Top 10 unmissable things to do at Motorcycle Live 2019
- What: Britain’s biggest bike show
- When: 16 – 24 November
- Where: NEC, Birmingham
- Find us: Nordic Spirit stand, in Hall 4
- More information: MotorcycleLive
When it comes to enjoying a full-throttle day of two-wheeled action, Motorcycle Live is hard to beat. The annual bike extravaganza brings together the biggest names in biking, the latest machines from the world’s largest and most popular manufacturers and stages live shows and experiences that promise to set the adrenalin pumping.
The 2019 Motorcycle Live builds on past events by continuing to offer its most popular features together with new attractions that are fascinating for riders and non-bikers alike. But with so much to see and do under one roof, it pays to plan your day and make sure you catch all the best bits for a memorable experience. Here are 10 of the top attractions at this year’s show.
1. Moto-Cirque Arena: a stunt spectacular that will have you out of your seat
Worth the price of entry alone, the Moto-Cirque Arena is where daredevils on bikes make them dance through the air. Known as freestyle motocross, expert riders deliver breathtaking performances that appear to defy gravity, flying through the air after launching from super-size ramps. Rest assured, your heart will race and the crowd will go wild.
2. Big-name riders: Fogarty, Haslam, Dunlop and many more
The refreshing thing about the motorcycling community is that fame rarely goes to the heads of champions of the sport. Which means that the biggest names in bike racing and beyond are approachable, happily signing autographs, chatting with fans and posing for photographs as they work their way between appearances throughout the day. A great place to find them is at the Blackhorse Stage, in Hall 3. So don’t be shy, and say hello.
3. The Isle of Man TT: tribute to the world’s most famous bike race
There is little doubt that the Isle of Man TT is the world’s most famous bike race. It has earned its reputation by being the fastest road race under the sun (well, big grey clouds most of the time) and the winners are proud to lift the trophy for the race that has been challenging riders from around the globe for 112 years. You too could lift that trophy, and have your picture taken with it while you’re at it, on the immersive TT stand which captures some of the most memorable performances and brings together some of the greatest racing bikes.
4. Test Ride Zone: try the bike of your dreams
Here’s a top tip: pack your motorcycle licence and when you first arrive at Motorcycle Live 2019, head for Hall 3A and the Test Ride Zone. There, you can put your name down to ride a wide range of bikes from brands including Honda, Husqvarna, Indian Motorcycle, KTM, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Yamaha. By getting in early, you’ll have a better chance of securing a test ride of the bike of your dreams.
5. Back Street Heroes: check out the custom bike scene
There’s a real skill to creating a custom bike and at the Back Street Heroes stand, in Hall 4, you can get up close to the craftsmanship that goes into building a one-of-a-kind bike. During Motorcycle Live 2019, there will be demonstrations from some of the talented people that turn everyday bikes into works of art.
6. Bennetts British Superbike Championship: feel the speed of the racing machines
Even though they’re standing still you can feel the speed of the racing machines on display from the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Held in Hall 4, it’s also where some star names from the popular championship will be putting in an appearance, so pack your favourite team’s t-shirt and a marker pen and see if you can get an autograph from a rider you root for.
7. Classic Motorcyles: chart the evolution of the bike
Some of the bikes on display in Hall 2, at the Classic Motorcycle feature, appear so rudimentary that you can’t quite believe anyone would have got far on such a thing. Yet the collection on loan from the National Motorcycle Museum shows where the love affair for the bike began – and how far things have come.
8. Experience Adventure: get off the beaten track and see where it may lead
It might only be a taster session but being able to jump on a bike built for adventure and riding off-road on trails could prove to be a life-changing experience. At the Experience Adventure zone, in Hall 2, there are bikes from Honda, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Yamaha, and all the safety kit is provided and instructors are on hand to make it a memorable mini adventure.
9. Suzuki Restoration: see Barry Sheene’s race bikes being restored
Two-time world champion Barry Sheene may no longer be with us but the racer remains one of Britain’s most popular biking figures. At Motorcycle Live 2019, Suzuki will restore two of his old racing machines, which have been dispatched by the Sheen family. One is a DAF Trucks-sponsored 1984 XR45 RG500 and the other is a 1978 XR23A RG500, and seeing to two being worked on – in Hall 4 – is a rare sight.
10. Indian Scout Centenary: one hundred years of riding fearlessly
The Indian Scout turned 100 in October, and in that time the loud and proud American bike has changed greatly but its fearless spirit remains intact. The Scout has been used to achieve speed records, raced in flat-track oval racing and is even used by the daredevil riders who tackle in infamous Wall of Death. See its evolution in Hall 3.
Nordic Spirit Prize Draw
Win a British Superbike School track day at Motorcycle Live 2019!
Nordic Spirit is offering visitors to Motorcycle Live 2019 the chance to win a voucher to the value of £500 for a one-to-one rider coaching at a Track Days British Superbike School course. So if you want to brush up on your bike-handling skills and get the best from your machine, what are you waiting for? Head for the Nordic Spirit stand, in Hall 4, and enter for your chance to win vouchers for this fantastic experience. If you’re 18 & over and a current nicotine user, don’t forget to speak to the Nordic Spirit team about your free nicotine pouch sample.
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