Motorcycle Live: What are you looking forward to?

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There’s nothing quite like a bucket load of new bikes all being announced at once. Even better than that, the vast majority of those amazing new bikes are on display at Motorcycle Live, which is happening right now!

This is your first chance to see the bikes in the UK, and you’ll also be able to sit on them, and spend as long as you want drinking in every little detail.

We spent some time at Motorcycle Live to see which bikes you guys are most excited about.

Me? I’m most looking forward to seeing the KTM 790 Duke. One of my favourite bikes of all time is the single-cylinder 690 Duke, so the 790 Duke must surely be an absolute blast to ride. Our Senior Editor Matt Wildee had an exclusive ride on the prototype earlier this year, the lucky devil.

Over to you guys…

Richard Clelland
“I’m currently trying to make my mind up on whether or not to buy a Ducati Supersport S. I’ve taken one for a test ride, I just need to make my mind up. I love the new Ducati V4 – I think it’s great. It’s just a little bit out of my price range!”

Dale Nicholls
“I’ve come for a look at the KTM EXC200. I ride a lot on the road as well, but that’s the bike I’m most interested in seeing.”

Mark Tillyard
“The Husqvarna Vitpilen. Have you sat on it? It feels really nice. It looks really good as well. I like a bit of trendy now. I’ve lost a bit of interest in sportsbikes, but obviously the new Ducati Panigale V4 looks great. That might just be getting caught in the headlights of a new Ducati, though.”

We spoke to the project leader for the new Ducati Panigale V4 to better understand the new bike and find out what the development goals were for the new bike. Stefano Strappazzon revealed that the new bike will use the same firing order as the firm’s MotoGP bike.

Dan Gold
“You know what, I’m actually really excited by the new Honda Gold Wing. It’s 44kg lighter and it looks great – so much more dynamic and smaller than the old one. People complain that they don’t handle but they actually handle really well!”

Stuart Mclean
“The Kawasaki H2 SX. It’s fast and exciting but I can still take my wife on the back. I really like the Z900RS as well. And the new 1100 Scramblers from Ducati, come to think of it.”

The @kawasakinewsuk Z900RS looks great in the flesh.

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James Jones
“The Yamaha Tracer 700 and the new KTM 790 Duke.”

Riding the KTM 790 Duke prototype

MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee rode the prototype KTM 790 Duke back in October: “The chassis is outstanding, both in the confidence that it gives you and its nimbleness. The engine, while not quite being in the same league as an MT-09 or Street Triple RS (though it may match the ‘lower’ Street Triples) when it to comes outright power, is usable, grunty and full of character. And when it comes to electronics, it has more toys than anyone else.”

Read his full thoughts on the KTM 790 Duke prototype.

Nick Thorpe
“For me personally, I’m most interested in the new F750 and F850GS.”

Andy Moore
“I’m a Ducati guy so it’s got to be the new V4. I can’t afford it but that doesn’t matter! It’s not something I would ever buy but the new Scrambler 1100s look pretty good as well.”

Steve Collins
“I was waiting for the Z900RS Café Racer to be unveiled and I think it looks great – even better in the flesh as well in those old school colours. That’s the one for me, without a doubt.”

Unsurprisingly, the Ducati V4 seems to have caught the attention of the visitors, and it looks like the retro scene is still very much alive and kicking!

Motorcycle Live is at the NEC, Birmingham until November 26, so you’ve still got time to get down there and check out the new bikes and grab some bargains on kit.

Can’t make it to Motorcycle Live? Don’t worry, the 2018 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show is coming up February 16-18 at ExCel London. Tickets are available now at

Here’s a taste of what you can expect at the show:

Which of the 2018 crop of new bikes are you most looking forward to? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.


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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer