The Stig —

in black and white —

by Loch Earn 😘

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Posted by on October 4, 2022 in out and about


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Where the Road Ends —

That will be at the Mull of Kintyre then 🤠

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Posted by on October 3, 2022 in out and about



On Any Sunday —

A picnic on Glen Quaich 🤠

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Posted by on October 3, 2022 in out and about



Something Missing —

I’ve always liked this old wooden shed on Braco Moors —

Thiugh I can’t help but think there’s something missing —

Ahhh – that’s better – with an RE350 Classic in the frame 🤠

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Posted by on October 2, 2022 in out and about


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Walkin the Dog —

There are some lovely spots along Loch Earnside for walking Loki —

especially amongst the old oak trees —

although the bank can be a bit steep up to the old railway for an old boy — 🤔

What do you say Loki? ‘No bother to me dad – I’ve got four feet drive’ – 🙄

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Posted by on September 30, 2022 in out and about



Perth Gin Distillery —

In recent years – with gin distilleries popping up in all sorts of places – this one appears to be in the cellars of the Royal George Hotel —

We saved the visit for another day but it looks to be well sorted —

with somewhere to sit and sip in the sun —

a view of the River Tay bridges —

and plenty to choose from —

What’s more to like —

Thanks to Helen for the pics 👍

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Posted by on September 30, 2022 in out and about



Window Shopping in Perth —

We missed the ‘Sin’ exhibition which included a Van Gogh at the Museum and Art Gallery on George Street by a couple of days but made up for it by a spot of window shopping —

This one was a surprise to me as I was off looking for a rare space to park the Yeti and saw Helen’s pic for the first time five minutes ago —

So – who is going to tell me what model of Yamaha this is?

Next up was a crackin wee Italian Bakery with a side line in coffee to die for and everything from cakes to bread on display —

We loaded up with coffee and pizza – mmmm —

and went back for more to take home — 😋

What of our cultural visit to the Museum & Art Gallery also on George Street?

Perth as it once was from across the River Tay —

I could easily spend hours in there and still go back the next day – but only if I had found free parking 🙄

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Posted by on September 29, 2022 in out and about



Didn’t See it Coming —

Been thinking about scaling down for a while now – but I still didn’t see an RE350 on the horizon.

I admit to having looked at the cruiser style Meteor but the seat/pegs and bars didn’t appear to be in the right places for me.

Then I saw a chap riding a reborn Classic 350 version up to the Green Welly – he even let me sit on it to see if I fitted – I did! I was hooked!

Less than two weeks later the ultra-modern plastic X-ADV750 had gone – its place in the shed taken by a proper Heavy Metal Royal Enfield.

Even the Classic colours match my Roland Sands carbon fibre replica of the original Bell open- face helmet I was wearing 60+ years ago 🤠👍

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Posted by on September 27, 2022 in out and about


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Royal Enfield 350 Classic —

Owning the Enfield is just like motorcycling used to be.

No worries – there’s very little about the simple 350 Classic that a reasonably capable clown couldn’t fix —

The wee bike was delivered having been PDI’d – the gear lever had been fitted aiming at the road surface and there was no way in god’s earth a rider was going to get his toes under it to effect an upshift. I thought it would be a five to ten minute job with a 10mm ring spanner – but I was wrong!

There wasn’t sufficient clearance between the end of the splined spindle to allow the full removal of the pedal as it fouled the welded lug carrying the LH footrest. I had to unbolt a bottom section of frame rail and slacken an engine mounting bolt before I could adjust the gearshift lever. Not entirely obvious at first glance but that was my answer to the problem and it worked —

Fitting our Givi topbox in place of the pillion pad took a little longer. I used an alloy Givi mounting plate that first saw service on our 650 V-Strom before being modified to work with the X-ADV75O —

It was a fiddly job but I managed it using bits – bolts and bobs from my boxes of miscellaneous handy parts that I have been lugging around for years.

On completion – a ride up to Killin – where I filled the topbox with over thirty quids worth of groceries from the new Co-op general store gave the setup a worthwhile test and I’m happy that it works. Keeping the whole thing low lets me swing my leg over the top instead of using the ungainly -stepthrough – way of getting on and off the X-ADV that I’d had to adopt for the plastic Honda.

With 150 miles on the clock and ‘running in’ proving to be not too much of a hassle – I reckon I’d better get her booked in for a First Service which – as far as I know – comes up at a measly 300 miles – with regular services due every 3000 miles after that.

The Enfield arrived with no slack at all in the final drive chain which gives over-stressed bearings a hard time but I soon put that right. I’m no longer surprised to find bikes coming from new – or after being dealer-serviced – with tight chains – it happens so often —

With six notches available I’m running the rear suspension third notch from softest setting and it works fine with my 100 kgs and pile of groceries aboard. One thing for sure is that I won’t be adjusting the shocks very often as the job has been made so fiddly by the chocolate adjusting ring and a ‘C’ spanner that aren’t a match made in heaven 🛠️ —

She is turning into a lovely bike to ride though and I’m very pleased with the 350cc Classic – so far 👍

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Posted by on September 26, 2022 in out and about



You Can’t Beat Heavy Metal —

My X-ADV750 was a lovely bike in it’s own right – yes I did say ‘was’.

I’m pleased I mastered the ‘Plastic Rocket’ – and enjoyed it’s idiocyncrasies to the full. But – during the soul-searching most of us do after a daft ride – I had to keep reminding myself I was an octogenarion and as such probably wouldn’t bounce as well as I did when I was younger.

The outcome being that I have traded the X-ADV for a Royal Enfield 350 Classic —

It’s the latest – ‘Made in India’ version and none the worse for that —

The new bike arrived by van mid-morning – a quick check over showed the tyres were a few p.s.i. above the recommended 32 front and 32/34 rear for solo riding and a loose bar mounted rear view mirror. Minor adjustments made – I was soon off to meet the missus over an out-of-town coffee —

Helen seemed suitably impressed with all those shiny bits and – pass gained – I was soon into proper bike gear and out on the open road —

First impressions are much better than on-line reviews had led me to believe they would be. Not only is she a similar black and gold colour scheme to my first road bike sixty three years ago – a 350cc Velocete – but the power is roughly the same.

Unlike the modern style of the X-ADV where handling shows a front-end bias and spirited riding wears the front tyres out in no time at all – the RE350 classic is very neutral and being a docile 350 cc’s – should be easy on its’ Seat rubber.

A brisk ride along my favourite Loch Earnside Twisties where I first crashed my long-suffering Velo as a tear-away seventeen year old – gave me hope that when running-in is complete – the wee Enfield will keep me in motorcycling for a few years to come. 😎

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Posted by on September 24, 2022 in out and about


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