November 7 2005.
Over 23,500 people made their way to the NEC for the closing day of what has been described as 'one of the best Motorcycle and Scooter shows to date.' With world launches having taken place from the likes of BMW, Ducati and CCM, and all other major manufacturers also having debuted bikes for the first time in the UK, the public has been treated to the best line-up of brand new models seen in the UK in memory. Whilst the overall attendance figure was slightly down, 1% on 2004 with a total of 164,399, all exhibitors have expressed their pleasure with the continued improvement in the quality of visitors to their stands and the amount of business done at the show.
The thousands of visitors to the final day of the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show in association with The Sun ensured a superb finish to the UK's third largest consumer show, with visitors taking advantage of one last chance to see the newest bikes, top riders and actually taking to two-wheels themselves. With Eurosport's live coverage of the final MotoGP from Valencia being beamed directly into the NEC, as well as a live telephone link up to the Eurosport commentary team of Toby Moody and Julian Ryder, the public was kept entertained throughout the day.
This year's show has been the most interactive yet, offering a huge variety of hands-on experiences for visitors of all abilities. From experienced motorcyclists to non licence holders and young children, the interactive features including the 'Bike Ride Out', 'Try-a-Yamaha Supermoto' and the 'Off Road Experience' have proved extremely popular and high demand for them has meant the majority have been booked up by mid morning.  
In addition to the new bikes on display, a continuous stream of famous racing names has also attended the show this year. The prestigious British Superbike Awards, which took place on Tuesday 1st November, played host to a number of top riders, including MotoGP rider, Marco Melandri who flew in to present an award. Other riders seen in and around the show have included, Troy Corser, James Toseland, Chris Vermeulan, Ian Walker and Carl Fogarty.
Finlay McAllan, Managing Director of Motorcycle Industry Exhibitions (MCIE) said of the show: "We're extremely happy with how the show has gone this year. Despite the slight fall in overall attendance, we are delighted with the progress the show has made. We have had really good feedback from visitors who have enjoyed the brand new features, the many world launches, the BSB awards and guest appearances. Ideally we would have liked to see the figures up but the feedback we have had has been that once again the overall quality of visitors and business done at the show has been extremely high. We have also had very positive feedback from exhibitors, highlighting the noticeable improvement in features and quality of visitors, now regarded as more important than attendance figures. "
Exhibitors too have expressed their happiness with this year's show:
"There have been lots more serious customers at the show this year, our figures show that we have seen a 28% increase in quality lead creation compared with 2004" Eliot Smith, Stand Manager, Honda.
"We've had an excellent buzz on the Yamaha stand this year. Visitors have been extremely interested in our new models, and our involvement with the various interactive features such as the Bike Ride Out and Try-a-Supermoto has been a great success." Harley Stephens, Offroad, Press and PR Co-ordinator, Yamaha.
"We have had a great response from visitors to the DERBI stand this year. We have seen lots of families and true biking enthusiasts, reflecting the overall improvement in quality of visitor to the show. This year's association with The Sun has definitely had a positive impact on the show" Steve Parry-Jones, Marketing Manager, DERBI.
 "We are very happy with the way the show has been run this year and the crowds have been of far greater calibre than previous years." Oz Lee, Product Co-ordination / MotorVehicles, Suzuki.
"We've had an extremely positive show with strong interest in our new bikes and lots of orders generated, especially in relation to the Daytona 675" Bruno Tagliaferri, UK Marketing, Triumph.
"I think it has been a great show this year. Due to the volume of good quality visitors this year, I will be going back feeling extremely positive and optimistic" Frank Wrathall, Managing Director of Dynojet UK
"Kawasaki UK regards this as the premier UK motorcycle show. Our ambition, like that of the organisers, is to see the show grow and evolve and attract the interest of a wide variety of media" Martin Lambert, Marketing Manager.
"This year we have experienced a really good response to the new models from visitors. Holding two world launches at the show has worked really well for us and created an excellent press response" Peter Brooking, Marketing Manager, Ducati.