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Chris Cope
Attended Cardiff University
Lives in Penarth, Wales
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Mr Grumpy Pants
The ancient Celts used to refer to the space between October and April in Britain as "The Long Dark." It's a miserable time of year, and it's just starting.  
The ancient Celts used to refer to the space between October and April in Britain as "The Long Dark." It's a miserable time of year, and it's just starting.
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Low-speed thrills
I think I'm getting old. Earlier this summer I bought a one-piece rain suit to go over my riding gear.  Yes, I live in the United Kingdom, so it will get heavy use, but there's no getting around the fact a one-piece rain suit is an old-man thing to buy.

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I think I'm getting old. Earlier this summer I bought a one-piece rain suit to go over my riding gear. Yes, I live in the United Kingdom, so it will get heavy use, but there's no getting around the fact a one-piece rain s...
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I struggle between the balance of wearing gear that is attractive and gear that is effective. But I always want to ride fast. Always.
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This will probably end in tears
Last week, Jason Fogelson published an article on RideApart about the infamous Iron Butt Association , the worldwide motorcycle "club" where membership is earned by riding a stupidly long distance in a short period of time. Jason finished his article by sta...
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Long-term gear review: Corcoran Jump Boots
I wrote a post about Corcoran Jump Boots a few years ago , after about a year of use, but I thought it would be good to offer another review, now that I'm considering retiring my pair in favor of some Alt-Berg boots . Or, well, perhaps not retiring, but tak...
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Victory's NM-4: Remembering the Vision 800
A little more than 10 years ago, Victory Motorcycles revealed a concept bike that featured an 800cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine, automatic transmission, and storage in the space where a tank would traditionally be. Dubbed the Vision 800, it was a dra...
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My mother could have benefited from an automatic. She failed the rider course because she couldn't get the shifting "down."
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Electric Motorcycles Have Arrived, Have We?
Not too long ago, I got a chance to spend a day tearing around on a Zero DSR . It was the first time I had ridden an electric motorcycle and I came away surprised at just how much fun an e-bike can be.  When I returned home to the palatial Cope estate, I co...
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+Chris Cope I stopped reading at that moment just to run to +Steve Johnson's desk and yell, "OH MY GAWD!!" I then told him what you wrote. WTF Riders???
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Riding the 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
I shot this video back in late August/early September when I was on the Harley-Davidson press ride in Washington state, then forgot all about it until today. It was shot with a Sena 10C (the same camera I used in this video ), which appears to struggle when...
I shot this video back in late August/early September when I was on the Harley-Davidson press ride in Washington state, then forgot all abo...
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In the Brecons
I know it's been a stupid long time since I last posted on this blog. That's because I seem to get busier every day. Some day I'll post here again. In the meantime, here's a video I shot yesterday in Brecon Beacons National Park.
I know it's been a stupid long time since I last posted on this blog. That's because I seem to get busier every day. Some day I'll post here again. In the meantime, here's a video I shot yesterday in Brecon Beacons National P...
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Exploring the Scout Sixty's Irish Heritage
When several weeks of gentle pleading recently resulted in Indian Motorcycle handing me the keys to a Scout Sixty, I knew exactly where I wanted to go: Ireland. That's probably not what you were thinking. After all, the Sixty is a motorcycle imbued with mor...
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Ride Review: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
According to Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich, roughly 80 percent of the bikes his company sells in the United States are touring models. Harley-Davidson sold 168,240 units in the U.S. market in 2015, which, according to my fuzzy math, works out to 134,592...
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Living the Dream
I'm sitting in a hotel in Yorkshire as I write this — about 300 miles north of my home in Cardiff. Known as "God's own country" by locals, this region of England is rich in hills, curving roads, quaint villages and (when it's not raining) staggeringly beaut...
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Are the people in this photo really the people in this article?? http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/2013/01/feminine-opposition.html
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GWTTA: Aberaeron
I first came up with the Great Welsh Tea Towel Adventure a few years ago. The idea was pretty simple: using the map on a touristy dish cloth (aka "tea towel"), I would visit some 66 different villages, towns and cities in Wales, as well as Snowdonia Nationa...
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Boogity boogity boogity, Amen.
Introduction
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.
Education
  • Cardiff University
    BA in Cymraeg (Welsh), 2006 - 2009
  • Cardiff University
    MA in Welsh and creative writing, 2009 - 2010
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Male
Other names
El Conquistador
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  • Writer, 1976 - present
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Penarth, Wales
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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
Great food in a classic roadside atmosphere. Expect amazing burgers.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
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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Decent food in the heart of Port Angeles.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Nice hotel, bring ear plugs. I could hear my neighbor's TV, the couple on the other side of me having a passive-aggressive argument, the person above me replacing the carpet (sounded like it), as well as every other little sound.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
How could anyone give this place more than one star?
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reviewed a year ago