Not sure what to do this weekend? Motorcycle Live, Britain’s biggest bike event, is still taking place at the Birmingham NEC and we can heartily recommend a visit.
The nine-day show started last Saturday, with triple world superbike champion and British superbike runner-up Leon Haslam entertaining the crowd on the Carole Nash stand.
Despite being spread over three halls in the massive National Exhibition Centre, Motorcycle Live does a fantastic job in bringing bikes to life with a number of fantastic live demonstrations, test ride opportunities, competitions and chat shows with some of the best known racers and celebrities from the two wheeled worlds.
One of the big headlines of the show is the opportunity to see 2018’s new bikes before the arrive in showrooms, with Ducati’s mindblowing Panigale V4 drawing the biggest crowds of the show on the opening weekends.
There’s plenty of opportunity to wear our your shoe leather, but if you fancy sitting back and chilling out, Hall 4 plays host to FMX Live – an extreme motocross stunt display that runs three times on Saturday and Sunday and is included in the price of admission.
Always popular is the main stage, where there are eight live shows taking place each day, including James Whitham’s hugely popular chat shows and a number of fun competitions and quiz shows for celebrities and visitors alike.
If you want to ride, get down early and put your name down for one of the many scheduled test rides and experiences. A number of bikes are available to ride in the test ride zone, while non riders can pop their two wheeled cherry in the taster sessions arranged by Get On. Kids can enjoy the balance bike course and electric dirt bike experience, while grown ups can try out the latest generation of big adventure bikes on one of two dirt courses in the arena, or pretend to be Dougie Lampkin in the ACU trials demo.
And while you’re there, head along to see Carole Nash in Hall 3, where you can see some cool bikes, get your picture taken in the fun photo booth and pick up a free 2018 calendar. Turn up at the right time and you might even hear a genuine MotoGP race bike being fired up live on the stand. It’ll make your hairs stand on end!
Head to www.motorcyclelive.co.uk for more information, including opening times and ticket prices.