4 Motorcycle Friendly Campsites Around the UK

Riding cross country on a bike is a great adventure, but it can also be an expensive one if you spend your night in hotels. Plus, hotels don’t allow you the space or freedom if you are riding with a group, to hang out together after dark. When planning your next motorcycle trip around the country, check into any one of these campsites and instantly feel welcome.

The Bottleneck Inn

Found in Okehampton, this spot offers the biker the best of both worlds. The inn is large with a pub and restaurant that caters to motorcycle clubs. Right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the Bottleneck Inn is a common site for bike rallies and get togethers. Just a stones throw down the road is a campsite where not much more than the space to pitch your family tent is offered, which for most bikers that’s all they need. You can build a small campfire to cook on your camping stove, but the real draw is the immense space where large groups can spread out and have a great time.

Fisherground Campsite

Fisherground is located in Eskadale, Cumbria and can be a rough ride to get to, but well worth the trip. The passes are as high as 1291 feet and narrow, so make sure that if you are traveling in a large group that all the riders are prepared for this type of terrain. Once you do reach the campground you will find that the basic amenities are offered at this scenic camp ground, and that it is also popular for families. If your motorcycle club wants some more privacy, head just a few more yards up the road to Hollins Farm where only bikers are allowed to roll out their sleeping bags.

Roundhill Campsite

In this Brockenhurst campsite, motorcyclists are given their own field to spread out in. There are no shower facilities here, but there are cubicles for washing. This is a true nature lovers stop as wild ponies are known to frequent the grounds in search of food.

Route U55

If you want a truly scenic motorcycle adventure, grab your camping gear and head to the Isle of Skye. The bed and breakfast offers ample room out back for motorcycle clubs to settle down in the family tents for the night. This is a popular spot, so you may want to book in advance to make sure that there is enough room at the campsite.

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If the B&B is booked, travel to the Loch Greshornish where a riding loving couple operates another motorcycle friendly campground. This one is in a prime spot to call home base if your club wants to spend the days touring the incredible island.

Camping offers a unique benefit to motorcycle clubs. They can get together and ride for days without the worry of finding accommodations for all at night. Suggest this at your next meeting and see just how many of your club members are devoted camping loves underneath all that leather.

Opee: The Motocross Pooch – Not Even a K9 Fence Can Stop Him!

There is a blue merle Australian Shepherd in Perris California, and he is poised to take any motocross enthusiast on. By the ripe old age of 8, he was pulling 6 G’s and posing for centerfolds in Cycle News. He has been a part of the Baja 500 and had over 10,000 hours of dirt bike riding under his belt. So where did he go?

Since his sudden rise to fame a few years back, Opee has disappeared from the spotlight. We like to think he is wallowing his days chasing bikes instead of riding them. Unless of course his owner – Mike – has installed a wireless dog fence around the yard. The pet containment systems are great, but can they hold up to the wild antics of Opee?

Opee’s Story

Opee’s owner Mike acquired the dog after a bitter divorce. Living out on a farm, the dog took an instant liking to his new home which included two horses and a bunch of other dogs. But there was always a special connection between Opee and Mike.

Once Opee started sleeping in Mike’s tool box, the motocross enthusiast knew he had found a special companion. It started with the dog chasing Mike as he raced around the desert, but that soon changed to a four-wheeler where they would ride together. But this was not enough for Opee who one day just jumped up on the gas tank and made it his home.

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The fans were in love with Opee right away, and so were the sponsors. He got a neck brace and vest, cool backpack and a bunch of jerseys. They even fixed it so he could drink water while riding. They even gave him a AMA card and SCORE international card – I wonder how they listed his last name…

Opee and Mike have even raced Baja with a team, and finished ahead of half the pack. The motocross world embraced his presence and he was a welcome addition at any event.

This is definitely not a feat for just any old dog and rider, as Mike explained it took a lot of training to get to where they were both comfortable on the seat. Opee had to learn to read cues both physical and verbal, and move his massive 70 pound body accordingly. Yet still, they could take hair pin turns and make jumps just like any other bike. They did skid out once, at 75 mph, but shook off the minor injuries and jumped right back on that bike.

So if you have a garage dog who is unusually interested in your bike, take him for a spin and see what happens. If he makes a play for the clutch then you know you just may have another Opee on your bike.

