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post #1 of 5 Old 04-14-2010, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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So I am coming to the UK for a solo tour from last week of June to end of first week of June. I am picking up my rental Strom in London and then heading out for 12 days on the road in hopes of hitting the south coast, into Wales, then north into Scotland.

Here is what I am looking for input on:

#1 - other than jacket, pants, gloves and helmet, what gear should I bring (already have camel back, GPS, sunnies, thermals, camera)?

#2 - what are some routes and spots that I shouldnt miss?

#3 - what's the weather likely to be like?

Thank you for the input. Feel free to add any comments.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-14-2010, 04:44 PM
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Hiya,your hire strom which model is it,chances are it,ll be a 650 if new.
if its the x model it,ll have the euro sports screen and they work as i have been blasting around at 105 mph on my x model and thats with a loaded topbox.
the GT has suzukis own top/side boxes with the normal screen,if its one of these get the screen changed for the euro or a givi.Hard cases would be more safer to hold things like cameras or gps etc.And probably a bike cover as bike theft is quite bad in certain parts of the uk.I,ve not heard of any stroms going missing but a good u~lock or chain is a good idea.
Q1,what to wear.What youve stated will be good as is.But a spare pair of gloves and some form of overboots will be handy.(See Q3)
Q2,routes and points of intrest.having not done wales or scotland i cant help you sorry.But check these sites out.
www.big trail bike club.com
www.v-strom owners club uk.com
(uk)motorcycle tour club.....type this in as this sites www. address doesnt come up.
Q3,The weather.Englands weather is hit and miss we would see maybe 3or4 sunny days followed by rain or heavy storms.hence having wet gear,scotland on a sunny day away from towns is supposed to be spectacular so ive been told.Checking the above sites should yield lots of info on driving on uk roads,even though the stroms lights are on all the time as i found out yesterday cars still pull out on you so be safe.We also have lots of speed cams but the scum police in wales use dodgy tactics like hiding mobile ones in horse boxes~ice cream vans etc.
Having a maple leaf sticker on the bike could be helpful as parts of wales hate the brits.Any thing else all you need is to ask,id come and meet you when you pick your bike up and welcome you to England but im away myself touring around europe when you start yours so have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-16-2010, 12:36 PM
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hi matt i live in brighton down on south coast about 90 min ride down from london .me and a mate are heading down to devon and cornwall (check google maps)around that time wales is just up from there so if you want some company for a days riding keep me informed . i ride a klv and my mates got a 1200gs bmw.
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So I am coming to the UK for a solo tour from last week of June to end of first week of June. I am picking up my rental Strom in London and then heading out for 12 days on the road in hopes of hitting the south coast, into Wales, then north into Scotland.

Here is what I am looking for input on:

#1 - other than jacket, pants, gloves and helmet, what gear should I bring (already have camel back, GPS, sunnies, thermals, camera)?

#2 - what are some routes and spots that I shouldnt miss?

#3 - what's the weather likely to be like?
if I can ask how much is it to rent a Strom (per day?). I may do the same at some point since Im from Scotland and wouldnt mind flying into Heathrow and riding to Glasgow.

Gear to take - rain gear for sure. You may get lucky and get sun but rain gear will get used.

Where to go...forget about England (except for a run around quaint English villages in the Cotswolds (just over an hour from London - head to Oxford and then go via Woodstock/Blenheim Palace)...after this head straight for Scotland.

Why? Empty roads, great scenery and castles. How to get there - straight up the M6 - 370 miles or so from London. Expect it to take around 7 hours on the bike. Avoid the M6 around rush hour times especially of passing Birmingham or Manchester.

Once in Scotland spend a night in Glasgow (go to a typical Glasgow pub such as the Griffin or longest bar in Europe - the Horseshoe Bar -both typical Glasgow pubs. After Glasgow ride up the A82 to Loch Lomond and when you get to the split in the road at Tarbert take either route . They are both very good for riding! For wildness and loch-side castles (and to see the famous Mull of Kintyre) go left and for the Drovers Inn, Bridge of Orchy go right. Do NOT miss the ride across Rannoch Moor or the ride into Glencoe - these are both iconic . For some interesting riding go to Ardnamuchan point - most westerly point on the British Isles.

From Fort William head on up to Eilan Donnan castle/Glenfinnan and soak up the Scottish history - Glenfinnan is where Bonnie Prince Charlie came ashore for the doomed campaign. From here head to the Isle of Skye -you will not regret it. Do a loop of the Island....see the Table Top mountains on the west side as well as the blue coral beaches. After Skye take the ferry to Lewis...its like another world...you will enjoy it! From Lewis go over to Ulapool and head north - the roads get narrower and narrower and will be empty (except for the sheep). Head to the top, see the cave at the headland then bear right and head for John o Groats - what a road this is!

From John o Groats head south to Macbeths castle ...wild place by the North Sea. Perhaps head for Balmoral and see where the Queen stays in summer. Take the road from here over the Cairngorm mountains ....more great riding. Head for Pitlochry...and see the fish ladder (nothing special but nice little town)....from Pitlochry take the back roads west...just amazing riding.....or head over to St Andrews and see the great beach and oldest golf course. From here nip over to Edinburgh and see the castle, the tourist shops, where Trainspotting was filmed .

After all this head back to England stopping in at York and see where William Wallace (Braveheart) sacked the town .

You`ll have a great time!

cheers
Andy
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-19-2010, 04:26 PM
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waterproofs essential and spare gloves. as for routes ,thats easy ,keep it simple .just buy michelin map No. 501 scotland and follow any of the green highlighted scenic routes. Be advised petrol in the highlands is few and far between. West coast is wetter , east side of the country is drier .MOST IMPORTANT --- buy midge repellant at first oppertunity , you will need it .
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