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Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« on: May 28, 2012, 05:50:50 pm »
Not a SOHC Honda but a Honda CBF1000...rental bike in Scotland. Thought some may find it interesting.

This was a 5-day trip around Scotland starting and finishing at the Perth Honda dealer where we rented the bikes. We saw the wild Cairngorms, Inverness for tea, Helmsdale a top spot for salmon fishing, the fine cuisine of Altanara, the Smoo Cave of Durness, the convoluted coastal road to Achmelvich Youth Hostel by the white sandy beach and the turquoise sea, the ferry ride to Stornaway, the Butt of Lewis, the Black Houses of yesteryear, the standing stones of Callanish, the white sands of Harris, the ruined castles on the Isle of Skye, the mighty black Cuillins on Skye, the highly dangerous Applecross road, fine dining in Torridon, photogenic castles at Eilan Donan and fast roads through Glencoe. This was motorcycle riding at its best. For more please read on....

Motorcycle rental - http://www.perthmcs.com/
Highly recommended and the best deal I found in the UK. A selection of bikes to chose from. We got:
Honda CBF1000 (only 1000 miles on this bike) - 79 pounds/day
Honda NC700S (only 400 miles on this bike) - 59 pounds/day
Kawasaki Versys (only 400 miles on this bike) - 79 pounds/day
Unlimited mileage and price includes insurance and everything else. Stewart at Honda of Perth is excellent to deal with and even collects you from the railway station. All very easy and within an hour or arriving we were on our way. Wont find a better deal than this!

All bikes performed flawlessly and we thoroughly enjoyed them ;).

Weather for 5 days - mini-heatwave with sunshine and blue skies every day!

Day 1: Perth to Helmsdale (~200 miles)

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Perth,+UK&daddr=Braemar,+United+Kingdom+to:Grantown-on-Spey,+United+Kingdom+to:Cawdor+Castle,+Nairn,+United+Kingdom+to:Inverness,+United+Kingdom+to:Helmsdale,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=56.932987,-3.911133&spn=2.673812,8.31665&sll=56.968936,-3.68042&sspn=1.335494,4.158325&geocode=FfKEXAMdSqbL_ykDTUj7xhWGSDEYlvR9bhRftg%3BFRHZZQMdcCbM_ynD0-npWOSFSDFNeoNqkRaN1w%3BFerKagMd5OvI_ymLqHdCcYWFSDEvwqqiziLKiQ%3BFTHAbQMduxXE_yHfdIQvxfjEhw%3BFY0KbQMdL4m__ykr3hctW3GPSDE9xD4u0QlDYg%3BFY3MdgMdY0DI_ylTwQKBJUWFSDHjxyTqJKgWGQ&oq=Helmsdale&mra=ls&t=m&z=7

Stevie checking out the bikes:



My CBF1000



On the road to the Cairngorms





The infamous Devils Elbow



as it is today



Quiet roads



Some by the river



And snow from last week on the tops - they were skiing here  last week!









Then it was lunch in Braemar...

Parking



Lunch spot



After lunch the road ahead



Photo stop



Looking back



Looking forward



Waiting for traffic



Our first castle



and standing stone



Heading towards the Lecht



and coming down it



Great to be riding



Arriving for ice cream in Tomintoul



Then visiting Cawdor Castle (near Nairn) - reputed to be a source of inspiration for Macbeth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cawdor_Castle). Its still lived in for 6 months of the year by the Thane of Cawdor and his family.



with drawbridge





and coat of arms





and a now dry moat



with beautiful gardens next to it















and then it was off to Culloden battlefield where in April 1756 the Jacobites (and the dreams of  an Independent Scotland) died at the hands of the English













Every stone marks the Clans that fell



A shot of Stevies bike in the parking lot



By this time it was 7pm and time for tea (dinner) in Inverness

We asked a local for a recommendation and so off we went to Mr Chips for a delicious fish supper mmmm



Then it was onwards for another 2 hours of riding to Helmsdale...no problem as it gets dark around 10.30pm ;)





Passing the fields of oil seed rape



And finally arriving at the youth hostel (a converted School gym) - only 55 miles from John OGroats and popular with Lands End to John O`Groats cyclists.





Parking in the yard



View of Helmsdale from hostel



the harbor where the salmon come in to start their long journey up the river







Helmsdale has a population of ~800 (half of them English) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmsdale). And very very popular for fishing (http://www.helmsdale.org/fishing-information.php)

"The River Helmsdale has long been regarded as one of the most prolific and consistent rivers in the world for producing Atlantic salmon."

