Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Really Only One Place to Be!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Really Only One Place to Be!

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IF you love motorcycles there''s only one place to be from this weekend -the annual Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham''s NEC. Every major motorcycle manufacturer is on board this year, so unless you went to this year''s glamorous Milan show, Motorcycle Live will be your first chance to drool over and kick the tyres of all the most important 2012 models.

These include Ducati''s awesome new superbike, the Panigale 1199 that gets the world''s most high-tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine that forms an integral part of an innovative monocoque chassis, combining to deliver a monstrous 195bhp and weighs 164kg.

With the click of a button, Ducati''s Riding Mode combines seven class-leading technologies: the latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Quick-Shifter, Ducati''s new race-derived Engine Brake Control and Ride-by-Wire. And it looks stunning too.

Then there''s BMW with its updated S1000RR superbike and C 600 S and C 650 GT maxi-scooters, Husqvarna with its new 900cc Nuda, MV Agusta and its stunning F3 supersport machine, Kawasaki''s new big capacity Versys all-rounder, while Yamaha will be celebrating 50 years of GP racing at the show.

Triumph, too, will be showing off its impressive line-up of new models on its home turf, including the new Tiger Explorer adventure bike.

Meanwhile Honda is planning a massive presence with activities including the first UK unveiling of the new-for-2012 models, star rider and celebrity appearances, visitor interactive entertainment, 'My First Licence'' for children and race team workshops with BSB Championship winning team HM Plant Honda. Whatever you''re into, there''ll be a range of zones dedicated to different genres including adventure biking, classic machines, custom models and off-road riding. …

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