Motorcycle Live 2018 – we went so you don’t have to!

J&S Accessories at the Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC

Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog. Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC is as big as it gets in the UK for motorcycle manufacturers and has been running for 37 years in total (under different namesakes) I went to check it out to show you all the new bikes and clothing for 2019 – so you don’t have to go!

I have been many times over the years, in the heady days of it filling 5 or more halls, and as a child went around every stand seeing what free brochures I could get.

It was my favourite time of the year, it was all round the build up to Christmas with Bonfire night and I’d get free posters on the day and stick them up all around my room afterwards. I have since worked at the show many times and have always enjoyed it.

J&S Accessories Ltd aren’t exhibiting this year so for the first time in a LONG time I am going as just another customer!

Would Motorcycle Live 2018 live up to the hype?

£16 for parking welcomes you when you get there and at £25 a ticket to get in this ain’t cheap! To be fair seniors (over 65) only pay £15 and children under 10 are free, 11-16 only cost £1.

I could go minute by minute but I think that would be pretty boring without the pictures for context, so I will let the photos tell the story:

I took a LOT of pictures, click and they’ll open in another window.


Here we go!
Here we go!

Tickets
Tickets

We're In
We’re In

Rieju Scrambler
Rieju Scrambler

Rieju Strada
Rieju Strada

Rieju Rs3 125
Rieju Rs3 125

Rieju Century 125
Rieju Century 125

Rieju Century 125
Rieju Century 125

2019 Givi helmets
2019 Givi helmets

New Givi Trekker Dolomite trolley system
Givi Trekker Dolomite

New Givi Tanklock system
New Givi Tanklock

New Carbon Fibre design
New Carbon Fibre

New for 2019
New for 2019

Vintage Ariel
Vintage Ariel

Ariel Ace-R
Ariel Ace-R

Ariel HT5
Ariel HT5

2019 Honda Monkey bike
Honda Monkey bike

Honda CB1000R
Honda CB1000R

Honda 70th anniversary Monkey bike
Honda 70th anniversary Monkey bike

Honda X Axis CBX750 Cafe Racer
Honda X Axis CBX750 Cafe Racer

Marc Marquez's steed
Marc Marquez’s steed

Honda Super Cub
Honda Super Cub

Honda CB650R
Honda CB650R

Honda CB1000R+
Honda CB1000R+

Honda CB650R
Honda CB650R

Honda CRF
Honda CRF

CB1000R
CB1000R

Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone
Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone

Moto Guzzi V7 III Special
Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon
Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Our very own Joe Collier's bike and suit
Our very own Joe Collier’s bike and suit

Joe Collier's bike and suit
Joe Collier’s bike and suit

New LS2 FOR 2019
New LS2 FOR 2019

Nice and well thought out toilet advertising this year!
Nice and well thought out toilet advertising this year!

Fun for kids
Fun for kids

Bike Trac ground anchor
Bike Trac ground anchor

Name the celebs
Name the celebs

Barry Sheene's bike
Barry Sheene’s bike

1987 Norton 588CC Rotary Race prototype
1987 Norton 588CC Rotary Race prototype

1989 Hesketh Vortan 1000CC Road prototype
1989 Hesketh Vortan 1000CC Road prototype

Norton NRV588
Norton NRV588

Benelli BN125
Benelli BN125

Metisse
Metisse

Metisse
Metisse

Metisse
Metisse

Vintage Triumph
Vintage Triumph

Kawasaki Ninja H2
Kawasaki Ninja H2

H2 exhaust
H2 exhaust

Tru-Tension chain monkey at work
Tru-Tension chain monkey at work

2019 Airoh helmets
2019 Airoh helmets

More Airoh helmets
More Airoh helmets

Richa 2019
Richa 2019

2019 Richa gloves
2019 Richa gloves

New Richa textiles
New Richa textiles

Richa textiles
Richa textiles

Richa textiles
Richa textiles

New Shark for 2019
New Shark for 2019

Shark Helmets
Shark Helmets

Shark Helmets
Shark Helmets

Shark Helmets
Shark Helmets

Shark Helmets
Shark Helmets

Ducati Scrambler
Ducati Scrambler

Ducati Scramber 54 Cafe Racer
Ducati Scramber 54 Cafe Racer

Ducati Scramber 1100
Ducati Scramber 1100

New Furygan
New Furygan

New TCX
New TCX

2019 TCX Off-Road boots
2019 TCX Off-Road boots

Norton Ranger
Norton Ranger

Ducati Monster
Ducati Monster

2019 Ducati Panigale V4
2019 Ducati Panigale V4

Ducati Hypermotard SP
Ducati Hypermotard SP

Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati Panigale V4

Limited edition Pete Hickman 666 Trooper
Limited edition Pete Hickman 666 Trooper

2019 Shoeis
2019 Shoeis

Shoei Neotec II 2019 colour schemes
Shoei Neotec II 2019 colour schemes

Harley Davidson table football - free to play!
Harley Davidson table football – free to play!

