Motorcycle Live returns to Birmingham NEC showcasing the very best across the motorcycle industry, from manufacturers unveiling their latest machines to appearances by popular riders and celebrities.
Ducati introduced the Panigale V4 Superbike, an exciting addition, the first mass produced Ducati to be equipped with a 4-cylinder engine as such, closely related to the Desmosedici, Ducati’s MotoGP bike. The V4 issues 1103cc and can be configured to produce almost 220bhp. As the most advanced bike produced by the Italian brand, it is a highlight of the show and a must see for visitors to the show.
While Honda revealed its CBR1000R, the top spec model in the new trio of naked machines which includes the CB300R and CB125R.
Also adding to their formidable stable is Triumph with the updated Tiger 800 XC and XR, while the Tiger 1200 XC and XR range has also received significant technical updates. Also on display on the Triumph stand is the Moto2 engine that they will be supplying exclusively from 2019.
Kawasaki also introduced the Supercharged Ninja H2 SX and the new Ninja ZX-10R SE, with its electronic semi-active suspension.
Norton looks ahead to the 50th anniversary of the Commando, launching new anniversary editions along with the new model.
KTM launched their new KTM 790 Duke, a beautiful, lightweight machine boasting 105 hp, a pared down chassis and integrated, up-to-date connectivity.
Other areas of the show include the Black Horse live stage, the platform for celebrity interviews and panel games hosted by Steve Parrish and James Witham. Joining them across the week are famous names such as Johann Zarco, Niall Mackenzie, Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie, Leon Haslam, Maria Costello, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuiness and Carl Fogarty to name but a few.
While the Arenacross FMX Live gives a taster of the popular Freestyle Motorcross spectacle, a show that sees the FMX team perform incredible airborne tricks and manoeuvers.
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