Best motorcycle events to attend this month

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With the dark nights drawing in and gritters beginning to march angrily onto our frosted roads, it can be easy to think that the biking year is now well and truly over.

After being spoilt by an almost six-month-long window of glorious summer sunshine, the largely cold drizzly November days may have curtailed sneaky evening weekday blasts with your friends, but there are still and abundance of great events to attend on your bike, to help you add to your #ride5000miles total. 

From fantastic shows, to autojumbles and even the occasional trackday still available, November still shows plenty of promise for getting that much-needed biking fix. Below is a list of eight great things to do this month and how you can attend them.

International Dirt Bike Show

When: November 1 - 4

Located at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, at Stoneleigh Park, this is the largest off-road orientated event of its kind in Europe; displaying the latest motorcycles, riding kit and associated products for the off-road market in one giant indoor centre.

This year's exhibitors include Japanese manufacturers such as Yamaha and Honda, White Power suspension and Kyt helmets.

Children under 10 go free, with kids aged 11 to 15 years costing £10 on the door. Also costing £10 on the gate are Senior Citizens over 60 and adult tickets will set you back £16. Advanced ticket sales have now ended as the show already begun.

Firework Frenzy at Santa Pod Raceway

When: November 3

Celebrate Bonfire Night the right way with a trip to Santa Pod for a day of high-octane drag racing and outrageous stunts. Taking place on Saturday afternoon from 2pm and spreading into the evening before lighting up the sky with a flurry of whizz bangs, entry to the event costs £25 per car (or bike, should you fancy it.) 

As well as plenty of four-wheeled action, stunting dare devil Lee Bowers will also be on hand to provide that craved motorcycling thrill with his stunt show aboard Kawasaki machinery.

EICMA motorcycle show in Milan

When: November 8 - 11

Although we’re now less than a week away until the start of the EICMA show, in Milan, you really do owe it to yourself to visit if at all possible. Just a cheap last-minute flight away from any major UK airport, this is your chance to get up-close and personal with all of the newest, most exotic motorcycles on the planet ahead of any of your mates.

Taking place across 17 halls, you will almost struggle to take everything in across one day, with heard of accessory and protective clothing manufacturers also displaying their 2019 stock. Tickets are available for just €19 (around 17 quid) and will allow you entry on any day of your choice.

Valentino Rossi poses on the Yamaha Niken at EICMA 2017

NEC Motorcycle Live

When: November 17 - 25

If heading to Italy for a quick biking mini break isn’t floating your boat, then why not consider a trip to the annual Motorcycle Live event at Birmingham’s NEC? With under 10s going free and 11 to 16-year-olds costing just £1 (yes, one solitary pound) this a cheap family day out to indulge your motorcycling passion.

Adults cost £19.50 in advance and tickets for those over 65 years of age will be charged £12, too. Adults can also pay an additional £5.50 in advance to claim an Oxford HD Max disc lock worth £24.99.

Alongside gawping over all the latest new metal, there will also be live bike start-ups and an all-new Moto Cirque stunt display. There will also be other cool features such as a Suzuki live restoration and displays from the Isle of Man TT and a series of classic machines.   

'Normous Newark Autojumble

When: November 18

Promising to be ‘a great day for any car of motorcycle enthusiast’ the November instalment of the ‘Normous Newark Autojumble is a chance to get out in the crisp November air and chat to like-minded bikers, as well as find valuable spares, tools or maybe even start a new winter restoration project.

If you want the biggest and best choice, then early bird entry from 8am costs £10. After 10am, this price reduces to £7 each. What’s more, it’s also free to park and dogs on leads are welcome.

Visit an autojumble this November

Rockingham Super Send-Off

When: November 24

If you’ve been following the news recently, then you will know that Rocking Motor Speedway is tragically closing its doors for good at the end of November. No longer profitable as a motor racing venue, the site will become a car-storage and auction centre under new owners Rockingham Automotive LLP.

Top-flight domestic motorcycle racing in the form of the British Superbike Championship hasn’t visited the venue since 2003, however club racing championships have continued to use the venue as a round on their calendar.

As one last hurrah to racing, the venue will host a final competitive event open to all types of racing car on November 24. It will be the final time to visit the course for racing before it shuts for good – sounds like the ideal excuse to go for a ride to me!

Tickets cost £10, with under 15s getting in for free. Watch the video below to see Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves racing at the track:

A final sneaky trackday

When: Multiple dates across November

Yes, that's right, even in November there is the chance to get your trackday fix, with companies such as No Limits and MSV offering their final UK 2018 dates in the coming weeks. Costing £59 ad £69 respectively, No Limits have their last two days at Mallory Park and Oulton Park.

Taking place on November 4, the 103db Mallory Park event is now full up, however spaces may become available as people drop out, or sell spaces on to people on online forums. Spaces remain for the Oulton Park day on November 7, with a noise level of 102db.

UK events from MSV carry on slightly longer, with their last UK day of 2018 taking place at Brands Hatch Indy in Kent on November 23. An open pitlane day, spaces cost £89 each.

Cadwell Park dates are still available

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade