The industry-backed Get On campaign is offering FREE 20-minute taster sessions on a 125cc scooter or motorcycle in a private, indoor area with expert tuition from fully trained instructors. Thousands of visitors have been taken advantage of the Get On feature in the last few years, with many getting the biking bug and going on to gain their full motorcycle licence.
For more information about the Get On campaign visit www.geton.co.uk. Get On is brought to you by the leading motorcycle manufacturers, dealers and other companies in the market, through the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).
Participation is subject to availability. You must be over the age of 14. There will be zero tolerance on alcohol consumption.
Experience Adventure supported by Honda, KTM and Triumph returns by popular demand for a second year. A bike skills course designed to introduce riders to their first taste of adventure riding, including tuition on bike set-up, body positioning and balance across a number of testing terrains.
You can choose from a range of stunning adventure machines from the line-up of manufacturers and you’ll get kitted out with the latest protective kit provided by Bell Helmets and Fly.
Strider Adventure Zone
Brand-new for 2017! The Strider Adventure Zone provides a safe and friendly environment with ramps, see saws and rumble strips that encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels. Children aged 18 months to five years can test ride a Strider in an exclusive cordoned off area. Helmets are provided. Ask about the exclusive show discount!
Classic Feature – supported by The National Motorcycle Museum
The Classic Feature supported by The National Motorcycle Museum demonstrates Britain’s proud history of motorcycle production and the development of the motorcycle through the ages.
For 2017, the theme will be adventure and off-road machinery as The NMM showcases a cross-section of its vast inventory of scramblers, trials bikes and speedway racers, as well early examples of adventure road models from the vintage era through to recent times. There will also be another live restoration taking place throughout the show - one not to be missed!
Arenacross Youth AX Experience
For older children, a full-powered Youth Arenacross Experience will make its debut at Motorcycle Live, with two mini-AX dirt tracks suitable for first-time and intermediate riders aged between four and 12. Partnered with electric bike manufacturer, Kuberg, the limited-edition Arenacross Range of bikes will be available to ride and kids will be kitted out in the latest AX-branded MX kit. Expert coaches will also be on hand. Bookings are being taken now for 50% of the available slots. To book visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.
Yamaha: 20 Years of R1
Yes, it’s already 20 years since the 150bhp YZF-R1 (well it will be in 2018) was unveiled to huge plaudits and Yamaha have a collection of unique bikes in one lush display including the 2017 World Endurance Championship bike, the 2015 BSB winning machine of Josh Brookes plus this year’s PATA World Superbike and McAMS BSB bike alongside an original bike.
Honda: 25 Years of Fireblade
Anything Yamaha can do, their Japanese counterparts, Honda, can do too. Except that their flagship sportsbike, the CBR1000RR ‘FireBlade/Fireblade’ is 25 years old in 2017 and while the latest road-going version has earned rave reviews from me, because I’ve been riding the SP version all year, it has also been rated highly by other publications around the world. A range of models will be on show and the Honda BSB riders Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran will be making guest appearances too.
Yeah, ok, so it should have been a ‘Top 10’ but there’s so much to see and do! See you there.
Saturday 18th November 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 19th November 9.00am 6.00pm
Monday 20th November 10.00am 5.00pm
Tuesday 21st November 10.00am 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd November 10.00am 5.00pm
Thursday 23rd November 10.00am 5.00pm
Friday 24th November 10.00am 5.00pm
Saturday 25th November 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 26th November 9.00am 6.00pm
The Bike park will open an hour prior to the show opening and close an hour after the show closes.
ON THE DAY – TICKET KIOSKS ARE AVAILABLE OUTSIDE THE HALLS
Senior (65+) £15.00
Child (11 – 16) £1.00
Child 10 and Under FREE
(with an accompanying adult)
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