PH2: Motorcycle Live 2012


The annual biking pilgrimage kicked off this weekend with the NEC Motorcycle Live Show – the UK’s biggest and most entertaining bike show. Burger in hand, PH2 took a wander to see the highlights.

Pantheon of Monsters on Ducati stand
Pantheon of Monsters on Ducati stand
Monsters rock
Motorcycle Live gets better every year and after a bit of a dark patch a few years back 2012’s show is well worth a visit. All the major manufacturers are on hand with most of the new bikes on display.

Ducati has its new Hypermotards as well as the stunning new Panigale 1199 R but for PH2 the highlight of the red stand is the display of Monster models, a celebration of 20 years of this iconic machine.

Next to Ducati, Honda’s fairly gigantic stand includes a Fireblade celebration and a few race bikes as well as the new CB range and also a chance for kids to ride some mini bikes. However PH2 was oddly drawn to the automatic lawnmower that kept circulating around on a bit of Astroturf…

Spirit of 1970s in two-stroke Peregrine
Spirit of 1970s in two-stroke Peregrine
Ducal hall
In the same hall as Honda you have KTM with its new 390 Duke but unfortunately not the Super Duke R 1290 prototype – which is locked up until a production bike is unveiled at the end of 2013. The Piaggio group have a lovely selection with Guzzi, Aprilia, Vespa and Piaggio represented while Suzuki have the concept V-Strom 1000 on display but more interestingly for PH2 also a mint DR800 ‘Dr Big’. We like it!

Yamaha’s stand includes the new triple engine as well as a few specials including the super cool ‘Yard Built’ XJR and a French stunt XJ6. While you are there pop behind and look at the awesome Peregrine Motorcycles OW16 replica, which claims to be Britain's only brand-new, street-legal two-stroke.

For a more sedate life there is a great selection of Enfields on the Watsonian Squire stand including a 2013 café racer concept bike. PH2 also loves the sidecars…

Stunning Aprilia-powered Norton TT racer
Stunning Aprilia-powered Norton TT racer
BMW GS makes splash
The highlight of Kawasaki’s stand for PH2 was the ‘Spirit of the Seventies’ W800 special, a lovely looking machine, while for some reason Victory had a carbon covered Mustang alongside its bikes.

As you would expect the BMW stand was full of people looking at the HP4 (which is now in the UK) and also the water-cooled GS while Triumph’s new Daytona and Street Triple was also drawing huge crowds.

Next to Triumph, Norton has the TT bike (powered by an Aprilia V4 engine) on display and also a new Commando SF and some pretty cool branded clothing.

Activities aplenty, if the mood takes you
Activities aplenty, if the mood takes you
Things to do
PH2 resisted the urge to take to two wheels during the show, but if you want a bit of a laugh there is a trials school and motocross demos. Those without a bike licence can get a taste of two wheels with the Get On Test Ride Zone while nippers can ride minibikes and even the excellent push powered Kiddi Motos on a special test track.

Info:
Motorcycle Live runs until December 2 (next Sunday). Ticket prices and info can be found at www.motorcyclelive.co.uk

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  • Prof Prolapse 28 Nov 2012

    I was there... It was indeed.


  • moanthebairns 28 Nov 2012

    Prof Prolapse said:
    moanthebairns said:
    try going to the scottish bike show! That is dire. £16 entry or something and your round it in 30 minutes.
    I still don't understand why I have to pay money to have people try and sell me things. Most of which are st.
    I wont be back. I wouldnt mind paying for the one down south but never again for the scottish one. It was fecking dreadful. If it was free fine but honestly it was pure pish.

  • Prof Prolapse 28 Nov 2012

    moanthebairns said:
    try going to the scottish bike show! That is dire. £16 entry or something and your round it in 30 minutes.
    I still don't understand why I have to pay money to have people try and sell me things. Most of which are st.

  • moanthebairns 28 Nov 2012

    try going to the scottish bike show! That is dire. £16 entry or something and your round it in 30 minutes.

    Bargins, HA. Its all cheap rubbish that you see getting knocked off at every bsb event.


  • Merkypast 28 Nov 2012

    I won't pay to park at the NEC again. I made that mistake at the Classic Car Show.

    Park, queue up in the wet to pay your tenner and get a ticket, then carry on into the show. The idea being that you hand the ticket over on the way out and they raise the barrier.
    I stayed at the show until the end (18:30) then had a quick coffee and a walk back to the car. By the time I got there (19:15) all the barriers were up and the booths unmanned, locked and shuttered!

    Great. That was a tenner down the toilet then.

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