With that good allrounder – the Tenere XT660Z once again Sorned as a result of the CRF 250 RAL taking over local and off-road duties – the ST1100 Pan European will get another chance to shine on the serious stuff.
Who knows – it might cover itself in glory on the NC500 this summer if we can string a few dry days together.
Yes my long distance rides in any weather are probably a thing of the past.
But I have suggested to H that we look at heading up there this summer – should we get one – and the rider stays fit.
Shouldn’t be a problem really as I did it clockwise as far as Bettyhill back in 1995 on my BMW 1100GS.
Now there was a bike for any occasion – she could tour two-up complete with the kitchen sink on the back – plus – give a good account of herself while scaring punters on their new Fireblades as she scraped her pots round the Isle of Man TT course on Mad Sunday.
I seem to remember clocking up 42000 miles in her first year including an all-time high when I galloped her down a dried up river bed in Andalucia – stood on the pegs – whooping like a wild thing with 100mph showing on the speedo. Judging by that sheepskin on the seat I was bothered with a sore butt way back then too. For once I couldn’t argue with the dealers when I tried to trade the GS in the following summer. Their standard pitch – ‘but your BMW is above average mileage sir’ had a ring of truth in it 🙂
No worries — if there’s one thing the Pan has it’s a comfy seat —
After all – it is why I bought her in the first place 🙂