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  1. For more details on the Cafes voted for...

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    See below more details of the address for each place voted for*, A-Z below, in smaller sections -
     
    A - D
    Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD
    Ann's Kitchen, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5HN
    Billy's on the Road, Five Oaks, West Sussex, RH14 9AE
    Blu-Belles Cafe, OX9 2NU
    Butchers Hook Cafe, East Sussex, TN21 8RA
    Cafe 33, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9XX
    Castle Cafe, Withernsea, Yorkshire, HU19 2JS
    Chequered Flag SW, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3GD
    Coast Riders Diner, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5LB
    Custom Cafe, Pevensey Levels National Park, TN39 4QR
    Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Cumbria, LA6 2SE
    Doms Bike Stop, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0QJ

    E - M
    Elaine's Tearooms, Feizor, Austwick, North Yorkshire, LA2 8DF
    Faun Cafe, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TL
    Filling Station Cafe, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5PR
    Gilks Garage Cafe, Kineton, Warwick, CV35 0JP
    Headlands, Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, YO15 1AR
    H’s Cafe, Kent Motorcycles, Barnham, Canterbury, CT4 6SA
    H-Cafe Berinsfield, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 7LY
    Hot Tram Roll, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DF
    Hungry Hogs at Hillside Cafe, Leicestershire, LE15 9AB   Hungry Hogs at Hillside Cafe, Bikers welcome, Belton-in-Rutland, Leicesters
    Jack’s Hill Cafe, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8ET
    Krazy Horse, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP32 6LJ
    Loomies, West Meon, GU32 1JX
    Mavericks, Mostyn, Holywell CH8 9DQ
    Nell's Cafe, Watling Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5UD  
     
    O -S
    Owls Nest Tea Room Diner, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0DJ
    Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AQ 
    Pitstop Diner, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 2ZF
    Ponderosa Cafe, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, LL20 8DR
    Route 59 Cafe, Skipton, BD23 6AF
    Salt & Pepper Cafe, Newcastle, NE4 6AD
    Seaways, Fridaythorpe, Driffield, YO25 9RX
    Strawberry Fields Café, Crockey Hill, York YO19 4RH
    Squires Bikers Cafe, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire, LS25 3LX
    Super Sausage Cafe, Northamptonshire, NN12 7QD

    T - Z
    Tattershall picnic site, Lincoln, LN4 4JG
    The Bikers Cove, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9TA
    The Bike Shed, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LT
    The-Destination, Ghost Bikes, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4LQ
    The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum, Perthshire, FK20 8RY
    The Haven, Firsdown, Salisbury, SP5 1SP
    The Manor Farm Cafe, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5QH
    The March Hare Tearooms, Lincolnshire, NG33 4NH
    The Nook, Alston CA9 3BG
    The PitStop Diner, Stockton-on-Tees Durham, TS18 3TG
    The Old Stores Motorbike Cafe, Pontblyddyn, CH7 4HR
    The Tea Set at The Quiet Woman, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH
    Two Hoots Tea Room, Devil's Bridge, Aberystwyth, SY23 3JL
    Union Road Moto-Velo, Devon, EX17 3AL
    Whistlestop Cafe, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 5UZ
    Whistlestop Cafe, Whitby Railway Station, Yorkshire, Y021 1YN
    Yonderman Cafe, Wardlow, High Peak, SK17 8RW
    Zoom Cafe Bar, Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU15 2JQ
     
    For more details on the Cafes voted for, most of these Cafes are on our website as -www.thebikerguide.co.uk/bikerfriendlymeetingplaces.html
     
    *From the details we have on our systems.

    Vote for your favourite Biker Friendly Cafe in the UK!
    We have seen lots of new Biker Friendly Cafes opening in 2021 and becoming popular with visitors to the website and facebook group members, so we have decided to once again hold this poll.
     
    To cast your vote simply go to our facebook group as -
  2. Motorcycle touring in Sweden

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    Sweden is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe for a motorcycle tour, due to the wide, open roads and stunning scenery. As an adventure motorcyclist, you'll be treated to a range of landscapes, depending on which area you tour. Choose the Dalarna country in central Sweden and you'll be charmed by traditional red cottages surrounded by gorgeous lakes and mountains. Tandövala's ancient pine forest will remind you of a Lord of the Rings novel! If you opt for a trip in the south-west, you can visit the stunning nature reserve Bohuslän — an area famous among locals for its delicious prawns and granite cliffs.  Motorcycle touring in Sweden

    Where to eat when you're touring

    There's a meal to suit every taste in Sweden's many eateries. Traditional Swedish meals enter the realm of fusion cuisine where old meets new. Delicious wild meats are cooked in berries, 'ripa', a white fish, is cooked in many creative ways in the Summer. Like other countries, Sweden doesn't allow smoking in many public places. Outdoor areas of eateries are definitely not the places to get out a cigarette after a lovely meal. Snus is a Swedish company that makes delicious chewing tobacco. Their Nicotine Pouches are tobacco-free and come in a big variety of minty and fruity flavours. Head over to snusdirect to check out their range!