Indian
Indian

Benelli
Benelli

Busy Yamaha stand
Busy Yamaha stand

Yamaha R1M
Yamaha R1M

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900
2019 Yamaha Tracer 900

Yamaha SCR 950
Yamaha SCR 950

2019 Arai
2019 Arai

Arai Helmets
Arai Helmets
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Arai Helmets
Arai Helmets

Shad's latest luggage
Shad’s latest luggage

Shad Rucksacks's
Shad Rucksacks’s

BMW R 1250 GS TE (how much for that in scrabble?)
BMW R 1250 GS TE (how much for that in scrabble?)

BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad

BMW race display
BMW race display

BMW S1000R
BMW S1000R

Royal Enfield Interceptor
Royal Enfield Interceptor

Royal Enfield GT 650 Continental
Royal Enfield GT 650 Continental

The evolving Royal Enfield over the years
The evolving Royal Enfield over the years

Royal Enfield Black Magic
Royal Enfield Black Magic

Royal Enfield Salt Flats Racer
Royal Enfield Salt Flats Racer

1937 Royal Enfield KX
1937 Royal Enfield KX

2019 Royal Enfield Concept KX
2019 Royal Enfield Concept KX

2019 Royal Enfield Concept KX
2019 Royal Enfield Concept KX

Royal Enfield Racer
Royal Enfield Racer

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R
2019 KTM 790 Adventure R

Freeride?? Great!
Freeride?? Great!

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Suzuki GSX1000R
Suzuki GSX1000R

Pink GT750J
Pink GT750J

Scooter with sidecar
Scooter with sidecar

Arc's Virtual Reality experience
Arc’s Virtual Reality experience

Bell's 2019 offerings
Bell’s 2019 offerings

Bell Helmet's
Bell Helmet’s

Bell Helmet's
Bell Helmet’s

Bell Helmet's
Bell Helmet’s

Bell Helmet's
Bell Helmet’s

2019 Oakley colours
2019 Oakley colours

Brough Superior O.H.V.680 worth a cool £175K
Brough Superior O.H.V.680 worth a cool £175K

Race Sharks for 2019
Race Sharks for 2019

An actual Spitfire. At Motorcycle Live
An actual Spitfire. At Motorcycle Live

Norton and Brietling partnership - worth the polishing!
Norton and Brietling partnership – worth the polishing!

Norton F1
Norton F1

Norton and Brietling
Norton and Brietling

Triumph Stand
Triumph Stand

Triumph Street Triple Track
Triumph Street Triple Track

Thruxton R
Thruxton R

Triumph
Triumph

Bike in a dome?
Bike in a dome?

CCM Spitfire Six
CCM Spitfire Six

CCM Spitfire Six
CCM Spitfire Six

Vespa
Vespa

Triumph Engine
Triumph Engine

Metisse engine
Metisse engine

New Kymco for 2019
New Kymco for 2019

THREE WHEELS?? Go home!
THREE WHEELS?? Go home!

Aside from J&S Accessories Ltd (the largest motorcycle clothing and accessories retailer in the UK) not being there this year there were two notable absences at Motorcycle Live 2018.

The Harley Davidson Livewire (the new electric Harley) and the BMW R1250RT. There has been quite a lot of buzz about these bikes so that’s why these absences were notable. Puzzling.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot to see and lots of stands really pulled the stops out (special mention to Arc for their interactive and futuristic stand as well as CCM for having an actual Spitfire on their stand…and I don’t mean a Triumph one!!

All in all, a fun experience, but worth £41 plus petrol? I’m not sure.

You can also catch a lot of the photos and videos on our social media. Our Instagram, our Facebook and our Twitter accounts.

Until next time, stay safe,

Alex