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Hotspur Cafe at Shobdon Airfield

Shobdon airfield was opened in 1940 as a response to the needs of the war office to fight off the invasion plans. The airfield was originally called Pembridge Landing Ground and one of the first aircraft to be based there was the trusty Westland Lysander and it is this iconic Army support aircraft that the cafe’s list topping breakfast option is named after.

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Barmouth

Arriving at Bob’s gaff at the usual time, it was a quick turnaround, Bob was already on his way out of the door, he was a man on a mission, there was nothing going to stop him reaching the Bringsty

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Imperial War Museum Duxford

After meeting up at Bob’s house for our customary cup of tea we decided to start the day the best way known to mankind that doesn’t include gaffa tape, a mop and a left-handed can opener. Breakfast at the Touchdown

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Steel Horse Cafe, Abergavenny

Steel Horse Cafe is located just outside of Abergavenny at the junction of the B4598 on the road to Usk. The place has a great, friendly atmosphere, serve great food including some amazing muffins and coffee and has loads of easy parking.

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Rig’s TMBF 2014 Challenge 100

Most bikers like to talk and when we are at home or work and need our daily fix of anything motorbike related there are a growing number of us that frequent on on-line motorcycle forum or 2 or 3 or

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B3212 – Exeter to Yelverton

The B3212 starts just to the West of Exeter and passes under the A30 and then past Moretonhampstead until after 30 miles it reaches it’s end at Yelverton. Check out the B3212 page over at SABRE for loads of useful

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Motorcycle Live 2013 at the NEC

It’s nearly the end of another fantastic biking year and as usual we have had our ups and downs, some of us haven’t been out on the bikes as often as they would have hoped, some of us ate too

Posted in 2013, Ride Outs

Ultimate Addons Mobile Phone Mounting Kit

Like many people these days I have a ‘smartphone’ these are fantastic devices as you can use them not only to text your loved ones that you’re OK, telephone your mates to let them know you’re running late, posting your

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A701 – Devil’s Beef Tub

Starting in Moffat, follow the signs for Edinburgh A701, the road soon opens up to some fantastic scenery, including the infamous Devil’s Beef Tub, a large hollow that is formed by four hills.

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B4077 – Stow on the Wold to Toddington

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The Royal Enfield Pub, Redditch

The famous Royal Enfield motorcycles were made in Redditch until 1967, when the factory closed. The brand survives, but the bikes are made in India. When J D Wetherspoons decided to convert the former Danilo Cinema into a pub, they decided

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Malcolm Uphill Plaque, Caerphilly

The Malcolm Uphill plaque in Caerphilly is a plaque to honour legendary motorcyclist Malcolm Uphill who was first man to average over 100 mph for a lap of the Isle of Man TT on a production motorcycle with a Triumph Bonneville

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Village Farm Cafe, Pyle

Village Farm Cafe, Pyle

If you’re ever travelling along the M4 in Wales and fancy a cuppa, a sandwich or even (our favorite) a Full English breakfast, consider coming off at junction 37 and heading the 1 mile north into Pyle and you will find one of the hidden gems in the area, Village Farm Cafe.

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The Triumph Monument

The Triumph Monument is located on the B4104 in Meriden at the site of the old Triumph factory and was made by Frances Firth. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google Map

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Anglesey Transport Museum

Tacla Taid, the Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum, is the largest of its kind in Wales. It features displays of cars, motorbikes, commercial and farm vehicles and static engines. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google

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Llangollen Motor Museum

The Llangollen Motor Museum is hard to find, but well worth the effort. The museum has a collection of motoring memorabilia which includes more than sixty cars and motorcycles. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google

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The Lone Rider

The Lone Rider is a sculpture that depicts a motorcycle and rider in a Futurist style, elements of the sculpture give the impression of speed. The Lone Rider took approximately seven months to make, and was carved out of a

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National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum occupies an 8-acre (32,000 m2) site in Bickenhill, Solihull, England and holds the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google Map National Motorcycle Museum

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Coventry Transport Museum

The Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) houses a collection of British-made road transport, the reason it’s located in Coventry because the city was previously the centre of the British car industry. There are

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Cotswold Motoring Museum

It’s March 2013 already but unfortunately due to the poor weather we having been having this is the first time we have managed to get out and bag our first location in this year’s Grim Riders charity motorcycle challenge, the

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Touchdown Cafe, Wellesbourne Airfield

The Touchdown Cafe is based at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield and it is an extremely popular cafe with pilots using the airfield as well as bikers.

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B4246 – Blaenavon to Abergavenny

The B4246 from Blaenavon to Abergavenny is only around 6 miles long but as you come out of Blaenavon the road winds uphill, before a great view of the Black Mountains unfolds in the distance. From here, it’s a sharp descent through

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Fromes Hill Cafe, Ledbury

Fromes Hill is located on the A4103 between Hereford and Worcester and is part of Fromes Hill services, the place is very easy to find due to the very large Tank outside!

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Queenswood Cafe, Leominster

Queenswood Cafe is a lovely timber framed building in Queenswood Country Park on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster at the top of Dinmore Hill.

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Temenos Sculpture

Anish Kapoor’s new mega sculpture Temenos is located at the north-eastern corner of Middlesbrough Dock, Middlehaven. It cost £2.7m and is 110m in length and almost 50m high. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Sculpture Trail Ride Google Map

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North of England Sculpture Trail

Bob and Bonzo headed up to the north of England and just into Scotland to bag the last of this year’s sculpture trail ride locations that consisted of: King and Queen in Glenkiln Giraffes in Edinburgh Angel of the North

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King and Queen Sculpture

Henry Moore’s King & Queen sculpture at Glenkiln reservoir – This is one of several sculptures in the area around Glenkiln reservoir. They were bought and placed there between 1951 and 1976 by Sir William Keswick, who owned the Glenkiln

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Giraffes Sculpture in Edinburgh

These sculptures were unveiled in the summer of 2005 and were designed by Helen Denerley reusing scrap metal. The taller of the two stands 22 ft high and are located just outside the new Omni centre leisure complex in Picardy

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Angel of the North Sculpture

The Angel of the North is a contemporary steel sculpture of an angel designed by Antony Gormley. It stands on a hill, in Gateshead, on the southern edge of Low Fell, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and

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Apollo Pavilion Sculpture

The ‘Apollo Pavilion’, also known as the ‘Pasmore Pavilion’, is a controversial piece of public art in the new town of Peterlee designed by British artist and architect Victor Pasmore It was built between 1963 and 1970 using concrete, cast

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