This week I flew to Birmingham for the annual Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC arena. The usual red-eye flight times operated by my favorite budget airline meant I had several hours to kill before the show opened, and so myself and good mate Adrian decided to tuck into what turned out to be the worse attempt at a breakfast I’ve ever had to hand over money for. Honestly, it was shocking. The upside would be that we would afterwards get to ride on the exciting and fabulous monorail that very handily connects Birmingham International Airport with the NEC, meaning you never actually have to set foot outside. Once there I naturally expected to be greeted by all the latest and greatest machinery, but instead I was met by an extremely tasty collection of Yamaha’s most iconic championship winning motorcycles from the early 60’s right up to Jorge Lorenzo’s 2011 Moto GP mobile office.
Surprisingly, despite having a new model R1 for this year, the main emphasis of their stand was more towards the rest of their range – particularly starter and commuter bikes. No bad thing really as over the last few years, the one litre category seems to be taking a hit as the public tend to go for more useable bikes that now can be just as much fun on a decent bit of tarmac. Still, interesting to see.
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