Everything you need to know about Motorcycle Live 2021

MOTORCYCLE LIVE is back for 2021, with crowds returning to the NEC for the first time since 2019.

With COVID-19 closing the show’s doors and pushing it into the virtual realm in 2020, this year’s show is set to be an exceptional edition of the event, with bikers from across the UK pointing their GPS to the Midlands this winter.

Motorcycle Live 2021 opening dates and times

Motorcycle Live 2021 will run from Saturday 4e December to Sunday 12e December. The show will open its doors every day at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For those who wish to get to the event by bike, the free bike park will open one hour before the opening time and close one hour after.

Moto Live 2021 tickets

To get the best deal to take part in this year’s show, you’d be much better off booking your tickets before going to the event. Pre-booked tickets are on sale until 3rd December, and are priced at £ 19.50 for adults, £ 1 for children (aged six to sixteen), while entry is free for those under five.

For those who prefer to show up the same day and pay at the door, adults will pay £ 25 – prices for children remain the same.

To buy your tickets, go to: www.motorcyclelive.co.uk

Drive, ride or take the train?

Well, the simple answer is to ride, obviously! Motorcycles can always park for free on Motorcycle Live, which means you can skip the inevitable queue of cars before the event and skip the £ 10 parking fee – the price goes up to £ 12 for daytime parking.

For those looking to take the family to the show for the day, the car will likely be the preferred mode of transport, but don’t overlook the train if you’re based in the Midlands.

With direct trains from across the country to Birmingham, it’s easy to get to the second city. And that will give you some time after the event for a beer and some food either in the NEC or in one of the many bars and restaurants in the city center.

How to ride Motorcycle Live

Motorcycle Live isn’t just static bikes bolted to exhibition stands. Riding a bike and actually doing it has been a feature of the show for years now.

2021 is no different, and at this year’s show there are multiple chances for riders, non-riders and even children to swing one leg on a two-wheeled machine.

The test area

The Test Ride Zone returns in 2021, offering punters the chance to try out the latest models for free. All kit and clothes are provided as well, which means those traveling by car or train can also sample a bike.

The reservation is made once you arrive at the show and a valid motorcycle license for the bike used is required.

MCIA TryRide

TryRide is for those who have cycled as a passenger but have never taken the plunge to ride for themselves. The program will introduce participants to brakes, gears and low-speed driving, hopefully putting them on the path to a lifetime on two wheels.

TryRide is open to anyone over the age of 14 and is free.


The Adventure Experience gives bikers the chance to try out some of the best adventure bikes on the planet, in a controlled training environment.

The bikes available are the Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin and the Honda CRF300L. Royal Enfield will bring the Himalayas for people to try, while Triumph will have the Scrambler 1200 XC and XE, the Street Scrambler and the awesome Triumph Tiger adventure machine.

Reservations for Experience Adventure rides are only made on the same day. A valid license is required and zero alcohol tolerance is in effect.

Kiddimoto Balance Bike Experience

It’s not just two-wheeler fun for adults at Motorcycle Live, with the Kiddimoto Balance Bike experience being a mainstay of the show (for the younger ones) for quite some time now. Aimed at riders from one and a half to five years old, the experience gives young people the chance to ride in a controlled environment and burn off some of that endless energy.

It also gives the wrangler kids a chance to relax!

MX experience for young people

For young riders who have itchy MX and Enduro riders, a specially designed dirt track will be open each day of the show. Kids between the ages of four and twelve will be able to gear up in motocross gear, gloves and a helmet, then go wild on a circuit designed to provide a full motocross experience for novices and more experienced riders alike.

Seats can only be reserved upon arrival at the show, and they are reserved quickly, so it is advisable to book as early as possible. Participation is subject to availability.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own riding equipment, but the equipment will remain available for those who cannot bring their own.

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