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Where Can I Find Thriving Motorcycle Communities In The UK?

Where Can I Find Thriving Motorcycle Communities In The UK?

While there’s nothing quite like cruising on your own down the open road, world whipping past your visor, you can find a new love in riding and talking with your fellow bikers.

Now, we aren’t necessarily talking about joining a leather-clad band of outlaws. Instead, we’re talking about the fun side of motorcycle ownership, where owning a bike means integrating into a community that’s built for enthusiastic hobbyists just like you.

But where can you find such welcoming biker communities? Well, here at Vertu Motorcycles, we have found the best biker hotspots of the UK by locating the towns and regions where biker cafe hubs are the most common.

Continue reading, below, to see how close you are to a thriving motorcycling community.

Which regions have the most biker cafes?

Region

Number of biker cafes

South West

177

South East

171

East Midlands

154

North West

143

East of England

134

Wales

106

Yorkshire and the Humber

105

Scotland

103

West Midlands

97

North East

32

Greater London

19

Our data shows that the South West and the South East have the most biker cafes in the UK, with 177 and 171 biker cafes, respectively, dotted across these regions.

In total, that’s almost 350 biker cafes in the country’s most southern regions alone. This suggests that bikers are more likely to find welcoming areas for their beloved hobby, the further south they ride, with more places to eat, drink and meet like-minded people.

The only exception, in this regard, is Greater London, which has the least amount of biker cafes in the UK. Although, given its urban landscape and gridlocked roads, it’s hardly a surprise there are just 19 biker cafes in the entire capital. There just isn’t the freedom on the roads in London for a biker community to properly flourish.

We can see how this factor of motorcycle suitability can affect biker cafe numbers in other parts of the country, too. For example, the East Midlands, which has access to beautiful coastal routes and stunning countryside roads, has 58% more biker cafes than the West Midlands, a region dominated by the sprawling metropolis of Birmingham.

Which UK town/city are you most likely to find a motorcycle community?

Location

Number of biker cafes

Population

Biker cafes per people ratio

Masham

23

1,205

1:52

Bakewell

31

3,695

1:119

Barmouth

21

2,522

1:120

Brigg

24

5,626

1:234

Mowbray

33

27,670

1:838

Lancaster

29

52,234

1:1801

Burton upon Trent

25

72,299

1:2892

Chelmsford

38

112,000

1:2947

Chester

25

79,645

1:3186

Bath

21

88,859

1:4231

Bedford

24

106,940

1:4456

Oxford

31

152,450

1:4918

Bournemouth

26

183,491

1:7057

Portsmouth

30

238,800

1:7960

Manchester

21

547,627

1:26077

According to our research, Masham is the biker capital of the UK. This small Yorkshire town is home to 23 biker cafes, which serve a population of just over 1,200 – that’s 1 biker cafe for every 52 people!

For comparison, Bakewell, which has the second highest biker cafe rate in the country, contains 1 biker cafe for every 119 people. No doubt, the soaring demand for biker cafes in the area is spearheaded by the quieter, open roads and charming countryside scenery.

In fact, 60% of the individual locations with the highest number of biker cafes have a population below 100,000 people. This suggests that you are most likely to find a biker community in more remote locations, away from the big cities and urban areas, where riders are not hamstrung by heavy traffic and constant road works.

If you do want to take your motorcycle to a big city, however, your best bets are Manchester, Portsmouth or Bournemouth. These urban locales may be densely populated, but they are home to more biker cafes than any other of the UK’s big cities.

