November 27th, 2017.

Motorcycle Live 2017 drew to a close yesterday 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 range of racing machinery in its Ready to Race showcase. Triumph, Carole Nash and the National Motorcycle Museum added to the 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 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 Vigaro “PP2” being voted the ‘Ultimate Ace Build’ by show visitors.

Motorcycle Live 2018 will take place at The NEC, Birmingham from 17-25 November