Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 3rd January 2019

More than 100,000 motor down to Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 lived up to its reputation as the biggest show in the UK’s biking calendar, when more than 100,000 bikers descended on Birmingham to indulge their love of all things bike.

From November 17 to 25, the city’s NEC arena was overrun by two-wheelers, all keen to clap eyes on the latest and greatest models from the world’s top bike brands and enjoy some live-action entertainment. As usual, Motorcycle Live didn’t fail to disappoint, and the Carole Nash team was on hand to witness all the exciting events unfold.


Never-seen-before bikes, spectacular stunts and something for all the family

More than 40 top bike manufacturers from around the world brought their newest machines to Birmingham, including many models that had launched only a week earlier at Milan’s EICMA.

Several brands chose to unveil never-seen-before machines at Motorcycle Live 2018, and visitors were honoured with exclusive glimpses of brand new models for 2019 from Norton, Kawasaki and CCM.

That’s not all though, no biking event would be complete without a bit of live riding action and visitors were treated to some breath-taking stunt shows at the brand new Moto-Cirque arena, which opened with an awe-inspiring display combining FMX, street bikes, BMX and dance with coordinating LED lights, lasers and music.

Thousands of bike fans rubbed shoulders with celebs from the biking world and beyond over the nine days. Biking pros Carl Fogarty, Davey Todd, Tom and Ben Birchall, James Hiller and Tim Reeves were among the famous guests, as well as World War 2 Spitfire Pilot Allan Scott and rock music legends Iron Maiden.

With all kinds of biking exhibitors in attendance, Motorcycle Live was ripe with everything the keen rider could possibly want, from a new helmet or spare parts to an entirely brand spanking new machine. There was plenty to keep little bikers entertained, too, including balance bikes and dirt riding opportunities, while teens had the chance to experience a real, grown-up motorcycle lesson.


Carole Nash at Motorcyle Live 2018

Over at the Carole Nash stand we had a blast giving away some fantastic prizes, including a brand new Kawasaki ZX10R KRT, won by an ecstatic David Kinch. Our Motofoto competition was won by Steve McDonald, who scooped the top prize of £1,000 just in time for Christmas. And so many more.

We had four fantastic bikes to keep us company during the event, with the RC374 being a big hit with the crowds. The Gobstopper was Marmite to the masses, though – we loved it!

The ZX10RR was another crowd pleaser – especially with Leon Haslam in attendance to pose beside his winning model – and the Pioneer machine with its handstitched leatherwork sparked the curiosity of many a passer-by. Thanks to the generosity of the National Motorcycle Museum, visitors also had the chance to view a vintage OHV 680 Brough Superior with unique features like the twin headlight and crash bars.

Our Reaction Zone batak game went down well with visitors keen to test their response times, well-known faces included Jonathan Rae, Leon Haslam, Ron Haslam, Tim Beavon and Danny John-Jules all gave the game a go, sparking competitiveness between the soon-to-be rivals. Did you challenge their score?!


Alongside all the fun and games, visitors enjoyed a free coffee and bit of bike chat with our team, who handed out hundreds of all new quotes and thousands of our famous calendars. We can’t wait for next year’s instalment, pencil November 16 to 24 into your diary!