Monthly Archives: July 2021

Dreaming with the X-ADV750

There I was earlier today sitting at the top of the steps doing what old boys do – nursing my ‘too-hot’ coffee and dreaming of past glories – however trivial —

When I opened my eyes – there was the missus striding across the square with that welcome smile!

So full of life – makes me thankful to be still alive and kicking – even with my limp —

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Posted by on July 28, 2021 in out and about


So what would you do with an early TDM860?

After thrashing her on public roads for a year I took a grindette to mine – fitted a few bits of fibreglass I had laying around my workshop – gave the motor to Howard Cross to find some more ponies – made up a home-brewed exhaust – splashed out on a nice set of lightweight wheels from Racing Lines – gave the plastics to Ali at Bike Paints for a stunning pink and purple paint job and rode the whole ensemble in early nineties BOTT series and Scottish Open-class races —

I did like that bike —

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Posted by on July 28, 2021 in out and about



Shades of the Honda X-ADV750

I don’t think I will be looking for a shady spot close to a coffee house to park the Big Scoot for a while —

Our heatwave appears to be over and it’s now thunder – lightning and torrential rain with the threat of giant hailstones in the forecast for the next few days.

At least I shouldn’t have to water the garden —

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Posted by on July 27, 2021 in out and about


To Rannoch Moor with the X-ADV 750

With temperatures in the high twenties it’s never an easy decision to don bike gear and head out but at times like this the open face Bell helmet comes into it’s own. Wearing this little beauty is tempting fate I know as it is a Roland Sands Replica of my first crash helmet bought second-hand from a mate over sixty years ago —

I managed to break my neck in a road accident while wearing my first version of it but the worst thing that happened on this trip – if I discount the bicycle hanging from my right ear – was to look at the first pic and find the Scoot parked facing south instead of north.

That’s better – I’m obviously getting too old for this game —

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Posted by on July 23, 2021 in out and about


All in a Morning’s Work to the X-ADV750

Any excuse will do to throw a leg over the Big Scoot and head by Loch Earn and Loch Lubnaig to Callander for a coffee from Fat Jack’s in the picturesqueTown Square —

Today my excuse was that I’d run out off Tile Grout Reviver and I knew just the place that might have some – yup – Screw-it – and screw it I did – the 60 plus miles of twisting – undulating loch-side roads were manna from heaven to the X-ADV 750 and that’s one tiled wall done —

Darn it! The camera on my Samsung is clearer than the naked eye – it shows up the bits I’ve missed! I might just have to get the Scoot back out of the shed and ride over to Callander for another tube off the stuff —

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Posted by on July 9, 2021 in out and about


Honda X-ADV750 Clocking up the Miles

Admittedly 2000 miles isn’t a lot to get excited about but the bike did have to sit idle for a few weeks as the supplying dealer couldn’t fit her in for a First Service. Can’t say I was too chuffed – but that’s life in these covid infested times.

The X-ADV on Oban Front on a wet day didn’t prove to be a big draw but we have been back there on a sunny day when there was a sea of bikes and she certainly drew the punters attention that time – seems Chief Road Tester for the MCN – Michael Neeves had been extolling the virtues of the new for 2021 Big Scoot in print.

There are certainly a few changes from the previous model – most noticeable when riding being that the first five ratios in the DCT gearbox are closer together – coupled with an increase in mid-range torque from the motor – a slightly slimmer body shape and the loss of 3kgs in weight means she is no slouch when it comes to holding her own in everyday traffic. She does appear to have lost a bit at the top-end though where I have the feeling that top speed will come in 5th making 6th an old fashioned ‘over-drive’ ratio.

The jury is still out on the fit of the body panels as that black ‘C’ shaped piece arcing forward towards the front of the bike won’t stay fully clipped in place and on one occasion when returning from a ride I found four different pieces of bodywork had shaken loose at that point. Luckily none of the fasteners were missing and I was able to clip it all back together with the exception of the ‘C’ shaped piece. I think the lugs on the radiator cap may be the cause of the problem – another quarter turn on the cap would mean it wasn’t bearing on the inside of the panel. Either that or the slimmer bodywork hasn’t left room for all the internal components.

Time will undoubtedly tell – in the meantime I will try not to lose any bits and pieces —

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Posted by on July 3, 2021 in out and about