Motorcycle Live 2016

Here we are, deep in the New-Bike-Release-and-Press-Launch season, and Motorcycle Live falls upon up in Birmingham's N.E.C. Now, I am not normally one for bike shows. In my head, it is a bunch of new motorcycles that everyone gets excited about that is a tiny bit better than the last one, neither of which I will get to ride. Mix in over priced meat for a vegetarian, and you can say I am a tad sceptical of them, but then my mind changed. Well, 2 free tickets courtesy of the wonderful Herald motor Co. helped...

Up bright and early (thanks Red Bull) myself and Hannah navigated the M1/M6 and eventually arrived at Motorcycle Live 2016. The first thing I noticed was £12 for parking. Shortly after, that ComicCon was also on (it was a strange mix of Rossi jumpers, plaid shirts and Spiderman). Thirdly, just how massive the N.E.C actually is!

Once in, we were greeted by one of the few bikes and manufacturers I was actually excited about seeing...Norton. Their new V4 racer is every bit as lovely in the flesh as it is on my Mac's screen.

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Hannah and I tend to make quick work of zoos, walks, museums, and this show was no real exception. Ducati, Peugeot, Kriega (I didn't buy anything...be proud of me!) were all passed fairly quickly, though Hannah did basically leap onto the scooters, 'If you get on the back I'll get one!!'.

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Next up was the very popular stand of KTM. I waited several minutes on several occasions to get shots that I wanted, often to just be met with an increasing wall of people. 

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So I gave up...and I am so glad I did, because around the corner was the offering from Herald, including 9 foot canvas prints of my work, although I have written an entire blog about just that which you can check out further down! I will say though, their new Euro4 complaints 400cc Cafe Racer massively got my attention. A proper engine, looks like that and only £4,000...where do I sign.

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Once again, quickly passing by Husqvarna (I have spelt it 4 different ways writing this), Honda, the incredibly hip Harley Davidson, until we found ourselves deep in the stalls selling every conceivable piece of motorcycle kit you could want.

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Before we hit the next large congregation of brands, I took particular interest in the electric offerings from Energica, before once again being engulfed by the massive BMW stand. Some very nice custom RNineT's were on display, although they we so popular, I couldn't get a clear shot, with an almost seamless conveyor belt of people on top and in front of them. Shame.

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Last, but by no means least were Kawasaki and triumph. Now, taking the B1H ZXR636 off this table, the offerings from Kawasaki have never really don't it for me, but Triumph on the other hand, hell, I own a Speed Triple! Loads of customs, loads of off the shelf bikes, and loads of in between. Good showing Triumph...well done.

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All in, for someone who will happily voice how much he doesn't like these shows, we had a pretty good time, though seeing my work up for the rest of the world to see may have helped.

Will I be marking next years on my calendar? Lets just make that decision when we come to it....

 

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