Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Scouting For Boys

Yesterday I tried something a little bit different on the bike front.  I took an Indian Scout 60 for a test ride. At this point I must admit that I had pretty much decided that unless I really didn’t like it that I was probably going to buy one.

First thing you notice is that it’s quite small, well, everything is small when you step down from a Caponord, so that was to be expected. It’s also a no-frills sort of machine with its single saddle, single clock with LED inserts for everything but the speedo, and no capacity for carrying much more than a tool roll. The ‘bars are wide and the riding position different to what I’m accustomed to.

Initially, however, I really enjoyed flicking it around on the back roads. It was when I took it onto the motorway that things changed. The wide bars and no fairing mean that maintaining something like 70 mph is really hard work. I now know why I keep coming across cruiser types riding along at about 60mph, it’s just much more manageable.

After an hour or so I became aware that the seat was getting increasingly uncomfortable. Combined with the extremely hard suspension, another half an hour saw me need to get off and walk about a bit.

So, in the end I decided against getting one. It seemed rather silly to contemplate getting rid of the Aprilia, a big comfortable touring machine and replace it with something that would need a lot spent on it to do the same job half as well. If I had the money and the space I would probably have one for bimbling about on, but as a main bike it just wouldn’t hack it for the type of riding I mostly do.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Friday, 20 April 2018

Alley Cats

This weekend Triumph Motorcycles are having an open day at their Glasgow headquarters. I'm thinking of toddling along for a look. Might help myself to a test ride on something a bit more modern that those below if it's not too busy.

 A couple of greased hair rockers compare their Triumph machines in an atmospheric image

(Image Via: GeordieBiker)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Iron Pig

An East German MZ ES250 two-stroke single hitched to a matching Superelastik sidecar. 
The ‘ES’ was said to stand for Eisen-Schwein, or ‘Iron Pig’. If I had the money I'd have one of these in the garage like a shot.