Scotland at 45mph

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

  1. Matt 82

    Matt 82 Been here awhile

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    Shouldn't be too bad then. The forecast tells me that the light rain will only last for an hour or two around 1pm.







    It's heavy rain for the rest of the day. :hide
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    Might be on my way back down by then.............not :rofl
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  3. Matt 82

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    I hope you haven't drowned.
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    mate, its wet, currently in fort william, hope it picks up tomorrow
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  5. TDMTAM

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    I have enjoyed reading your RR.Myself and some of my biking friends from work done an around Scotland tour on the bikes in April both last year and this year with Billy managing to do it on his Suzuki 125 Marauder.
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    Taken at Tongue causeway.
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    You can just make out Billys Red 125 Marauder behind us at Dunnet Head the most northerly part of the UK.
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    and also at the summit of Bealach na Bà to Applecross.
    Billy has now progressed to the ranks of getting his A2 licence and has his eyes on a 750 Virago now so hopefully future tours will be a bit on the quicker side, all be it you notice a lot more of the wonderful Scottish countryside when you slow up a bit.
    Keep on riding.
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  6. Matt 82

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    The weather here defied the weatherman and was actually nice. Didn't see how it was further north but I hope it was pleasant.


    Nice photos, cheers man. It sucks when you know you're holding people up. It's one of the reasons I ride alone 95% of the time.

    Don't think I'll stick with a cruiser when I move up. If I had the cash to have multiple bikes, I'd definitely have one in the garage but if I'm going to be a one-bike-guy it'll have to be something more suited to touring on small and dodgy roads.
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  7. Irishrover63

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    I have enjoyed your pics and narration, been on most of the routes you have done and always meant to do a report like yours, but I find the scenery and riding so enjoyable I don't want to stop. I might just try one on my next outing.
    Here's a wee link to a vid I made recently heading to Aberfoyle via Thornhill, Lake of Menteith, Dukes pass, Callendar, Doune, then back home to Bonnybridge.
    The quality could be better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WnjnIMiRyk
    Good luck with the bike test.
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  8. kwakbiker

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    Well Matt............the weather was rather out, dont think I have had wetter weather in my life:rofl Started the trek up Nevis in a thunderstorm with lightning directly over head, did have a 20 minute gap about halfway up(ill sort the 4 pics I managed to get at that point) were we could actually see something, still snow up top......on the plus side weather was even worse at Scafell and Snowden, 50+mph winds and driving rain. The team did all three mountains in 20h4mins including travelling in complete god awful weather.
    I shall be back though on the bike to sample some more of those roads though:clap
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  9. Matt 82

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    Hats off to you mate. That's quite the achievement. Congratulation. Considering the entire country's in turmoil due to the weather it takes a brave man (or a lunatic!) to be climbing mountains. Looking forward to seeing your 4 photos.
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    Nice video. Wouldn't mind seeing some more of that kind of thing.

    Stopping is definitely the hard part. I usually decide where I'm going to stop for photographs before I even leave the house so that I'm heading to a destination rather than interrupting my ride. If I do see a good spot I'll often continue on and turn round further up and go back so I get the best of both worlds.

    Thanks for the good luck. I'll need it, as my slow control is awful.
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    Heres a few pics, first a couple at Loch lomond as the rain eased to drizzle and no wind.....cue midges:cry
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    The run in near Fort william......summed up the weather then
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    And finally 3 of the pics from about halfway up Nevis(basically a pan left to right using my 5mp phone camera)
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    Great post, just stumble in here. Some fantastic photos Matt, you certainly have the eye and for someone like me who never takes any pics, thanks for sharing.

    I’d like to say well done and goes to prove a point, you don’t need to spend 14k on metal panniers to enjoy the world on a bike. I have fond memories of the first bike trip myself and a friend from school did when we were 16 on 50cc’s, it was daunting to be travelling on our own, one tent two sleeping bags. At 35mph we didn’t get that far over that bank holiday weekend but it was great experience.
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    Nice pics man. Shame you didn't get the weather. I bet you get a great view from the top of Ben Nevis on a clear day. Next time when you're on your bike I'm positive you'll get some sunshine. :wink:


    Thanks man. Right now I'm looking for my first big bike (I have my Mod 1 on Sunday). I'll be buying second hand so rather than getting my heart set on one bike and then finding that there's none for sale, I have a shortlist. The chances of me ever taking the bike offroad are minimal so while an Africa Twin or GS with aluminium panniers would be cool (and would look good in the photos) there's just no need right now. Not to rule it out in the future or anything but I'm likely to get a road bike. Probably a Deauville and just put up with the disdain from fellow bikers!

