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Old 11-14-2011, 03:50 AM   #1516
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Woke up this morning after a decent nights kip aided by dreaming of days in the saddle up bonnie scotland, time to catch up on the last month or so of this excellent thread quickly came to mind, it never ever fails to disapoint me mate, it'll be probably be easter time next year before i'm back up north on two wheels but if weather aint too bad over christmas period might get up forra few days in car, hope the winter is a lot kinder to you than it was last year mate, it was bad enough in yorkshire. i got my written off fazer back from insurance this week so its time for me to get my bag of spanners out and set to work on it, i'm no mechanic but i'm fairly sure i can have it back on the road at little cost, hopefully!

Keep up the great work mate, its well appreciated in this house.

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Cheers mate .... hope you can come for a ride when you make it back up here. As for winter - the weather so far has been great for this time of year, mild and 14 C yesterday! We normally 'call it a day' for rideouts at the end of October ..but we managed another ride yesterday ...in mid November, that's the latest we have ever had an organised rideout. Let's hope it's a sign of a really mild winter to come.

This was sunny Oban yesterday lunchtime -



.7 bikes out for the day ...

leaving Glasgow ...... traffic light GP? .....




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Old 11-14-2011, 06:48 AM   #1517
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Yesterday ....

group discussion whilst we waited for Patrick to fill up at the bottom of the Stockiemuir ...



Although we encountered no rain, the roads were damp for the run up to Tyndrum ......

Patrick on his Mille..


In Callander (still grey and damp)..




But by the time we got to Tyndrum ..... dry roads ... 'play time'.....



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Old 11-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #1518
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Yesterday's run continued ...



Parking up in an unseasonably 'balmy' Oban..







After fish n chips 'al fresco' it was time to mount up and do it all again - in reverse .....



Patrick...

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Old 11-14-2011, 03:33 PM   #1519
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Parking up in an unseasonably 'balmy' Oban..








What you can't see in that photo is how that parking bay slopes slightly towards the sea, once made the mistake of parking my bike head on and didn't have the strength to push my bike backwards, everyone was watching me try to get out until someone kindly offered assistance. What an embarrassment .
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:05 PM   #1520
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Hola

I have been following the thread for a while. It's awesome. I'd love to join you on a rideout sometime if thats ok, just send me a pm or email and let me know the score.

Hope you keep the thread going and you continue to have great rideouts. Fingers crossed for more mild weather her in Scotland.

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Old 11-15-2011, 05:58 AM   #1521
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What you can't see in that photo is how that parking bay slopes slightly towards the sea, once made the mistake of parking my bike head on and didn't have the strength to push my bike backwards, everyone was watching me try to get out until someone kindly offered assistance. What an embarrassment .

Lol! It's surprising how even a mild incline can make paddling a bike backwards difficult at times .... it would help to have a reverse gear like on a Goldwing (mind you with something the size of a 'Wing' you probably need a reverse to push it backwards on the flat too! )... Here's our late friend Tommy being a gent and helping Sarah paddle backwards on the mild incline at GlenCoe garage a couple of years ago.

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:09 AM   #1522
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Hola

I have been following the thread for a while. It's awesome. I'd love to join you on a rideout sometime if thats ok, just send me a pm or email and let me know the score.

Hope you keep the thread going and you continue to have great rideouts. Fingers crossed for more mild weather her in Scotland.

Take care

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Hi Gucci .... Thanks for the 'thumbs up' on the thread ..... of course you are welcome to join us for a rideout. Unfortunately our season is probably now done for this year (we would normally finish around the end of October and I can't see us getting out again now unless it was just for a shorter run ). However, it will all kick off again in the spring (tends to be around mid March with proper 'all day' rideouts from April) why not join us then one Sunday ..... and if you like it come along for runs on a regular basis. I see you are in Boness which is only about 30 miles from were we meet up for Sunday rideouts in Anniesland, Glasgow.

I will send you a pm today....
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:16 AM   #1523
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Couple more from Sunday .... unfortunately I didn't take many pics on the way back from Oban ....the pace was 'enthusiastic' and I put the camera away so I could fully participate with both hands on the bars. What a great ride that A85 is! ...... but in the brief lull afforded by the odd '40 mph zone' I managed to grab a couple of shots ...





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Old 11-16-2011, 08:21 AM   #1524
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Well, I am back on two wheels well suited for the road.







I did get in one ride while waiting to get the new bike, but a 160 mile loop on a KTM 520 is not recommended. The pictures did help to relieve the pain.







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Old 11-17-2011, 02:30 AM   #1525
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Well, I am back on two wheels well suited for the road.



Good to see you managed to sort out a replacement ride quickly. Nice bike! Was the Buell a 'write off'? ...and how does the 990 compare?
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Yeah, the Buell was totalled.

The 990 is one hell of a bike. The Uly was better for paved roads by a wee bit, and significantly better for comfort. The KTM is far superior to the Uly when the pavement ends. Considering how I like to ride, the improved dirt capabilities easily outweigh the comfort issues. The difference in paved road performance is not big enough to be of any concern.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:02 AM   #1527
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Yeah, the Buell was totalled.

The 990 is one hell of a bike. The Uly was better for paved roads by a wee bit, and significantly better for comfort. The KTM is far superior to the Uly when the pavement ends. Considering how I like to ride, the improved dirt capabilities easily outweigh the comfort issues. The difference in paved road performance is not big enough to be of any concern.

Sorry to hear about the Buell...... If you are like me you sure do get attached to some bikes... it's like losing an old friend.

Having said that - the 990 is a great bike ... someone raced me on one on the twisty Inveraray road years ago ..... I was on my R1 at the time .... and thought 'this will be a doddle - after all, it's an off-road bike' ....How wrong was I !! Those things can hustle! I was hitting 140 between bends and still couldn't shake him he was flying round bends with his foot out, MotoX style........ I didn't find out till afterwards that his bike wasn't standard and had been extensively 'worked on'.... and that he had ridden it on the 'Paris Dakar' course! - Doh!
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:40 AM   #1528
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Sorry to hear about the Buell...... If you are like me you sure do get attached to some bikes... it's like losing an old friend.
Yeah, I did love that bike. 42,952 miles in a few months shy of four years...

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Having said that - the 990 is a great bike ... someone raced me on one on the twisty Inveraray road years ago ..... I was on my R1 at the time .... and thought 'this will be a doddle - after all, it's an off-road bike' ....How wrong was I !! Those things can hustle! I was hitting 140 between bends and still couldn't shake him he was flying round bends with his foot out, MotoX style........ I didn't find out till afterwards that his bike wasn't standard and had been extensively 'worked on'.... and that he had ridden it on the 'Paris Dakar' course! - Doh!
Well, that is what the ADV was before it became a street legal machine. I have had it up to about 105 so far, and it was still pulling strong. When the pavement ends, the biggest problem is remembering not to out drive the available braking traction.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:16 AM   #1529
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Yeah, I did love that bike. 42,952 miles in a few months shy of four years...


Well, I hope you get as many miles of fun out of the 990 ...... sounds like you will...
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:25 AM   #1530
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Sarah and I were down across the border again on Saturday visiting relatives ...this time in Southport merseyside ...... stopped by the promenade to check out the bikes that meet up by the carousel...

Despite it being mid November there were a few there....











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