Thursday, 11 January 2018

What A Year!

Well, 2017 turned out to be a very busy and eventful year for the Dave Barkshire Motorcycle Centre, our Motorcycle Training facility and the popular Hit The Dirt Practice track.

Our Rackheath Motorcycle Showroom underwent a major revamp with impressive results, and we were pleased to celebrate its completion with many of you back in November. You may have seen the event promoted on Facebook by Dave’s alter egos ‘Disco Dave’ and ‘Ringmaster Dave’. Be sure to keep abreast of our Facebook page for all our latest news and bike offers. Thank you to all of you who came along and helped to make our Open Night Spectacular a great success. We hope to see much more of you in 2018!

Over the year, a large number of successful riders passed through our purpose-built, Salhouse based Motorcycle Training facility, with passes achieved at all levels. The year ended with mod 2 passes from Fay and Martin, whilst 2018 has started with passes by Amanda, Tom and Joe. We offer training courses suitable for all abilities, so make this the year you achieve your motorcycling goals.


At the Hit The Dirt practice track in Swaffham, we were pleased to introduce a new refreshment area for 2017, serving hot and cold food and drinks. This has proved very popular, keeping riders fuelled up to enjoy our great forest tracks. If you’ve not tried our fantastic Enduro track, be sure to put it on your to-do list for 2018. Fans of Enduro may also have enjoyed the action of the Dave Barkshire 2-Man Enduro championship, which produced lots of excitement during its four rounds organised by Sudbury, Diss and Woodbridge Motorcycle Clubs.

We’re looking forward to lots more fun and action in 2018, so be sure to keep up with all our latest news and offers to be involved!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tonight's The Night!

We gotta feeling, that tonight's gonna be a good night,
That tonight's gonna be a good night,
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night!
We gotta feeling, that you're gonna like the new bike
The KTM Duke is just right,
Yes, it's gonna be a good, good night!
Tonight's the night, let's big it up
Free food and drink, let's eat it up
Come along, and meet us all
Come along, you'll have a ball!
Be sure to join us between 5.30pm and 9.00pm tonight for bikes, BBQ and banter!

Monday, 27 November 2017

You can reach us by railway

You can reach us by railway
You can reach us by motorway
Run, walk, bus or even hike
And yes you can reach us by motorbike
We don't care how you get here

Just get here if you can!

Come to our showroom spectacular at The Dave Barkshire Motorcycle Centre, Rackheath, Norwich, Thursday 30th November, 5.30 – 9.00pm

Monday, 11 September 2017

Autumn And Action!

Autumn’s here again, but we hope you all had a great summer of motorcycling. Maybe some of you went on major road trips and made use of the handy tips that we ran on our Facebook page (

Heading through September, we’re now looking forward to round 4 of the Dave Barkshire 2-Man Enduro Championship to be held at Tye Farm on Sunday 24th September, courtesy of Sudbury MCC. Come along and enjoy the action!

We continue to have a fine crop of successful riders at the Dave Barkshire Motorcycle Training Centre, including Toby who achieved great passes in his Mod 1 and Mod 2 in the space of a week! Chris also managed a similar feat with clean sheets in both modules! If you’re thinking of taking up motorcycle training, visit to read more.
We’ve continued to make improvements to the Dave Barkshire Motorcycle Centre at Rackheath, where we offer a great range of new and used bikes, accessories and a motorbike servicing facility. Our knowledgeable team can help make the right choice of bike for you and ensure that it’s kept in A1 condition.

Finally we do endeavour to keep our Hit The Dirt track open weekends weather permitting. To help you plan your visit we do post information of closures on our dedicated Facebook page We’re proud of our practice track that can be enjoyed by all the family. As Marc Griffin told us, even his 5-year old loves using the kid’s track, so why not make it a great family day out?

Thursday, 4 May 2017

What A Round!

On Sunday 30th April round 2 of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship took place at Iken, courtesy of Woodbridge Motorcycle Club who set up a beauty of a course.

The competition hotted up with an action-packed day. In the Championship Class round one winners Jamie & Rick Roper took an early lead from runners up Brendon Mayers and Sam Mitchell, with Lewis Bond and Ben Cole also vying for position. All teams finished at 45 laps, but Mayers and Mitchell emerged victorious.

The tough competition proved a challenge for the Barkshire brothers with Alex and teammate Danny Wright coming 4th in the Expert Class for the second time running, and Aaron in partnership with Kyle Betts finishing 5th (also for second time running) in the Clubman Class.

To read a full report and view pictures courtesy of Anthony Ridge visit

There’s now quite a wait for Round 3 of the championship, which is due to be held on Sunday 13th August at Wattisfield Hall, to be arranged by Alex and Aaron’s home club, Diss MCC.

Got a taste for Enduro? Then visit our great off-road practice track, Hit The Dirt, in Thetford Forest

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Back On The Track

The 2017 Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship kicked off on April 9th with Round One, courtesy of the Sudbury MotorCycle Club, held at Strait’s Mill, Bocking. It was a scorcher of a day and the competition was pretty hot too!
Many contests were close run with our own Alex Barkshire and partner Daniel Wright fourth in the Expert Class on 41.33 laps and Aaron Barkshire and Kyle Betts fifth in the Clubman Class on 39.67 laps. We look forward to watching their progress throughout this year’s competition.
Well done to all class winners: the Roper Brothers in the Championship Class, Ben Grice and Kevin Palmer in the Expert Class and Paul and Daniel Hunt in the Clubman Class, which was a particularly tight battle decided by the Special Test Times. The 2017 Championship certainly looks like being a gripping one to follow!
We’re now looking ahead to Round 2, which is due to take place on 30th April at Iken, Suffolk, organised by Woodbridge DMCC. Look forward to seeing you there!
Got the Enduro bug? Head over to for information about our great Hit The Dirt practice track!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Enduro Here We Come!

The 2017 Enduro season is underway and our own Alex Barkshire is back in competition mode with high hopes. Followers of the Dave Barkshire 2-Man Enduro Championship will be pleased to know that it kicks off with round one on Sunday 9th of April at Straits Mill organised by Sudbury MCC. After a very exciting, closely fought championship last year, we’re looking forward to this year’s action!

With Enduro in mind, those of you keen to experience a taste of the action for yourselves will find our popular Hit The Dirt Practice track in Thetford Forest is even better following recent groundwork. Join the many riders that return time and again to this great track, like SB who enthuses, “First time off road and was really impressed with the track. Will definitely be visiting again”, and TM who kindly writes, “Great adult and kids track, well run by great people.” Read more at 
Looking to buy a used bike? You can now find our latest models at where our range including cruisers and sports motorcycles, as well as off road motorbikes and scooters. With big names such as KTM, Kawasaki, Peugeot and BMW and our assurance that our bikes have undergone rigorous checks to ensure their safety and reliability, you’re sure of great choice and a great bike!

A newbie to motorcycle riding, or keen to up your riding capability? Then head over to and read all the information that you need to enrol on one of our training courses. Join the likes of Julian and Jordan who recently passed their Mod 1 and Steve, John and Kyran who breezed through their Mod 2, in becoming competent motorcycle riders.

From safe riding to Enduro action, Dave Barkshire is the name to know in the motorcycling world