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What’s on display at Motorcycle Live

Details on all the latest bikes from every manufacturer at Motorcycle Live, which takes place at the NEC from November 23 to December 1

Motorcycle Live takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from November 23 to December 1. Here are the star attractions from every manufacturer:

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The German firm has four exciting newcomers, of which the S1000R naked sportster is the most powerful. Essentially an unfaired version of the fearsome S1000RR sports bike, it produces 160bhp from a mildly detuned 999cc four-cylinder engine, weighs just 207kg with fuel, and features two alternative modes, traction control, race ABS braking, and optional semi-active suspension. The price will be announced at Motorcycle Live and is likely to be very competitive, at about £10,000 for the base model.

BMW has revamped two more of its flat-twin models with the liquid-cooled engine introduced in this year’s R1200GS. The globe-trotting Adventure version of the dual-purpose boxer gets the same 1,170cc unit, which produces 125bhp. Other traditional Adventure features include a large 30-litre fuel tank (10 litres up on the standard GS), bigger screen, and an extra 20mm of suspension travel at each end.

There’s also a new version of the R1200RT tourer, featuring the liquid-cooled boxer engine with a heavier crankshaft for smoother running and taller gearing for more relaxed cruising. Along with alternative riding modes and ASC stability control as standard there’s a new option called Gear Shift Assistant Pro that allows changes without using throttle or clutch. Chassis and bodywork are also updated, including a 20mm lower seat.

Semi-active suspension, Dynamic ESA, is an option.

The R nineT is a retro model with the old air-cooled, 110bhp boxer engine. It was recently unveiled to mark the firm’s 90th anniversary as a bike manufacturer. Designed as a basis for customisation, the nineT features a tubular steel space frame with removable pillion section.

Sporty cycle parts include forks borrowed from the S1000RR, monobloc front brake calipers and wide rear tyre.

The BMW S1000R

This Bolton-based firm with a long history of off-road competition is launching its dual-purpose roadster, the GP450 Adventure. Its 40bhp, 449cc single-cylinder engine was previously used by BMW and Husqvarna and sits in a British-built frame adorned with high-quality European parts. It’s very light at 135kg, and is set for immediate production at £7,995.

The CCMGP450 Adventure

The iconic Ducati Monster enters its 21st year of production with a major change its first liquid-cooled engine. The Monster 1200 and higher specification 1200S are both powered by versions of the eight-valve Testastretta V-twin used in the Multistrada. The 1200S is 10bhp more powerful than the standard Monster, at 145bhp, and comes in white as well as the standard 1200’s red.

Both feature a larger fuel tank and the Monster’s first height-adjustable seat, suggesting Ducati is aiming to improve practicality and comfort as much as performance.

Motorcycle Live will provide many Ducati enthusiasts with a first chance to see the recently launched 899 Panigale. This smaller capacity version of the 1199 Panigale differs by being designed for the street as much as the racetrack, but it still produces 148bhp, thunders to over 160mph and features chassis parts including Showa’s Big Piston Forks and Brembo’s Monobloc brake calipers. At £12,495 it’s considerably less expensive than the 1199, though hardly cheap.

The 1199 Superleggera is an upgraded Panigale that holds a tuned version of the 1,198cc V-twin engine in a chassis dripping with lightweight titanium, magnesium and carbon-fibre. Producing over 200bhp and with a dry weight of just 155kg, the Superlight undoubtedly meets Ducati’s claim to have the highest power-to-weight ratio yet from a production motorcycle. With a price of £54,000 it’s also one of the most expensive and, with only 500 being built, one of the most exclusive.

The Ducati Monster 1200


Unless you know your Harley Davidson s you’ll have to look quite hard to spot many of the changes to the American marque’s touring models. But the recently introduced 2014 tourers, including the Street Glide (its top seller) and giant “full dresser” Ultra Limited were comprehensively updated, with the latter even getting a partially liquid-cooled engine for the first time.

Several other Harley models are also updated for 2014, notably the Sportster, which gets ABS brakes. But Harley’s other main news is one of its biggest ever developments: the launch of a middleweight V-twin. The Street 750 combines an all new liquid-cooled engine with typical Harley styling in a compact, relatively lightweight machine.

The Street will be built in India and the US, aimed at younger riders and those in developing markets. It will be Harley’s least expensive model but is not due on sale in Britain until 2015 and therefore will not be appearing at the NEC.

The Harley-Davidson Street Glide

The CTX1300 is totally new, a pannier-equipped cruiser powered by the 1,261cc liquid-cooled V-twin from the Honda ST1300 Pan European tourer. The transverse-mounted engine is detuned to give 83bhp with increased low-rev performance; standard features include a twin-speaker sound system.