Cost for a weeks fishing, lodge accommodation, a ghillie, 4 rods in the river is ~10,000 pounds (according to 2 independent locals we talked to - one the barman where enjoyed a couple of well deserved pints!).

What a good start to the trip!

Stay tuned for day 2...it gets better!

cheers
Andy


















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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 06:36:23 pm »
Wow, all that in day one?!  Great trip and writeup....subscribed.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 11:56:04 am »
Day 2:

Helmsdale, Scotland (East coast) to Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel (West coast):

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Helmsdale,+UK&daddr=Altnaharra,+United+Kingdom+to:Tongue,+United+Kingdom+to:58.2390331,-5.2408704+to:Achmelvich+Beach,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=58.287839,-5.089417&spn=0.643917,2.079163&sll=58.240525,-5.08049&sspn=0.161193,0.519791&geocode=FY3MdgMdY0DI_ylTwQKBJUWFSDHjxyTqJKgWGQ%3BFSNJeQMd4TW8_ynl8dcSMuCPSDHWcWlNvgWVew%3BFXNGfAMdQJi8_ykNSmmkkRCQSDGRvyuDyQk8Ag%3BFTmoeAMd2gew_ynFcwKaQSiOSDGzLQEXSTOS6A%3BFRCZdwMd6wyv_ykJO0ls_SWOSDFcodBL7k-Ujg&oq=Achme&mra=dpe&mrsp=3&sz=11&via=3&t=m&z=9

Awoke to another beautiful morning on Day 2. We started the day driving along the A897 which runs alongside the River Helmsdale

Note that A road means single track road up here in the Highlands...B roads would be even more interesting as we would find out later in the day



Saw some deer and a couple of ghillies with their fishing clientele aiming to catch some unlucky salmon



River Helmsdale



The road ahead



and behind



Stevie found an interesting sign



and only one way to go



Empty roads!









saw none of the logging trucks thankfully



and the river keeps on winding



Old sheep pen



which didnt really work





A lonely hotel in the middle of nowhere



Heading down the side of Loch Badanloch









then towards Altnaharra



finally...lunch!







Looking hungry!



Mmmm gammon steak



and beef - this was really really good!!



Watched by the locals



Then it was back to amazing roads and scenery





















Finally reaching Tongue....where we filled up at the local gas station and we all smiled as we paid $9.96/gallon for gas  :-*

 



On the way out we saw the castle on the hill top



the famous sandy estuary



the mountains in the distance



and the guy in the foreground fishing





And then it was following the road round the sea lochs...going inland, then out on the opposite side, then in...etc etc













and then finally the sea!!







Before reaching Durness and the famous Smoo cave





Blowhole



Opposite direction



The cave itself!



Its big



You too can get drowned in the waterfall





time to leave



and hit the road to our hostel by the beach - watch out for sheep!







and big mountains







and then finally the B road to the hostel



which was steep in places





but always scenic









and then finally arriving at the hostel









which is next to the beach....white sands and turquoise waters...at 10pm at night ;)





and how one might look after a great days riding







evening stroll along the cliffs at 10.30pm




Day 3 would involve a water crossing....

cheers
Andy
Current bikes
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2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 11:38:46 am »
Looks like it was a great trip. And kudos for capturing so many photos! I'll have to add this trip to my list of things to do one day. Thanks for the great ride report.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012, 08:06:00 am »
Day 3:

Achmelvich Youth Hostel, Lochinver (West coast of Scotland) to Rehnigidale, Isle of Harris:

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Achmelvich+Youth+Hostel,+Lochinver,+UK&daddr=58.4842,-6.25786+to:58.27733,-6.77551+to:57.89776,-6.80194+to:Rhenigidale,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=58.183737,-5.95459&spn=0.645809,2.079163&sll=57.881277,-6.766891&sspn=0.162822,0.519791&geocode=FRCZdwMd6wyv_yFcodBL7k-Ujg%3BFehlfAMdPIOg_ynPOBiPBxySSDFbRrzWDP9lgQ%3BFdI9eQMdKp2Y_ykV8L1JtHaSSDHx_YvcGWgMEw%3BFSBzcwMd7DWY_ymNPSGU65mNSDGgRy293J4RNw%3BFf_GcwMdRwGa_ynl9omMtZaNSDGg8moO_7zWFg&oq=Rehnig&mra=dpe&mrsp=3&sz=11&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=9

Woke up to another dry day with sunshine in the forecast for the rest of the day. Packing up at the Youth Hostel



The girl running the youth hostel had made some tablet so I bought a stash for later...it was delicious!



