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MCN’s Top 10 Hot Picks from Milan - see them all at Motorcycle Live!

Published: 01 November 2019

Updated: 11 November 2019

MOTORCYCLE LIVE

There's less than one week until Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance opens! From 16-24 November at the NEC Birmingham, bike enthusiasts from around the country have the chance to see the latest new models from the world's leading manufacturers, enjoy non-stop live entertainment and take advantage of free chances to ride.

Check out the top-ten machines which will be showcased at Motorcycle Live, as chosen by Motorcycle News...

BMW F900XR

BMW F900XR

Is it a 900, or is it a 1000? The two XRs are hard to separate at a glance, but this new model in BMW’s line-up could well prove to be the one most buyers should gravitate towards. While it can’t match the inline-four’s ballistic speed, the new parallel-twin 900 is kitted out with everything you’d expect from a range-topper, but in a more flexible and useable form. Daily ride, tourer, and back-lane assassin all in one bike.

Read more here.

Ducati Streetfighter V4

Ducati Streetfighter V4

The super-naked market is exploding with psychotic new metal right now, and the new Streetfighter V4 promises to be one of the absolute pinnacles of this sublime excess. 208bhp from the Panigale V4-derived engine, minimalist styling that includes a fat set of quad wings claimed to deliver 28kg of downforce at full chat and oozing Italian chic – it’s one naked nutter we all want to spend time with in 2020.

Read more here.

Harley-Davidson Pan America

Harley-Davidson Pan America
 

For a manufacturer often considered one of the most traditional, Harley are doing a fantastic job of shocking us with new metal. Hot on the heels of the LiveWire is this bold new Pan America, which will arrive in late 2020. This is a huge departure for H-D, and also debuts their all-new Revolution Max engine which, in 1250cc guise, means 145bhp and 90ftlb torque on tap from the 60-degree V-twin. Could H-D beat BMW at their own game?

Read more here.

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade

It’s hard to believe that it’s 28 years since the original game-changing Fireblade blew us all away. The competition is dramatically stronger now, but riding the crest of HRC’s MotoGP wave could see the Blade cut in at the top of the superbike pecking order again. New styling, 215bhp of punch from the new engine, new electronics and a big set of aero wings make it the most exciting new superbike of 2020.

Read more here.

Kawasaki Z H2

Kawasaki Z H2

Supercharged super-naked anyone? Form an orderly queue, please. Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 SX has chirped and chattered its way into our affections with an addictively hedonistic rush, and now it’s spawned a naked sibling to add even more aggression to the package. Some the H2 SX’s slick refinement and that lovely single-sided swingarm may have been left behind, but this is going to be one hell of a ride.

Read more here.

KTM 890 Duke R

KTM 890 Duke R

When the 790 Duke arrived there was one question on everyone’s lips – where’s the R? Well, here it is, and it’s even better than hoped. Not only does it get all the trademark orange excess you’d expect of the Austrian brand’s naughty version, it’s even been gifted a new 890 engine with more capacity, power and torque – backed up with a more aggressive riding position, better suspension and stronger brakes.

Read more here.

MV Agusta Superveloce 800

MV Agusta Superveloce 800

When the prototype was unveiled last year there was a collective gasp that was followed by the sad assertion that MV would probably never build it. But they have – and it’s no less gorgeous in production form. The retro feel gives it a timeless quality that’s underpinned by the screaming 145bhp inline triple, 8-stage traction control, riding modes, bi-directional quickshifter and high-spec cycle parts. Beautiful.

Read more here.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT

It’s easy to be dismissive of what looks like a visual update – but don’t be fooled. Suzuki have given it a makeover that’s strongly redolent of the legendary 1980s DR BIG, but the changes go significantly deeper than that. A useful boost in power to 106bhp, coupled to a raft of new electronics that brings it bang up to date for a very keen price, makes this one of the best value adventure styled bikes on the market.

Read more here.

Triumph Thruxton RS

Triumph Thruxton RS

Very few big factories can do authentic feeling retros with the degree of style, fit and finish Triumph deliver. The T120 Thruxton was a revelation at launch, and this year sees the R replaced with the RS – a fitter, more powerful (by 8bhp), lighter (by 6kg) and higher spec’d version. It’s the sort of bike that will make you smile just as widely whether you’re carving a sunny Sunday B-road, or sitting in the garage looking at it.

Read more here.

Yamaha Tracer 700

Yamaha Tracer 700

Yamaha’s 700cc CP2 family continues to be one of the most engaging multi-platform offerings ever built, and the revisions to the popular Tracer 700 could rightly see it surge back up the sale charts in 2020. Already a fantastic blend of everyday usability and weekend entertainment, its facelift gives it a much stronger stance, and with a new dash, adjustable screen and wider bars it should be an even better ride, too.

Read more here.


Motorcycle Live, in association with Bikesure Insurance takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 16-24 November. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 6-16 year olds*. Did we mention it’s FREE for children aged five and under**?. To book or for more information, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk 

*Advance ticket prices, closing date for advanced tickets 5pm on 15 November 2019. There is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per order. **Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.  All information correct at time of release.


