Posts by Steve T

    Its wet in the west you know!

    Well, I’m a wimp.

    Went through to Strontian on Thursday for the annual get together. The weather forecast said it was going to be wet . . . . and unfortunately they got it right :!: .

    Kinda wetish going through, as was the Friday as I wandered around the peninsulars small roads & tracks.

    The wind got up to the “feck, that’s a bit breezy” level on Friday evening and into Saturday morning, with copious amounts of water being dumped as well 8| . A couple of tents of varying vintage showed their age and left their occupants a tad damp (no pictures, cos I’m not really that nasty :evil: ).

    Given that the winds were set to strengthen and with no real let up in the rain either, by 8am on Saturday morning the Fife contingent had up’d pegs and were on the road to home. Next out the gate was the Glasgow chapter, all one of them (Dave).

    Those departures left me thinking about the day ahead, with no bothy available to hide from either the wetness or, if the wind did drop (no chance), the swarms of midges! So I decided to pack up, feck orf east, where surprise surprise, the sun was out (wind was at my back nearly all the way home, which was a bonus as it was still blowing a hooley for all of the 140 ride).

    One picture from the ride west on Thursday, at a favourite layby with a view, for a nice cuppa


    Castle Tioram photod on Fridays wander


    Took a small (18 mile) shortcut on the way back to camp. Always nice to get a picture of the Glenn Finnan monument with the bike in the way


    And then the same with the H. Potter train viaduct . . .



    Final photo is from the climb away from Loch Sheil, heading back to Strontian


    Given the advance notice of the sh1te weather, it was great to see 13 riders turn up by Friday evening. Several new faces in the small crowd – Paul frae Leuchars and Alexs pal Dave from Inversnekky - good the see the word is spreading that we don’t bite :whistling: !

    Methinks another venue might be needed for the next annual gathering – one with an area that those attending can gather, chat & chill in the dry.

    We came back that way weekend before last and it was open.

    According to a local who can see the bridge from his house, they are only closing the road as they need to when doing work on the replacement bridge, so a bit hit & miss and not reet helpful if planning a route north/south.

    WTF 8|

    The saying goes, Iain, that with age comes wisdom :D

    Enjoy running it in, then take it easy with the loud grip ;)

    I'm gonna guess at smaller & lighter.

    There, thats cleared that up nicely ^^

    Enjoy your new wheels when you get them Iain :thumbup:

    . . . I have been mugged to take a van load of bikes over to the Isle Of Man and stay there for TT week before bringing them home. Fuel, ferry and campsite all paid for me, bit of a bummer I know but what else can a man do? :D :D


    Lucky and git spring to mind :thumbup:

    My question still stands from the other place - Can I carry your bags please? ;)

    I always go for the 12 month option and then SORN the bike to get the left over back. Their system, make them pay by using it as cheaply as possible.

    As for the annual price hike - you'll notice the price for cars hasn't changed for at least 4 years.

    Minority road users - motorcyclists - are the victims.

    If we were black, homosexual or disabled we'd have a case for taking them to court under the various bits of legislation that they've brought to "protect" persons of that ilk.

    Feck it, I'm orf out on my bike :cursing:

    Willie Young in Elgin does mine - about an hour frae Turra.

    You could try Huntly motorcycles, if they are still in business.

    Try a decent quality Xenon or similar bulb, even one with a slightly different colour to it or maybe even a bit more wattage.

    I found the light on the Funduro to be OK for night riding (commuting mainly) with such a bulb fitted.

    If you have to go the aux light route, I've used cheap chinese spot lights from e-bay and made up my own wiring loom with a relay.

    Somewhere on this site LWR has shown the ones he uses. I got similar and they stand up well to the British weather & winter OK.

    Hi & welcome from someone else that also spent over dozen years at Lossie :thumbup:

    Be great to meet up when you finally get the move out of the way.

    I seem to remember that it'd cost near £2k for just suspension improvements from RR and there was no way that I was going to pop that much onto the price of a new bike. It really was just the lack of ground clearance that swung me away from the CB5X. That and the lack of "feel from the engine. Even the NC750 has more "feel" to it than the CB.

    I have a stable of machines because I like to use my hands on mechanicals. My original working background saw me using my hands all the times on both mechanical and electrical systems. As I moved up the food chain, that side of the job reduced, so I replaced it with multiple machines in the garage to literally keep my hand in! Don't have the space to dismantle cars, so MC's where the obvious choice

    The 500X was to ultimatly replace the Transalp but without a substantial suspension upgrade it was not up to the job, IMHO.

    The Transalp was of an age but it had less than 20k miles on it and it was in great condition. I had asked a very silly amount of money for it and a man from Ballindalloch paid it in full. He obviously appreciated the work I'd done on it and the great condition it was in.