    Some beautiful, lesser-known towns in Sweden

    Jokkmokk's a tiny town in Northern Sweden and Lapland. In summer, it's ablaze with the midnight sun and in winter it's a magical, snowy place where you can almost hear the reindeer bells jangling. Grundsund is a charming town on the west coast of Sweden. Here you'll find a traditional fishing village and all the delicious fresh fish you could ask for. Multicoloured houses contrast with the blue sea to create a postcard-esque picture. If you crave a city but don't want the hustle and bustle of the bigger ones, try Västerå. Built on the shores of Lake Mälaren in central Sweden, its medieval charms will wow you.

     

     

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  3. The Best Songs and Riding Playlists for Motorcycle Road Trips

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    Motorcycle road trips are memorable experiences, but any great adventure needs a good soundtrack. You want music that will heighten your sense of adventure, evoke powerful memories and fit seamlessly with life on the road. That’s why we’ve assembled our comprehensive list of the best songs and riding playlists for motorcycle road trips to help you make the most of your experience.

    1. “Motorcycle Mama”

    Neil Young’s laid-back cruising song from the 1978 album, Comes a Time, is perfect for those long highway touring days. Neil Young and Nicolette Larson sing together about love, lust and trouble–all timeless themes for all motorcyclists.

    The Best Songs and Riding Playlists for Motorcycle Road Trips - Source PopT

    2. “Smoke on the Water”

    The guitar riff, the angsty lyrics–all of the details of Deep Purple’s 1971 classic tune–evoke the free-wheeling spirit of motorcyclists everywhere. To enjoy this classic at its best, listen through motorcycle Bluetooth headphones made by bikers for bikers.

    3. “Born to Be Wild”

    It’d be impossible not to include this song on a motorcycle road trip list. Steppenwolf delivers the ultimate, rebellious biker song that captures the thrill of the open road.

    4.” Ezy Ryder”

    Another 1971 classic, “Ezy Ryder” by Jimi Hendrix evokes an era of crazy hippies while also creating something altogether timeless. The lyrics say it all:

    “There goes Ezy, Ezy Ryder

    riding down the highway of desire

    he says the free wind takes him higher

    tryin' to find his heaven above”

    As far as motorcycle lyrics go, it doesn’t get much better than that. The Hendrix guitar doesn’t hurt, either.

    There goes Ezy, Ezy Ryder riding down the highway of desire - Source Lukas

    5. “Midnight Rider”

    The Allman Brothers are an American treasure. This 1970s song strikes all the right chords. The lyrics evoke freedom, the highway, poverty, evasion and the life of a nomad. The guitar bridges and sweet, haunting high notes of the guitar riffs coupled with the steady beat of the drums conjure up life on the road. Put on your helmet speakers and crank up the volume for an evocative listening experience.

    6. “The Ballad of Easy Rider”

    The Byrds’ “The Ballad of Easy Rider” is all about the flow of the ride and following the flow of life. It’s spiritual, it’s earthy and it touches on timeless themes of freedom, desire and the beauty of the natural world. Play this while you’re riding down country roads, and you might just find yourself someplace like heaven.

    7. “Bat Out of Hell”

    With this ten-minute masterpiece, Jim Steinman made the ultimate teenage tragedy anthem. Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman take this song from the end of the road, over the barricade and all the way to the watery depths of the ocean.

    Making Your Playlist

    When it comes to crafting the perfect riding playlist, you obviously need more than seven songs. We’ve provided these incredible songs to get you started and to give you an idea of how to cultivate the atmosphere you need and want while riding. However, there’s much more to it than that.

    Maybe you want to have one massive playlist where you put any and all your songs for riding, but we recommend that you build playlists based on themes. That way, you know exactly what playlist to go to, regardless of mood and landscape.

    Choosing Your Themes

    Choose playlist themes that will work well with the landscapes you’ll be encountering over the course of your different rides. For instance, cruising along a highway out West evokes a very different mood from the back roads of the Northeastern states. Seaside Southern roads are different still and twisting mountain roads have a character all their own.

    Build playlists that reflect the mood you want to cultivate while riding through these different terrains. Choose songs that evoke the hard-driving, amped-up freedom you love, or choose songs that fit seamlessly with laid-back, open-sky tours.

    Ideas for Themes

    Here are some ideas for perfect motorcycle playlist themes that can keep you going on all roads and in all weather.

    Chilled-out cruising

    For this theme, choose songs with a steady, calm beat, well-crafted melodies and poetic lyrics. Neil Young’s “Motorcycle Mama” or almost anything by The Eagles is an ideal song choice.

    Rebel freedom

    “Smoke on the Water,” “Bat Out of Hell” and anything punk or metal fit this playlist theme perfectly. Get your adrenaline going and enjoy the rush of life on the road.

    Country roads

    If you’re in mountain country, why not enjoy a little John Denver, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks or Emmylou Harris? Ride to the beat of down-home classics and enjoy the nostalgia of country music.

