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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Motorcycle Live 2011 - entertaining Britain's bikers

New bikes, top manufacturers, great deals on clothing and accessories, fellow bikers and an awesome atmosphere, what more could you want from a motorcycle show? This years Motorcycle Live represented the sheer passion for motorcycling in the UK, and we were certainly pleased to have got along and experienced it.

Motorcycle News: Lots of new models appeared at Motorcycle Live

On arriving at the show it was evident how hotly anticipated the event had been, as a long queue formed outside the doors eager to get in as the show opened at 10:00am. A good sign, especially when you consider that we visited the show in the middle of the week as opposed to the popular weekends.

Motorcycle News: The new 1199 Panigale received flocks of visitors

Manufacturers of all shapes and sizes were present at the show and had invested a lot into their exciting displays of machinery, a great sign of how they are here for their customers and fans despite the economic climate.

Motorcycle News: Bautista's GSV-R 800, the end of an era

We were busy dashing from stand to stand to check out the latest machinery including the show-stopping Ducati 1199 Panigale, the continent-crushing Triumph Tiger Explorer as well as the updated R1 and GSX-R1000 superbikes plus many more new machines.

Motorcycle News: An impressive Austrian line-up

As well as the vast display of bikes the show had plenty of other stands offering everthing from new biking gear to trips abroad. The live action was also impressive with the Suzuki and Yamaha off-road riding experiences as well as the return of the huge Get On test ride arena.
Motorcycle News: Discussing the performance of the Diavel

Those organised enough to book ahead certainly got their moneys worth and even those who paid on the day got a cracking day out for £19, even the rather expensive car park (£8 for cars, but free for bikes) couldn't spoil the day.

Motorcycle News: 1199 Panigale Tricolore - stunning in every detail

We're proud to have such a top quality motorcycle show in the UK and from the crowds of laughing and smiling fans and the announcement from the organisers that visitors were up by 14%, it was evidently a success. If you didn't get yourself along, then see what you missed at the Motorcycle Live website below and make sure it's in your diary for next year!

For details and highlights visit

Motorcycle News: Iconic exhaust pipes from MV
Motorcycle News: The efficient new 250 Inazuma from Suzuki
Motorcycle News: The Relentless by TAS Suzuki garage - a partnership ends
Motorcycle News: The futuristic looking new Tiger Explorer from Triumph
Motorcycle News: The famous fluorescent number 46 of Valentino Rossi

Monday, 21 November 2011

KTM announce new lower prices for 2012

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, KTM have turned the recent trend in pricing on its head by reducing the prices on some of its 2012 models.

Motorcycle News: KTM announce new lower prices for 2012

The new pricing will even apply to the new 690 Duke, which is due in the UK in February next year. The single cylinder engine is said to be significantly improved on the roads, with lower running costs and better fuel consumption, what’s more it will now retail for less at £6595 – a saving of £650 compared to the current model.

The popular 990 Supermoto R will also be reduced by a cool £950 to give it a RRP of £9295 on the road. KTM engineers have been hard at work to bring the cost down but without sacrificing the riding experience.

Fans of the awesome looking, bonkers performance Super Duke R will be pleased to hear that it is also being re-priced saving potential customers £700, now coming in at £9295 on the road.

Full 2012 KTM prices are as follows

Naked: 125 Duke £3795, 200 Duke £3995, 690 Duke £6595, 990 Super Duke R £9295
Supermoto: 450 SMR £6895, 690 SMC R £7195, 990 Supermoto R £9295
Travel: 690 Enduro R £7195, 990 Supermoto T £9795, 990 Adventure £9995, 990 Adventure R £9995
Superbike: 1190 RC8 R £12,995, 1190 RC8 R Track £13,995

For more details visit

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Crutchlow launches Motorcycle Live with a bang

Motorcycle Live quite literally launched with a bang this weekend as MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow turned the ignition on his Yamaha M1 in the NEC and revved up the bike to the thousands of fans that were watching eagerly.

