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Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday bike

Return of the Friday bike, and this time there are two variants of the one design. Royal Enfield have launched their much anticipated 650cc twin in two guises.



Royal Enfield Interceptor 650



Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

 
Interesting bikes and similar in concept to the Triumph Bonneville and Thruxton models. Both are powered by the same 650cc 4 valve, DOHC engine that is fitted with a 270 degree crankshaft. This arrangement was previously used on the Yamaha TRX850, and gives the engine the same firing intervals and 'feel' of a V twin. This could be a hint towards which bike Royal Enfield seeing their bikes being in competition to - the Indian built Harley Davidson Street 750. (What, you thought Harleys were only built in the US? Better not mention the HD factory in Thailand then!)

Talking of the US, the Interceptor will be marketed there and Canada as the INT 650, I think Honda hold the rights to Interceptor in those countries.



As for the important questions - how good will it be? How much will it cost? When will I be able to buy one? - we'll have to wait and see. I know of someone who ordered a Royal Enfield Himalayan, but after months of waiting and numerous promises of delivery dates, it never arrived so he ended up cancelling and buying something else. If Royal Enfield want to be taken as a serious company, they have to address concerns like that.

Royal Enfield twins website, and here's a promotional video. Note that the bikes appear to have been developed at RE's R&D department in the UK.



Thursday, 9 November 2017

North East 250

Following on from the success of the North Coast 500, another tourist route in Scotland has been launched, the North East 250. As the name suggests, this is a loop round the North East and has a good mixture of coastal roads and routes through the Grampian mountains.

I've probably ridden the majority of the route and one time or another, and it's definitely worth thinking about if you're planning a trip to Scotland. As for us who live in the Central Belt, this could easily be done in a long weekend.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Strange trike

Yamaha have shown a number of concept trikes recently including the 'off road scooter' styled 03GEN-X.

Certainly different! However, I think it's an interesting concept - an 'adventure scooter' for riders with a disability. Having a 3 wheels layout with 2 wheels at the front will give it stability, it has a luggage rail behind the saddle to carry a folding wheelchair, and large footplates to support the riders feet (I assume these could be fitted with straps for riders with poor foot control).



 Really cool styling, although I'm not sure about the woodgrain rear mudguard panel!

Will it ever reach the shops? Who knows, but it's good to see a major manufacturer thinking about riders with mobility problems - lot cooler than one of those electric mobility scooters!

Video of trike on display:



Thursday, 26 October 2017

Traffic holdup

Held up tonight on the way home from work due to the M8 motorway being closed. Lots of emergency vehicles and a Police helicopter hovering overhead. Apparently a man had climbed onto to one of the overhead signs.
Rode the scooter to the head of the very long queue, but was let through after about 15 - 20 minutes.




More details here.



Sunday, 15 October 2017

DGR - compare and contrast

Official video from this year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.


As you can see, lots of smartly dressed riders in various cities around the world riding in glorious sunshine.

Meanwhile in Glasgow.......


Yes, it was that wet! That's me loading things into my wicker basket at the 02:00 mark.

Still, we got out there and raised a lot of money for charity - let's hope it's a bit nicer next year!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2017 - Glasgow

Took part in the VERY wet DGR today in Glasgow. Despite the weather there was a very good turnout and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I had to wear waterproofs over my suit, but my (non-motorcycling) boots and allegedly 'waterproof' gloves soaked through fairly quickly. I also wore an open face helmet for the first time since I was 17, and now know why - my face felt like it was being sandblasted when I was riding in the rain!

Despite the bad weather, I managed to take loads of photos, so here's the first selection of them. More photos and a more complete write up later.

We met up at the Fort Shopping Centre - yes, that's me!

We then made out way to George Square in the city centre. - Just look how wet it is!







We then headed to Triumph Glasgow's showroom at Hillington.

Keith's Nimbus


Some dapper chaps.


 Band playing in Triumph Glasgow's showroom


One of my favourites. This used to be a Yamaha XV750 Virago - looks a lot better now!


My Friend David's 1959 BMW R60/2 at George Square



Is this yours, Shirley?






 This Ariel won 'Best Bike'.


There was also a display by the classic Triumph car club


This dog was so friendly that I had to take its picture!


One of the charities we were raising money for.

My brother came to see the Ride and took a couple of photos of me (from his blog).




Me arriving at George Square.


More later!


Monday, 18 September 2017

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - less than a week to go!

That's me got all of my riding ensemble ready, the bike just needs a good polish and its fetlocks oiled, and I'll be ready for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride on Sunday.

So far, there are 63,000 riders booked in worldwide, with 147 on the Glasgow ride I'll be taking part in. Donations have reached US$2.6Million (£1.9 million), more than halfway towards the target of US$5 million (£2.6 million). The Glasgow ride has raised £6750 so far, but there's still plenty of time for you to donate!

For understandable reasons, the organisers don't give out route details to non-riders, but if you happen to be in George Square in Glasgow at about 11:30 - 12:00, you might just see us!

There's still time to register for your local ride here, and feel free to donate on my fundraising page here.