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Mo­tor­cy­cle Live Novem­ber 17-25, NEC, Birm­ing­ham

The big­gest bike show of the year in Blighty. All the big man­u­fac­tur­ers – and smaller ones – will be show­cas­ing their 2019 mod­els. So this will be your first chance to get up close to the new BMW R1250GS and RT, Suzuki’s retro Katana and the lat­est Ducati Scram­blers, among oth­ers. It’s not just static dis­plays ei­ther – you can test-ride Yama­has on the road, BMWS on an in­door of­froad course and Har­leys on a rolling road. There are taster ses­sion for kids and novice adults, try your hand at tri­als or ad­ven­ture bikes, in­door and off-road. Sprawl­ing over sev­eral halls at the NEC, the show also fea­tures the usual trade stands, cloth­ing, food, celebri­ties and bar­gains. Tick­ets from £19.50 and kids un­der 10 get in free. www.mo­tor­cy­cle­live.co.uk

Ma­cau Grand Prix Novem­ber 15-18, Ma­cau

Some of the world’s top road rac­ers bounce su­per­bikes off the walls on a tricky street cir­cuit. www.ma­cau.grand­prix.gov.mo

Santa’s on a Bike De­cem­ber 1, var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Dress up as Santa, spread good cheer and raise some cash for the Hospice South West char­ity. www.san­ta­son­abike.org.uk

South­ern Clas­sic Off-road and Rac­ing Show De­cem­ber 1, Kemp­ton Park, Mid­dle­sex

Long-es­tab­lished clas­sic au­to­jum­ble and a well-at­tended clas­sic show along­side. www.kemp­ton­parkau­to­jum­ble.co.uk

Plum Pud­ding Meet De­cem­ber 26, Mal­lory Park, Le­ics

Over­done it on Christ­mas day? Drag your bloated belly and your aching head off to Mal­lory Park and treat the for­mer to a proper fry-up and the lat­ter to some noisy en­gines – on two, three and four wheels. It’s kill or cure. Tick­ets £11 in ad­vance or £13 on the gate. www.mal­lo­ry­park­cir­cuit.com

Dakar Rally Jan­uary 6-17, Peru

A bit of a trek to spec­tate in per­son but if you can get ac­cess on the telly or the in­ter­webs (ex­cel­lent on­line cov­er­age), it’s well worth fol­low­ing. 5000km in 10 stages, with over 3000km of that on in­cred­i­bly tough off-road sec­tions – sand, desert and dunes. Just fin­ish­ing is a huge achieve­ment while any­one fight­ing for the win is an off-road god. www.dakar.com

Bike Day at the Ace Jan­uary 6, Ace Café, Stone­bridge, Lon­don

Noth­ing fancy – just turn up at the Ace Café with or with­out your bike, grab a cof­fee and some­thing to eat, and watch the world come and go. There’s al­ways a great mix of bikes and peo­ple, and a re­laxed vibe. lon­don.ace­cafe.com

Mablethorpe Sand Races Jan­uary 20, Mablethorpe, Lincs

On a good day, Mablethorpe’s pleas­ant. On a great day, the beach is a race­track. Speed­way, mo­tocross and con­verted road bikes slither around all day for fun. Free to watch. www.xtreme-ac­tion-im­ages.com/ san­drace

Ca­role Nash MCN Lon­don Mo­tor­cy­cle Show Fe­bru­ary 15-17, Ex­cel Lon­don, Dock­lands

Much more com­pact than the NEC show but there’s still loads go­ing on. All the im­por­tant new metal for 2019, clas­sic road and race bikes from the past, cus­tom bikes from the present, along with celebri­ties in­clud­ing John Mcguin­ness, Wayne Gard­ner and more. 200 re­tail stands will empty your wal­let, with live ac­tion in­clud­ing rac­ing on a banked oval board track. www.mc­n­mo­tor­cy­cleshow.com

Carta­gena track­day Fe­bru­ary 19-21, Carta­gena, Spain

Leave the gloom be­hind and head for warm tar­mac. Three days on track (with in­struc­tion), three nights in a ho­tel and bike trans­port in­cluded in the price (from about £470pp). www.no­lim­it­strack­days.com

The UK’S big­gest bike show hits the NEC this month

The Dakar rally - no ex­pla­na­tion nec­es­sary

Ca­role Nash MCN show brings bikes to The Smoke

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