    ’90s teen spirit

    This list has been ’70s-centric, but who doesn’t love a little bit of ’90s angst? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin and Chris Cornell all make excellent additions to a ’90s throwback.

    Hippie riders

    If you want to get in touch with your inner slow-riding hippie, make a playlist centered on the acoustic classics: Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and Joan Baez all bring back some stripped-down hippie blues. 

    Making Your Music Playlist for Motorcycle trips - Source Pavel Talashov - S

    Download Your Playlists

    If you need your tunes to keep you going through the backroads where you might lose signal, remember to download your playlists to your listening device. This can help keep you motivated even in the absence of cellular service.

    Add to Your Playlists as You Go

    Part of the beauty of playlists is that you can add to them as you go–add songs that your buddies recommend and create a time capsule of memories. The more you build and ride to your playlists, the more memories you’ll have associated with the songs and the themes you’ve chosen. Some things just get better with time, and the best riding playlists definitely fall into that category.

    The Takeaway

    This is our guide to building your dream riding playlists, as well as our guide to some of the best riding songs to listen to on your Bluetooth motorcycle helmet speakers. Whether you enjoy chilled-out cruising tunes or amped-up Rock ‘n’ Roll, there’s something here for every rider.

    Enjoy your ride, make those memories and savor the moments and the friendships along the way. The road is calling, and these songs can help you enjoy the journey.

     

     

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  4. Manchester doubles amount of motorcycle parking, and it’s FREE

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    The number of dedicated parking places for motorcycles in Manchester car parks has more than doubled – and they are all free! A review of motorcycle parking within the city showed that demand for parking exceeded the supply, and as a result a considerable number of motorcyclists were parking unofficially, and sometimes illegally.   

    There are now 127 dedicated motorcycle spaces; a mixture of on-street (63 spaces) and covered car parks (64 spaces), and full details are available on the council’s website at: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500346/city_centre_parking/332/motorcycles    Motorcycle Parking Provisions, Manchester City Centre

    The measures were informed by consultation with various motorcycle community groups and organisations such as the British Motorcycle Federation and Motorcycle Action Group. They told us that having spaces in car parks and on the ground or first floors, making sure they were well-lit and having CCTV coverage was important, along with anchor points or rails for chaining bikes to. All of these suggestions have been adopted.   

    A grace period informing motorcyclists of the new provisions will run from 12/03/21 – 6/05/21, where motorcyclists who are parked illegally will receive an information leaflet informing them of the new parking provisions across the city centre.  During the grace period motorcyclists will not receive a parking ticket. However, after the grace period ends, MCC will enforce penalties (£70 penalty, discounted to £35 if paid within 14 days of issue) for motorcyclists parking in the wrong place. This includes designated cycle parking spaces and racks. Motorcyclists can park in a normal pay and display bays anywhere across the city, provided that they purchase a pay and display ticket. It is advisable to write 'M' for motorbike and the registration number of the bike on the ticket before attaching this to the motorbike, to discourage theft.  

    A motorcycle parking policy will be produced in order to finalise and formalise the changes.

    Motorcycle Parking Provisions in Manchester City Centre , new bays

  5. Crieff Cloverleaf touring route

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    The Crieff Cloverleaf is a new multi-day motorcycle touring route in Scotland, featuring a set of four spectactular all-day rides that have been especially designed for motorbike touring by fellow bikers.

    Soaring through the northern alpine Cairngorms and the southern rolling hills of the Borders, curving around dramatic West Coast mountain lochs and East Coast ocean vistas, the Crieff Cloverleaf provides plenty of the best of Scotlands biking in every direction.

    From sweeping progressive A roads to winding country byways and adventurous single-tracks, the Crieff Cloverleaf has something to thrill every rider. It takes in some of Scotlands most-loved biking roads and some hidden gems too, and each route provides a great mix of riding.

    Every Cloverleaf route starts and ends in the beautiful hillside town of Crieff, Perthshire, so all four routes can be explored while staying each night in the same accommodation. This simplifies travel planning, and avoids problems with trying to book single-night stays.

    The four Crieff Cloverleaf routes travel north, south, east and west respectively, and each involves around 6 hours on the bike, divided into four separate legs. Daily distances range from 188mi/383km to 238mi/303km, depending on terrain. Each leg ends at a suitable spot for a coffee stop or lunch break. Wherever possible, stops also have a petrol station and toilet facilities available.

    For those who prefer shorter riding days or are visiting for the weekend, the Crieff Cloverleaf additionally offers the Little Leaf, an enticing set of four three-hour routes also centered on Crieff.

    The town of Crieff and the surrounding Strathearn area provide a wide range of holiday facilities, including luxury hotels and B&Bs, a variety of self-catering options, bunkhouse stays and camping. Crieff also has a great selection of top-notch cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and take-aways, plus superb specialist food and drink shops, a petrol station and full supermarket facilities.

    Scotlands incredible landscapes and exceptional roads make it a must-ride destination for motorcyclists from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming riders to the Crieff Cloverleaf in 2021.

    www.cloverleaf.scot