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Seven reasons having a bike is brilliant

Published: 01 July 2003

Updated: 19 November 2014

This weekend is a great time to be into bikes. Organise a trip to one of the events below. Give yourself a chance to hook-up with some mates. Share a great ride, see some great stuff, and have a story to tell when you get home.

Here’s some inspiration.

1: British Superbikes at Rockingham

The British Superbike championship will arrive at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend with John Reynolds aiming to build a winning streak after a victory at the last meeting. Shakey Byrne will be aiming to restore his domination in the series, and thousands of fans will be enjoying the action at a circuit designed to give the best views of the whole circuit.

And if you really can’t make it, we’ll be updating all the news and results on motorcyclenews.com through the weekend.

For more details see the link on the right titled " Rockingham details "

2: The Sheene Run

The ACU tribute to racing legend Barry Sheene will take place in Rugby this weekend, incorporating a run of classic bikes from the Ace Café, a parade of Harleys through Rugby town centre, and exclusive items up for auction. Proceeds from the event will go to Sheene’s nominated charity CLIC, and the £10 fee for bikes includes a commemorative programme and much more. For full details follow the link on the right titled " Full details on the Sheene Run "

3: Try a Honda

Fancy trying a Honda SP-2 or a Goldwing for size? John’s of Romford have got four Honda demo bikes for just one week until July 9. All you need to try the SP-2, Goldwing, VFR800 or Fireblade are two forms of id, including a photocard full motorcycle licence, and a credit or debit card. Rides are available between 9am and 5pm every day. John’s of Romford is at 46-52 London Rd, Romford, Essex. Phone them on: 01708 726048 or 01708 746293.

4: MCN UK National Championship Supermoto

The National Adventure Sports Show is on at the East of England showground this weekend and the MCN-backed British Supermoto Championship will be one of the main attractions. Stars including Warren Steele, Christian Iddon and Ady Smith will be competing on a mixture of Tarmac and dirt in front of huge crowds. And with other attractions including BMXers, skateboarders, mountain bikers and live music it’s guaranteed to keep the kids busy while you get on with the serious business of watching the bikes. Tickets are £12.50 for adults or £9.50 for 8-14 year olds.

For more details see the preview in MCN, July 2, or call 0845-130-4523

5: Individual Speedway Championship of Great Britain

The race to become king of British speedway should be red hot as it's on the ultra-tight Eastbourne circuit. There's little room for error on the tiny Arington track and the elbows are sure to be flying. Current champion Scott Nicholls is favourite to win again as he's in good form in the world championship. 7.30pm. Call: 01323-841642

6: Spa 24-hour endurance race

It’s not too late to venture a little further afield. A classic track, support races including the BMW Boxer Cup, Kawasaki ZX6RR cup, Yamaha R6 cup and Aprilia challenge, and the chance to drink and party while riders push their bikes through 24-hours of racing. For more details see www.spa-francorchamps.be

7: Great bike meets.

On Sunday alone MCN’s What’s On guide lists 23 of the best bike meets taking place. There’s the Arrow Mill Hotel in Warwickshire (01789-762419), the Crow’s Nest bike club in Whitby (01947-606060), Squires Milk Bar in Sherburn in Elmet (01977-684618) and Hastings Motorcycle Club meet in Kent (07753-839620). There’s also the Buell Enthusiasts Day at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham (01924-518224 eves) and Italian Bike Day at the Sammy Miller Museum in New Milton Hampshire (01425-620777).

Send us a report or some pictures of how you enjoy your biking this weekend. Send them to mcn.online@emap.com or share your experiences by posting on the discussion and chat boards.

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