by Fraser Addecott from https://www.mirror.co.uk/
Check out all the latest machinery, plus a whole lot more, at the capital’s big bike fest
The post-Christmas winter months are probably not most bikers’ favourite time of the year – seeming cold, wet and miserable.
One bright spot on the horizon, however, is the ever-popular London Motorcycle Show.
This annual extravaganza continues to go from strength to strength and the 2020 edition looks like being no exception.
Alongside the latest machines from the world’s leading manufacturers, visitors will be able to see explosive live-action racing, rare classic machines, biking celebrities and a UK-exclusive celebration of iconic racer Barry Sheene.
All the new models from AJS, BMW, CCM, CF Moto, Ducati, Ecooter, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Mutt Motorcycles, MV Agusta, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha and Zero will be on show.
Nine of Sheene’s legendary race machines (including his two title-winning bikes) are being flown in from Australia specially for the show.
And teammate Steve Parrish and Suzuki chief technician during Sheene’s winning years will be onstage sharing insight and anecdotes.
Race fans will be kept enthralled with a completely revamped Michelin Thunderdrome live-action event once again taking over the centre of the show.
The free races will see the world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman going head-to-head with fellow Isle of Man TT competitors John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and James Hillier.
Visitors can purchase a VIP paddock pass, which allows them access to the racing stars and an unbeatable view of the action.
Alongside that, the Classic TT will officially be launched at the show, while, in between races, John McGuinness will be found propping up the bar at his own pub.
The 23-time Isle of Man TT winner will be pulling pints and sharing tales from his incredible career with punters throughout the weekend.
Statistics show 41% of riders are wearing helmets that are more than five years old and beyond the manufacturer’s service life.
Anyone who brings their old helmet to the show will receive a free gift and the opportunity to purchase a replacement at a bargain price.
Those wanting to take part should sign up beforehand at helmetamnesty.com.
Motorcyclists looking to escape on an adventure this year will find plenty of inspiration in the Adventure Zone and Bonhams will be bringing rare and exotic machines from the legendary Italian manufacturer Giancarlo Morbidelli collection.
The show is on February 14-16, at ExCel, East London.
For information and reduced-price early-bird tickets, visit mcnmotorcycleshow.com.