The naked CB650F and fully faired CBR650F newcomers closely follow the format of the existing Hornet and CBR600F. The 649cc, four-cylinder engine is tuned for low-rev performance and fuel efficiency, and produces 86bhp 14bhp less than the old 599cc unit. The bikes also share basic chassis design, based on a steel frame, with the sportier CBR having firmer suspension.

As well as tweaking the CBR1000RR Fireblade with a more aggressive riding position and a revised four-cylinder engine with an extra 3bhp to 178bhp, Honda has introduced a track-focused Fireblade SP (standing for Sport Production). It combines the standard model’s engine changes with factory-matched internals for better balance. Its main changes are to the chassis, which includes Öhlins suspension, Brembo Monobloc front brake calipers, single seat and special paintwork.

Younger and less experienced riders are likely to be attracted to the CBR300R, a novice-friendly single-cylinder machine based on the existing CBR250R and styled to match the Fireblade. Enlarging capacity to 286cc increases the liquid-cooled, sohc engine’s peak output to 30bhp; the steel-framed chassis incorporates ABS brakes on both wheels while a slimmer seat improves manoeuvrability for shorter riders.

Honda has also revamped its faithful VFR800F sports-tourer. Bodywork is redesigned for a slimmer look; the 782cc, V4 engine is retuned for improved midrange performance and a lighter exhaust system contributes to a 10kg weight saving.

Finally, Honda’s family of commuter-friendly parallel twins is refreshed with new NC750S, NC750X and Integra. All three share a larger, 745cc engine that produces more torque.

The Honda CBR300R

The UK debut of the new range of Indian V-twins, following the famous American marque’s relaunch this summer by Polaris, the snowmobile giant that also owns Victory. There are three models: the Chief Classic, a traditional US-style cruiser; the Chief Vintage, which adds a windscreen and soft panniers; and the Chieftain, which has a solid half-fairing with adjustable screen, and hard panniers.

All three are powered by Indian’s Thunderstroke 111 engine, an air-cooled V-twin that gets its name from its cubic inch capacity, which translates to 1,811cc. They’re traditional American bikes, reminiscent of the Chief built before the original Indian firm ceased production in the 1950s. Prices range from £18,499 to £22,250.

The Indian Chieftain

Rumours that Kawasaki ‘s new generation Z1000 would be the super-sports ZX-10R with its fairing removed proved exaggerated, but the updated naked four should still be exciting. The existing model’s 1,043cc, 16-valve engine is tweaked to give 140bhp; the chassis gains Showa’s Big Piston Forks and radial Monobloc front brake calipers. Stripped-down styling and a more forward-biased riding position add to the aggressive image.

Kawasaki’s other NEC newcomer is the firm’s first scooter. The J300 has been produced in conjunction with Kymco, which provided the 299cc, 28bhp single-cylinder engine and the chassis, while Kawasaki was responsible for bodywork. Features include a front glove compartment with 12v socket, and room beneath the seat for a full-face helmet plus a briefcase.

The Kawasaki Z1000

The Austrian firm’s slogan is Ready to Race, backed up by an enviable competition record, and it has two 2014 models in similar vein. The KTM RC390 is a single-cylinder sports bike whose sharply styled full fairing hides the 373cc, 43bhp liquid-cooled engine from the naked 390 Duke. The lightweight chassis features a tubular steel frame, WP suspension and single front and rear disc brakes with ABS.

There’s also a similarly styled RC125, powered by the 15bhp engine from the Duke 125, which like the other singles will be built in India to allow a more competitive price.

The fiery 1290 Super Duke R, seen last year in prototype form, is now ready for showrooms. Its 180bhp, 1,301cc V-twin engine is matched by agile handling and sophisticated electronics. KTM will also be displaying the 2014 version of its 1190 Adventure, which looks identical to the current model but has Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control system, incorporating ABS that works in corners.

The KTM RC125

Moto Guzzi ‘s stand will be dominated by the naked Custom and comprehensively equipped Touring versions of the California, launched earlier this year. The Italian firm will also debut the 2014 variants to its V7 range of 744cc V-twins, which combine Guzzi’s traditional layout with retro charm and rider-friendly 50bhp performance. The base model V7 Stone gets a minor engine update plus various styling tweaks.

The Moto Guzzi V7

You can look and possibly even touch, but you can’t buy. That’s because Norton is building only 50 examples of its Domiracer, and all are sold at £22,000 each. That’s a shame because, with its clip-on bars, polished alloy tank and racy single seat, the parallel-twin café racer looks like a quick and appealing machine.

