Prince William Indulges His Love Of Motorbikes At Birmingham Event

The Duke of Cambridge gets on a Triumph motorbike during his visit to Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham
The Duke of Cambridge gets on a Triumph motorbike during his visit to Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham

The Duke of Cambridge has indulged his love of motorbikes with a visit to Britain's biggest bike show.

William astonished thousands of bike fans at Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham who crowded round to watch and take pictures of the young royal as he sat astride a variety of models.

Along with his brother Prince Harry, the Duke has been a keen biker from a young age and currently owns a 1199cc Ducati.

The brothers previously took part in an arduous motorcycle rally across Africa to raise money for a variety of charities including Sentebale, which was jointly founded by Prince Harry.

With Christmas just around the corner it is possible William may have found a new item for his wish list with his visit to the bike show.

Perhaps it could be the Ducati Diavel, which the Duke was only too happy to climb on when prompted by a well-wisher shouting out from the crowd: "Go on, get on it."

With a laugh, William replied: "Alright then, if I have to," before sitting on the cruiser motorcycle.

The Duke was flanked by crowds wherever he went inside the arena, and one young girl who was lucky enough to have a quick chat with him said she was pleased to have met him.

Bronte Williams, 8, from North Devon, who was visiting the exhibition with her family, said: "He was very nice and chatty.

"He asked me what I enjoyed and I told him the off road show."

Just before leaving the Duke was presented with a gift for his son Prince George.

Event organisers gave him a balance bike for the young royal, which had the royal crest emblazoned on it, a 'G' with a crown above it and the Motorcycle Live logo.

William spent a good bit of time at the Norton, Metisse, Triumph, CCM, Ducati, and Yamaha stands, talking to organisers and chatting about the bikes.

He also watched riders taking part in the Yamaha off-road experience, a short off-road course inside the NEC.

Motorcycle Live, at the NEC from November 23 to December 1, is the Motorcycle Industry Association's flagship event.

The association has looked after the interests of the motorcycle industry in the UK for over 100 years.

Its members manufacture and import motorbikes and supply associated goods and services in the UK. The association says its objective is to promote, protect and expand the motorcycle industry for the benefit of its members.

Earlier this week, the Prince joined Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift on stage for a rendition of Livin' On A Prayer at a charity event.

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