Cal Crutchlow was joined by lots of other racing stars including: Danny Webb, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Leon Haslam, Leon Camier, James Toseland, Tom Sykes and BSB champ Tommy Hill, who all followed Cal to take their turn on stage to meet and greet fans at the opening of the show.

Enjoy some of the video highlights from the first day of the show:

The show runs until Sunday 27th November, to book your tickets visit

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Ducati 1199 Panigale steals the show in Milan

The stunning new Ducati 1199 Panigale made a show-stopping debut at EICMA in Milan last week and has clearly had the impact that Ducati were hoping for, winning the coveted title of the 'Most Beautiful Bike of the Show' by a huge margin.

The motorcycle industry flooded to show their appreciation of the gorgeous new machine with 13,800 show visitors getting along to vote, giving the 1199 over 53% of the votes to trounce the competition! In fact the closest rival was the MV Agusta F3 with 17% of the votes, a truly awesome bike, but clearly put in the shadow of the new Panigale.

Well done to Ducati, they truly deserved the award for their innovation and creativity in developing this amazing new bike.  The presentation of the award coincided with the firms announcement of achieving their best ever financial results in 2011, not a bad way to celebrate then!

The new bike is set to steal the show once again at Motorcycle Live, starting this weekend, make sure you get along to see it for yourself.

See more at and

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Shark launch stylish new Speed-R helmet

French motorcycle helmet manufacturer, Shark, recently revealed their new 2012 line-up at the EICMA show in Milan and included in the line-up was the all new Shark Speed-R lid.

As a replacement for the popular RSI range, the stylish new Shark Speed-R joins the range as their mid-level fibre composite option. The new helmet features a double spoiler to improve aerodynamics and vent warm-air from inside, keeping the rider cool, calm and collected.

Similar to the range-topping Race-R line up, the Shark Speed-R features the firms innovative visor which is said to increase the riders field of vision, as well as providing an anti-scratch and anti-fog solution.

As you'd expect the Shark Speed-R features all of the essentials including a double-D ring fitting, a sunvisor and an easy fit system for riders with glasses.

The Shark Speed-R is due to land in dealers in Jan 2012 and will have an RRP of around £250.

For more info on the Shark Speed-R check out the new Shark Speed-R microsite

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

New bike reveal for Suzuki at Motorcycle Live

Suzuki have just announced their highly-anticipated plans for this year's Motorcycle Live show and the company will be encouraging visitors to interact with them on the stand and will also be hosting a top secret new model launch.

The 2012 GSX-R1000 which we reported on a few weeks ago will be on display at the stand and the manufacturer has announced that they will we taking the wraps off a brand new bike for the first time in Europe.

The firm will also be hosting their popular Relentless Suzuki race team on the stand as well as some famous bikes from their racing history. Another key bike on display for the eco-warriors among us will be the Burgman scooter featuring a Hydrogen fuel cell.

Kids can have a ride on a motocross bike at the Suzuki off-road test area and adults with a full license can also get involved with a demo ride on a range of Suzuki's latest machinery.

For more info check out or for tickets go to

Monday, 14 November 2011

New metal at the 2011 Motorcycle Live show

With less than a week to go until Britain's annual Motorcycle Live show kicks off at the NEC, we've put together a list of some of the new metal you will be likely to see for the first time.

The list below is just a few of the new bikes that you should be able to get up close and personal with at the show, for full details and images check back next week for the latest motorcycle news from the show.


Tiger Explorer
New Speed Triple R
Bonneville T100 Steve McQueen Edition


TMAX sports scooter
YZF-R1 with Traction Control


1199 Panigale
Diavel Cromo 
848EVO Corse Special Edition

Versys 1000

Vision 50
Vision 110

2012 GSX-R1000
V-Strom 650GT
Mystery bike(s)

WK Motorcycles
650 street bike

Plus expect some unannounced debut appearances or updated models from BMW, Husqvarna, MV Agusta and possibly KTM amongst others too.

