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Chris Cope
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Ride Review: Indian Chief Vintage
The Indian Chief Vintage is an interesting bike in the sense that it is simultaneously amazing and awful. The good news is that this awful can be fixed with a pair of scissors. The better news is that the awful of which I speak is completely subjective; you...
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Good review and I get it - you don't like the fringe. lol
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Great day for riding in the Vale of Glamorgan, albeit a little slow because everyone is out.
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Oh and that's a gorgeous photo! But you're much like +Steve Johnson and +George Ferreira with the great photos.
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Ode to a shed.
The thing I love most is the smell of the chemicals. Twenty years from now, when doctors are microwaving my innards in an effort to fight the cancer...
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You, Sir, are hilarious!! I chuckle all the way through these articles. 
"My bike is rusting RIGHT NOW!"
Oh my Gawd you make me laugh!! 
When we are on the road, I notice that my disc brakes rust if I don't ride a few days and we are in a wet climate. Hellfire! In Denver they never UNRUSTED!
As soon as we got to the deserts of Utah they were fine. 
But I have to point out one thing.  You said you wanted to protect your bike from wind. Now think about this. . . It's a motorcycle. If you're riding, it's windy, right? 
Oh my, you crack me up!
But I get your point and I can certainly appreciate your love of the shed. I had a craft room once where I sat for hours and hours, sewing, painting, writing, etc. It was pink and covered in rose-printed fabrics. Now I don't want property, so I'm of a different mindset. But I appreciate where you are in life now. 
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Interested to see what Victory riders think of the company's direction at the moment. Would you like to see something other than a cruiser?
This article is biased. I feel it's only fair to admit that fact straight out of the...
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I didn't mean to imply that the Magnum wasn't a capable bike. My thoughts (assume others felt the same) was that it's just another Cross bike. It's billed as a whole new bike... In fact they all are. Cross Roads/Country/Country Tour/Magnum maybe more that I can't recall at the moment. They aren't different bikes, they are various options of the same base model. I live every one of them for their own reasons. After the Indian snub, people were just wanting reassurance and another option to the same cross bike left me worried. Hopefully, it's all for naut as I see great things coming out of the company today. 
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I tend to think of Victory as my "home team" since they are headquartered in Minnesota. Nice to see them scoring some success.
Victory Racing has managed to earn a podium spot at the Isle of Man SES Zero TT electric motorcycle race. It is a tremendous success considering this year was the first time for Victory to ever compete at the iconic venue.
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Got a chance to ride the Gunner recently and loved it.
 
Ride Review: Victory Gunner
"Oh, I like that one," my wife said when I showed her a picture of the Victory Gunner. "I actually like it better than the Thunderf*ck." "Thunderf*ck" is my wife's nickname for the Triumph Thruxton –– up to that point my wife's favourite motorcycle. When Je...
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Europe 2015 pt. V: Final checks
The Topeak Morph hand pump I use for my bicycle can also be used for motorcycle tires. That's where I'll start this update, because, really, that's what the last few weeks have been all about: making sure I have the right gear and that it works. It's a stra...
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The joy of jerryrigging
There are all kinds of positive aspects to motorcycling –– I wrote about several of them not too long ago –– but one of the lesser-known positives is the incredible sense of satisfaction that you get from coming up with a solution to a problem. Sometimes th...
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"School of Redneck Engineering" +Chris Cope .  Being from #Texas  , you would qualify.  Nice solution for your problem.
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What I wish Victory would do
I talk a lot about Victory motorcycles on this blog. Sometimes I feel apologetic about that -- I realise not everyone is as interested in Victory as I am -- but then I remind myself: this is my blog. I can write what I want. Anyway, a few months ago, I wrot...
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Ride Review: Triumph Tiger 800 XRx
Disappointment. If you were to ask me to sum up the Triumph Tiger 800 XRx in a single word, that would be it. There are plenty of positive words I might use in addition -- "fun," "revvy," "light" -- but ultimately this new effort from Triumph is a letdown. ...
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+Chris Cope It's just one of the bikes I'm looking at Chris. To be honest I'm looking at that style of bike for a little more comfort on longer trips but around that size engine wise. They also seem very popular and a few manufactures are starting produce them. I read your review,it was good that that you had your present bike to compare it to. 
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This is the coolest thing to me. Guy Martin is such an awesome guy and Victory are pretty near and dear to my heart. I'd love to see Martin earning his first IOMTT win on a Victory!
Guy Martin has stepped in at the last minute to ride Victory's electric motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT.
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This is my first year really getting excited about IOMTT, and THIS team is a team in excited about! Great job +Chris Cope​!
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Ride Review: Victory Gunner
"Oh, I like that one," my wife said when I showed her a picture of the Victory Gunner. "I actually like it better than the Thunderf*ck." "Thunderf*ck" is my wife's nickname for the Triumph Thruxton –– up to that point my wife's favourite motorcycle. When Je...
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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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    BA in Cymraeg (Welsh), 2006 - 2009
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    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 - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 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 - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 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 - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 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 - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 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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