British Motorcyclists Federation

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British Motorcyclists Federation
British Motorcyclists Federation logo.png
Founded 1960
Location London,
Leader Roger Ellis
Leader title Chairman
Key people Jeff Stone, Chris Hodder
Type NGO
Region UK
Purpose Riders' rights group
Membership 80,000 members
Activities Organiser of Europe's largest outdoor motorcycle show
Abbreviation BMF

The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) is a motorcycle riders' rights group in the United Kingdom. The BMF was founded in 1960 as the Federation of National One Make Motorcycle Clubs to counter accusations of "leather-jacketed hooligans". It renamed itself the BMF in 1965.


The BMF represents responsible motorcycle riders in the UK. About 350 motorcycle clubs are affiliated to the BMF, giving it more than 80,000 full and affiliated members.[1] It campaigns at local, regional, national levels within the UK, and within the European Union through its membership of the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations. It also has representation at the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme.

It provides a complete range of motorcycle training, from Compulsory Basic Training for beginners up to its Blue Riband advanced rider training and training to become a professional motorcycle instructor.[2] The BMF gives further support to motorcycle safety through its promotion of the KillSpills campaign against diesel spills.[3] Other member services include insurance[1] and information that covers touring in much of Europe.[4]

The BMF runs large annual motorcycle shows at Kelso in Scotland and two at Peterborough.[5] It also supports numerous motorcycle events held in support of many charities.[6] The BMF's North West Region supports disabled motorcyclists through its sponsorship of a marquee at the National Association for Bikers with a Disability charity's annual You've Been NABBED rally.

It also publishes the magazine Motorcycle Rider.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b About BMF, accessed 27 May 2009
  2. ^ Rider Training, accessed 27 May 2009
  3. ^ KillSpills, accessed 27 May 2009
  4. ^ Touring, accessed 27 May 2009
  5. ^ BMF Events, accessed 27 May 2009
  6. ^ Charity events/rides, accessed 27 May 2009
  7. ^ BMF Magazine, accessed 10 January 2012

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