An afternoon tour in Scotland

Inglsman

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Some of you may remember me, or at least my bike I painted in zebra stripes. Anyhow, I now live in Scotland, in an area known as The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

I haven't been able to afford a bike for 3 long years but one Sunday afternoon browsing through Facebook marketplace, I found a 1997 F650 I could afford, from a guy the other side of Edinburgh (which I could afford to get to), who couldn't sell it because he'd done a home paint job which didn't work out.

Long story short, there's been good weather, and I'm exploring. It helps to know that the sun only goes down just after 10pm at the moment, so this sort of thing is possible here. Any time it's not raining it's considered good weather.

Day before yesterday I took a ride. I faffed about thinking of a route until about 2pm, then thought "what the heck, why not try it?".

After getting dressed, which can take a while, and bike unlocked, I set off at 3:30pm. The world's worst enemies of freedom are the tourists who hire motorhomes bigger than anything they've driven before then potter along main, but single lane, roads at 40.

The place I live in is the gateway to the Highlands. It's like living in Clarens. It's mountains to the north, with amazing twisty roads, and the prettiest views, but to but stuck behind a motorhome at 40, with 19 cars behind it is "Arghhhhhh".

Anyhow, finally got past, and found somewhere to play. All in, the entire ride was done in six hours, with it still being light when I rode back into Callander at 10pm.

The helmet cam is a Sena Prism Tube. It cuts off a video at 1 hour, so I got 6 separate editing projects out of this, but so far only one unedited one uploaded to YouTube. It also has this weird idea that on switching it on, you can twist the lens so that the output is lopsided, so it's been a case of learning to rotate video in VLC.

Anybody got suggestions of what video editing software to use? Most of the apps I've found require you to know what it is you want to do, and that is a challenge these days.

Here's the video (unedited coz I couldn't work out how)


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There is a Guy in that very area who is THE specialist in restoring / rebuilding Laverda Jota's.:cool:
 

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There is a Guy in that very area who is THE specialist in restoring / rebuilding Laverda Jota's.:cool:

Yeah, that will be Keith Nairn at Laverda Scozia in Paisley. Good mate of mine, very long waiting list these days for his services though (Laverdas break down a lot.) ;)

Nice pics. Hope you enjoy Scotland, there's loads of great stuff to see, but sadly no gravel. Campers are a piggin' nuisance, but at least on a bike you can normally squirt past. Watch out for big beasites on the road in the evening. 😱
 

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Have just settled myself in Dundee but am yet to get onto the roads to explore, other than the obligatory family stuff by car.......

Scotland is such a beautiful place despite the lack of gravel; I will get my load of gravel riding on the odd trip back to SA.
 

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Maybe head up to Braemar via Glenshee for starters. Excellent road and a decent cafe (The Hungry Highlander) that is a bit of a mecca for local bikes.(y)
 

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Yeah, that will be Keith Nairn at Laverda Scozia in Paisley. Good mate of mine, very long waiting list these days for his services though (Laverdas break down a lot.) ;)

Nice pics. Hope you enjoy Scotland, there's loads of great stuff to see, but sadly no gravel. Campers are a piggin' nuisance, but at least on a bike you can normally squirt past. Watch out for big beasites on the road in the evening. 😱
Grant Duguid is the name I have? I follow his posts on ADV Rider, being a Laverda fan. :cool:
 

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Lekker video...very silent gear changes.
Send pics of the Loch Lomond Distillery please.
 

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