As the nights draw in and the weather starts taking a turn for the worst, it’s understandable that you may be feeling a bit glum about your motorcycling prospects. But look on the bright side, the end of summer also means that we’re getting closer to Motorcycle Live, an event that is surely in most motorcyclist’s diaries.
Motorcycle Live 2015 marks 100 years since modern motorcycling sprang to life with the introduction the Triumph Model H. This year’s show will fire up on Saturday 28 November at The NEC, Birmingham and run at full revs for nine days until Sunday 6 December, with four halls jam-packed with features that will see modern motorcycling come to life.
Here’s our guide to Motorcycle Live in the form of the top 10 reasons why you should think about attending…
1. See all the new metal
Top of every bike fan’s list of things to see at Motorcycle Live is new metal and this year will not disappoint, with over 30 of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers showcasing their 2016 models in the UK for the first time. All the big names in biking will be there, bringing with them a whole host of shiny new machines for you to feast your eyes on, as well as live features and events taking place on their individual stands.
2. Meet racing stars
With the race season done and dusted, Motorcycle Live is probably the best place in the UK to meet and greet some of the country’s – and in fact the world’s – leading racers in a relaxed post-season environment away from the paddock, all under one roof. Expect on-stage Q&As, photo opportunities and rider signings… Don’t forget your autograph book!
3. Experience a jaw-dropping stunt show
New-for-2015 is FMX Live* presented by Arenacross, where the world’s leading freestyle motocross riders will be whipping and back-flipping in a jaw-dropping display of aerial gymnastics in a purpose-built indoor stadium. The high octane, quality show will also feature an exclusive LED bike and rider suit combination, with tricks that will push riders to their limits.
4. Learn a new skill
Motorcycle Live is the perfect place to broaden your two-wheeled horizon. If you’ve never ridden off-road before, or you want to hone your fledgling skills, the FREE Yamaha AMCA MX Experience and the new-for-2015 MCF/Kuberg MX Experience are the perfect way to get a taster. The FREE ACU Try Trials Area in conjunction with BUMPY aims to introduce you to the skilful trials discipline. All equipment and expert instruction is provided so there are no excuses!
5. Take a test ride
The Test Ride Zone will make a welcome return thanks to Shoei, Sidi and Spada, and a great line up of bikes from leading manufacturers. Accompanied by out-riders, you can get out on the open road and get a real feel for the model of your choice – all for FREE. All safety equipment will be provided.
6. Get the kids on two wheels
Budding young bikers have a whole range of features to choose from at Motorcycle Live with three free activities aimed at getting the little ones on two wheels. The ever-popular My First Honda Licence and the Kiddimoto Children’s Fun Track will be back.
7. Get your non-biking mates on two wheels
Motorcycle Live is not just for born and bred bikers, it also presents the perfect opportunity for aspiring motorcyclists to try two wheels for the first time in a safe and secure indoor environment, under the watchful eye of qualified instructors. The industry-backed Get On campaign will once again be offering FREE taster sessions on a 125cc scooter or motorcycle for visitors over the age of 16.
8. Non-stop entertainment
The British Eurosport Entertainment Zone featuring the Black Horse Stage will once again occupy the heart of Motorcycle Live. Steve Parrish and James Whitham will keep the crowd entertained with interviews and chat shows, along with a variety of interactive games and quizzes such as the ever-popular ‘A Question Of Bikes’.
9. More metal
Shiny machinery doesn’t get more eye-catching than the weird and wonderful bikes on display at Custom Xtreme feature supported by Back Street Heroes and Streetfighters. The classic feature will return with an all-new sponsor in the form of the National Motorcycle Museum, who will be showcasing some very impressive classic machines.
10. Great offers on kit
Traditionally Motorcycle Live is the place to get your hands on an end-of-season bargain and this year there are once again loads of retail stands. From leathers to helmets, paddock stands to padlocks, it’s a one-stop shop for riding kit and accessories.
Motorcycle Live takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 28 November to 6 December 2015. Advance tickets are on sale now, at just £17.50 per adult, £11 for seniors and £7 for children aged 11-16** (kids 10 and under accompanied by a paying adult go free).
To book, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.
*Additional fee of £5.00 for visitors 16+.
**Advance ticket price, closing date for advanced tickets 5.00pm on 27 November 2015
All information correct at the time of release. Transaction fees apply.