Looking for an excuse to get out on the bike this winter? We’ve got you covered…
The Ring of Red 2016
A charity ride around the M25 on Remembrance Sunday which acts as a sign of respect to the Armed Forces as well as raising money for Veterans in Action. Participants wear something red in an effort to create a circle of riders in red, symbolising the poppy.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: 13 November starting at various points on the M25. Full details will be on the website, and they also organise a ride on the M60.
HOW: Full details of the ride will be announced on www.therideofrespect.co.uk.
Mud Pluggers Day at the Ace Café
A chance to meet up with other off-road enthusiasts at the famous Ace Café in London. Check out the machinery, grab a cuppa and a bite to eat and talk with like-minded people about all things dirt. There’s not often off-road or adventure days at the café, so this is the time to go.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: Kicking off at 9am on 27 November at the Ace Café London, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD.
HOW: Just turn up on the day and away you go! Information and contact details can be found at www.ace-cafe-london.com.
The biggest motorcycle exhibition in the UK and the place to be if you’re into life on two wheels. Motorcycle Live gives you the chance to check out the latest metal and new kit from manufacturers and bucket loads of live entertainment. There are nine free opportunities to ride bikes, plenty of bargains to be had, and more adventure-focused attractions than ever before. Head to www.bit.ly/MCLadventure to hear the latest adventure-related news at Motorcycle Live.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: 19-27 November at the NEC in Birmingham (postcode for SatNav: B40 1NT). Opening times vary between weekdays and weekends.
HOW: Advance tickets are available online for £19.50, with concessions for children (just £1!) and seniors. Adult tickets on the day cost £25. Head to www.bit.ly/MCLtickets to find out more.
ABR Yule Tide Rally
One of the most popular ABR rallies with camping and bunkhouse accommodation, plus two off-road ride outs (for novice and experienced riders) and a road based ride. Proper, hearty food will also be on offer with local real ale and cider being sold at very reasonable prices in the evening. Bunkhouse accommodation must be booked in advance while camping is pay on the day. Bikes only.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: 2-4 December at Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39. More details to be confirmed nearer the time.
HOW: Prices and finer details are yet to be confirmed, but to register your interest and find out the latest information head to www.bit.ly/yuletide2016.
Southern Classic Off Road Show & Jumble
A chance to see some of the iconic off-road motorcycles from over the years with the benefit of hundreds of trade stalls and a jumble to keep you occupied throughout the day. Expect to see many beautiful bikes and potentially grab a few bargains for your own project along the way.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: 3 December at Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ. Gates open at 9.30am.
HOW: Tickets cost £6 for adults or £5 for over 65s and children, while under 12s go free. Turn up on the day and pay the entrance fee. More information at www.kemptonparkautojumble.co.uk.
Cambidge Bikers Christmas Toy Run
There are many toy runs across the nation on the approach to Christmas and they are in aid of a great cause. We’d thoroughly recommend joining one. Featured here is one in aid of those unfortunate enough to be spending the holidays at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Previous years have seen convoys of up to three miles-long of bikers riding into Cambridge, many of whom were dressed in costumes.
WHEN ‘N’ WHERE: Meet at 9am on 11 December at La Pergola, Cambridge Road, Harlton, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1HA.
HOW: Just turn up on the day in time for a 9.45am departure with a toy or gift for someone in hospital. More information available at www.facebook.com/camtorun.