Must be nice to be Gotham City’s billionaire, with your own research and development department, head of your own company, have a mansion and be Batman. He famously got on this crazy looking “bike” in the Dark Knight, to battle the Joker and his goons. It looked the business. I think if he lived in a nice wet country like Scotland, the bike would have some kind of front and rear hugger to keep the spray from those tyres from covering you, the fund would be a nice touch though.
Yamaha have upgraded their flagship sports tourer to make it an even more outstanding way to see the world. It still has the comfort of a sports tourer but is now rocking the looks of a sports bike, including lot’s of extra stuff, like a new 6-speed transmission, assist and slipper clutch, front and rear Led Headlights, Fully adjustable screen, cowl, seat and handlebars, yamaha D-MODE, cruise control, traction control, 25ltr Tank, electronic adjustable suspension, upside-down forks, heated grips and 12v socket, these are just some of the features. The new FJR looks super cool in black, not to sure about the silver version. It also looks nice without the side luggage, which is a good thing, as the entry level model doesn’t come with them.
FJR1300A Entry level £13,299
FJR1300AE adjustable suspension £14,799
FJR1300AS automatic £15,499
A wee late night run to Arrochar, decided to avoid the Loch Lomond route and headed up through Cardross, Helensburgh and Rhu. The road leads up the side of the “infamous” Faslane, where the subs dock with the trident missiles, but you don’t see much except lots of fence and barbed wire. Lucky that this road leads to the newly resurfaced road that follows the loch Long shore line, a twisty, hilly road that makes you think your racing, but not too fast, its a two way…. once you have done your best Rossi impression, you arrive at Arrochar, where you can enjoy the beautiful sights, whatever the weather. Here is the map
Alway at the front line of design, Ducati have brought out some stunning bikes over the years, the new Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is no different. Every angle of this bike is exquisitely beautiful. This is the new anniversary edition of Ducati’s flagship super bike. weighing in at 162kg, this bike rocks 205 horsepower with Ducati’s Superquadro 1285 cc engine. They have put the latest technology thats on a bike with one of the best power to weight ratio in it’s class, make this a bike thats setting the benchmark for other super sports. This is the type of bike that makes you put a couch in your garage, so you can spend some time admiring the details.
After hitting the beaches on previous journeys, I thought I’d head for the Loch’s this time. Starting, by crossing the River Clyde, over the Erskine Bridge and heading for Dumbarton, Cutting up North on the West side of Loch Lomond. I don’t mind keeping in with the slow traffic on this road, as the views are stunning, but after Luss the trees take over, so overtaking on the wide roads is easy. Before you know it your at the Tarbet Hotel and heading left to Arrochar, that sits on the banks of Loch Long. Arrochar has a biker friendly cafe called the pit stop, but no time to stop here. I follow the road west, passing the rest and be thankful, another beauty spot where you have a choice of hot food and drinks curtsey of the burger van (well, it is Scotland). Keeping on the road you get to Loch Fyne, which has the amazing Fyne Ales brewery at the top end of the Loch. Further round and I arrive at Inverary. It’s a nice day, so I grab something to drink and look out on the Loch for a while, before starting my journey back. Heading back the same was is something I try to avoid, so I take the same road back…. Only until I reach Arrochar, where I take the cut off that goes down the side of Loch Long. The twisty single track road takes you down to Faslane and along the side of Gare Loch until it joins the Clyde estuary, through Helensburgh and onto the town centre of Dumbarton. A good 2 hours on the bike with amazing scenery and a good view of what Scotland has to offer. Here is the map.
Thought I’d abandon the obligatory bag of chips for this run. Apart from the fact it was warm, it was only 10 in the morning, so I went all continental and got myself a coffee. Drinking my coffee and sitting on a bench in Largs, watching the ferry leave and take people across to Great Cumbrae. I got on my bike and headed south along the coast. Although, most of the road is not coastal, some of it is, and it was such a nice Sunday, that it didn’t matter. The road takes you through the wee towns of Fairlie, West Kilbride, Saltcoats and Irvine before ending in Troon. This run can be done in 45 mins. This was where I stopped for some ice cream and admired the Mediterranean looking beach. It was a sight to behold, everyone had their summer clothes and i was sitting in my thick biker denims and a motorbike jacket…. Here is the map
You know the story, not a cloud in the sky, you get on your bike and 20 minutes into your journey, the sky clouds over and your in the middle of a mini monsoon. Here are some one-piece suits to keep you dry in those downpours.
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Hein Gericke Competition Rainsuit. Around £60
Oxford Rainseal Oversuit. Around £40
Held Monsun Over Suit. Around £100
Triumph are a unique motorcycle manufacturer, the British leaders make a full range of beautiful machines that have a cult following. The roadster range are one of the best looking of any manufacturer. They have 3 models to choose from.
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The entry level Street triple from £7,499. Has 675cc inline 3 cylinder engine, daytona sports chassis.
The Speed 94 MY16 from £8,999. A stripped back version of the Speed triple, with brembo breaks, ohlins suspension and the same great 1050cc Triple engine.
The Speed Triple from £10,200. Has 1050cc Triple engine and brembo breaks, the Speed triple is now 21 years old and is claimed to be the start of the “streetfight” category of bikes.
If you look at the reviews of triumphs, the owners are a loyal bunch, there are always more to them than just a bike, they have bags of character and plenty of passion for the brand.
Like most companies these days they have a massive range of extras for each bike, including clothing.
Harley already have a cool custom line-up, but the introduction of the Roadster, really stamps their authority over the beautiful range, it’s built to attract the cafe racer (who don’t have time to build their own) bike market. It has all the sportster looks, but beneath the surface, it has a race pedigree. 43mm Inverted forks, dual disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and a new digital gauge. It also has the iconic low handlebars and the superb 1200cc engine. This bike comes in at £9695 which is roughly the price for a new bike in the sportster range.
Moto Guzzi are known to make nice bikes, the Flying Fortress MGX-21 is no exception. The first bagger to be produced by Moto Guzzi is a stunner, using the California 1400 engine and made of mostly carbon fibre, the MGX-21 also has 3 riding modes, two channel ABS, cruise control and ride-by-wire system as standard. But it’s styling is very Honda NM4 Vultus, but a more classic batman-edged style. The red tips and callipers are a nice feature.