Monthly Archives: September 2022

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 —

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’ Ceat 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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Helen with the V-Strom 650 —

Looking across Loch Leven to Glencoe —

Those were the balmy or perhaps barmy —

high-kicking – pre-covid days – when we would nip off the island and up to Mallaig or wherever for an ice cream —

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Posted by on September 15, 2022 in out and about


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The Yamaha Tenere XT660Z —

Definitely the Tough of the Track —

from the snowclad hills of Scotland —

to the white sandy beaches of Tiree —

with many a hard European trip in between –

the Tenere did it all for me over several years – without missing a beat — 👍

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Posted by on September 9, 2022 in out and about


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Honda X-ADV750 in Glen Lyon —

In black and white – the 2017-20 model – this was my first X-ADV —

but I didn’t get on with the seat and find the later ’21 model which I am running now is much kinder to the bit I sit on over a distance 🤠

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Posted by on September 6, 2022 in out and about


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Handsome is —

as handsome does —

Our Loki —

posing on Sherrifmuir —

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Posted by on September 6, 2022 in out and about


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