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  1. A lot of votes and movement this week where The Bikers Cove retain their 1st place, with Hot Tram Roll storming into 2nd place, Goodfillers sandwich bar in 3rd and joint 4th for Lynn's Raven Cafe and Route 59 Cafe!
    Moving into the top ten are - Hungry Hogs, Owls Nest Tea Room Diner, The Pit Stop Diner Stockton, Ponderosa Café and Hartside Top Cafe.
    New entries this week are - Dinkys Dinah, Fourways Café, Rockyjo’s, Knott End Cafe, Junction 26 Diner, Lakeside Cafe, Onehouse, Blenkinsopp Castle Inn and Tea Room and The Doof Cafe.
    Voting takes place on THE BIKER GUIDE facebook group, via the pinned poll at the top of the page.
    The poll will run until November.
    Three weeks into our poll to find the favourite Biker Friendly Cafe in the

    Total votes as of 16th October 2017

    The Bikers Cove - 143 votes
    Hot Tram Roll - 83 votes
    Goodfillers sandwich bar - 42 votes
    Lynn's Raven Cafe - 37 votes
    Route 59 Cafe - 37 votes
    Hungry Hogs near Belton A47 - 22 votes
    Owls Nest Tea Room Diner - 17 votes
    Squires Bikers-cafe - 15 votes
    Chequered Flag SW - 15 votes
    The Pit Stop Diner Stockton - 10 votes
    Ponderosa Café - 9 votes
    Super Sausage Cafe - 8 votes
    Hartside Top Cafe - 8 votes
    Devils Bridge - 7 votes
    Loomies - 6 votes
    The Leadburn Motor Crossroads Cafe - 6 votes
    The Filling Station - 5 votes
    Steel Horse Cafe - 4 votes
    Wessons Cafe - 3 votes
    Jacks Hill Cafe - 3 votes
    H-Cafe Berinsfield - 3 votes
    Doms Bike Stop - 3 votes
    Whistlestop Cafe North Wales Ltd. - 3 votes
    Seaways Cafe - 3 votes
    Willingham Woods Kiosk - 2 votes
    Ladybower Cafe - 2 votes
    The Whistlestop Cafe, Whitby - 2 votes
    Nell's Cafe - 2 votes
    Yondermanns - 2 votes
    Tooters Diner - 1 vote
    Billy's on the Road - 1 vote
    Grindleford Station Cafe - 1 vote
    Ryka's Cafe - 1 vote
    Spitfire Cafe - 1 vote
    Original Tea Hut - 1 vote
    Silver Ball Cafe - 1 vote
    Oasis Cafe - Scarborough - 1 vote
    Dinkys Dinah - 1 vote (new entry)
    Fourways Café - 1 vote (new entry)
    Rockyjo’s - 1 vote (new entry)
    Knott End Cafe - 1 vote (new entry)
    Junction 26 Diner - 1 vote (new entry)
    Lakeside Cafe, Onehouse - 1 vote (new entry)
    Blenkinsopp Castle Inn and Tea Room - 1 vote (new entry)
    The Doof Cafe - 1 vote (new entry)

    *Please note the poll is on the facebook group for THE BIKER GUIDE, as the group has the facility for a poll and a tick count.
    When we started this a few years back, we used to add all the votes up from comments, which as we are sure you can appreciate took a long time. By using the 'poll' facility on the group, it is easy for all to see the vote.
    As stated, this is a poll as voted for by members of THE BIKER GUIDE facebook group, ran by THE BIKER GUIDE website, so to cast your vote for your favourite Biker Friendly Cafe in the UK, just do so on the group - If you are not a member simply request to join the group.
    We did look into running an external poll, however this meant people had to supply emails and register, by using the poll on the facebook group the only prerequisite is to be part of the group, with no personal details given.
    We have lots of places popular with Bikers included on THE BIKER GUIDE website, from the south to the north of Great Britain, into Wales and to the Highlands of Scotland.
    See THE BIKER GUIDE website for extensive listings.


    In qualifying, Aleix Espargaró confirmed the qualities demonstrated in free practice. On the Motegi track he took the fourth best time, coming just 44 thousandths from a brilliant first row and now he is one of the protagonists for the race tomorrow. After an excellent Friday (second in the first free practice session and third in the second), Aleix easily went straight through to Q2 where, as he has done throughout this Japanese round, he battled with the best for the top positions, proof of the competitive level he has reached.

    In the decisive session, characterised by a damp track with some dry spots, Aleix took advantage of the confidence gained on his Aprilia and stopped the clock at 1'53.947 on his decisive lap, earning the fourth spot and the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow. Never before in MotoGP history has an Aprilia started so far forward. This is a result that rewards Aleix's talent and the hard work of the Italian Racing Department who, throughout the season, have developed the RS-GP, the youngest bike on the entire grid.

