Scotland at 45mph

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Matt 82, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Blader54

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    Hey Matt, have a great day! I am certain you will pass the test with flying colors! Three cheers for Matt! :clap:clap:clap
  2. kwakbiker

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    Have a good one Matt, just think of him like a sat nav and forget he's there as he's the only one who knows where your going. Remember to ride for yourself so if theres a safe gap to take for you then take it and he sorts himself out
  3. Matt 82

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    Looks like I'm a real boy now! :D
  4. rodmuzwa

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    Well done Matt. Congratulations mate. Look forward to more posts with your extended range now. Great job mate. Really chuffed for ya!
  5. kwakbiker

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    Nice one mate, now get the deauville insured:clap

    any minors or the dream clean sheet?....thats just my professional noseyness:rofl
  6. trackrider

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    Well done mate , ya fancy a jaunt up north onytime give me a yell , 5 minutes up the road from ya in Torphichen ,,:clapK Jim
  7. glenn2926

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    I knew you would do it, if only to keep me in reading material. Looking forward to more of your ride reports. Just because you can now do more than 45 MPH does not mean you have to. Keep the photos coming.

    Cheers Glenn.
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    Good on you Matt!
    Looks like the pom poms and cheerleading worked mate. (Sorry I drew the line at the skirt... )
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    well done and welcome to the good side of life. :wings
  10. r1d1

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    Well done Matt, you're allowed to post a pic of Bathgate to celebrate :1drink

    Will the thread be getting renamed with a higher speed now? :rofl
  11. MadtownMaxx

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    Well done Matt.

    I've been enjoying your thread and consequently got invested in your success. Nice how this place(?) connects folks.
  12. Matt 82

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    Thanks man. It feels good!

    Got my eye on Eilean Donan Castle. If the weather behaves I'll be up there soon.


    Got it insured and took it for a spin yesterday evening. So I rode 3 bikes in one day. Nowhere near as smooth as the Diversion (obviously) but still a huge improvement over the wee Suzuki.

    3 minors! Two of them I couldn't really argue about (bit late with indicator coming off a large roundabout and not far enough to the right when exiting a one way street) as since I don't really remember doing them I figured I probably did make the mistakes!

    The third one however I feel was a bit dodgy. I was told to leave an upcoming roundabout on the first exit, heading to Edinburgh. However the sign before the roundabout showed a wee dodgy exit just before the Edinburgh turn off. It turns out it's a driveway and doesn't count but it was on the roundabout info sign so my choice was to indicate left before the roundabout or indicate left once I'd passed the driveway. Since I didn't know it was a driveway until I'd passed it (it's concealed) I figured that misleading signals are instant fails and late signals are minors that I should just play it safe and indicate late.

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    That's 5 minutes down the road! I'll definitely be doing some rideouts with folk on the forum. I'll still hold everyone up, but just not as much now!

    Just need the weather to change.....



    I've never been a speed person so I won't be racing about. Even with the increased power of the Honda I won't be going all that faster than I was on the Suzuki. The Suzuki could get me up to speed (not uphill), but just took too long to do it. The Honda will allow me to get up to speed quickly and not hold up traffic on the more northern roads.

    This should mean that I travel further in a day so the photos will be more varied than the ones I'm posting just now. I'm aware that as pleasant as some of my photos are, there's not a lot of new ones.



    Haha it did! I'm blaming my three minor faults on your lack of commitment though. I needed the skirt!



    Thank you very much!


    That would mean going back with my camera :huh The screengrab from Google maps above will have to suffice!

    I did consider a name change, but it's only a Honda Deauville.


    Thanks man. Yeah I love that people from all over the world read this. And I like how the Ride Reports tend to avoid the bickering that occurs elsewhere on the forum. Everyone has their own opinions but we all have bikes in common.


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    Had a quick run on the Honda last night. Was probably a bit too tired for it after what was a pretty long day but couldn't help myself. It's been snowing and raining for weeks but almost as if it were fate, the evening I pass my test the weather is to be nice. Dry, no wind with clear skies. how could I resist. The first two reports from last year were Glen Coe and then Queensferry. I figured I'd stick with tradition and follow up my birthday run to Glen Coe (a full month ago!) with a brief encounter with some bridges.

    The sun was setting as I was heading out. It was right behind me all the way and lit the road in front of me beautifully with fiery orange. I was aware that I'd be heading back with the sun in my eyes though which was a concern.

    The roads were quiet and the bike behaved as I hoped it would. It was on odd feeling being out on my own on my own big bike. Enjoyably odd.

    I wanted to be back before it was dark so it really was a whirlwind tour of Queensferry. I pulled in, grabbed a couple of photos and headed home.


    The Bridges:

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    The ride back was pretty unpleasant actually. The sun seemed to be going out its way to get into mine. This time of year the roads are filthy and my visor was covered in dirt. So whenever the sun hit it I was effectively blind. I had to raise my visor a few times to see at all but of course it's freezing here so that was painful as well! What we do to ourselves eh? It was fine once I got back into the towns and the buildings blocked the sun.


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    Now I have my full licence and larger capacity bike I'll be able to do longer trips. There are a load of Islands I've never visited that I want to see. Further down the line I'd like to visit Ireland, Wales and the bits of England I need to go through to visit Wales :hide

    That'll all be done over a period of years but the trip I'm planning at the moment is the long way up (I should trademark that) to John o' Groats. Normally you'd get on the A9 and drive straight up.

