Motorcycle Live 2014: Super Guide

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Bike Social show guide

Visit the Bennetts stand where Bike Social users get free coffee!

  • What not to miss
  • Top models
  • Floor plan
  • Opening Times
  • Celebrities & Racers
  • Tickets

Motorcycle Live kicked off at the NEC last weekend and continues until 6pm on Sunday, 30th November and the Bike Social team are at the show each day stationed at the Bennetts stand in Hall 2 so do come and have a chat and pick up our free four-page guide of what not to miss at the show.

The stand is located next to the Isle of Man TT and  to see a collection of very cool bikes including the Bike Social Project Bike – a 1974 Honda CB750, the Classic TT-winning 500cc Paton, the Triumph Rocket III custom bike built back in 2008, Brough's Moto2 race bike plus get the chance to win a £14,495 Norton Commando.

MotoGP's Scott Redding admires the Bike Social Project Bike

Oh, and if you’re a Bike Social profile holder or Bennetts customer then there’s free coffee in our VIP customer area.

With 39 manufacturers and 150 other exhibitors spread over four halls there’s plenty to see and do especially with the all-new 2015 models on display. From Ducati’s sexy new Scrambler to BMW’s 160bhp S1000XR adventure bike, and the outrageous 310bhp Kawasaki H2R, here are our top bikes not to miss.

For more information on each bike, click on the link:

YAMAHA – Hall 3

2015 Yamaha R1Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

2015 Models: R1, R1M, YZF-R3, MT-09 Tracer, MT-07 Moto Cage, XJR1300, T-Max/Iron Max

FAST FACT: R1: Valentino Rossi helped develop the completely new R1 so it’s got to be good. It’s packed full of MotoGP-based technology and we understand the bike makes over 203bhp at the rear wheel!

FAST FACT: MT-09 Tracer: Popular 3-cylinder MT-09 range gets a touring version with an 18 litre tank and mass adjustability through engine modes, screen height, seat, suspension and handlebar positions. Keep your eyes on Bike Social as we'll be riding the MT-09 Tracer in a couple of weeks.

DUCATI – Hall 3

Ducati 1299 Panigale SDucati Multistrada 1200

2015 Models: 1299 Panigale S, Multistrada 1200, Monster Stripe, Diavel Titanium, Scrambler

FAST FACT: 1299 Panigale S: Heavily upgraded and with more power taking the 2015 model up to a claimed 205bhp. Comes with Cornering ABS, lean angle indicator, slipper clutch and now with handlebar mounted buttons to adjust levels of wheelie control and traction control while on the move, just like on the World Superbikes.

FAST FACT: Multistrada 1200: New variable valve timing motor, new styling and new safety features for the 2015 Multistrada. 160bhp, semi-active suspension, new instruments, cornering LED lights, cruise control and a host of options to personalise the bike.

KAWASAKI – Hall 3a

Kawasaki Ninja H2Kawasaki Z300

2015 Models: Ninja H2 & H2R, Z300, Z250SL, 1400 GTR, Vulcan, Versys 650, Versys 1000

FAST FACT: Ninja H2 & H2R: Stunning supercharged 998cc madness in the shape of the road–going 207bhp H2 and the 310bhp H2R track version. Packed full of electronic goodies including a 5-stage traction control system, 3-stage launch control and quick shifter.

FAST FACT: Z300: This 38.5bhp, 296cc, 4-stroke ‘naked ninja’ will be a sure-fire hit as an entry level, A2 licence friendly

BMW – Hall 2


2015 Models: S1000RR, S1000XR, F800R, R1200R, R1200RS

FAST FACT: S1000XR: BMW’s first foray into the sports adventure market has provided a 4-cylinder, 160bhp, S1000R-based bike with two riding modes and Automatic Stability Control as standard but a wealth of options including Gear Shift Assist, Heated Grips and ABS Pro.

FAST FACT: R1200RS: Take the best bits from an R1200GS including the flat-twin 1170cc motor then make it sporty with even more low down torque; introducing the R1200RS. It too is packed with BMW’s finest technology. 

HONDA – Hall 4

Honda RC213V-S

2015 Models: RC213V-S, VFR800X Cross Runner, Forza 125, Goldwing

FAST FACT: RC213V-S: It’s finally real but just a prototype at the moment. The road-going V4 version of Marquez’s MotoGP title winner is a thing of beauty and it’s coming…but with a hefty price.

TRIUMPH – Hall 3a

Tiger 800 XRxTiger 800 XCx

2015 Models: Tiger 800 range, Rocket X, Thunderbird Nightstorm, Street Triple Rx, Bonneville’s

FAST FACT: Tiger 800 range: four new models in the 2015 range each come with traction control, ride-by-wire technology and engine maps. The XRx and XCx have cruise control too. All use the 800cc triple cylinder engine.

