A wee Arran run

21231862_10154116025937706_3516953290237024522_nA 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.

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The Scooter Evolution

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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.

RnineT Racer

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For a few years the car industry has been going back in time, bring out classic cars with a up-to-date twist. The same can be said for the motorbike industry. So no surprise that BMW have jumped onto the bandwagon. The RnineT has been out for a few years, but recently updated with this beautiful 70’s style look. The RnineT Racer, is straight out the years of classic sports bike, but with all the new tech that BMW put on their bikes these days, and probably some of the comfort too. 1170cc boxer engine, shaft drive and motorred ABS are just some of the standard kit this 2016-70’s icon comes with. Here

The nights are fair drawing in

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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.

Thicker gloves
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.

The good, the bad or the ugly

Bike styling has changed over the decades, some manufacturers go to town and create something that other companies copy, but sometimes certain styles don’t catch on. Some of these crazy styled bikes can end up having a small cult following due to their strange looks, but some are just so different they are just plain ugly. For these bikes, you have to wonder what the process is when the image of the bike on paper gets passed for production. Perhaps if you stare at these bike for a (long) while you will see the hidden gem the designer of the bike wanted you to see. Or perhaps you already like the style of these bikes and like to see a bike that looks like nothing you have seen before. As they say, if everyone liked the same style, it would be a boring world we live in.
bmw c1
The BMW C1 is basically a 125cc scooter that was in production  2000 – 02. A roof, windscreen wipers and a seatbelt, BMW pushed the boat out for non-motorbike accessories on a scooter. To be fair to BMW the roof did double for accident protection and the windscreen and roof did keep some of the weather off your clothing, but you paid around £4,000 for this, and not a lot of people were willing to spend this for a scooter.
Ducati make nice bikes, they know a thing or two about making desirable looking machines. A lot of companies copy these styles, but not many copied the multistrada’s looks when it was released in 2003. The bike was amazing in it’s stats and was one of the best adventure style bike you could buy, but what happened to the front? why? how? what were they thinking? well in it’s defence your not looking at the front when your on it, and you can look at the back of it when your not.
honda dn01
No, this image is not stretched out. Some new bike look like they’re going fast even though they’re sitting in the showroom. I think Honda tried to make the DN-01 look like this, but they styled it off of an image of a blurry bike going fast. The stretched look leave you asking, “is it a cruiser?, is it a tourer?, is it a jet ski?”.  Honda brought this out in 2009 and stopped all the questions in 2010. It’s a 680cc and automatic, so maybe it’s a scooter.
agilty saiettar
I thought this was from Tron or some kind transformer, but, no, it’s from a company in London and looks like they developed it in the year 2113 and during testing, it went so fast it traveled back in time. If we took a bike from this year, back 100 years, would they like it? So, are we ready for this styling, or do we need to stare at it for a century before we are accustomed to the looks. It’s also electric, which won’t sit well with most bikers.
canam
Ok, someone just made a trike, backwards. Is this still classed as a motorbike? Can-am make a full range of these, some are even classed as sports bikes, trikes, whatever they are. One thing they have going for them, lot’s of luggage space, and they won’t fall over.