    Sam Lowes paid the price for the conditions of the Japanese track, difficult to interpret as it began to dry out. However, even though he was not able to reap the benefits of the work done yesterday in the wet, he improved compared to recent races, finishing in 18th place to earn a spot on the sixth row of the starting grid.

    "I am definitely satisfied, not only with the qualifiers, but with the entire weekend so far. We have been competitive in every session and we showed that we have a great pace in the wet. Qualifying was demanding. The track in mixed conditions is certainly not the optimum situation for us. In any case, I was able to earn a good starting position, the best for Aprilia in MotoGP, and for this I must thank the entire team. We need to keep going like this. As for my choice of tyres if the track is very wet, that is not a problem. I hope it rains tomorrow because in those conditions we demonstrated that we can be extremely fast and consistent. If we look at the practice sessions, we are in the group contending for the top positions, but on Sunday anything can happen. A lot of riders who are having difficulties today, like Rossi and Viñales, will be in the game for the race."

    "Unfortunately, qualifying was the worst session of the weekend for me. Especially because the conditions were intermediate and I still lack experience with the MotoGP bike. In FP3 I made a mistake on my last flying lap which would have let me go straight through to Q2, whereas in qualifying we decided not to change the tyres and, seeing how our rivals did, that definitely cost us a few tenths. In any case, we worked well in view of the race. If we have a wet track tomorrow, it would not be unrealistic to aim for a top 10 finish."


  3. Michelin has announced a rebate to all National Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) members when they purchase a set of Michelin tyres from participating dealers.

    In recognition of the vital work NABB members provide for the community, the leading tyre manufacturer is awarding a £30 (€35 in the Republic of Ireland) rebate on Michelin Pilot Road 4, Pilot Road 4 GT, Pilot Road 4 Trail and Anakee 3 tyres fitted to a liveried motorcycle by an approved dealer.

    This offer is available until the end of the year, and is a mark of Michelin’s pride in the services provided by NABB members throughout the UK and Ireland.

    Since its inception as an umbrella organisation in 2008, NABB has successfully promoted and been actively involved in the growth of numerous independent Blood Bike groups across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

    With 2,700 volunteers nationwide, the service completed more than 56,000 vital runs in 2016.  These requests were to transport anything from whole blood (red cells), platelets, plasma, serum, surgical instruments to patient’s notes, X-rays, human donor milk and MRI scans. Requests range from urgent (Priority 2), through to emergency (Priority 1) life-threatening scenarios. Although these groups have saved a significant amount of money for hospitals providing their services free of charge, they are primarily acknowledged by their client hospitals as providing a professional and high-quality service.

    To find out how to donate or volunteer visit

    For more information on the Michelin range visit


    The longest stretch of away races for the year is about to begin. Japan, Australia and Malaysia will be hosting the three MotoGP races in a row, leading up to the grand finale in Valencia. The Twin Ring of Motegi, the Japanese circuit that has hosted MotoGP since 1999, is the first stop on the world tour.

    Aprilia is headed to Motegi tempered by the nice sixth place finish Aleix Espargaró brought home from Aragón, less than seven seconds behind the winner. It was a prestigious placement but no surprise, given the constant improvement in performance by the RS-GP that was lacking only the culmination in a race to demonstrate its potential.

    "I love Japan. For me it is one of the best countries in the world. Motegi is definitely a demanding circuit for us with its violent accelerations. We did a great job in Aragón. We have a truly competitive bike and I will give 100% to achieve the maximum possible result. The atmosphere on the team is fantastic. I can't wait to spend almost a month with the guys."

    "I am excited, not only for the Motegi race, but for the three weekends in a row. It will be important to start well in order to then keep our confidence up throughout the entire tour. I like Japan and I can't wait to depart. My goal is to finish in the points zone and especially to reduce the gap behind the top riders."

    "The Twin Ring is a decidedly demanding track, both on acceleration and therefore wheelies and, above all, on the braking system. We are coming from an excellent performance in the last race and in 2016 we interpreted the Japanese track well. From a technical point of view, we will be experimenting a new configuration of the fuel feed system with the goal of changing torque output."

    "The triple-header is a tough tour, starting with Japan. This is the home track for three of the manufacturers competing in MotoGP, a track with long straights and significant braking systems. Our primary goal must be to confirm the good results from Aragón, consolidating the potential that we demonstrated with our performance in the race. Doing well in the season finale also means setting up our work for 2018 with confidence and motivation. Three races in a row put the team and riders to the test, so going back home with plenty of spoils is fundamental."