Motocross Riding Tips

Motocross is an exciting sport. If you have watched any of it on TV, you have probably envisioned yourself racing alongside the stars. While you most likely won’t be able to do that tomorrow, there are some things you can start doing now to take your steps in motocross racing. Below are some tips to get you started.

  1. Practice – This is obviously the most important step. As the old saying goes, you can’t get anywhere without practice. The only way to get as good as the stars is to put in your time, just like they did. Spend every moment you can practicing on  a bike. You won’t be any good at the beginning, but the more time you put into it, the better you will get.
  2. Jumps – One of the things that probably drew you to the sport was watching people perform these crazy jumps on their bikes in the middle of a race. You can’t, and shouldn’t start with jumps this big. Get yourself comfortable on smaller jumps, getting used to straddling a 300 pound bike, while getting it to remain upright. You’ll need a considerable amount of arm strength, and some courage, but once you get it down it’s a ton of fun.
  3. Cornering – Going through those turns is a lot more than just speeding through as fast as you can. A rider that knows the best turning technique will most likely be at the front of the pack. Work on when to use the brake, the throttle, and what position your body should be in. If you can master this, you will be well on your way to winning some races.
  4. Whoops – For those of you not sure what a Whoop is, it is the small bumps arranged side by side, that you graze your bike across the top of as fast as you can. These can be one of the most difficult parts of the track, and they are typically where riders wipe out. Be careful when you are practicing them, and know that you’ll probably fall down the first few times at least.
  5. Rollers – These pose a similar challenge to Whoops, but they are less likely to wipe you out. Rollers tend to be flatter than whoops. They might not be as challenging as whoops, but that doesn’t mean you should be overconfident. Always take caution around them, and make sure you practice them just as much as any other area.
  6. Watch The Professionals – This is our last tip. In order to be like the best, you need to see what they are doing. Don’t just watch motocross races for the enjoyment, but to study what they are doing. How do they approach their turns? What position is their body in during a jump? Take notes, then practice what they do when you get back on the track. You don’t have to do everything exactly like them, see what works for you. However these guys have spent hundreds of hours perfecting their method, so chances are you could learn a thing or two from them.

Back to Back Wins for Webb in Anaheim

"Malherbe" by Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Malherbe” by Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

This past Saturday, at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, the third round of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship 250 West Class took place. Heading into the contest it was anyone’s game to win.

Coming off a victory in Phoenix, Cooper Webb was one of the names to watch. Jessy Nelson claimed the win at the Anaheim 1 and finished in 3rd at Phoenix, making him another contender for the title. These two young guns were the main contenders for the day, but a few other riders kept themselves in the mix.

At the drop of the gate, Zach Osborne was quick off the line, as he grabbed the holeshot and took a lead. He held this lead for the first couple of laps. Nelson was on his tail, and made his move to get in front of him at the beginning of lap 3.

The rookie Chris Alldredge was having a nice run so far, and he moved into second, with Bowers and Hill close behind him.

Things were going fine for Nelson as he held the lead, until right before the halfway mark. He came up just a bit short on the over-under bridge, which caused his body to lurch forward upon landing. Before he could gather himself, he was into the tuff blocks on the side, and on the ground.

With this slip up, Bowers was able to take over the lead. Disaster then struck for Alldredge, who crashed heavily before the finish, and disqualified himself from the race. He was able to get off under his own power though, so he should be alright.

With this crash, Webb moved up into 3rd, recovering from his slow start. He quickened his pace, and soon found himself moving into 2nd.

As the race started coming to a close, it looked like Bowers lead was large enough to secure the victory. But Webb wasn’t finished yet, and he closed what was an over 5 second lead within the last 5 laps to catch Bowers on the final lap.

As Webb closed in, it almost looked like Bowers was surprised to see him there. He tried to avoid contact with Webb, but it caused him to go off track and into the blocks. Webb rode out the final few laps and claimed his victory. It was his second straight win, and it gave him the points lead with Nelson finishing in 6th. Webb was barely able to contain his excitement has he celebrated on the podium.

Rounding out the podium behind Web and Bowers was Hill, who finished in the box for the first time this season.

It was an exciting race, one that will most likely be remember for a long time. When people look back at turning points in the season, they will often point to this race, and Webb’s unthinkable comeback late in the race. Up next is Round 4 taking place in Oakland. We’ll have a recap of that race after it happens as well. See you then!