Motorcycle Live – NEC Birmingham: highlights | Feature
If you want to see all the latest new bikes and scooters up close and personal, kick a few tyres, sit on some of the scooters and fondle the latest products and kit you’d better get yourself down to the NEC in Birmingham for Motorcycle Live. The show runs until Sunday 26th November and features plenty of live action, test rides and two-wheeled entertainment. Full details can be found at Motorcycle Live.
We showed most of the new 2018 model highlights from EICMA recently so won’t repeat ourselves too much here but have picked out some of our favourite bits and pieces.
We covered the new Scomadi 200 Cup Challenge in a separate post, you can find that here. Scomadi UK also had the new metal-bodied Turismo Technica models on display, complete with well-finished SX style panels, lower seat heights, better “Plush Ride” suspension, new clocks, new rear lights and a few other noticeable styling mods and improvements. The new headlight is made by a company who supply the likes of BMW, it features daytime LED running lights and a better quality light, the new LED rear is much better looking than the original version as well and will hopefully prove to be reliable (along with the new digital instruments).
During their enforced 2017 gap year the Preston based firm has been busy developing a few other ideas, we saw this one being built when we road tested the Scomadi 400 prototype during the summer. The Ecomadi is their first go at an electric scooter and results so far are good. Before you start asking, no date is set for the 400 yet but it was on the stand and will happen.
Their geared Scomadi was also on display, the 250cc bike ‘Vitesse 6’ has been undergoing tests but the engine lump has caused issues. That model will go into production… albeit with a larger capacity engine, probably a 450cc, which will be great fun to ride.
Scomadi scooter luggage
Givi top box trolley
If you’ve ever toured on two wheels you’ll know it’s a pain lugging all your luggage around and into hotels after a long day. This new Givi trolley is a simple but effective idea. It mounts to an existing base plate and uses the same monolock system as the Givi luggage, so the top box clicks and locks into place on the trolley. When you’re ready to unload, just release the top box and trolley as one unit, extend the handle and wheel your luggage to the hotel room. It costs around £113.
dguard® eCall/crash detection system
From 2018 all new cars will need to come equipped with an eCall emergency system. dguard is the first bike specific eCall device to hit the market. It’s a sophisticated device that uses multiple algorithms to detect a crash – if it detects one it will send your exact position to the emergency services. You can cancel the call manually using the ‘SOS’ button mounted on the headset within the first 15 seconds. If you’re using a Bluetooth headset the emergency services can talk to you to establish your condition.
Not only does it work in the event of an accident but it can also track your bike in real time. If the bike/scooter is stolen you can track it yourself using the dedicated app. which in some cases might prove more useful than waiting for the police to arrive (not that we advise vigilante action of course). dguard will cost £500 plus fitting and a nominal £30 per year subscription. Pricey but it could save your life and your bike.
Bell modular helmet
Alongside their existing retro Bullit helmet range, Bell were also showcasing their new modular helmet at the show and were keen to point out the fibreglass helmet is one of the few flip-front lids to comply to legislation in both open and closed positions. It comes with a flip down integral sun visor as well.
They also had their impressive ProTint adaptive visor, it reacts to changes in light to help avoid dangerous glare.
I’ve got to say the new Vespa Electrica looks very nicely done, enough for a couple of Vespa riders to say they’d be happy to use one to get to work and back. The aluminium style paint finish is lovely and I’m hoping they use it on a GTS special edition sometime soon.
Talking of special editions the Piaggio stand was awash with them, Sei Giorni, Notte, Yacht Club (incidentally that won’t arrive with the hideous striped seats), MP3 HPE. We were told that in 2018 limited numbers of special edition scooters will be the way things will go. If you see one you like, get it ordered because once dealers have ordered their stock they won’t be able to reorder. It’s a way of keeping the specials a bit more exclusive.
We mentioned the new Davida full-faced helmet (or should we say the first ever Davida full-faced helmet?) at EICMA. The Koura will arrive in spring. It’s a mean looking lid for sure. Handmade in the UK using the same techniques and materials as their classic open-faced helmets, with leather interiors, tasty paint finishes and of course, it’ll be available in custom colours like the rest of the Davida range. The Koura will open up the British brand to a whole new audience.
More products and machines from the show
SLUK Shop – great for Xmas gift ideas