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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The end of another year! Not an awful lot to report, but things are moving forward.
I've stayed in the same job for another year, and have been commuting each day on my Honda PCX125.
I've been really enjoying riding the scooter, what it lacks in power it more than makes up for in ease of riding.
My Triumph had been running badly and as the weather had got colder over the winter it became harder to start. Eventually it was so bad that I had to heat the engine with a heatgun before it would start at all! I was very busy at work so arranged to have it serviced and starting problems looked at my local Triumph dealer - Triumph Glasgow. They were in the process of moving to new premises, so I had to wait a couple of weeks before they could take my bike in. Problem was debris that had built up in the tank and had made its way into the carbs - it was now clear that the bike hadn't been used for a while before I'd bought it.
With the Triumph in the shop, I went to my first bike event of the year on my scooter, Bikes on the Beach at Largs.
Really good turnout and a sunny day, but the trip showed up the scooter's lack of power a bit! There are more 'Bikes on the Beach' events planned round Scotland next year, list here.
Around the same time I sold my silver MZ Skorpion Traveller. I'd had the bike for 17 years and had many trips on it , both home and abroad. This ended my connection with the MZ brand as I'd owned bikes built by them for around 30 years.
Next big event was my two week Trip Round the Neighbours tour of Ireland, France and Belgium, including a visit to the Coupes Moto Legende event near Dijon. Had a great holiday and everything went well - good weather (never had my waterproofs on!), Great roads and cities, bike ran really well and showed its abilities as a tourer, and I really enjoyed myself.
Next event was the Ayr Classic Show, always a good show and well worth going to.
I was out on the Triumph fairly regularly over the summer, and the next event was The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. This is a world wide charity ride where riders dress up in their finery and ride through a city (Glasgow in my case). A great day out, but horrendous weather! Couldn't believe how wet it was, but we had a good time and I met a number of interesting people.
Yesterday my friend David and I went a 400 miles /600km round trip to Darlington to collect a bike he'd bought.
We drove in my car to the van hire depot with -4 degrees showing on the display!
Our van for the trip - a Renault Trafic
We headed off into thick fog that didn't clear for about 60 miles/100km and as the road got higher there was more and more snow at the side. Crossing Beattock Summit (highest point on the trip) the display showed -9 degrees!
Only on the last 40 miles/60km or so of the trip did it brighten up and the temperature rise above freezing (just!)
We found the seller's house, David bought the bike, and we loaded it into the van for the trip back. Temperature was about the same, but at least the fog had cleared. We had a stop for coffee each way, and along with the time at the seller's house and returning the van, it took us about 8 hours all in.
What we went to get - David with his 1980 Honda C90 (Cub in a lot of countries other than Britain). Really good condition for a 37 year old bike.