Motorcycle Live 2018

Steve MotorCycle Direct Posted: October 24th, 2018

The UK's largest motorcycle show returns to the NEC next month from the 17 – 25 November. Taking place across three halls of Birmingham’s NEC, Motorcycle Live will feature many of the major bike manufacturers showcasing their new bikes for next year...

So, let’s take a look at the bikes which are likely to be on show (amongst the many, many other attractions!)


Scrambler Ducati will be presenting 3 new bikes – the Full Throttle, Café Racer and Desert Sled, the last of which ’rekindles the spirit of classic American off-road bikes’. The range benefits from updated tech, including cornering ABS as standard, daytime running lights, a digital instrument panel and hydraulic clutch control. The Desert Sled also gets an “Off road” mode allowing ABS disengagement.


KTM will be bringing their 1290 Super Duke GT premium sports tourer along with an updated 1290 Super Duke R which has 2 new graphics options for 2019. Both will share cornering ABS, WP suspension, TFT dash and LED headlights.


Kawasaki chose to reveal two new A1 category 125cc machines at the Intermot event in Cologne earlier this year, looking to attract younger riders into its range with the 2019 Ninja 125 and Z125 both borrowing from the cool styling of Kawasaki’s most iconic bikes.


BMW Motorrad first released information around its new R1250GS adventure model and R1250RT touring machine earlier this year, but the NEC will provide UK riders with their first chance to view them close up.


Yamaha are expected to bring all of their currently announced 2019 motorcycles, including the WR450F, the YZFR125 and the Tracer 700GT. The Tracer GT features a larger adjustable touring screen, a roomy padded seat and a set of colour matched 20 litre side cases, allowing riders to travel in comfort without losing the fun and agility.


Suzuki are bringing the 2019 Katana, this legendary model having yet another update as it enters its 38th year since first launching in 1981. They also have updates to the GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R.


Following suit with the updated classics, Indian have redesigned their Chieftain for 2019, as well as launching two street models inspired by the FTR500 race bike, the FTR1200 and the FTR1200S.


Moto Guzzi have the V9 Bobber Sport and a production model of the V85 Tutto Terrano adventure bike; while Aprilia have a top-spec super-naked Tuono V4 1100 Factory model to be admired.


Last but by no means least, Triumph have the Street Twin and the Street Scrambler, both of which have been significantly updated for 2019 with more power, performance, capability and comfort. The Scrambler has a new chassis, combined with a brand new clutch, while the updated electronics offer both Road and Rain riding modes.

We would expect to see most, if not all, of these models at Motorcycle Live 2018, and much more besides. Visit the website for tickets, competitions and further details...