6 great motorcycling events to go to in November and December

Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham

Looking for motorcycle events to go to this November and December? We’ve got you covered…

12 November – The Ring of Red

12 November marks Remembrance Sunday, and this year why not join one of two rideouts to show support for our armed forces and raise money for Veterans. The M25 Ring of Red will see hundreds of bikers, all wearing something red, riding clockwise around the M25 (which circles London), aiming to make the biggest poppy in the world. For those living further north, there will also be a Ring of Red around the M60 (which circles Manchester).

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When ‘n’ where: Both motorcycle events take place on Sunday 12 November, with the M25 Ring of Red having multiple start points from 12pm. The M60 ride will leave at the same time from Birch Services (anti-clockwise).

How: Full details of the ride will be announced on the Ring of Red website.

18-26 November – Motorcycle Live 2017

Motorcycle Live NEC Birmingham

Out of all the motorcycle events, Motorcycle Live is the place to be come November. Here, motorcycle, clothing and accessory manufacturers, retailers and tour operators set up at Birmingham’s NEC for the largest motorcycle show in the UK.

See the latest adventure bikes on display (including the new Triumph Tigers, BMW F750GS & F850GS, KTM 790 Adventure R, Yamaha 700 Tenere World Raid and the Ducati Multistrada 1260), grab yourself a bargain from the many retailers in the halls and, most importantly of all, come and say hi to ABR!

There will also be opportunities to test ride the latest bikes, and this year there’ll be more adventure-focussed attractions than ever. Head to the Adventure at Motorcycle Live Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the latest adventure-related news at Motorcycle Live.

When ‘n’ where: 18-26 November at the NEC in Birmingham (postcode for SatNav: B40 1NT). The show runs between 9am and 6pm on weekends and 10am and 5pm Monday-Friday.

How: Advanced tickets are available online for £19.50, with concessions for children (just £1!) and seniors. Adult tickets on the day cost £25. Head to the Motorcycle Live ticketing page to find out more.

26 November – Mud Pluggers Day at the Ace Café

The perfect chance to meet up with other like-minded off-road enthusiasts at the famous Ace Café in London. Check out the bikes, grab a cuppa and have a bite to eat while nattering about all things off-road riding.

When ‘n’ where: The day will be kicking off at 9am on 26 November at the Ace Café London, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD.

How: There’s nothing tricky about attending Mud Pluggers Day, just turn up on the day and you’re good to go! More information and contact details can be found on the Ace Cafe website.

1-3 December – ABR Yuletide Rally

ABR Yuletide rally motorcycle event
Photo: Rick

The ever popular ABR Yuletide Rally is back for 2017! It’s the perfect chance to get some end-of-the-year riding in, with the added bonus of hearty food (including a hog roast on the Saturday), an open fire pit, on and off-road rideouts, a charity auction and plenty of booze and banter. Devon John’s tireless work makes this an event not to be missed. Bunkhouse accommodation must be booked in advance while camping is pay on the day.

When ‘n’ where: 1-3 December at Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39.

How: Camping is £7 per night, a space in the communal timber huts is £15 per night, and for a spot in the communal Atlantic lodges it’s £20 per night. More information can be found on the ABR forum.

2 December – 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 trade stalls and a jumble to keep you busy throughout the day. Expect to see loads of fascinating bikes and grab a few bargains for your own project along the way.

When ‘n’ where: 2 December at Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ. Gates open at 9:30am.

How: Tickets cost £7 per adult, or £6 for children/OAPs, while under 12s are allowed in free. No need to book, just turn up on the day and pay your entrance fee. More information can be found here.

17 December – Ace Café Toy Run

The annual Ace Café Toy Run always proves to be one of the most fun and rewarding motorcycle events of the year, where bikers get together to ride into central London to give presents to the unfortunate kids in the children’s wards of three hospitals; St Mary’s, Royal Brompton, and Evelina Children’s Hospital. Riders are asked to bring gifts that are wrapped and labelled boy/girl/age group so that they can be distributed appropriately. Fancy dress (Santa!) is also encouraged, and on returning to the café there will be prize draws for best dressed bike and best dressed rider.

When ‘n’ where: The ride departs at 11am on Sunday 17 December from the Ace Café London, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD.

How: Just turn up on the day with presents wrapped and labelled.