LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE TO GET OUT ON THE BIKE THIS SPRING? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THESE GREAT MEET UPS AND SHOWS…
10-12 Mar – ABR Malvern Hills Rally 2017
Now in its fourth year, the Malvern Hills Rally is organised by the guys over on the ABR forum. The event is a laid-back get-together between like-minded people, and there’s an on and off-road ride out and, come evening, the riders head to the pub to continue the fun.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: The rally will take place on 10-12 March and will be held at the Marlbank Inn, which is located in Welland, Malvern, Worcestershire. Postcode for SatNav: WR13 6NA.
HOW: You can sign up by heading to the ABR forum and registering your interest at http://bit.ly/2iHu8iQ.
11-12 Mar – MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show
Think of it as a smaller version of Motorcycle Live where you can study all of the latest bikes and catch live action stunts. There’s also the chance to bag a bargain in the autojumble stands and browse the retail village.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: The event takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh (post-code for SatNav: EH28 8NB) and it runs from 9 am to 5 pm on 11 to 12 March.
HOW: Day ticket cost £13 in advance or £17 on the door, while under 12’s can be admitted free of charge. To purchase a ticket online, head to www. scottishmotorcycleshow.com/tickets.
Photo: Bryn Davies
19 Mar – Overland & Adventure Travel Bike Day
A chance to meet with same-minded people at one of the UK’s most iconic hangouts for motorcycle riders. There’s a great atmosphere at the café, so drop in to share stories with fellow adventure riders over a brew or some pub grub.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: The meet takes place from 9 am to 5 pm on 19 March at the Ace Café, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London. Post- code for SatNav: NW10 7UD.
HOW: The event is entirely free so just head to the venue on the day, and you’re set. For any enquiries head to www.ace-café-london.com.
25-26 Mar – Manchester Bike Show
Another smaller but no less enjoyable motorcycle show is the Manchester Bike Show. Here you’ll have the chance to check out the newest models of 2017, enjoy stunt shows, music and entertainment. A wide variety of exhibitors and traders will be attending as well as a large retail village.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: The show runs from 25 – 26 March and is held at EventCity, Phoenix Way, Urmston, Manchester. Postcode for SatNav: M41 7TB.
HOW: An advance day ticket is £14 or £17 on the gate. Available at www.manchesterbikeshow.com
Photo: Bryn Davies
9 Apr – Prescott Bike Festival
A bike festival that boasts a wide variety of rare bikes and the infamous Prescott Hill Climb event while raising money for national and regional Blood Bikes charities. Also expect a stunt show, test rides, live music and plenty of trade stands and motorcycle manufacturers to be present.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: 9 April at Prescott Bike Festival, Gotherington, near Cheltenham. Postcode for SatNav: GL52 9RD.
HOW: Day tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the day and are available from www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk. Under 16s go free.
21 May – BONE-shaker Marrow-thon Motorcycle Ride
A charity ride from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to Burton on Trent in aid of Anthony Nolan, Cure Leukaemia and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The ride is 35 miles long and all are welcome no matter what you ride.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: The ride starts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2GW. Aim to arrive at 10.30 am as the ride will start at 11 am.
HOW: The organisers charge £5 per bike and you can sign up to the event or get more information via their website www.boneshaker-marrowthon. com.