Motorcycle Live 2018

November is always an exciting time for me, not because its getting close to Christmas but because its the month of Motorcycle Live! A few weeks ago I headed down to the NEC in Birmingham to check out the UK’s biggest motorcycle show.

Last year’s show was amazing but I didn’t manage to get round it all in a day. So obviously this year, I had to go for 2 days instead! One of the most popular parts of the show is the test ride zone. After last year, I knew I had to get there early and wanted to get the first pick of bikes. Luckily I ended up being first in the queue and chose the 2018 Suzuki GSXR 1000R.

After taking a quick breath test and getting kitted up it was time to get out on the bikes. I love the styling of the 2018 gixxer, very similar to the Suzuki Ecstar Moto GP GSXRR bike. What an amazing bike it was to ride! The electronics are nothing short of impressive, dervived from Moto GP technology. It’s safe to say it was the best bike I’d ridden!

Yamaha MT10 SP

I also booked on to the Dark side MT tour, the chance the ride the latest Yamaha MT models. The MT stands for master of torque! I chose the MT10 SP. Its equipped with traction control, adjustable suspension, quick shift gear box and more! What an absolute beast of a bike, it pulled like a train! Is this the best hyper naked bike available?

Tyco BMW S1000 RR BSB Bikes
BMW HP4 Race – 215bhp & only 146 kg. Only 750 produced!

The KTM stand had their full range of bikes including the 250cc freeride which I rode on the off road adventure day I recently went on

KTM Duke 790

It was nice to see some of the racing bikes up close like Dean Harrison’s Silicone Engineering Kawasaski ZX10R

Gearlink Kawasaki ZX10R BSB bike

The Ducati stand never disappoints! This year saw the launch of the new Panigale V4R, which will feature in World Superbikes & BSB!

Ducati Panigale V4S
Tommy Bridewell’s Moto Rapdio Ducati Panigale

It was nice to see a few Moto GP bikes like Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR

Buildbase Suzuki GSXR 1000 BSB bike

There’s always plenty of entertainment on the Blackhorse stage. If there’s mot a challenge you can get imvolved in there’s rider interviews with James Whitham!

I managed to catch World superbike rider Alex Lowes on the Yamaha stand (not the best time to take a nap!)

Alex Lowes Pata Yamaha R1
The awesome looking Yamaha R1 (seriously want one!)
Getting my lean on the 2018 Fireblade

Another GP bike at the show was the No. 93 that belongs to the 2018 champion Marc Marquez (this was not his 2018 winning bike!)

On the second day, I took out the 2018 Yamaha R6. A very nice bike indeed, but just lacked a bit of power! Think im too used to Super sports!

Tarran Mackenzie McAms Yamaha R1
The Doctor’s Yamaha M1 GP bike
The Norton V4 RR over 200bhp!

24 times TT winner  John McGuinness (Excuse the helmet hair!)
The 2019 Triumph Moto 2 bike
Another TT legend Ian Hutchinson

No trip to the bike show is complete without making a few purchases! There’s always some bargains to be had, this year I managed to have a bit of self control. Although I do wish I’d of got that Shoei helmet! I’m sure they’ll be another show coming up soon! Until next time.

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