Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 17 Nov 2016
Keen to know what’s happening at Motorcycle Live this weekend?
So, as most of you will know, and as mentioned in our last blog post, Motorcycle Live starts this weekend. This year, the event is bigger and better than ever with hundreds of manufacturers and exhibitors keen to highlight their most exciting new bikes and products for the new year.
The event is scheduled for the 19th-27th November 2016 and is set to feature plenty of entertainment to make the show even more spectacular than the last. Here at Ministry of Bikes, it’s our job to keep you updated with what you can expect at the NEC in Birmingham.
Since we’ve mentioned the fact that there’s set to be plenty of entertainment, we’ll start with the live stuff.
Lee Bowers Stunt Show: Monday-Friday: 11.30am, 3.30pm.
Saturday/Sunday: 11am, 1.45pm and 4pm.
Can be found in Hall 2, Stand 2B25
FMX Live by ArenaCross: Monday-Friday: 12pm and 2.30pm.
Saturday/Sunday: 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm.
Free show for everyone. Limited availability with 2000 seats.
Can be found in Hall 4
Blackhorse Stage: Featuring Bike Social Whitham talks, Question of Bikes, Memory Game, KTM wheel change challenge and much more.
Can be found in Hall 3
What can we expect from manufacturers?
Many of the bikes making an appearance at Motorcycle Live have already been unveiled at both Intermot and EICMA. However, this will be their first UK debut.
Ducati are set to bring along the new Desert Sled, Café Racer, 1299 Superleggera, Multistrada 950, Monster 1200S and 797.
Honda, we had revealed in our last post. However, in case you missed it, the manufacturer will be showcasing the CRF250 Rally, CRF250L, X-ADV scooter, CB1000RR Fireblade, CBR650F and the Africa Twin.
Yamaha will yet again unveil the T7 concept, XMAX 300 scooter, TMAX 500, TMAX SX, TMAX DX, XSR900 Arbarth, YZF-R6.
Suzuki will display to new V-Strom 250, GSX-S125, GSX250R, Burgman 400, GSX-R125.
Triumph will of course be showcasing the all new Street Scrambler.
BMW Motorrad are set to reveal the K 1600 GTL super-tourer, R nineT Urban GS, R1200GS, F 800 R roadster, F800 GT sports tourer, G310 GS and the HP4 prototype.
Kawasaki will provide visitors with a display of the Versys-X 300, Z650, Z900.
KTM are showcasing the 1290 Super Duke R, the 125-cc, 250-cc and 390-cc Duke’s and the 790 Duke prototype.
Some other manufacturers exhibiting at Motorcycle Live include: Aprilia, Ariel, Harley Davidson, Husqvarna, Norton, Piaggio, Royal Enfield and Vespa.
What else is worth seeing at Motorcycle Live?
One of the most exciting features at the event is set to be the Suzuki GSX1100SD Katana build by Team Classic Suzuki. The team will be assembling the Katana which is set to appear at the 2017 Endurance Legends Event at Donington Park. Make sure you get along to Hall 3 Stand E20 to catch the team working hard to finish the bike by the 27th November.
Another exciting feature is actually situated across the road from the NEC at the National Motorcycle Museum where a large collection of classic bikes from the last three centuries will appear.
Moreover, fans of Barry Sheene can catch a glimpse of his most famous motorcycles and medals. The stand has been set up this year to celebrate Sheene’s 40th anniversary of his world title.
Additionally, visitors can meet Isle of Man TT racers old and new including John McGuiness, Michael ‘Maverick Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, Conor Cummins, Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston, James Hillier, Ivan Lintin, Dean Harrison. Catch the guys at Hall 3a, Stand 3H30.
Got a motorcycle license? Fancy test riding some of the newest bikes?
Visitors who have a full motorcycle driver’s license can test out some of the newest bikes at various stands throughout the duration of the event.
Experience Adventure is a new feature for 2016 at the show where guests (with a full motorcycle license) can have the opportunity to test ride the Honda Africa Twin, Ducati Multistrada Enduro, Triumph Tiger 900 Xcx Low, KTM 1050 adventure or the KTM Super Adventure. Tests are only available to book on the day and come as a first come first served basis.
Yamaha MT Tour Display allows keen visitors to test ride the MT-10, MT-09 and MT-07 on local roads at the NEC with a fully trained instructor on hand. This can be found in Hall 4.
BMW will be providing visitors with the chance to gain some handling techniques at their ‘off-road skills school’, while utilizing a GS motorcycle for demonstrations.
Kiddimoto will be providing some fun for the younger ones, where they can have a go on one of the balance bikes which are situated around an inflatable track.
Important information about the event
Child (11-16): £1
Children under 10: Go free with a paying adult
(FMX Live is included in the price of your ticket)
Monday-Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9am – 6pm