South, to a castle

Easter Sunday, haven’t been a good run all year, so decide to head south. I haven’t ventured south much on the bike, except for a run down to Stranraer. Started from McDonalds at the Bellfield Interchange, (eh! had a coffee, honest) Got onto the A76 and followed it all the way to Dumfries, for a single road, it wasn’t too bad. had some corners and passed through some interesting places. Would have went to the see the Crawick Multiverse, but it was shut. So headed south of Dumfries to Caerlaverock Castle, a twin tower, 17th century medieval stronghold, surrounded by a moat. very nice and different to typical castles in Scotland.

Luggage Space

suitcase bike stickers
Not to be confused with the large number of sports tourers out there, these bikes are not just sports bikes with panniers and a top box plopped on it. These bikes are built from the ground up, for touring.  An up-right seating position, big screen, built in panniers and a large, powerful engine are all included, not to mention comfortable for those journeys that swallow up the miles. They have a wide range, with most manufacturers having one or two models to choose from, and they mostly include some nice new toys with the latest models. Here are a small selection of some tourers:

 

Honda ST1300 Pan European   £14,299

Yamaha FJR1300A   £13,499

Kawazaki 1400GTR   £13,699

BMW K 1600 GT   £15,740

Triumph Trophy   £12,949