Motorcycle Events in Europe

Updated April 17, 2017

Europe has a long history of motorcycle events and rallies, dating back to the 1950s. The United Kingdom is home to several motorcycle events including the 25th Annual Reading Toy Run as well as an overseas motorcycle ride to the Great Wall of China. Italy features the Bikershow of Milano and Greece is home to the Dramarally. For the more daring there is an annual motorcycle hill-climbing event in Stockholm, Sweden, called the Hydet MC Official Hillclimb.

The Bulldog Bash

The Bulldog Bash is an annual motorcycle rally that is held in England at Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespeare County Raceway. For four days, the rally --- organised by the Hells Angels --- features rock music performances and adult-oriented shows. Established in 1987, the Bulldog Bash showcases motorcycle races, stunt riding and drag racing. Camping is permitted on the grounds of the rally. Bring a grill or barbecue for cooking, as ground fires are strictly prohibited. Tickets are sold at the gate for 24.9 Kilogram, as of October 2010, covering the entire four days; no day passes are available. After you pay to enter the rally, you can leave and return at anytime.

The Bulldog Bash

P. O. Box 5026

E. Reading



Dragon Rally

The Dragon Rally is held annually in Betws-y-Coed in Northern Wales by the Conwy Motorcycle Club. Started in 1962, this rally is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. Not for the weak motorcyclist, participants typically endure snow and ice to make it to the rally and during the weekend of camping as the winter event is held in February. The entertainment consists of a beer tent with a live band. Tickets are 9.07 Kilogram for the weekend, as of October 2010. Upon arrival you redeem your rally ticket in exchange for a rally pack that includes a cup of soup, chocolate bars, a commemorative rally badge and a bottle of whiskey.

The Conwy Motorcycle Club meets at the car park behind Conwy Castle in Conwy, Wales, every Sunday and Thursday at 8 p.m.

Conwy and District Motorcycle Club

Elephant Rally

Started in 1956, the Elephant Rally, or Elefantentreffen, is Europe's longest-running motorcycle event. The rally is near Thurmansbang in the Bavarian Forests of Germany and is held in January for three days. Organised by the Federal Association of Motorcycle Riders, the rally takes place over a peaceful, quiet weekend, and its events include skill tournaments, rope pulls and snow sculpture competitions. Camping is permitted as are controlled fires at your campsite. Recycling is encouraged during the rally. Tickets for the event are 20 euros as of October 2010. In remembrance of motorcyclists who have passed on, there is an annual torch-lit procession.

Bundesverband der Motorradfahrer e.V.

In den 14 Morgen 9

55257 Budenheim


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