    Your trip sounds a good one. Pity we didn't have ride reports then, as that would've made for a good read!
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  14. kwakbiker

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    Why not something like a Versys Matt, having ridden both that and a Dullville I know what Id take(and its got nowt to do with my username:rofl)......and good luck with Mod 1:clap
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    Don't rule out a maxi scoot, great mpg, just twist and go, no more gear clunking. I was on the verge of selling my Honda SH300 last week and had my heart was set on a 650 Versys, then my head ruled my heart and I thought why am I going back to bikes again when I pay £35 per year road tax, £80 fully comp insurance, I get 90 plus mpg and my top speed is around 85mph. Just didn't add up so have decided to keep it for a while. Good luck with your choice.
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  16. Harvey Krumpet

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    Great thread. I lived & rode around Scotland for 12 years & you have brought back a few memories. Thank you.

    Maxi Scoots? Yup, last time I was in Scotland there were packs of European riders, mainly on Beemers & always accompanied by a few maxi's. I was particularly impressed with the comfort & weather protection they afford, far more important than outright performance most of the time. They seemed to go well too, up to the speed limit.
    A smart choice for those genuinely touring in the GT sense of the word.
    I also saw quite a few on the roads in Europe, it's embarrassing hanging onto your bike in full atgatt, sweating your jewels off at 90mph & a scoot comes past ridden by some dude in shorts, texting. A great leveler. Fortunately we wasted him in the twisties...:rofl
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    For a few reasons really. The Honda would be more reliable, there's a dealer/garage less than a mile away etc. Biggest one is price. I'd be looking to spend 2 grand maximum and I haven't seen any Versys going for under that. Most Deauvilles are over that too but there are a few out there within my budget. I do realise it's considered dull but then so am I by most people who know me! Plus if I buy one, I won't need to change the name of this thread. :D

    Thanks man. I was really struggling with the U-turn and slow control. With the Marauder if I'm moving slowly and steering I tend to just put my feet down and 'walk' it. So I've no practice at that kind of thing at all since my CBT. Half an hour with my instructor in a car park had me doing them without too much issue. We'll get a few warm up attempts before the actual test as well so if I have forgotten everything already that should get me sorted again.


    When I first looked into getting a bike, it was because I wanted cheap, short range transportation. Once my Dad bought his bike, I started looking at something that would be more suited to the type of day trips I'm doing now. So I moved on from the idea of a scooter and never looked back. I'm certainly not against the idea but not sure I'd want one as my only bike. Touring is my goal, so I'll go with a tourer.

    I'd never have thought of a scooter as a tourer. Would have thought they would have been like a fish out of water away from the city. You learn something new etc. I would still choose something more suited to touring mind you.
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    My scoot is a Honda SH300 with 17 inch wheels can top 85mph is very rapid, returns 90mpg. I have heard of others who own the same on other forums that have toured Europe on these. It can do everything a bike can do and I have had a few. My next scoot will be a Yamaha T Max 500, but I will have to sacrifice on fuel economy and higher insurance.
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  19. kwakbiker

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    Fair one on the dealer comment but have you seen what the guys do with Versys' on this site:rofl Theyre bullet proof as well so if you find one then dont worry about that(same for the ER6 obviously). Nowt wrong with the deauville(besides a very clunky 'box), you go with what suits you:clap
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    I was meant to be sitting my Mod 1 today. However I got a message yesterday saying that it had been cancelled. They'll phone me tomorrow and give me a new date. This is frustrating obviously. Even more so because my CBT is about to run out. If I don't get my test passed before that happens it'll be £100 wasted as I have to sit that again.

    The weather here has been truly awful the last couple of weeks. The best weather we've had was today when it only rained twice in the day. I've noticed more bikers out in rain than I do normally. My guess is that they're so fed up of waiting for the sunshine that they're just heading out regardless.

    Today wasn't too bad. It was bright and any rain that appeared was light and didn't last long. I decided to use my unexpected day off to visit my dear old granny. The road through to hers is dull though so I was taking the scenic route. And by scenic route I mean I was riding in the opposite direction for 2 hours then heading back.


    First stop was Callander. There was a fish jumping about in the river but I wasn't lucky enough to get a photo of it. I wasn't prepared to hang about to get one either.

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    After Callander but before you reach Loch Lubnaig, sits the Falls of Lenny. It's a waterfall that while not high at all, is pretty powerful. There's a stretch of road that runs along side it that I like to think of as the best 50ft of road in Scotland. You go over a small hill before swooping down to the left once you get over it. It would be an enjoyable enough stretch of road anyway, but the view you get of the waterfalls is fantastic. And for a split second it feels like you're about to fly off the road into the water. I always want to get a photo of it but it'd be quite tricky to get one due to the traffic an whatnot.

    Since photos from the road were going to be tricky, I decided to go for a walk along the path that takes you right to the Waterfall. What I didn't know when I set off was that the path was officially shut. What this meant in practice was that the path had not been looked after so I'd be climbing over and under fallen trees. I'd also have to scale a fence. Not easy in biking gear. Fun though.

    The barrier on the left hand side of these pictures is about elbow high, to give you an idea of scale.

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    I'll need to finish the rest of this tomorrow as I'm heading out the door. It's 20:40 and I thought it was 19:40 haha!. Woops.