Motorcycle Live UK’s Biggest Motorcycle Show: 100000 fans, Tickets, KTM 790 Duke Winner

The countdown to the annual pilgrimage is on. From 17-25 November 2018, Motorcycle Live will fill four halls of The NEC to bursting, with brand-new metal from over 35 leading manufacturers; all the latest kit and accessories; 10 interactive riding features; non-stop live entertainment; biking celebrities and an all-new, never-seen-before high octane extravaganza – Moto-Cirque.

Tickets are on sale now and are once again all-inclusive, so when visitors are through the door, every single live feature and event is completely FREE of charge. November might feel like a long way away, but here are five great reasons why booking in advance is the right thing to do…

1) Save money
Adults save £5.50 by buying in advance rather than on-the-door, paying just £19.50* instead of £25.00. Spend the saving in the bar while debating which new model is top of your wish list, or put it towards that must-have bit of kit from one of the many retailers at the show. If you’re bringing the kids, under 10s get in FREE and 11-16 year olds are just £1**.

2) Save even more money
For 2018, there is an exclusive offer in place for Motorcycle Live visitors who book The NEC car parking in advance, resulting in a further £6 saving. Of course, those arriving by motorcycle can avoid the NEC’s parking fee altogether and park for FREE – and there is no need to book in advance.

3) You might get a Golden Ticket
Advance ticket buyers purchasing online are automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of hundreds of on-the-spot prizes, from caps and t-shirts to signed merchandise and event tickets, all donated by Motorcycle Live exhibitors. You could end up with a VIP trip to BSB or a book signed by your racing hero, so it’s definitely worth checking!

4) Avoid queues on the day
Around 10,000 bike fans could be flocking into Motorcycle Live on any given day – that’s a lot of people who potentially need to buy their tickets from the box office. Book in advance, get an e-ticket and walk straight into the halls without passing go – it’s a no-brainer!

5) Bag a bike lock
Pay a little extra for your advance ticket and get an Oxford bike lock worth £25.00 thrown in for good measure. This £25.00 advance ticket offer is only open to people buying their ticket before the show opens on the 17th November, and locks are collected from the Oxford stand on the day.

Motorcycle Live 2018 takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 17-25 November. Advance tickets for Motorcycle Live are on sale now priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds* and FREE for children aged ten and under**. There is also a £25*** advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and an Oxford Products bike lock worth £25.00.

To book, call 0844 581 2345 or visit

*Advance ticket prices, closing date for advanced tickets 5pm on 16 November 2018. There is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per order. **Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult .

Motorcycle Live 2017 drew to a close on 26 November after a nine-day stint at The NEC, Birmingham, where 107,072 bike fans enjoyed what many have hailed the most interactive, entertaining and action-packed event in the show’s history. 

Over 40 of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers turned out in force to debut their brand-new 2018 machinery, each one pulling out all the stops with their spectacular stands. Special features included a 20th anniversary display of the Yamaha R1 YZF, a full restoration of Kevin Schwantz’s Suzuki RGV500, a celebration of 25 years of the Honda Fireblade and the Harley-Davidson Jumpstart feature.

The Indian Motorcycles stand featured live music, Kawasaki’s Team Green stage hosted daily racer appearances and KTM displayed a stunning range of racing machinery in its Ready to Race showcase. Triumph, Carole Nash and the National Motorcycle Museum added to an already incredible atmosphere with regular start-ups of their respective Moto2, MotoGP and classic race bikes.  

Among the interactive features at the show were ten FREE opportunities to ride a bike, with activities for all ages and levels of experience. Strider and Arenacross were busy getting youngsters on two wheels, while Get On’s Two Wheel Taster and BMW’s Rookie to Rider targeted new bikers. The Test Ride Zone, Experience Adventure and the Yamaha Dark Side MT Tour allowed licenced motorcyclists to take a selection of great models for a spin. The ACU offered the chance to Try Trials and BMW tutored people in Off Road Skills.

The stunning FMX Live presented by Arenacross did not disappoint in its final year of tenure, keeping the crowds on the edge of their seats with bigger, braver and more impressive stunts than ever before. Slightly more sedate, but no less extraordinary, were the Classic Feature supported by The National Motorcycle Museum and the Custom Xtreme Zone supported by Back Street Heroes.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, each and every day saw an influx of famous faces from the world of motorcycling and beyond. MotoGP’s Johann Zarco could be found back flipping off the Black Horse stage while the legend that is John McGuinness signed autographs on the Isle of Man TT stand and singer James Blunt tried his next motorcycle out for size.

To round off a truly memorable week, the winner of the Motorcycle Live Ace Builds custom showcase was announced, with Phil Price from Stoke-on-Trent’s Yamaha XV750 Virago “PP2” being voted the ‘Ultimate Ace Build’ by show visitors.

“We’ve had a record show,” said David Holloway, sales director of Infinity Motorcycles, which has ten retail stands at Motorcycle Live. “The visitors coming to our stand have all been genuinely enthusiastic, having a fantastic time and really raving about all the entertainment and interactive things to see and do. It’s been a brilliant year.”  

John Drogan, head of customer experience at CCM Motorcycles, agrees: “2017’s Motorcycle Live will go down as one of the most successful in CCM Motorcycles’ history. We’ve had so many keen visitors to the stand – all absolutely loving the show and the entertainment on offer. James Blunt unveiled our new FT6 Flat Tracker and we’ve hundreds of genuine orders, with the Scrambler totally selling out. It couldn’t have been a better show for us and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2018!”

The lucky winner of the 2017 Motorcycle Live official show competition has collected his prize – a brand-new 2018 KTM 790 DUKE.  Jack Cayman, who entered the KTM prize draw at last year’s show, explains: “I entered the competition but never expected to win and thought nothing more of it to be honest, so when I got the call from KTM I couldn’t believe it. Once I’d scraped myself off the floor and put my tongue back in my mouth, it was a really great surprise and a good pick-me-up after a tough year. I’m over the moon!”

KTM Marketing, Events & Motorsport Manager Simon Roots added: “The competition to win a KTM 790 DUKE at Motorcycle Live was designed to provide excitement and entertainment to our fans and followers and that’s exactly what we achieved. Jack Cayman entered the competition by supplying his contact details and the next thing he knew he was taking home our all-new, compact 799cc LC8c parallel twin motor, nestled into one of the lightest frames on the market. The KTM 790 DUKE produces 105 hp (78 kW) and 87 Nm of torque efficiently controlled by advanced electronics and next-generation rider aids.  It truly is a remarkable bike and we hope he loves it as much as we do.”

This year’s official show com bike is yet to be reveal, but it will once again be a brand-new 2019 model… watch this space!!

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