Get your tickets at

Friday, 11 November 2011

New 650cc street bike from WK motorcycles

Lincolnshire-based bike company, WK motorcycles, has just announced that they will be showcasing their new 650cc twin street bike at this year's Motorcycle Live which kicks off next Saturday.

Motorcycle News: New 650cc Street Bike from WK Motorcycles

The firm currently deliver a range of small capacity motorcycles and scooters, ranging from 50-250cc, and since launching 18 months ago, they have quickly built up a reputation for good quality bikes at reasonable prices.

The new sports-styled street bike is the first big production bike venture for the brand, but with a fuel injected 650cc DOHC twin cylinder engine and a 6-speed gearbox, they've got the basic ingredients for a commuter/weekend bike just right.

The company say that they aim to provide quality, style, performance, good pricing and great dealer support - not much then! We'll keep you up to speed with the latest news and how the new 650 fares.

Until then you can check out the pre-production model at stand R322 in Hall 3 at Motorcycle live. Find out more at and

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Ducati reveal game-changing 1199 Panigale

Ducati have just stepped up their game big time with the unveiling of the mind-shattering new 1199 Panigale. The bike smashes conventions of the firm's superbike history with previously unseen levels of design and perfomance. Don't sit back and relax, sit forward and prepare to have your mind blown...

We knew from the start that this bike was going to be something special when Ducati broke tradition by giving the bike the name 'Panigale' rather than just the usual number. Panigale is an area in Bologna known as Motor Valley, to which Ducati has historic connections.

The bike itself is beautiful to behold and whilst there are small resemblances to its predecessors the bike has some evil new angle and features making it one of the most stunning bikes we've ever seen.

According to Ducati their designers were given a completely blank canvas with this model and were simply told to reduce weight by 10kg and increase power by 25hp, in a no-compromise brief to produce the best superbike of all time.

We can't wait to see this bike in the UK, both on the roads and the tracks. For more details check Ducati's new micro site

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Rossi's helmet tribute to Marco Simoncelli

For those of you that missed the MotoGP at the weekend, now's your chance to have a glimpse at Rossi's emotional helmet tribute to his fellow Italian rider Marco Simoncelli.

Rossi first revealed his special edition lid in tribute to Super Sic at the Friday practice of the final MotoGP round of the season in Valencia last weekend. The emotional gesture revealed just how much Marco had meant to Vale and how much he will be missed by everyone.

The helmet design was divided in to two parts, the front was a replica of Simoncelli's famous red and white graphic and featured his iconic number 58. The back stayed the same design as used by Rossi at all previous rounds of the season.

Fans favourite, Rossi, wore the helmet throughout the weekend and said "I really miss Sic, and I still haven't completely realised what happened. I thought the least I could do was dedicate my helmet to him and to his number, 58. Sic, this helmet is for you!"

Sunday, 6 November 2011

2011 MotoGP season in summary - ciao Marco

Another season of MotoGP over and what can we say other than that it's been eventful, with some highs and some saddening lows with the loss of fans favourite Marco Simoncelli.

The last GP didn't disappoint though, kicking off with a hugely emotional tribute to Super Sic, which saw riders of every class taking to the track for 2 minutes of noise to pay their final respects (see the video below).

The race itself was a thrilling watch, despite Bautista ploughing into Rossi, Hayden and DePuniet on turn one of the first lap, ending their seasons in disappointing style.

The race started out looking set to be an easy victory for Stoner, as he quickly put a 10 second gap on Pedrosa, Dovizioso and Spies, who were the point of most action for the majority of the race as Pedrosa and Dovi battled for 3rd place in the championship.

The dodgy weather played havoc throughout the race, but no more so than in the last few laps in which a dramatic turn of events saw Spies move from 4th right up to lead the race ahead of Stoner.

Unfortunately it was the classic case of commentators curse for Spies though as he looked set to take his second win of the season, but Australian rider Stoner made an epic charge down the final straight to take the win by a cruel 0.015 seconds!

