The Motorbike Show with Henry Cole

Presented by Harley-Davidson

Henry Cole is one of those slightly eccentric, yet charming Brits who just happens to be mad about motorcycles. His show appears weekly on mainstream TV in the UK, however, in the USA, he is relatively unknown.

The Motorbike Show has Henry and friends restoring, showing, buying, and riding motorcycles of all ages and description—all presented in an engaging and humorous style.

And Henry doesn’t just build or talk about motorcycles, he also races them. He is the world land speed record holder for pre-1955 750cc motorcycles, and rides every year for Brough Superior and Gladstone at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

New episodes are published monthly, on the first Thursday of each month. 


Here’s what’s in the latest episode for January 2018:

The Motorbike Show, Episode 13 (January 2018)


The Motorbike Show, Episode 12 (December 2017)

The Motorbike Show, Episode 11 (November 2017)

The Motorbike Show, Episode 10 (October 2017)

The Motorbike Show, Episode 9 (September 2017)

In this episode: Henry finds himself at Santa Pod watching a mate drag race a stretched Hayabusa. Think you’ve got the nuts to do this? Then Henry finds himself entered for a race–his first race–at Oulton Park. We follow his exploits from first practice through to the race in Sunday. Henry’s so bone slow he’s worried that he’s going to interfere with the other riders; but come race day, he acquits himself better than he expected and he gets an …um ‘trophy’. For a complete change of pace Henry and Pete ‘The Restorer’ Thorne then continue the Bonneville ‘basket-case’ restoration, and uh-oh… the engine has had to come apart again. In the final segment Henry tries his hand at freestyle MX and takes a lesson from Champion Richie Metcalf–with interesting results.

The Motorbike Show, Episode 8 (August 2017)

In this episode: Henry finds himself entered for a race at Oulton Park–so it’s off to Chris ‘The Stalker’ Walker’s racing school to get some much needed instruction. Henry also delves into the world of a used motorcycle dealer; he tries his hand at ADV off-road riding; and he and Pete ‘The Restorer’ Thorne continue the Bonneville ‘basket-case’ restoration.


The Motorbike Show, Episode 7 (July 2017)

In this episode: Henry goes classic racing with Pete ‘The Restorer’ Thorne at Donington; he checks out the retro-scooter craze in England; he continues the Bonneville restoration; and looks at the custom scene in the UK.

The Motorbike Show, Episode 6 (June 2017)

In this episode: Henry starts the process of teaching his sons to ride; he and Pete start the restoration of Henry’s recently acquired ‘basket case’ Triumph Bonneville; and Henry visits Garry Laurence and his stunning collection of Cafe Racers.

The Motorbike Show, Episode 5 (May 2017)

In this episode: Henry takes on the world of competitive Trials riding on a classic Yamaha YT175; he and Pete ride a Ural sidecar for the first time; and they start the restoration of henry’s recently acquired ‘basket case’ Triumph Bonneville.

The Motorbike Show, Episode 4 (April 2017)

In this episode: Henry investigates learning to ride the Wall of Death; Henry continues with his Suzuki GSX-R streetfighter show build and takes it to ‘Brightona’; he visits The Bike Experience, a charity that helps disabled riders get back on two wheels; he talks to some of the BSB racers’ wives and girlfriends about what it’s like being with a superbike racer; and Henry tries out a spot of basic enduro riding.   

The Motorbike Show, Episode 3 (Pilot episode on UM)

In this our first episode: Henry decides to start a Streetfighter show-project based around an aging and very used Suzuki GSX-R; he goes to the White Helmets (Royal Signals) motorcycle display team to try his hand learning some display riding skills; he visits The Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford where he meets Isle of Man TT racing legend Graeme Crosby; he tries his hand at ‘moto gymkhana’; and he visits a moto auction to see if there’s anything he can afford.