Shortly after leaving we came across Ardvreck Castle jutting out into Lock Assynt in Sutherland. Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century. The castle is thought to have been constructed around 1590 by the Clan MacLeod family who owned Assynt and the surrounding area from the 13th century onwards. Indeed Sutherland, the area in which Ardvreck is situated, has long been a stronghold of the clan MacLeod. The most well known historical tale concerning the castle is that on April 30th 1650 James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, was captured and held at the castle before being transported to Edinburgh for trial and execution. Montrose was a Royalist, fighting on the side of Charles I against the Covenanters. Defeated at the Battle of Carbisdale, he sought sanctuary at Ardvreck with Neil MacLeod of Assynt. At the time, Neil was absent and it is said that his wife, Christine, tricked Montrose into the castle dungeon and sent for troops of the Covenanter Government. Montrose was taken to Edinburgh, where he was executed on 21 May 1650, using the traditional method for traitors: hanging, drawing and quartering. (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardvreck_Castle)









Ardvreck Castle was a rectangular-shaped keep comprising three storeys. Under the castle the vaulted basement is pierced by gunloops and the round stair turret is corbelled out to support a square caphouse. Despite the small size of the ruined tower, Ardvreck was originally a large and imposing structure and it is thought that the castle included a walled garden and formal courtyard. The remains of the foundations can still be seen and cover a large area. Unfortunately, all that remains today is a tower and part of a defensive wall. When the waters of the loch rise very high, the peninsula on which the castle stands can be cut off from the mainland.







and then it was onward to Ullapool where we would catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis



The shore front of Ullapool on one side of the ferry



and from the other side



View from the dock



the ferry arrives



Getting help tying the bikes down



and we are off!



You can sometimes see mink whales and porpoises on this crossing...but we saw none...



only the fisherman



and then we were on Lewis and so we headed for the top - the Butt of Lewis lighthouse



which stands on a rocky outcrop



Treasure Island anyone?





Of course you can tell we are not in America...no barriers of any kind ;)



one small trip and you are over the edge



dosent deter the bird watches though



just stay away from the edge





or you may end up look poor Angus



See the person standing far far away



closer



Scenic coastline never looked so good ;)



and then it was a high speed ride down through Lewis on one of the few roads...to the blackhouses...











where living was cramped



but cozy



kids bedroom



and the loom for making tweed for some much needed income



the crofts where crops were grown under tough conditions no doubt



and the people who lived here







and an interesting story...Scotsman get all over ;)



Then it was a trip back further in time...thousands of years BC...to the mysterious standing stones at Callanish (I had seen these 20 years ago before the awful visitor center was built - they were in a unfenced field then with uncut grass and no tourists...very different to today.



No one really knows why they were built but there are other standing stone circles on Lewis











we then went to a smaller stone circle about 1 mile away (we could still see the bigger one on the other hill)



and if you squinted in the evening light (was 7pm)



you might imagine strange things going on



and then it was gone



you can see the first stone circle in the distance



Our turn off for our hostel that night



But first a trip to Tarbert for dinner...the road to Tarbert



and then after a hearty meal it was back to the hostel...here we are unpacking



the car park ;)



and the hostel



At 10.50pm



hostel can be seen top left - this is Rehnigidale - only a few houses by the sea



A lone sheep on the ridge!



Another great day of riding!!

Day 4 would see us on the Isle of Skye, with more ruined castles, a high speed ride to the Talisker whisky distillery at the foot of the Black Cuillins, and an unexpected turn of events at the end of the day....

Cheers
Andy
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 08:06:56 am »
Looks like it was a great trip. And kudos for capturing so many photos! I'll have to add this trip to my list of things to do one day. Thanks for the great ride report.

Thanks! Glad you are enjoying it!

