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.
It’s coming into winter time, long gone are the long sunny days and dry roads, now comes the cold dark nights and hazardous mother nature, here are some things to look out for.
Ice on shaded roads
It might feel like the sun has heated the day up to an acceptable level, but the nights are a lot colder and brings frost. With the short days and low sun, some parts of the road don’t see light at all, so the frosty parts stay there.
Leaves on corners
All the lovely colours on the trees, eventually they fall off and cover the roads, and they are slippy too.
Yeah, it’s still warm enough, just take the bike out, but it’s cold enough to freeze you fingers off at 70 mph, get the winter gloves looked out again, your fingers will thank you.
Low sun glare
Shorter days come with low sun, this makes it hard to see but also makes it harder to be seen.
There are may reasons why some people choose to get a CBT and ride around with a 125 bike. The cost is one, when I passed my test with Bike-it in Paisley, I payed £120 for a CBT, £700 for unlimited lessons to my first test and when I was ready for my test I had to include, £31 Theory test, £15.50 Module 1, £75 Module 2, Total £941.50. Or you might just want a small bike to commute, and don’t need to travel on motorways. It’s a lot of money for a full motorbike licence, so, sitting your CBT and re-sitting it every 2 years, seems like a cheap option. Plus if you live in or near a city, they are excellent bike to zoom round the busy streets. Most of the big companies see this market and make bikes to suit all the styles, race, adventure, custom and naked. Plenty of choices, here are some examples. 125cc bikes hold their value second hand as there in demand by new riders, and they make a good winter bike for those who don’t like to use the big bikes in the winter.