London Motorcycle Show 2018 preview
Visitors to the London Motorcycle Show from February 16-18 will be treated to a display of seven MotoGP title-winning bikes including the Honda RC213V on which Marc Marquez clinched the 2017 championship.
Of equal interest to British race fans will be the oldest bike in the collection of nine iconic Grand Prix racers, the 1979 Suzuki RG500 XR27 on which Barry Sheene famously diced with Yamaha-mounted Kenny Roberts in that year’s scintillating British Grand Prix.
The show will feature the latest road bikes from BMW, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha alongside some great biking bargains.
Alongside Sheene’s Suzuki will be the first of the seven World Championship-winning machines, Freddie Spencer’s 1983 Honda RS500. Also included are Wayne Rainey’s 1992 title-winning Marlboro Yamaha YZR500 alongside the 1993 victor, Kevin Shwantz’s Lucky Strike Suzuki.
The first of the MotoGP-era machines on display will be Valentino Rossi’s 2003 Honda RC211V, alongside the Yamaha M1 he rode in 2004. Also present will be the first Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP machine, riden by Loris Capirossi in 2003, with the line-up brought bang up to date with Marquez’s mount from last season.
World Superbike legends Chris Walker, Neil Hodgson, Ruben Xaus and four-time Champion Carl Fogarty will go head-to-head over the three days in the new Michelin Thunderdrome live action show, in which they will race round an oval track with 45-degree banking…
There will also be a Coys auction, with one of the star lots being Brad Pitt’s custom Triumph Bonneville, while Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness is opening his own pub for the weekend and will be pulling pints and chatting with punters about his career.
Andy Calton, editor of Motorcycle News, said: “2017 was one of the most exciting seasons in MotoGP history so we’re very excited to be welcoming Marc Marquez’s title-winning Honda as part of our Grand Prix celebration. With a further six title-winning machines alongside Barry Sheene’s Suzuki and the first ever Ducati Desmocedici, it will be an unmissable display.”
The 2018 London Motorcycle Show takes place at the ExCeL Centre in the east of the capital from February 16-18.
Full details at www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com