MOTO CULTURE IN ENGLAND & IRELAND | RAHOUL GHOSE
Taking a trip across the pond is an eye-opening experience for an NYC-based moto enthusiast. The culture in both London and Dublin is definitely more supportive of the two-wheeled commuter, offering motorcyclists both designated parking areas (some with locking mounts built right into the street) as well as leeway to leave your ride on the pavement (sidewalk), parked near bicycles. London's downtown is filled with motorcycle delivery services, as well as an interesting mix of ADV rides, scooters and low displacement single cylinder bikes, most with 'L' stickers prominently mounted to show the lowest 'beginners' tier of motorcycle licensing. Dublin, though smaller, showed similar trends.
Of course any trip back to my birthplace had to include a stopoff at the cafe racer's dream locale, Lewis Leathers (est'd 1892) , Britain's oldest motorcycle clothing company, where my 59 Club Membership came in handy. Hope to be back again soon.