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Chris Cope
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What has Erik Buell taught us?
(Originally published on RideApart ) Sportbikes still matter in Britain. Less so than they once did, but enough that MCN —a weekly motorcycling newspaper with a readership of roughly 330,000 — dedicates several pages each week to superbike competition. Read...
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Good news, bad news: Moto predictions for 2016
(This post was originally published in another form on RideApart ) Prediction 1: THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLING RENAISSANCE The good news: We're hitting a renaissance of American motorcycling. There are strong rumors of Indian delivering a bike this year called ...
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12 Reasons to ride a motorcycle
We're several days into 2016, but I'm of the mind that a new year doesn't really begin until I buy a new wall calendar. Which won't happen for another week. I'm waiting for shops to lose their nerve and offer discounts. In the meantime there's plenty of opp...
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Models are hot, but let's drop sexism from motorcycling
Here's the thing: I'm a fan of the ladies. I'm a fan of looking at the ladies. And, when there is mutual agreement to do so, I'm a fan of touching the ladies. That's just the way I am. Some deep something within drives me to think this way — to look at cert...
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Does it matter where stuff is made?
(Originally published on RideApart ) I've become obsessed with the idea of getting an Aerostich Roadcrafter , the famously unsexy safety onesie favored by adventurers and moto-journalists.

I mean, just about every two-wheel-loving scribbler out there seems...
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+Monica Reid I'm saving my pennies and planning to get one when I'm in MN this summer.
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Indian's new Scout Sixty: Who is this for?
(This article was originally published on RideApart ) Less than two months have passed since Indian's new Scout Sixty was unveiled in Milan , and the classically styled modern cruiser has already racked up a fair amount of accolades. I've yet to ride the bi...
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I haven't ridden it either, so I couldn't tell you.
The only thing I can think of is women. Middle aged women is the largest growing group of new riders now. They've been growing for some time. Many women I met who ride the Scout were intimidated by it's power. But I just don't see Indian dumbing down the Scout for that.
Maybe it's the price bracket. Maybe by making it just a bit more affordable they reach more buyers. I was just looking at the 2016 Vulcan S and it is so similar to a Scout. It even weighs less! And it costs much less. So, it's possible.
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If you aren't already riding, here's why you should.
We all have our reasons to ride a motorcycle. Here are 12. What are yours?
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Ride Review: Victory Vision
Parts of this review were originally published on RideApart. I put more than 2,500 miles on a Victory Vision recently –– primarily on  my trip to EICMA , but also on the familiar roads of Wales, where I live. I rode it in good weather and bad, at high speed...
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Wind, rain, and terrorism on a Victory Vision
The original plan was to ride to EICMA on a Victory Gunner. I had come up with the idea in summer, imagining French back roads and Alpine passes. When I get in touch with Victory's PR team in the UK, however, they gently point out the flaws in my thinking: ...
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+Raven Rayne I wouldn't think so. Unless you're keen to take a 900-pound bike offroad. On pavement, and especially wet pavement, knobby tires don't grip terribly well. It's more to do with the composites used to make a tire.
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Cardiff, Wales - Saint Paul, Minnesota - San Diego, California - Reno, Nevada - Incline Village, Nevada - Fargo, North Dakota - Portsmouth, England - Moorhead, Minnesota - Bloomington, Minnesota - Houston, Texas - Dallas, Texas - Austin, Texas
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Unabashed to have been born in Texas; proud to have lived in Minnesota; now content to be stuck in Britain. I dream big and achieve little. Sometimes I write things.
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  • Cardiff University
    BA in Cymraeg (Welsh), 2006 - 2009
  • Cardiff University
    MA in Welsh and creative writing, 2009 - 2010
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El Conquistador
I'm a Preferred Plus member, so my car was waiting when I showed up. Didn't even have to go to the counter. The nature of being a Preferred Plus member is that I'm supposed to receive a free upgrade. That didn't happen –– which is why I'm only giving 4 stars –– but the car I got was perfectly suited to my needs and I didn't even bother asking for a different one. Car (Ford Focus) was clean and in good condition, and had good gas mileage. Returning it was simple. You just drive up and they hand you the receipt before you've even gotten all your bags out of the car. I can't think of how they could make things any easier.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
How could anyone give this place more than one star?
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
It's like a hotel run by your grandmother. That's your grandmother who's in her late 80s and can't move around very well anymore. So some spaces just never get cleaned. It's been a few years since she's properly hoovered the floor. She's lived in her house so long, she doesn't notice the plumbing is bad. She doesn't seem to care about the paint chipping on walls, the shower mold, dodgy wiring or rusted fixtures. All exactly the same things you will find at this hotel. If you stayed here for free you might not mind. But for the price, you are much, much, much better off at the Premier Inn.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
If you like slow service you will LOVE this place. Lunch ended up lasting two and a half hours. The food was no better than I'd expect at an airport bar. My review would be just one star but for the fact it is enjoyable to sit out on the deck and enjoy a nice summer day, watching chubby middle-aged men rumble by on motorcycles they can barely control (take an MSF course, guys). Best bet is to come here for drinks only, on a day when you don't want to do anything other than sit outside and enjoy the weather.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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You could do worse. But you could do better. London prices without the quality.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I suggest going somewhere else. I had been REALLY looking forward to going to this place for months but felt so let down by the very dry burger and sugary bbq sauce. My wife's chicken burger was bone dry, too. Beer was warm. We came on a Tuesday evening. It was not busy, so there's really no excuse. Live and learn, I guess. And I've learned to never go here again.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Stayed here recently and really enjoyed the room. Quiet, clean and modern. The car park is large and safe, and there is a walking/running path that runs just behind the building if you want to stretch your legs. If it is raining, you can do that in the gym. The breakfast was a little standard in my opinion but I'd definitely stay here again.
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