SUZUKI - Hall 3

Suzuki GSX-S1000Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

2015 Models: GSX-S1000, GSXS-1000F, Bandit, Inazuma 250, GSX-R1000, V-Strom 650XT

FAST FACT: GSX-S1000 & GSX-S1000F: One of the best looking naked bikes and it has a faired brother, the GSX-S1000F. Both have twin-spar aluminium frames and use a retuned version of the punchy 05-08 GSX-R1000 engine.

FAST FACT: V-Strom 650XT: Suzuki’s best-selling bike gets an adventure style makeover including a rather distinctive beak design. The trusted 65bhp V-Twin remains while the wire-spoke wheels and array of touring options are new.

KTM – Hall 2

KTM 1290 Super Adventure

2015 Models: Super Adventure 1290, 1050 Adventure, Freeride E-XC, E-SX and E-SM

FAST FACT: Super Adventure 1290: 160bhp sports adventure bikes seem to be popular for 2015 and KTM are set to challenge with more displacement, power, equipment, comfort and safety than the 1190 Adventure. It has a big spec including a 30 litre fuel tank.

APRILIA – Hall 4

Aprilia RSV4RR

2015 Models: RSV4 RR, Tuono V4, Tuono V4 1100 Factory, Capanord 1200 Rally

FAST FACT: RSV4RR: New version is 1.5kg lighter and produces 16bhp more than its predecessor which sees it through the 200bhp barrier. 8 mode traction control, wheelie control, launch control as standard…and then there’s a ‘Race Pack’ option!


Moto Guzzi V7

2015 Models: Eldorado, Audace, V7

FAST FACT: V7: Three versions are available of this next generation V7; Stone, Special and Racer. Each uses the 47bhp, 744cc V-twin and each has a new gearbox and more room. It’s A2 licence friendly too.

Floor Plan

For an interactive floor plan, click here to visit the Official Motorcycle Live website.

Floor plan of Motorcycle Live 2014

Opening Times

Today, Wednesday 26th November: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 27th November: 10am – 5pm

Friday 28th November: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 29th November: 10am - 6pm

Sunday 30th November: 10am - 6pm

Celebrities & Racers

Wednesday 26 November – Adventure Day: Adam Extance, Adam Royon, Cameron Woodward, Charley Boorman, Dan Thompson, Gary Havelock, Greg Hancock, Henry Cole, Joe Thompson, Johnny Walker, Martin Knuckle, Maria Costello, Niall Mackenzie, Sean Wilson, Steve Brandon (Sky Sports), Stuart Robson, Tarren Mackenzie

Thursday 27 November: Adam Extance, Adam Royson, Charley Boorman, Connor Behan, Danny Webb, Fraser Rogers, Julian Ryder, Keith Amor, Keith Huewan, Niall Mackenzie, Ryan Farquhar, Stuart Robson, Tarren Mackenzie, Taylor Mackenzie, Tommy Bridewell

Friday 28 November: Adam Extance, Charley Boorman, Danny Kent, Dean Harrison, Gary Havelock, Jamie Hamilton, Keith Flint, Maria Costello, Niall Mackenzie, Mark Cossar, Merton Risager, Tarren Mackenzie, Taylor Mackenzie

Saturday 29 November: Aaron Summers, Adam Extance, Alex Lowes, Alun Rossiter, Ben & Tom Birchall, Bradley Smith, Charley Boorman, Chaz Davies, Conor Cummins, Dan Thompson, Dean Harrison, Jeremy McWilliams, Joe Thompson, John McGuinness, Kenneth Hansen, Michael Dunlop, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Neil Vatcher, Niall Mackenzie, Peter Hickman, Sam Lowes, Tarren Mackenzie, Taylor MacKenzie, Taz Taylor, Tim Reeves

Sunday 30 November – Mad Sunday: Adam Extance, Alex George, Ben & Tom Birchall, Charley Boorman, Conor Cummins, Conrad Harrison & Mike Aylott, Dan Thompson, Dave Molyneux & Ben Binns, Dean Harrison, Ian Hutchinson, Jamie Hamilton, Joe Thompson, John Holden & Andy Winkle, John McGuinness, Kenneth Hansen, Mark Cossar, Michael Dunlop, Niall Mackenzie, Peter Hickman, Sylvain Guintoli, Tarren Mackenzie, Taylor MacKenzie, Taz Taylor, Tim Reeves


Tickets are valid for one day only and can be purchased on the door.

Adults:  £20.00

Child aged 11-16: £9.00

Senior (65+): £13.00

Aged 10 and under gain free entry with a paying adult – no ticket is required.

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