Get on two wheels for free at Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance

First reported 01/11/19


Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 16-24 November and offers motorcycle enthusiasts the chance to build their perfect day out. No matter if you’ve been riding for years, want to give it a go for the first time or learn new skills, there are a number of opportunities to get on two wheels for FREE at Motorcycle Live…

Try two wheels for the first time  

MCIA Try Ride in association with MCN offers show visitors the chance to take their first step on two wheels. With a free 20-minute taster session in a purpose built area, visitors can try a 125cc scooter or motorcycle and learn the basics such as clutch control and gears in a private, indoor area. Bookings are now open, email ride@mcia.co.uk to book your place.

For those who want to experience the feel of riding and try out the controls but don’t want to go the whole hog, both the BMW Rolling Road and the Harley-Davidson Jumpstart offer the chance to get behind the bars of a motorcycle and try it for size on a rolling road.

Find your dream machine 

As well as climbing aboard the latest new metal unveiled by the world’s leading manufacturers, and trying them out for size, you can also take to the open road on an amazing line-up of bikes by visiting the Test Ride Zone. Travelling by train or coming in the car? Don’t worry – thanks to Shoei, Sidi and Spada, you don’t even need to bring your own riding kit.

Learn something new… 

Fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer? Head to Experience Adventure supported by Honda, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Yamaha. Designed to introduce riders to adventure riding, once kitted up in clothing provided by Bell Helmets and Fly, you’ll be taught about bike set-up, body positioning and balance across a number of testing terrains. Some slots will open for pre-booking at the end of October so keep an eye on the Motorcycle Live website for more information.

Try your hand at trials riding in the aptly named ACU Try Trials zone. Get kitted out in all the safety gear and be guided by an ACU-certified instructor in a FREE 15-minute session. There will be the chance to see the true capabilities of the bikes and skills of riders as the professionals take to the track for demonstrations throughout each day.  

It’s not just the adults who can ride too, with plenty of opportunities for children including the Arenacross Toddler’s ExperienceArenacross Youth Experience and the OSET – Children’s Riding Experience.

So, no matter how old you are, you can get on two wheels for FREE at Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance!

Advanced tickets are on sale now, priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors and £1 for 6-16 year olds*.  There is also a £25.00 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and an Oxford Products Secure HD Max disc lock worth £25.00, which is collected at the show.

Car parking has been subsidised with advanced car parking £10 and £12 on the day. As always, motorcycle parking is FREE in the Monimoto Bike Park.

For book or for more information, visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk  

*Advance ticket prices, closing date for advanced tickets 5pm on 15 November 2019. There is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per order. **Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.  All information correct at time of release.


Bring your non-motorcycling mate to Motorcycle Live 2019 for free*!

First reported 17/10/19


The UK’s biggest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure, is offering motorcyclists the opportunity to get their non-motorcycling mate into the show for FREE* – or get two tickets for half price, depending on how you split it!

Taking place at The NEC, Birmingham, between 16-24 November, Motorcycle Live is an annual pilgrimage for bike enthusiasts across the country, but show organisers understand that there’s always a non-biking mate that just need to experience how great motorcycling is to make that step onto two wheels. As a result, Motorcycle Live is now offering a limited number^ of FREE tickets to the show for non-motorcyclists on Thursday 21 November 2019*. Terms and conditions apply.

To claim a free ticket for Thursday 21 November, visitors are asked to purchase a full-price ticket – either in advance or on the day – and bring their ticket and their non-motorcycling mate to the press office to claim their free ticket. Once your non-motorcycling mate has shown their licence (with no motorcycle category on there) and you’ve shown your full-price ticket and licence (with a motorcycle category on there), you’ll get a free one – simple as that. It’s then up to you and your mate how to split the cost…

With four halls filled with all the latest models from the top manufacturers, 10 free opportunities to ride, non-stop live entertainment on stage and a chance to meet racers and biking celebrities, it’s the place to be for motorcycle lovers and to show your mate how great two-wheels are…

Tickets also give visitors access to see the spectacular live stunt show in the Moto-Cirque Arena.

Start planning your day now as tickets are on sale now. There are savings to be made too with advance tickets priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds**. Did we mention it’s FREE for children aged five and under***?

For the second year, there is also a £25.00 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and an Oxford Products Secure HD Max disc lock worth £25.00*, which is collected at the show.

New for 2019, car parking has been subsidised with advance car parking £10 and £12 on the day. Motorcycle parking is FREE in the Monimoto Bike Park so why not kit your mate up and make them go pillion for the full experience and to save even more money!

To book or for more information, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk

^1000 complimentary tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis *One complimentary ticket will be issued per non-motorcyclist over the age of 16 who is accompanied by a motorcyclist who has purchased a full-price ticket. Offer can be redeemed on Thursday 21 November 2019 only. No cash alternative offered. Free ticket allocation is at the full discretion of Motorcycle Live show organisers. **Advance ticket prices, closing date for advanced tickets 5pm on 15 November 2019. There is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per order. ***Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.  All information correct at time of release.

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