A long time being talked about, finally got the ferry booked to go to Arran. It didn’t disappoint, it turned our to be a nice sunny day, and because it was during the week, it was pretty quiet too. Once off the ferry we headed south to Lamlash, a small village that has beautiful views of Holy Isle. On the south of the Island everywhere you look has spectacular views like (above) the lighthouse on the island of Pladda looking onto Aisla Craig. We could have stopped everywhere for photos, but we didn’t have all day, so we battered on to Blackwaterfoot for a spot of lunch by the sea. On to the North of the Island where the Isle of Arran distillery is situated. But that’s for another time, when I don’t have the motorbike with me. Heading south from Lochranza gives you amazing views of Goatfell, and Brodick Castle. Before getting back to the ferry, a must stop location, the Arran Brewery, to pick up some beers for “feet up time” later. Can’t wait to go back.
The world of scooters have taken a surprising turn, for years they have remained the same formula, urban, with a hint of super sport (if in colour only). Over the years they have only changed in size, with some companies bringing out larger engines. Now Honda have broken all the rules and made a adventure style scooter, and it looks cool. It’s got adventure style trimmings, including an large 745cc engine, higher ride height and chunky multispoke wheels. I’m not sure it would be my first choice for the Paris to Dakar rally.
As the new biking season is upon us (Late March to early October in Scotland), I thought I’d refresh the “aweerun” sticker for my bike, went for a classy script font this time. Also this is my 100th post.
At the end of August, I will be exploring the north of Scotland for four days. Based in Dornoch, the Highlands will be on my door step, so I’ll have a few routes planned out. Hoping to visit places like, Wick, John O’groats, Thurso, Durness and many more. So, to help me on my run up north, I made this sticker, in the hope it keeps the weather good.
How quickly it goes from blowing off “the cobwebs” to “I think my bike could do with a wash”. It was another sunny Mach day, so I took the a wee run down the coast. Heading for Greenock and sticking to the coast road, it has lovely views of the mouth of the clyde. Ending up in largs where you can get a coffee on the beach and the bike parking is free. After soaking in the views and watching the ferry set sail to Cumbrae, it was time to head back. Here is the map
A nice sunny, warm day in March? can’t pass up a chance to clean the cobwebs off my bike. This is the first time this year, so it’s the “start of the season”, thought I’d just go a wee run round the block, try and re-acquire some skills I have forgotten since the last time I put the bike in the garage. After a shaky start, I soon found my smile again, and had a great wee time, done some overtaking, breaking, accelerating and screaming. On the way back I stopped into Ride-on’s new showroom in Hillington, just to see whats on sale. Hope it’s a good long spring-summer-autumn. Here is the map.
This years Scottish Motorcycle show was held at the Royal Highland Centre with most of the manufacturers displaying the latest models. Yamaha had the new bikes on display including the new XJR1300 & XJR1300 racer.
also on display was the V-max (celebrating 30 years) and looking mean, the excellent custom styled XV950 R, a special edition MT-09 the new R1-M, and a custom version of the XV950.
A nice collection of old Ducati’s got my camera clicking
Other bikes that stood out were the Honda VFR, Kawasaki Ninja H2 and a Rather nice customised Harley forty eight.
Honda are breaking the mould of bike design, recently they have introduced the GL1800 F6B, which is a lighter version of the Goldwing, and the CTX1300, which is a striped down tourer, similar to the pan european. But now the have added a new bike to the custom section, and you could be forgiven for thinking it was modelled on the Lawmaster from Judge Dredd. At first view, the NM4 Vultus 4 is a hideous beast of a bike, but as you look at it closely, it becomes more endearing. It’s futuristic shell has a 745cc engine and an 11.6 ltr petrol tank hidden under it and the price starts at £9,666.