Norton will take your order for the Commando 961 roadster, which sells for between £13,995 and £15,995 depending on model. But even then there’s a six-month waiting list.

The Norton Domiracer

This show is important for the French firm because of the long awaited appearance of the Metropolis, a three-wheeled scooter that will compete with Piaggio’s popular MP3. Peugeot’s challenger is powered by a 399cc single-cylinder engine with 37bhp, good for about 85mph. Features designed to attract car drivers include keyless ignition and linked triple disc brakes.

The standard Metropolis will cost £6,999 with the slightly sportier RS £200 more.

The Peugeot Metropolis

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These days Royal Enfields are built in India, far from the marque’s old factory at Redditch, just down the road from the NEC. Enfield has a new star in the recently launched Continental GT café racer. Powered by a 535cc single-cylinder engine producing 29bhp, the £5,299 Continental features stylish lines and a sweet-handling chassis developed by British specialist Harris Performance.

The Royal Enfield Continental GT

The V-Strom 1000 is the production version of an adventure bike that Suzuki unveiled in prototype form a year ago. Its 1,036cc V-twin engine produces 99bhp and incorporates a traction control system. The chassis is based on a twin-spar aluminium frame, with an off-road-friendly 19in front wheel and ABS as standard.

The V-Strom faces strong competition in the booming adventure class but its price of £9,999 looks competitive.

It will be joined in Birmingham by an updated version of the Burgman 125 scooter.

The Suzuki Burgman 125

Next year looks like being a slightly more laid-back one at Hinckley, because Triumph ‘s main 2014 models are cruisers. The Thunderbird Commander and LT are based on the existing Thunderbird Storm, powered by an unchanged 1,699cc parallel twin with 93bhp and an emphasis on low-rev torque. The Commander is a naked cruiser with twin headlamps and two-tone paint; the LT (standing for Light Touring) is built for long-distance riding and has a quickly detachable windscreen and leather saddlebags.

Triumph’s smaller capacity cruising range is also updated, with cosmetic changes to the America and Speedmaster and a new model: the America LT. This has the same 865cc, 60bhp parallel twin as the standard America, and adds Light Touring accessories as above. Triumph will also be showing the new Tiger 800XC Special Edition, a cosmetic update with black paintwork and a red frame.

The Triumph Thunderbird Commander

The new Primavera is a classically styled scooter inspired by the popular model of the same name launched in 1968. Based on the Italian marque’s existing 946 scooter, the Primavera (springtime in Italian) combines sheet steel bodywork with a new version of Vespa’s single-arm front suspension. The 125 and 150cc models develop 10bhp and 13bhp respectively.

The Vespa Primavera

These will inevitably be overshadowed by the new Indian range from parent company Polaris. But the acquisition allows Victory to be repositioned as a sportier American V-twin option, with models such as the new Hammer SLE (Sport Limited Edition). Powered by the same 1731cc V-twin engine, it has been created solely for the European market, with lower handlebars and more rearset footrests.

The Victory Hammer SLE

The Chinese-built range began with small-capacity bikes and has recently grown to include two 650cc parallel twins, based on Kawasaki’s ER-6. Alongside the naked 650i, which costs £4,199, is the new 650TR EFI. This a touring model that combines the same 69bhp engine and tubular steel frame with a full fairing and panniers all for £5,199.

The WK650TR

In a break with tradition, two major new models, the MT-09 and XV950, were launched in mid-summer. This means that many NEC visitors will be getting a first close-up of the MT-09, a light and aggressive naked roadster with an 847cc, three-cylinder engine developing 113bhp. The XV is a 942cc aircooled V-twin with minimalist cruiser styling, and is also available with uprated suspension and ABS brakes.

In Milan, revitalised Yamaha also launched the MT-07. It’s a naked roadster powered by a 689cc, 74bhp parallel twin engine. The MT-09 Street Rally is a close derivative of the original MT-09, with supermoto styling.

The SR marks the return of the old SR400, relaunched as a base for customising with its traditional styling and single-cylinder engine.

Yamaha also has a new three-wheeled scooter. The Tricity is powered by a 125cc four-stroke engine and weighs just 150kg, much less than rival three-wheelers. Another notable figure is its price, likely to be less than £4,000 when it arrives next summer.

The Yamaha Tricity


Motorcycle Live opens from 10am-5pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm at weekends. Advance tickets (available until 5pm on November 22) cost £17 for adults, £11 for seniors and £7 for children 6-16 (under-fives accompanied by a paying adult go free). This includes access to the Crank’d Live Action Show.

Bike parking is free; car parking costs £8.

Special offer

Buy the Telegraph at Motorcycle Live and you’ll receive a free souvenir bag and DVD, dedicated to Mike Hailwood.

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