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The 2016 Motorcycle Live show highlights

By Nick Francis Published

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MOTORBIKE shows are all about glitz and glamour. They’re a chance for the manufacturers to wheel out new models for next year, to get us all excited and spend-happy.

Bright lights, pretty ladies and fresh metal that none of us have ever seen before.

The Italians host theirs in Milan, the Germans in Cologne. Us Brits get Birmingham and the NEC.

The 2016 Motorcycle Live show didn’t disappoint, there was stacks of stuff to take in.

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Suzuki wheeled out the long-awaited and much-anticipated GSX-R 1000 (above), as well as a baby 125cc version. Both looked amazing and will no doubt help Suzuki fight their way out of the corner they’ve been in for the last few years.

Another highlight was the all-new Honda Fireblade. A name that’s been around since 1992 and was, for a long time, the market leader by some distance.

The new one looks amazing and is packed full of the modern tech that all of its competitors carry.

Next year will be a vintage year in the 1000cc sports bike category.

Away from the speed, it was hard to escape the modern retro metal that is currently shouting the loudest in the industry.

Everyone seemed to have something old but new for us to look at.

BMW’s Individual range of R nineT models were stunning, as was the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled (below).

We do wonder how big the retro market is and whether there are enough bums to go on these old- school seats, but you can’t argue with the amount of choice available.

The star of the show for us was the Ducati Panigale Superleggera (pictured top). The most beautiful and extreme sports bike for the road Ducati has ever made.

If you haven’t been to the show before, stick it in your diary for next year, you won’t regret it.

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See the rest of the show at bikeworld.co.uk or search “bike world” on YouTube.

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