This blog started when I owned and MZ Skorpion Traveller and a bike magazine dismissed it with the phrase 'you can't tour on a single'. The Skorpion's gone and I now have a Triumph Bonneville, but I can't be bothered changing the title of the blog!
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Since I've bought the Bonneville, I've really got too many bikes now (yes, that is possible!), so my white Traveller is for sale.
It's a 1998 MZ Skorpion Traveller, however I believe it was originally a Tour that has had the fairing and panniers added by a previous owner. I bought it about 8 years ago, but a change of circumstances meant that I didn't use it until April this year. During that period I started the engine regularly to circulate the oil, repainted the bodywork, and upgraded various bits on it. It passed its MOT (annual safety check) in April, and I have been commuting 30 miles (50 km) a day on it since. The speedo shows just under 33,000 miles (53,000 km), I've no reason suspect this isn't genuine.
It's got the original Hepco & Becker 30 litre panniers, which I've never used, they are a bit tatty and have been repainted and one has been repaired on the back, but this doesn't affect their use. It also has a home made luggage rack.
It has a good set of Avon RoadRider tyres and the front brake has been upgraded with a Brembo unit.
Other upgrades include:
Yamaha TRX 850 headlight (better pattern and takes standard H4 bulbs).
4 additional LED running lights (operated through switch on fairing)
Rear LED foglight
4 way hazard flashers
Output socket for charging battery or attaching camping lights.
Mirror extenders (homemade) so you can see behind you and not just your shoulders.
Clock that works! (Rare on a Skorpion)
Scottoiler with double output and 'touring' tank that fits behind numberplate.
Respray was done with aerosol cans so finish and durability won't be as good as a 'proper' respray.
Wheels and rack are brush painted, so finish isn't great - won't corrode though!
Wobbly tacho - they all do that!
Open to sensible offers before it goes on Ebay. If interested, e-mail me at:
If you're interested, bear in mind that I live about 15 miles (25 km) west of Glasgow. I'm about 5 miles (8km) from Glasgow Airport, so you could fly here and ride it home!
The City of Brighton and Hove in Sussex, on the South coast of England, is well known for its very welcoming and tolerant society. This has led to it being voted 'Happiest Place in Britain to Stay' in 2015, and the establishment of a very large LGBT community.
Every year in August there is the 'Brighton Pride' event which regularly attracts 160,000 visitors to the city, and last year Sussex Police decorated a Police car and bike to commemorate the event.
This led some criticism and accusations of 'wasting tax payers' money' (what? do LGBT people not pay tax?) so this year the head of Brighton and Hove Police issued this statement (like the rainbow shoelaces!)
And this is the van.
And they also decorated a second bike.
This is what I call 'community policing' - working with the local people and not against them.
In return, the people of Brighton and Hove crowdfunded the painting of the vehicles, thereby bypassing any 'wasting money' comments.
The Vogue was a sort of 'touring' version of Velocette's existing 'LE' model, and shared its 200cc, water cooled, sidevalve, boxer engine, complete with shaft drive. The bodywork was made of Glass Fibre, and the screen and panniers were options.
Unfortunately, it was more expensive than the similar and more powerful Ariel Leader, and only 400 examples were built during its 5 year production run.
It was very neatly finished with footboards and a car like dash, but the engine only produced 8 bhp which gave a top speed of around 60 mph/ 100 km/h.
Very rare now, I've never seen one other than in a museum, but it's an interesting example of a 'different' type of bike.