Ferrous indulges in motorcycle heaven at Motorcycle Live 2018
Words: Scott Blackburn Images: Drew Deas
Composed to: Red Fang - Only Ghosts
At the beginning of last week, as it does every year, Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre began to fill with the latest and greatest from the motorcycle world. This is all in preparation for 2018's Motorcycle Live, where a leather-clad subset of the public are given the opportunity to get up close and personal with new machines. If you're a heathen and the bikes aren't for you then there's food, drink, entertainment and as much discounted gear as you could wish for.
Boasting almost 40 different manufacturers all with their own stands and displays on top of the countless exhibitors and sales stands the show is truly massive. Running for nine days in November the show sees the likes of Harley, Triumph, Honda, BMW, Indian and as many other big names in motorcycling you can think of all come together to show off their wares. While we were there we got the chance to catch the show put on by the guys at Moto Cirque too, with an impressive array of motorcycle related stunts it's well worth the 30 minutes or so of your time.
The main feature though, obviously, is the bikes. This year's show came in time to see the UK debut for Triumph's Street Twin and Scrambler and as a chance for Harley to show off their new FXDR 114, and for Indian to show the world the FTR 1200. On first impressions Triumph's new offerings are attractive machines with, what feel like, comfortable riding positions with minimal distractions.
The Street Scrambler in particular appears to be exactly what Triumph set out to make it, in the sense that it carries all the hallmarks of a serious off-roader but would still feel at home on the road too. During the show the price for the Street twin was revealed to be £8,100, with the Scrambler not yet set but from what we gather it'll likely be around the £12,000 mark.
Harley's new FXDR 114 is immediately very comfortable once you park yourself on the generous seat, with a very American, cruiser style position that you'd expect. You do get the impression though that taking it round tight English corners in that position might be less comfortable. Indian's new FTR 1200 is pretty much what they'd promised too to be fair to them, it's a flat track-inspired bike. Unlike the new Triumph Scrambler though, for example, you wouldn't want to take it far from a road, let alone onto a muddy flat track circuit.
Along with the big names there were releases from the smaller players too with the likes of Kymco unveiling a new electric superbike and CCM lifting the lid on their beautiful creations. Anyone looking for their next reason to save up should certainly consider going along to the show next time to nose around what's on offer, we certainly left with a few more things on our wish lists.