Top biker cafes: Best biker-friendly locations

Masham

-          Fat Monkey, Unit 5b Plews Way, Leeming Bar, Northallerton DL7 9UL

-          Platform 1, Bedale Station, Bedale Rd, Aiskew, Bedale DL8 1AW, UK

-          The Old Granary, 17 High St, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5AP, UK

Bakewell

-          Wetton Village Hall, 5 Holiday Cottages, Wetton, Ashbourne DE6 2AF, UK

-          Insomnia Coffee Company & Cafe, Kingsgate Hope Valley S32 3XU

-          Route 66, 134 N Parade, Matlock DE4 3NS, UK

Barmouth

-          Bath House Cafe, The Quay Barmouth LL42 1HB

-          Caffi Cymunedol, Bethania Nant Gwynant Caernarfon LL55 4NH

-          Red Kite Cafe, Silver-Lead Mine Museum, Aberystwyth SY23 3AB, UK

Brigg

-          Choppersbar, 80 Goulton St, Hull HU3 4DL

-          River View Cafe Beverly, 7 Riverview Rd, Beverley HU17 0LD, UK

-          Seven Districts - Coffee Roasters – Lincoln, Farmers Arms, Market Rasen Rd, Lincoln LN2 3RD

Melton Mowbray

-          A1 Stadium Diner, A151, Colsterworth, Grantham NG33 5JN

-          Fatknacks Roadside Diner, A43, Stamford PE9 3QL

-          The Coffee Shot, 17 Main St Stathern Melton Mowbray LE14 4HW

Lancaster

-          Bridge House Farm, 81 Main St, Wray, Lancaster LA2 8QB, UK

-          Goat Gap Cafe, Lane End, Lancaster LA2 8HS, UK

-          PiTTstop Cafe, First Floor Irving House White Lund Ind Est Morecambe LA3 3AY

Burton upon Trent

-          Canalside Farm Shop, 5 Mill Ln, Great Haywood, Stafford ST18 0RJ, UK

-          Hunger Hanger, 33 Dakota Rd, Derby DE74 2TL, UK

-          Truckers Rest Cafe, Tollgate Cottage, Watling St, Four Crosses, Cannock WS11 1SF, UK

Chelmsford

-          Cafe on the Water & Gift Shop, Giffords Ln Downham Chelmsford CM3 8HX

-          The Blue Egg, Unnamed Road, Braintree CM7 4PY, UK

-          The Cabin Dairy Cafe, 17 High St, Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 8AG, UK

Chester

-          Biker's Food Emporium, 2 Picow Farm Rd, Runcorn WA7 4UB, UK

-          Coffee 500, St Michaels Industrial Estate, 17 St Michael's Cl, Widnes WA8 8TL, UK

-          Fourway Cafe, Harrington Caravans, Northwich CW8 2HG, UK

Bath

-          No 10 Tea Garden, Unnamed Road, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2HB, UK

-          Farrington's Farm Shop, Manor Farm, Farrington Gurney, Bristol BS39 6UT, UK

-          Willoughby Hedge Cafe, West Knoyle, UK, Warminster BA12 6AQ

Bedford

-          Hog Roast Kitchen, 24 Stirling Rd Longstanton Cambridge CB24 1BD

-          Metal Monkey, 19C Market St, Kettering NN16 0AH, UK

-          The Pumphouse Cafe, 6 Nene Court the Embankment Wellingborough NN8 1LD

Oxford

-          Brackley Central Cafe, Station House, Top Station Rd, Brackley NN13 7UG, UK

-          On Yer Bike Cafe, A41 Bicester Rd Westcott Bicester Aylesbury HP18 0JX

-          The Old Prison Cafe, A429 Fosse Way Northleach Cheltenham GL54 3JH

Bournemouth

-          Bashley Manor, B3055, New Milton BH25 5TQ, UK

-          Coffee & Drift Cafe, Quay View Admirals Court Quay Rd Lymington SO41 3ET

-          The Waterfront Bar & Cafe, The Beach Madeira Rd Totland Bay PO39 0BQ

Portsmouth

-          Boat House Cafe, 19 Blakes Rd Bognor Regis PO22 7EE

-          Good Wood Aerodrome Cafe, Goodwood Aerodrome, Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0PH, UK

-          The Chocolate Frog Company & Cafe, Oakhanger Bordon GU35 9JA

Manchester

-          Fork in the Road, 5 Bradnor Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 4TS, UK

-          Relics 'n' Rust Lifestyle Shop and Cafe, Commercial Brow Hyde SK14 2JW

-          Tuck Inn, 186-196, A5004, Whaley Bridge, High Peak SK23 7JX

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