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    However the A9 is long, boring and dangerous (because it's long and boring). Parts of it are nice when you get up north but I've driven it a few times so want to see the other side of the country.

    My Route:

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    It's still at the early planning stages, I haven't decided on the route home yet nor when I'm going but it should take me a week to get there and back. My cousin lives in Thurso so I can stay up there for a day or two. The idea is to take my other, younger cousin as pillion as she's in the scouts so she can show me how to set up and tent properly and be my camera man!

    Won't be for a few months yet though but thought I'd share for those interested.
  13. AdvSplash

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    Congratulations Matt!

    The route looks great to, the same as I did last year when I came up just in reverse!

    Here's to a great biking future!

    Subscribed!
  14. kwakbiker

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    3 minors is a v.good pass mate, 7 I believe is the UK average. yes the thrid one is harsh, I would of given it as 2nd exit for edinburgh as thats how its signed. anyway, not like you get an bonus's for how many minors so top job and keep riding(and pic taking). Never know I may get up your way this year on the Versys, was twice last yr(once on the bike to aberdeen and once in a minibus for the 3 peaks challenge to nevis):clap
  15. Blader54

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    Here's to ya, Matt! Nice work putting that test behind you! And now the world's opened up a bit more! Your ride up to Johnny Groats looks fabulous. 'Course all your rides and reports are excellent! Thanks again for letting us catch a lift with you! :clap:clap:clap
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    Congrats Matt

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    Great thread. Thanks for the awesome pics!
  19. Matt 82

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    It's the way to do it I think. Looking at the map there, I made a small mistake in that I'd be avoiding Fort William but it's more or less how I'll do it. Looking back at your thread I think my return route will be similar to your northern one. I'll be avoiding the A9 for the most part but need to cross over near Inverness to come down through Cairngorms.



    That would be good. I could send you up the hills to take photos while I wait at the bottom. Save me loads of hassle!


    Thanks man. Just glad to hear you're enjoying my ramblings. Loads more to come.


    TYVM!


    Will do fella. You get free time during the week or would it only be on weekends? I'm jobless just now so got more spare time than I need.


    Thanks for posting dude. It's genuinely good to hear from folk.
  20. Matt 82

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    From the moment I set out on my test, there has been a noticeable upturn in the weather. It was cold and wet this morning but by midday things had sorted themselves out and I was looking at blue skies. I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to get out on the bike again so out I went. I would be leaving much later than I usually do (about 3pm) so I needed something fairly close to home.

    Everytime I go visit my wee Granny in her nursing home in Alloa I see a castle-y looking thing on top of a nearby hill. A bit of net research and I find out I was looking at Clackmannan Tower. It's only 12 miles away. That would do nicely.

    Built in the 14th century by King David II it seems to have had a fairly unremarkable history, though it was at one point owned by Robert Bruce which is pretty cool until you realise that Robert Bruce is just some guy with a similar name to Robert the Bruce. He's probably a relation of some sort.

    It saw no battles and according to the info boards it "may have been a royal residence". My house may have been a royal residence too. Maybe I'll put up a plaque.

    One thing they're certain happened here was that one of Bruce's descendants knighted Robert Burns in the tower. This was an unofficial Scottish one though as Burns is not a 'Sir'.

    I realise I'm not exactly selling this tower as the centre of all things heritage in Scotland. Despite its relatively unexciting past it's a pretty cool thing to visit. You get a great view of the Forth Valley and a close up view of a 14th century castle without hordes of tourists, or shops selling shortbread in tartan tins. The castle looks ok from the outside but is too dangerous to enter. It would have been cool to get up top and take in the view but of course if you could get inside and get a look you'd be fighting your way through tourists.

    Clackmannan itself is pretty weird. It's hidden away from main roads and has the most bizarre junction I've ever seen. It was basically a roundabout without the roundabout. I'm glad I was there alone as I would have had no idea who was giving way to who. The road in was quite cool though. Just a little backroad through some fields but you got quite a good view of things around you.

    Road to Clackmannan:

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    Stopping to park there was a little kid waving at me, as kids are prone to do. I waved back. He was on his dad's shoulders and I got the impression that the dad thought I was waving at him instead of the kid as he looked at me kinda funny and didn't do the (high pitched voice) "are you waving to the motorbike man?" thing that most parents do. As I was getting off the bike and removing my helmet he was walking past me. He looked at me the whole time, clearly thinking, "do I know this guy?". I politely said hello and busied myself with my camera to avoid further confusion.

    The guy and his two kids were also there to see the tower and they wandered about a minute or two ahead of me. At first I was going to walk round the tower in the opposite direction to them to allow me to take photos without them in the pictures but I decided against that when I realised that would mean us walking passed each other again and having to go for that awkward, second 'hello'. Maybe even engage in some small talk.

    Getting the tower in between me and them meant I had people free photos and didn't have to discuss the weather or where I live. Bonus. I'm such an unsociable sod.

    The view from up around the tower is great. I know these things are high up for strategic reasons but I wondered if the view from up there reminded people what they were fighting for and partly explains why Scots have fought so passionately for their country throughout the centuries. Once the bagpipes and sound of distant drums in my head had faded I remembered that the location also helped the tower owner lord it over the poor bastards in the town unfortunate enough not to have 'Bruce' as a surname.

    The view from King's Seat Hill:

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    Clackmannan Tower:

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    A road I'd never been on before to a town I'd never been in before to see a castle I'd never seen before. Can't ask for much more than that.