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Chris Cope
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I had the incredible good fortune recently to undertake an epic European ride, which included stints in the Swiss, Italian, German and French sections...
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+Curt Carter It was awesome. I'll be writing it up in full on my blog soon.
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What I Want: Honda Africa Twin
I've admitted this before: I'm a sucker for good marketing . And the campaign leading up to the imminent return of Honda's legendary Africa Twin motorcycle has been exceptionally good. Honda clearly, almost overtly, intends to take the crown away from BMW i...
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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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It's still hard to say exactly where things are headed, but I have an idea or two and I if I'm right it's going to be great! Having two premium motorcycle brands such as Indian and Victory gives Polaris a lot of flexibility in how they market each. I see Victory emerging as a brand that will offer new, exciting high performance designs and types that will be a departure from the classic cruiser and touring platforms being offered today. The Cross is no doubt their number one seller so it isn't going anywhere. In the case of the Magnum, I think Vic took a look at what many guys were doing to their Cross bikes once they got them and decided to offer a factory customized version. To call it a "new" bike is a bit deceiving, but It seems like they are doing pretty well with it. The Vision on the other hand is where things get a little Gray

Nobody can say what is in store for this machine, and Vic is being particularly coy about it, which frankly I find a bit irritating. Are they going to come with a new Vision? Are they going to kill it off? My own speculation on this is that the VIsion as we know it today ends in 2017, whether it be an all-new Vision or an all-new from the ground up deluxe touring machine  with features and technology never before seen on a Victory. Will I trade my 2014 Vision for whatever? Depends on what it is! 

And there WILL be an electric introduced into the line-up, possibly as early as 2016. Maybe a second in the form of a sport bike. And Project 156? Yes, that was a racing prototype, but look for some interesting new models to come from that project as well, and this is where we see the non-cruiser stablemates start to emerge.  

With Indian planted and doing well, Victory is perfectly positioned to push the boundaries and expand the product line. First things first, though... Let's see what they roll out at Sturgis! That could set the tone, so stay tuned.
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Looking at the specs sheet, the Honda Africa Twin is more or less the same as a V-Strom 1000. Good bike, but not a game changer. The question is whether the same will be true for the Africa Twin.
Honda's done an excellent job building buzz for the return of its Africa Twin model. But with more information now coming out, I'm questioning whether...
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If the hype about being light and nimble off-road has any truth in it, then I'm game. If not, I'll just buy a beat up old Africa twin and bring it back to life.
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I had a blast at this event:
Do you have a motorcycle? Do you suffer from a total lack of regard for the well being of either that motorcycle or yourself? Do you like dressing up...
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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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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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You could do worse. But you could do better. London prices without the quality.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 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 - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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
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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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 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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