Registered charity number 1059675 Copyright Manchester 500 2016

Who Are we?

Manchester 500 is a bike group dedicated to improving safe riding amongst the motorcycle community of the Manchester area.  We have a  team of riders who volunteer  to support other bikers increase their riding skills and safety.

Manchester 500 RoadSmart Courses

Manchester 500 Group RoadSmart courses are run regularly throughout the year usually on the first and third Sundays each month, the dates are published in the group Calendar of Events.  Our observed runs all start from Metro's Sports & Social Club Stretford, Meet at 9:00 am for a 09:15 start. Fuel is not available on site so please start the run with sufficient fuel to complete the ride. Each course starts with an induction session at which you will be advised about the principles of Advanced Motorcycling and what you can expect from us during the "on the road" sessions and what we expect of you during the course. This also provides an opportunity for any questions you may have about the course. We require you to sign a declaration stating you and your motorcycle are compliant with motoring law and regulations.
Manchester 500 offer a five part course comprising one assessment session and four Observer guided modules. Each outing has a specific theme which is designed to help you to progress quickly to test standard. We include a log book so that you can track your progress and reflect on areas to improve. During the observed rides you will ride your own bike and will be followed by one our Observers who will offer advice on how to improve your riding. All of our Observers are able to demonstrate the skills you are looking to acquire. Request one any time you feel it would be of help. Towards the end of the course we try to give you the opportunity to meet an Examiner and find out what is expected of you on the Advanced Motorcycle Test. These meeting are however subject to the Examiner's availability. We also arrange regular short theory sessions to help build your knowledge and understanding, these are prior to the monthly social evening at Metro's To download the routes including Tom Tom and Garmin GPS files see our Membership page.

Social Rides

On the second Thursday of the month at around 8.30pm we meet at the Metro's Sports & Social Club for a small informal get together to chat share a few laughs and maybe have a drink or two (If your not driving or riding that is). We have regular social ride outs again starting from Metro's Sports & Social Club carpark between March and October dates and details are published on our Calendar of Events All Manchester 500 and IAM members should bring their IAM or group membership cards to confirm eligibility. If you are not yet a member but would like to have a taster we will happily welcome you on a single ride out. After that you will need to become a member to access this benefit. Please contact us at to check if we can accommodate you on a particular ride. All riders must have a full motorcycle license as all our rides inevitably include some motorways. You will be mixing with experienced riders whose pace may be higher than you are accustomed to. You must ride to your own ability, your safety is your personal responsibility.
We use Metros Sports and Social Club as our base, starting point for all Social meetings, Social and Observed rides. For a map and directions click here