Coronavirus: Motorcycle Live postponed

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Published on 8 June 2020 by Mike Waters

The organisers of Motorcycle Live have announced that the show is being suspended for the year due to safety requirements for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic and that it will return in 2021. 

A crowd-favourite organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association with the support of Bikesure Insurance, Motorcycle Live has been held since 1981 and began as the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show. It received its current name in 2010.  

In a public statement, the organisers said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and has been exclusively based on our concern for public safety and the wellbeing of our industry colleagues. Operating an event such as Motorcycle Live under COVID-19 related restrictions that include social distancing requirements, possible restrictions on attendance numbers and limited access, was an additional consideration. Ultimately, it was decided that the negative effects on our visitors’ experience and associated damage to the reputation of the event could not be justified.” 

Commenting, MCIA Chief Executive Chief Tony Campbell said: “The MCIA Board is very disappointed with having to reach this decision, but in the current climate we all felt it was the right thing to do. Motorcycle Live is the industry showcase and to deliver a compromised event was in no one’s interest. Public safety and that of the industry team was our first consideration”  

Motorcycle Live is due to return to the Birmingham NEC on November 20-28 2021. 

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