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Chris Cope
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Europe 2015 pt. IV: It suddenly gets interesting
"Planning is the enemy of adventure" ––– Jamie Duncan My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago, which was devastating for any number of reasons. First and foremost, of course, is the simple fact she's gone. My grandmother was a superwoman and I had genuin...
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Owning a Suzuki V-Strom 1000: The first 1,000 miles
The odometer on my V-Strom just clicked over 1,000 miles this weekend, so I thought I'd offer my first long-term review of the bike (I plan to write more as I hit other milestones), just in case there's anyone out there considering getting a Strom of their ...
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Piece I wrote for Asphalt & Dirt about the new Ace Cafe USA: http://www.asphaltanddirt.com/2015/05/07/ace-cafe-races-to-us-location/
Written by Chris Cope - The Motorcycle Obsession You've probably heard of London's iconic Ace Cafe. Even if you haven't, you will be aware of its influence.
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Europe 2015 pt. III: Stuff for my stuff
The last time I wrote about my preparations for my European adventure ( back in February ), perhaps the biggest development was that I had bought panniers for the Honda. Each holding 33 litres of stuff, the panniers were a quality piece of kit and dramatica...
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You. Are. Hilarious. 
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You think too much, but I adore you anyway. 
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Man, I really like this guy that RideApart has writing for them now. He's awesome...
Dearest Indian Motorcycles, Let me ask you: Do you like money? Of course you do. Would you like to know how to make lots of it really easily, while at...
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Oh Gawd don't encourage him +Curt Carter​! His head is so Damn big as it is! Lol! 😉
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Congratulations to all the people in Oregon working hard to see lane splitting allowed in their state. One hurdle cleared!
The state of Oregon is one step closer to becoming the second U.S. state to allow motorcycle lane splitting.
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Cagers need to be educated about it as well. Otherwise, your going to see a lot of bikers get side swiped. Lane splitting is especially practical for traffic jams. I use to shave off a good forty minutes to an hour even back when I was commuting from Carlow to Dublin.
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I find myself strangely excited to see how this bike is in the metal. Not sure how I feel about DCT, though: https://rideapart.com/articles/hondas-africa-twin-confirmed
The Africa Twin lives. Honda confirmed today that the True Adventure concept bike it unveiled at EICMA last year is to be put into production,...
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I am going to win this bike, so don't even bother entering the competition
Did you see  David Beckham: Into the Unknown  last summer? It was a one-off TV show that incongruously linked to the soccer World Cup, featuring David Beckham riding around Brazil in ridiculously fashionable gear astride a custom Triumph Scrambler. A few pe...
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My latest article on RideApart
There's a police officer behind me urging me to ride faster. I'm too dumb to figure this out just yet. "Leaving a built-up area now," he says over the...
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+Chris Cope well done man. That is awesome. 
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I'm sometimes a little critical of Victory, but you've got to be impressed with this kind of durability!
A Victory V92C frozen into a block of ice four years ago has been thawed and restarted with a battery being the only new part needed.
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Not impressed.  You could do this with any motorcycle, as long as it stays frozen.  Without air circulation or agitation, there is very little that can happen to a motorcycle in this case as long as all the seals are water tight before the freeze.  This proves is that the design of Victory's seals and gaskets are water tight and didn't fail under freezing conditions.
I don't think this is durability.  Durability would be running for 4 years in freezing wet conditions.

Don't get me wrong, though.  I do believe in the Victory brand as a durable, reliable, and enjoyable brand.  If I could afford one, I would buy one without a doubt.  I have liked every Vic I've ridden.

Edit: 186k miles is incredible.  Only needs battery? Evidently it needed more than that, too... misleading.
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Hey, look who wrote something for RideApart.
I've reached the shores of London's urban heat island, still 12 miles from the iconic Ace Cafe. The six layers I put on back in Cardiff are suddenly...
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Way to go Chris. I'll have to put rideapart back in my list of sites to check regularly.
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What I want: BMW R1200RS
One of the people I've always looked up to in life is James Moore . A friend of my father's since the two of them were reporters in Texas in the 1970s, he's always been a touchstone figure for me. He's a strong writer, quick-witted, intelligent, ambitious a...
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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
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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
You could do worse. But you could do better. London prices without the quality.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 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 - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months 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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Really enjoyed my experience of eating here. Great staff and really good food. My only complaint is that their card system doesn't allow me to add gratuity -- so be sure to bring cash for the tip.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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 - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months 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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A great spot to explore or just enjoy a leisurely lunch. Extra points from me because they have allocated parking for motorcycles (though it is on a bit of a slope).
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reviewed a year ago