Cheers
Andy
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012, 09:45:46 am »
Day 4:

Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris to Torridon, west coast of Scotland (~ 200 miles)

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Rhenigidale,+United+Kingdom&daddr=57.63286,-6.24137+to:Talisker+Scotch+Whisky+Distillery,+Carbost,+United+Kingdom+to:57.4414271,-5.8410873+to:Torridon,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=57.370977,-5.921631&spn=1.32105,4.158325&sll=57.443102,-5.688858&sspn=0.164801,0.519791&geocode=Ff_GcwMdRwGa_ynl9omMtZaNSDGg8moO_7zWFg%3BFVxobwMdpsOg_ynV4ipSqc-NSDFBj3TcGWgMEw%3BFaFdagMdwQKf_yGJNOaOSJOFzQ%3BFZN8bAMdQd-m_ykzn4gDsoGOSDH8JTUGsIOzpw%3BFWkQbgMdSeir_ynxsYhOi2GOSDEud_RAiI67YQ&oq=Tali&mra=dvme&mrsp=3&sz=11&via=1,3&t=m&z=8

View in the morning from the hostel at Rhenigidale



and the other direction



leaving...





climbing the steep road out



and the road ahead



and then down hill



and the view





We dont spare any expense for breakfast on this trip ;)



We had one hour before the ferry left for the Isle of Skye so we decided to head south to the famed beaches of Harris...

New road!





The beaches here are amazing







and water so blue/turquoise





Interesting architecture





and more beaches





and then we headed back to the port at Tarbert for the Skye ferry



Goodbye Harris!



The bridge to Scalpay



Scalpay is around 2.5 miles (4 km) long and rises to a height of 341 ft (104 m) at Beinn Scorabhaig. Scalpay's nearest neighbour, Harris is just 330 yds (300 m) away over narrow Caolas Scalpaigh. The two islands were linked in 1997 by a bridge that replaced the ferry service. The main settlement on the island is at the north, near the bridge, clustered around An Acairseid a Tuath (North Harbour).

In 2001, the island had a population of 322 people, whose main employment is fish farming and prawn fishing. (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalpay,_Outer_Hebrides)

The Isle of Skye!



Goodbye Harris



The Black Cuillins  of Skye can be seen in the distance



Another ruined castle this time on the Isle of Skye overlooking the Scottish mainland - Duntulm Castle

it stands on the north coast of Trotternish, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, near the hamlet of Duntulm. During the 17th century it was the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacDonald of Sleat.

The castle was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, when the area was subject to feuds between the rival MacLeod and Macdonald clans. The defences were improved in the 16th century, and by the early 17th century the Macdonald's had finally gained the upper hand in the area. In 1618 the Privy Council and Sir Donald Macdonald of Sleat, "Donald Gorm Og", the 9th chief, signed a charter, requiring him to repair Duntulm.[1] This was done, and a second tower was added. Around 1650, the castle's importance peaked, when further improvements were made, and a rectangular structure or house was built within the wall. Around 1732 the castle was abandoned, when Sir Alexander Macdonald built a new residence, Monkstadt House, 5 miles (8.0 km) to the south, robbing much of the castle's stone as building material.(from Wikipedia)













By this time it was around 2pm and we hadnt had lunch yet. There is a dearth of lunch places in Scotland particularly in the Highlands and so we stopped at the first place we saw - in this case the "Small and Cozy Tea Shop" - run by a beautiful Czech woman and her husband...everything homemade but no sandwiches - only soup and cake ;) we sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine (from the shade ;))









Next stop was the the Quiraing a dramatic escarpment







The movie Prometheus  was filmed near here at the Old Man of Storr...a bowdlerisation of the Gaelic Bod an Stòr - phallus of Storr.

Then it was onwards down this road back to Uig and a race against time to get to the Talisker Distillery before it closed



Approaching the mighty Black Cuillins



The Black Cuillin is mainly composed of basalt and gabbro, the latter being a very rough rock which makes for superb grip for mountaineers. It is from the dark colour of the gabbro that the Black Cuillin receives its name. The summits of the Cuillin are bare rock, jagged in outline and with steep cliffs and deep cut corries and gullies. All twelve Munros on Skye are Black Cuillin peaks, though one of them, Blaven, is part of a group of outliers separated from the main ridge by Glen Sligachan.

When I was fitter in my youth I traversed part of this ridge from Sgùrr nan Gillean to Sgùrr Alasdair.

From Wikipedia:
In addition to climbing individual peaks, there is the challenge of a full traverse of the ridge. Although only seven miles in length, the average traverse is likely to take 15–20 hours from sea level at Glenbrittle to the bar of the Sligachan Hotel owing to the difficulty of the terrain and route finding problems. The first recorded traverse in under 24 hours was in 1911 by L Shadbolt and A McLaren. The record for the full traverse, set by Es Tresidder in May 2007, stands at 3 hours 17 minutes (though this time is from Gars-bheinn to Sgùrr nan Gillean and does not include the initial ascent from Glenbrittle or the final descent to Sligachan).[2]

And finally...









