It was bombed in World War 2, been the scene of riots and clashes with the police, been pilloried by the British press as a place where “decent people” didn’t go and as recently as last year was threatened with closure as part of new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Yet it still survives and continues to offer motorcycle events like the Diamond Day Custom Motorcycle Show as well as car shows and live music.
Some say, you’re not a real biker unless you’ve been there.
Top 5 motorcycle icons
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year celebrates its 75th anniversary with an expected crowd of 1 million invading the small South Dakota town of Strgis, population 6883.
The Isle of Man TT is one of the most dangerous motorsport events in the world. In this nanny state we live in it seems amazing that they still race through towns, past light poles and telephone boxes with only hay bales as protection.
Phillip Island MotoGP is not only an icon for Australia, but one of the most scenic racing circuits in the world. Changeable weather, a huge straight, Lukey Heights and Siberia all add to its charisma.
The Stelvio Pass in northern Italy is as tangled as a plate of spaghetti. There are 48 hairpin turns as the road climbs almost 2km, the second highest road in the Alps.
The Ace Cafe encapsulates youth rebellion, cafe racers, speed, sex, girls, leather, fun and everything that first attracted us all to motorcycles.
How many of the top 5 motorcycle icons have you visited?