Tuesday 11 December 2012

Motorcycle Live 2012 with Royal Enfield

After attending the Watsonian Squire Centenary celebration at Stoneleigh Park earlier this year I was invited to sketch on the Royal Enfield and Watsonian Squire stand at this years Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC.  This is a massive show with a lot of the big motorcycle manufacturers attending and putting on huge displays. I was very honoured to be sketching on the Royal Enfield stand as they are producing some very lovely bikes, including their latest model to be released next year the Cafe Racer. Thanks to Ben and the team at Royal Enfield for inviting me along and being so accommodating to what is essentially a sketching busker. For more information on Royal Enfield, Watsonian Squire and the Motorcycle Live event please click on the following links:




Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Concept

(A2 ink sketch)

On the Watsonian Squire stand they featured the SBW Motorrad a sidecar for the BMW R1200. This was a great challenge to sketch as it is a very complicated beast. The ink sketch was done at the show and the water colour was added back in the studio as I felt it needed more definition in order to make the various elements of the design more apparent.

BMW R1200 & SBW Motorrad Sidecar Outfit

(A2, water colour over ink sketch)

EFI 500 Engine Detail 

(A4 ink sketch)

Royal Enfield Bullet EFI

(A4 ink sketch)

Royal Enfield Bullet EFI

(A4 ink sketch)

Inky hands in action
I'm actually sitting on what I found out was a child's camping chair which I managed to break during one sitting. A bit of gaffer soon sorted it out and it lasted the rest of the weekend.
 Seeing that I had time to spend with the Royal Enfield's I decided to try some larger sketches, I really enjoyed working at this size and will definitely be doing more of this when sketching conditions are favourable.

 Harry Potter Sidecar

Barbour Sidecar Outfit

Backstreet Heroes and Streetfighters Custom Bike Show

After seeing this Triumph Drag Bike at the show I had to take the opportunity to sketch it. It turns out it's one of the latest builds to come out of Barons Speed Shop in Croydon. These guys are real vintage Triumph addicts and it really shows in the simplicity and period detail they include in their builds.

1953 Triumph T100, drag bike
(A3 ink sketch)
This bike is going to be raced next year so not just a show pony, great stuff. for more information on Barons Speed Shop please visit their website:


Next to the Triumph was this very neat BSA A65 Lightning

 Saddletramp Sportster
Based on a 1989 Harley Sportster.

 Coventry Transport Museum Display

Coventry Transport Museum had a great display of old bikes:

 1962 Francis Barnett 'Fulmar 88'
 1912 Rudge TT Special
1926 Rex Acme TT 
 1916 Lea Francis
1903 Riley 'Moto Bi' motor bycycle

Carol Nash Display

Vic Jeffords Carousel
As featured in Back Street Heroes
More metal flake than the human eye can withstand!

 Harley Street Bike

Manx Norton

This 1958 Bantam got my vote in the Build in Britain Competition.

Other Highlights 

 Mitesse Triumph

 Norton TT Bike
I like the rough an ready feel to this bike.


  1. Hi Martin !

    Fantastic Sketches !

    Feels great to share that I'm the content writer for the Royal Enfield Blogs and it's really amazing to see your great talent sketching the legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycles.

    Looking forward to share a lot more with you.

    Warm Regards,

    Manish Pathak

    Royal Enfield Blogs