The bank holiday is upon us and it looks to be a busy one for motorcycling riders and enthusiasts alike with a plethora of racing, shows, meet-ups and open days to choose from up and down the country.
However will you fit them all in?
Saturday 23rd May, Newmarket to Norwich
All makes and models are welcome on this inaugural charity ride with a difference. Collect your firstplaying card at the start at Newmarket’s Harley dealership then another one at each of the further three stops and your last card at the finish at Norwich’s Harley dealership. The winning hand gets £300!
What time? Register from 10am at Newmarket. BBQ from noon in Norwich
How much? £5 per bike
You can even borrow a Harley for the day.
TAKE AWAY FACT: Norwich is bound to be buzzing over the Bank Holiday because the city is also hosting Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival.
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May, Donington Park
The one and only British round takes place at the 2.5 mile Leicestershire circuit. The on-track action begins on Friday morning at 9.15am with a host of support races filling the schedule as well as the two main races on Sunday.
The Brits dominating this year’s championship with Jonathan Rea leading the way with 8 wins from 10 starts this season. Sykes, Lowes, Davies, Haslam and Camier will be hunting for home glory though.
Here’s our Top 10 Donington Park WSBK battles, including videos!
What time? The two 23-lap Superbike races take place at 12:00 and 15:00 on Sunday
How much? Friday: from £10, Saturday: from £25 and Sunday: from £50
TAKE AWAY FACT: 6 of the 10 races so far this season have finished all-British affair.
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th May, London
This year’s Bike Shed exhibition is being held in London’s stunning Tobacco Dock, again, about a 10-minute walk from Tower Bridge.
Expect to see around 150 custom motorcycles from the new wave custom scene, plus art, photography, quality gear and apparel, hosted in rather mega trendy surroundings with top notch food, a proper bar and barrista coffee. Look out for Harley Davidson, Yamaha and Ducati who will all be unveiling some rather special models
What time? Doors open from 10am – 6pm both days
How much? A weekend-long ticket costs £15
TAKE AWAY FACT: There’s even a barbershop and tattooist.
4. Ace Cafe Margate Meltdown
Monday 25th May, Kent
The 8th annual Margate Meltdown event takes place on the seafront and harbour of Kent’s coastal town with club stands, trade stands and a stage with live entertainment from noon. An official ride to Margate from the Ace Cafe on London's North Circular is organised as part of the bank holiday Monday event.
What time? The official ride from the Ace Cafe starts at 10.30am
How much? It’s FREE!
TAKE AWAY FACT: The Bennetts Babes recorded their Sunday Service video at this event in 2010. Click here to see the full version.
Sunday 24th May, East Lancashire
More an all-vehicle show but with motorcycle features including Manx Nortons, Bruce Anstey’s Relentless GSX-R1000 from the 2010 Ulster GP where he set an average lap time of 133.977mph. The National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD) will be offering demonstrations and there’ll be an FMX display too.
What time? 10am – 4pm
How much? £3 adults, £1.50 children
TAKE AWAY FACT: Titanic II will be at the show. Well, the World Premiere of a 12,000 Lego piece, 9ft replica version anyway.
6. Triumph Dealership Open Day
Saturday 23rd May, Nationwide
To celebrate Hinckley firm’s 25th Anniversary, Triumph dealerships across the country are showcasing their pride and joy at the company’s Annual Dealer Open Day.
Triumph is offering a top prize of exclusive tour of the Triumph production facilities, including an overnight stay at the Hinckley Island Hotel and dinner with Triumph’s UK team. Each dealership will choose its best-in-class example from five categories (those manufactured between 1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015), before submitting a photo or video of their favourite from each period.
Take a look at our Triumph road tests and reviews.
What time? Check your local dealership’s opening times
How much? It’s FREE!
TAKE AWAY FACT: Triumph will be unveiling a new 1100cc engine platform for 2016 to be used in a revised Bonneville among others.
Sunday 24th May, Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton
The summer festival is organised by the MV Agusta Owners Club of Great Britain and takes place at the Sywell Aerodrome which means that for an extra £35 you can run your MV up and down the runway! MV UK will have a demonstration fleet, there’ll be classic and race bikes plus a classic ride out.
What time? Gates open at 10am
How much? £25 for a ticket (£5 for children), £35 extra for track time (Lunch and refreshments are included)
TAKE AWAY FACT: MV stands for Meccanica Verghera. MV Agusta has provided 38 World championships and 34 Isle of Man TT wins between 1952 – 1974.
8. World Motocross Grand Prix Championship, Round 7
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th May, Matterley Basin, Winchester
Motocross comes home. The 7th round of the World Championship takes place this weekend in Winchester, just 20 miles from where the sport was born in the early part of the last century.
Thousands of race fans will be heading to Matterley Basin which is surely one of the most spectator-friendly venues on the GP calendar. The Brits will be cheering on Shaun Simpson and Max Anstie who are coming into better form, with Anstie looking the most likely to bag a solid result, maybe even a podium.
Simpson is in fact undefeated in the British Motocross Championship this year, so he has massive pressure to continue that form in the MXGP class. With an overall victory last weekend at a Belgian International race the Scotsman must be feeling pretty happy with his current form.
What time? Track action from 07:45 Saturday but MXGP races at 14:15 and 17:10 on Sunday
How much? Sunday tickets are £45 for 16+ and £20 for children (5-15)
TAKE AWAY FACT: The last British world motocross champion was James Dobb back in 2001.
Monday 25th May, Rockingham
If you’ve never ridden around Rockingham then give Focused Events a call and get yourself booked onto their track day on the 2.44 mile International circuit on Bank Holiday Monday. 12 corners in all but the most iconic is the banked turn 4, can you take it flat out?
What time? First track session will be 9am but you’ll need to be on site by 7.30am
How much? £139
Never been on a track day before? Take a look at our feature when we helped four riders to break their Track Day virginity.
TAKE AWAY FACT: Rockingham is configurable in 13 different layouts
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th May, Builth Wells, Wales
On a farm in mid-Wales hosts a weekend long bike and trike event. Don’t call it a festival though! In its 7th year, there’s free camping, trade stands, 9 confirmed bands, catering, a late bar, an indoor venue and prizes for largest club turn out and furthest travelled bike.
What time? All weekend from Friday to Monday.
How much? £25.00, under 14s go free when accompanied by a paying adult. Vehicles £10 for weekend, vehicles with blue badge displayed go free.
TAKE AWAY FACT: A Tattooist and a 100ft water slide are always a handy combination.
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