It's almost that time of year again - no not Christmas, it's Motorcycle show season! We get a preview of all the hot new motorbikes coming next year and beyond and a chance to check them out in person.
Motorcycle Live is coming to the Birmingham NEC next week (running 16th-24th November) and is the biggest bike show the UK has to offer, with more than 40 of the world's top manufacturers exhibiting their bikes alongside countless other motorcycle related products. There are also shows like the incredible Moto-Cirque and plenty of well known faces about from Carl Fogarty to Jonathan Rea.
For me, the best part is checking out all the exciting new models on display and thanks to the recent shows in Europe we do already have some idea of what to expect, so in this blog we will take a look at some of the hottest new models to watch out for at this year's Motorcycle Live.
The Yamaha stand is always one of my favourites just for the sheer amount they have going on! This year there will be a whole host of new bikes on display, including the 2020 iterations of top model lines like the YZF and MT ranges as well as an updated version of their 3-wheel Tricity 300 and the new look Tracer 700.
There's also the chance to ride Yamaha's middleweight adventure bike, the Ténéré 700 at the 'Experience Adventure' event and the chance to win a brand new 2020 MT-125!
Yamaha's Sport Heritage range has proven a big success and for my money, the XSR900 is one of the best naked bikes on the market. 2020 will see two new colour schemes available based on some of their iconic bikes of the past - '80 Black' and 'Dynamic White' which both look stunning.
I mentioned the MT-125 give away earlier and the bike itself has had a huge update for 2020 and is looking fantastic. A new headlight design and stylish bodywork combined with it's big-bike proportions makes this thing look more like a supernaked than a learner legal machine! It's also got the brand new engine we saw in this year's YZF-R125 with variable valve actuation technology.
Piaggio always have an amazing stand due to the variety you get to see there. With huge brands like Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa all under their banner there is literally something for everyone on this stand.
After most of the classic 600cc supersports were killed off by Euro4, we are now starting to see a new generation emerge and Aprilia's new RS660 is definitely one of the more exciting prospects. As seems to be the trend in this new 600cc sport market, Aprilia have said this bike is designed with the road in mind rather than the track, but you can still expect plenty of tech and the new parallel-twin engine puts out 100bhp!
A naked version was shown off in Milan - the Tuono 660 but as this is still a prototype it may not be at Motorcycle Live until next year.
Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer
I actually featured the V7 III Racer in my cafe racer blog but at the time the only way to get hold of one was on the used market. Well it's coming back for 2020 including a special 10th anniversary edition with a lovely new front cowl and some updated features. Definitely one to see in person!
We got our first look at Vespa's exciting electric scooter at last year's show and it returned at EICIMA alongside a brand new version. The updated Elettrica features several improvements to the scooter's performance and is now able to offer 70kmph top speeds in power mode and with it's ECO mode, it can still make 100km between charges.
There's too much at the Piaggio stand to fit it all in here but you can expect the updated Piaggio Beverly, the new Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel and a new Special edition VESPA GTS will all be on display!
Kymco are mostly known for their excellent range of scooters which have been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years. It was then a large surprise when they showed off their prototype SuperNEX at last year's shows - a fully fledged electric supersport!
This year they've done it again with the RevoNEX, an electric sport naked which could be in showrooms as early as 2021. Despite being electric, the bike boasts a 6 speed gearbox to emulate the traditional feel of a motorcycle and boasts a 3.9 second 0-62mph!
Hopefully, like last year's SuperNEX, the RevoNEX will be on display at Motorcycle Live alongside some of Kymco's more traditional offerings like the new Xciting S 400.
Triumph Bonneville T100 & T120 Bud Ekins ltd edition
British manufacturer Triumph are going to have a bunch of interesting bikes at the show including a new version of their popular Bobber but the motorcycles that interest me the most are a pair of limited edition Bonnies.
The Bonneville is a real classic and these limited edition versions of the T100 and T120 have been given a beautiful two tone paint job with custom detailing in tribute to iconic stunt man Bud Ekins. If you're unsure who he was, he's the man that performed the ground breaking stunt in the Great Escape, leaping over the fence on a customised Triumph TR6!
Of course there is so much more going on at Motorcycle Live than I can fit in here! Ducati will be showing off the new Panigale models as well as new entries in the Scrambler range. KTM have an A2 adventure bike and a brand new 890 Duke. BMW have unveiled a surprising new cruiser and Harley Davidson have an even more surprising adventure bike!
Motorcycle Live kicks off on the 16th November, if you can't make it to the event check back here for more news and updates as it unfolds!