Motorcycle Live 2017 Birmingham

On Wednesday 22nd November, I hopped in the car with the UKF  Group Business Development Manager and we travelled twenty miles up the motorway to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, for this year’s edition of Motorcycle Live.

We battled the cold November air on our way in and after taking a moment to gather our bearings and work out which bus exactly we needed to take from the car park, we made our way into the show.

Motorcycle Live is the UK’s biggest motorcycle show and to put it simply, it’s a paradise for bikers. Bike manufacturers, large and small were all in attendance, displaying their latest machines, along with hundreds of trade stands covering every aspect of motorbikes that you could imagine. There were demonstrations, live events and even celebrity appearances to scope out too. However, first and foremost, we were there to check out the exhaust manufacturers.

We were pleased to find fellow independent British firms trading at the show including Pipewerx. Steve and I were both impressed with the laser work that Pipewerx had completed on their tail trims, including mitring and cutting their company logo directly into the tube. I thought this was a great example of product branding and is something that we are already able to offer at UKF Stainless. What better way to personalise your tail trims, than by letting us leave your brands mark on them!

Some of the firms that we spoke to were unaware that we offer laser cutting, but there was plenty of enthusiasm for the service, so we look forward to pursuing this interest.

On a more negative note, we were unhappy to hear that some firms were paying over the odds for their steel tube, especially when we could be more competitive with our prices. Our steel tube is affordable and comes in a wide range of welded sizes.

UKF offers a wide variety of affordable continuous 6011 pattern perforated tube and our sister company JPC can offer interrupted perforated tube patterns, tailored or bespoke to your individual needs.


It wasn’t all work, as I managed to squeeze in time to catch some of the Freestyle Motocross action hosted by Arena Cross. I could hear the bikes roaring from well outside the arena and I had to go and check it out!

Situated at the back of Hall 4, closed off in a seated arena, Arena Cross boasts some of the best Motocross talents around, leaving me on the edge of my seat. It looked like mere inches were separating the riders from the roof, so there was little room for error. The riders didn’t disappoint as they fought to get one up on their rivals and impress the crowds with extreme tricks, leaving my self and the rest of the crowd in awe.

Following that excitement, we decided we’d had far too much fun for one afternoon, so we decided to call it a night. After dodging the rain and scratching our heads wondering where exactly our bus back to their car park was, we eventually found ourselves warm and dry back in the car.

To find out more about our Laser Cutting service, including for personalising exhaust tail trims, please call us on 01527 578686, email us at, or visit our website at

We are more than happy to provide you with a quote for your work and we can also take tube samples, to make your life easier. 

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