Further down the grid Brit racer Cal Cruthlow did us proud by securing an excellent 4th place, his highest finish of the season, and with it the rookie championship title.

The race at Valencia also marked the retirement of popular Italian superstar Loris Capirossi who has given fans over 22 years of racing entertainment, we'd like to thank Loris for his contribution to the sport and wish him luck for the future.

So the end of the 800 era has arrived, we now wait eagerly for the winter to pass and for the 1000cc era to return next season. Thank you MotoGP for the 2011 season and Ciao Marco, thank you for the memories.

Images credit to

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Honda take over the NEC at Motorcycle Live

One of the big Japanese manufacturers, Honda, have just announced a great line-up of entertainment for visitors to the Motorcycle Live bike show later this month.

The firm will be launching their all-new 2012 models, hosting a number of bike racers and celebrities, running a 'My First License' area for kids as well as some workshops for adults to get involved in. There will also be a number of free prize draws for visitors to enter, with some exciting prizes.

With over five areas owned by Honda in Hall 3, they will be staging a bit of a takeover as they bring products from all of their ranges, including cars and even lawn mowers, to the show!

No matter whether you're a street bike junkie, a sportsbike fanatic, a motocross monster, a city commuter or a highway cruiser, Honda will have bikes and activities to get your 2-wheel juices flowing.

For details of the show check out or see Honda bikes at


Friday, 4 November 2011

Dainese announce D-air Street range

We've all seen the racing air bag suit launched earlier this year by Dainese after years of development on the race track. Well the protective bike clothing manufacturer has now announced that their D-air road-going 'Street' range will be available from 2012.

As its name suggests, the Street kit is designed for the road and is available in either a waistcoat or jacket design which will host the airbag. Inside the clothing will be two 12-litre airbags and two cold generators which inflate the airbags, running on battery power. The batteries are said to have a 30 hour average life and take 5 hours to recharge. The system will work in conjunction with a back protector to support the riders spine, neck, upper stomach and chest.

The system works by identifying head-on crashes or a slide, with the airbags inflating in 45 or less milliseconds. Interestingly a passenger can also plug into the system which means rider and pillion can be protected simultaneously.

To suit different riders and styles the new kit will be launched in 3 formats, including a basic waist coat, a goretex waterproof jacket as well as a conventional textile coat. All of the clothing comes with standard protection in the back, shoulder and elbow areas as you would expect from Dainese, and to ensure that they remain practical the firm has also included removable lining for different weather, handy pockets and waistbands that can be customised to fit individual riders.

Dainese say that the system is currently being tested in an industry approved TÜV SÜD certification process, but from what we've seen with the race suit, Dainese will have invested a lot to ensure this a practical bit of kit that really works.

This is the forefront of protective motorcycle clothing, so don't expect it to be cheap for the first few years. The MKit D-air Street system (needed with all of the following jackets) is £389.99, the D-air Waistcoat is £639.99, the textile version will be £849.99 and the Gore-Tex comes in at £1,309.

Check out the D-air Street video at

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

GP stars Crutchlow & Pedrosa at Motorcycle Live

Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa is the latest star to confirm their attendance at this years Motorcycle Live show. The racer, currently riding for the Repsol Honda squad, will be around representing Arai and meeting fans on Monday 21st November.

Motorcycle News: MotoGP star Pedrosa will be at the show

Joining Pedrosa at the show is a whole raft of World SBK stars including British riders Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes and Leon Camier. Soome of them will be taking part in the 'Best of British racing' celebration on the opening day, alongside WSS champ Chaz Davies, BSB title winner Tommy Hill and MotoGP/Moto2 stars Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith.

Motorcycle News: Rea to attend Motorcycle Live

Cal will also be firing up his Tech 3 Yamaha M1 on the Blackhorse stage at 10:30 on Saturday 19th November, with a noise level loud enough to tremble the foundations of the building, chances of missing it are pretty slim!

Loads of other celebrity bikers will be at the show, for a full listing of who's there on what day, check out