But we were too late as all tours had been booked up all day...a quick taster is all we got at the gift shop. Ourselves, some Norwegian bikers, Italian car drivers and a few others left dissappointed...we headed back to the Sligachan Hotel for dinner ;)











I had camped here many many years ago...met some cool Irish guys then from Cork and we had a good bevy





After dinner we had another 2-3 hrs to get to the hostel at Torridon. Lucky it dosent really get dark till about 10.30 pm.

On the road above Loch Carron



The railway and the road run in parallel by the loch side - the tunnel up ahead is one lane for cars only - you have to hope no one is coming as you cannot see the start from the other side  :-\



At 9pm we had a choice to make..take the easy road and be there in 20 mins or...take this road and take another 90 mins



Being good bikers we chose the exciting route ;)

Going up..





at the top of the hairpin bends (which you cant see in this pic)



the view to Rassay from the top



and then heading down a steep twisty road with deer around (I saw one!)



and then the coastal section





made for some good shots into the sunset





and then we came upon a farmer taking his Highland cows for an evening stroll along the road...at his prompting we had to drive through them very very slowly ;)



and then we were heading into the mountainous area of Applecross/Torridon



and the light was amazing





as were the roads!!









watch out for the sheep!







Sun was slowly setting







almost there





This was the moment we found out the hostel was full...and we had no backup plan...10.35 pm...





Lucky for us we had just passed the Torridon Inn  - https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?hotel=27663&src=torridoninn
and we inquired about a price for 3 of us...well we got a great deal (with breakfast)!!... and ended up in the bar till 12.30am...very lucky end to the day...and what a day...does it get any better than this?



Day 5: the trip comes to an end but not before a high speed ride back through Glencoe via the famous Eilan Donan castle and finally back to Perth. It was Friday and it seemed every motorcyclist was driving North to make the most of the weather...bikers everywhere...

cheers
Andy
« Last Edit: June 09, 2012, 09:47:29 am by andy750 »
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1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 02:09:05 pm »
Andy,
 Wow, what a nice ride, and you had the good fortune of fair weather and extra riding hours.
Did you find the CB1000 too much for the roads?
I had to look up "ghillie", I had a very different idea of what that was, and why it was expensive, haha.
Thanks for the ride report and for the invitation. I'm just not at the point in my life where I can pick up and go. But I will be coming back to this thread if I do manage it.
 
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 02:17:41 pm »
Andy,
 Wow, what a nice ride, and you had the good fortune of fair weather and extra riding hours.
Did you find the CB1000 too much for the roads?
I had to look up "ghillie", I had a very different idea of what that was, and why it was expensive, haha.
Thanks for the ride report and for the invitation. I'm just not at the point in my life where I can pick up and go. But I will be coming back to this thread if I do manage it.

Hi Kevin

Thanks and I will admit I was thinking of you guys back home and how much you all would have enjoyed it!!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone to do - there are some amazing roads in Scotland. The CBF1000 was actually very good and I enjoyed the speed on the long empty straights. Glad to know you found out what a ghillie was ;)

all the best
Andy
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

Where did you go on your bike today? - http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=45183.2350

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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012, 05:43:52 am »
Hi Andy,

Great trip report, looks like you had a fantastic trip. great photo's. Man my feet are getting itchy.....!

Kevin
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2012, 09:58:21 pm »
That was really something.  What gods did you buy off to get all that nice weather?  Some of the pictures of the terrain reminded me of places I've seen in Alaska.  My daughter was just in Scotland three weeks ago and sent back some great pix too.  Envy is an emotion I try to avoid, but I'm feeling a twinge of it in spite of myself.  Thanks for the tour, Andy.
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2012, 05:19:20 pm »
Hi Andy:  Love the pics and especially the plates of food! ;D  Glad you had a great time and most importantly were safe.
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2012, 07:00:05 pm »
Great report, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2012, 02:59:02 pm »
Bloody Hell Andy you should be on commission from the Scottish Tourist Board, these photographs are fabulous!

I'm ashamed to say that it's nearly 20 years since i've been further North than Perth and probably 40 years since further than Inverness. You were certainly very lucky with the weather, 5 days in a row without rain in Scotland constitutes a drought.  :D

 
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Re: Scottish Motorcycle Castle Tour 2012
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2013, 03:19:45 pm »
Interesting read and great photos! Looks like you had a great ride. Thanks for sharing.  :)