February 23rd, 2018.

The doors have closed on another successful MCN London Motorcycle Show, with 40,000 motorcycling fans visiting the packed halls for three days of new metal, cool classics, hot customs and show-stopping bikes. Hosting every single major manufacturer, many biking celebs, and an adrenaline fuelled live action show, London’s Docklands celebrated the very best of all things motorcycling.

Visitors took full advantage of getting up close and personal with 24 of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers as Aprilia, BMW, Brough, CCM, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Herald, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Llexeter, Moto Corsa, Moto Morini, MP3, Mutt Motorcycles, Norton, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph (who used the show to give the Speed Triple its worldwide public debut), Vespa, Yamaha and Zero Motorcycles all showcased their latest 2018 machines.

Simon Roots, marketing manager KTM and Husqvarna; “It’s been a very positive event for us and busy all weekend. We’ve spoken to lots of fully engaged customers, with plenty of great conversations for our dealers to follow up with.”

New for 2018 was the Michelin Thunderdrome, which saw racing stars such as former I’m A Celebrity winner Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker, James Whitham and Ruben Xaus go head-to-head with a cast of young guns including Richard Cooper, Lee Jackson and Tom and Tim Neave. Themed on the board track races of the 1920s, the Thunderdrome saw high speed thrills and spills throughout the weekend.

In keeping with the racing spirit, Michelin also gave fans an exclusive chance to see nine of the most influential MotoGP machines in the Grand Prix Icons Paddock whilst six British Superbike Championship teams used the show to launch their 2018 campaigns. Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness opened his own pub for the weekend, with the road racing icon pulling pints and chatting with fans throughout the show.

Historic automotive specialists Coys of Kensington returned on Saturday to put a host of exotic machines under the hammer. One of the stars of the lot was a Triumph Bonneville Bud Edkins Desert Scrambler Special that belonged to Hollywood star Brad Pitt, which eventually went for £22,000 (plus fees). The highest bid was for a Honda RC45, which fetched £29,500 (plus fees) whilst one bidder took a Yamaha YZR80 for £8,000 (plus fees).

Alongside the latest 2018 machines and racing exotica, the Adventure Village saw intrepid explorers take to the stage to chat through their globe-trotting adventures whilst 30 of Europe’s best cafe racers, trackers, scramblers and bobbers were on display in a special Built magazine custom culture display. A new feature for 2018 was the Classic Bike Barn Find of the Year competition, which allowed visitors to vote for their favourite machines, with the eventual winner, Joss Creed taking home the purse of 1000 guineas for his 1947 BSA A7.

Bauer Motorcycling managing director Rob Aherne commented: “This was our best ExCeL show yet. We’re delighted to have entertained such a great crowd for three days and equally delighted with feedback from our visitors and exhibitors. We’re looking forward to returning to the capital on September 22-23 for our all-new MCN Ally Pally Show and Supersprint, and hope to welcome back many of our visitors and exhibitors for this exciting all-new event.’