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Chris Cope
Attended Cardiff University
Lives in Penarth, Wales
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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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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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Please let this be true: Production version of Victory's Project 156 may still happen
There are fresh rumors that a road version of Victory's Project 156 bike is in the works and may arrive as soon as this year. And no, I don't mean another cruiser. Project 156, of course, was the name for Victory's effort last year to conquer the Pike's Pea...
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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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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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Ride Review: 2014 Triumph Tiger 800
I mentioned recently that my Suzuki V-Strom 1000 has been in the shop as a result of a recall issue. It is still in the shop. Apparently there is a backlog in getting parts out to dealerships and I won't see my bike again until the end of the month. I would...
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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
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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.
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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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
How could anyone give this place more than one star?
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago