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Chris Cope
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Lives in Penarth, Wales
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Made a pilgrimage to the famous Ace Cafe today.
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Proper job.
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What I can afford this month: BMW K75S
This thing of tracking my motorcycle savings by searching classified ads for bikes I can afford right now is my new favourite game, y'all. Each month I have a tiny bit more money, so each month I am (presumably) able to climb a little higher in terms of des...
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Indian Chief Dark Horse
So, mis amigos , what's our collective opinion of the new Indian Chief Dark Horse? The bike was unveiled in Chicago and London last weekend and shows more than anything that Indian is starting to find its stride.  Changing the aesthetics of a thing and call...
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If Michael Clark Duncan had been Prince. I love this.
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I would really like to see lane splitting in my home state. It makes so much sense in places like Austin, Houston and DFW, where traffic is generally awful, weather is generally good, and the roads are almost always nice and wide.

I've written to both these legislators to express my support. I find it notable that both are Democrats. Republicans talk a good game about freedoms, but where are they when it comes to supporting the freedom of motorcyclists to make use of this technique?
Support is growing in the Lone Star State to allow motorcyclists to make use of the riding technique known as lane splitting.
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Aha! Must be thinking of another country then. Mind you, here in the UK we have another issue, with bus lanes. In London, bus lanes usually allow bikes too. But outside London, bikes are usually not allowed on bus lanes, which makes things dangerous during rush hour. Bus lane is empty, but you can't go on it because you'll get a ticket... soooo you're forced to 'filter' on the outside, against oncoming cars... really defeats the point with a huge lane open on the inside...!
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GWTTA: Porthcawl
It's 9 a.m. and I am riding down the main road of Porthcawl on a sunny, crisp winter morning. Already, there are people walking the promenade. Outside the beachfront cafe, old ladies in decades-old winter jackets hawkishly stake out places to sit while thei...
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I'm just a dude who loves motorcycles
Not too long ago, I got it in my head that I wanted to be practical and save up enough money to buy a new bike outright. Or rather, a new-to-me used bike. Because my practicality was borne of the realisation that saving up all the cash needed for a brand-ne...
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We're seeing lane splitting bills being introduced in more and more US states. It seems to me it's only a matter of time before lane splitting is widely permitted. And that day can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned.
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Like wise in Australia. 2 states have made it legal in the past 8 months while another is trialing it for 2 years

The rest are sure to follow in time.
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I find this really, really interesting. Why Britain?

I mean, my experience has been that there isn't a great deal of interest in modern RE bikes in the UK. There's certainly no real dealer network to speak of and I think I've seen only one on the roads in the past 3 years. So why set up shop in the UK?
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Europe 2015 pt. II
My ferry tickets have been purchased; it's actually happening.  "It," of course, is my ridiculously grand adventure to Italy –– a motorcycle journey through seven countries, covering at least 3,000 miles. On my own. I have more than 4 months to prepare for ...
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Gear review: Oxford X30 magnetic tank bag
If you've ever seen any of the pictures I've posted of my motorcycle it's a good bet you'll have noticed the presence of the Oxford X30 magnetic tank bag in most of them. This speaks to the main feature of the bag: it is so damned useful that it's hard to l...
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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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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 - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 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 - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 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 - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 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 - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months 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 - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 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 - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months 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).
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago