**Into the west**

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**Into the west**

Post by Steve T » Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:26 pm

Just a shortish ride today, west into the highlands.

Back roads to Inverness to check on an elderly native – all OK but can’t come out to play cos its muvvers day, apparently :roll: .
Onwards to the west via really little roads, some having dirty detours leading off of them into the hinterlands.

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Did the infamous corkscrew off the south side of Loch Ness, then onto Fort Augustus
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Haven’t ridden along the Glen Garry road for soooo many years, so seeing as the traffic was virtually non-existent, I went and covered some miles of glorious twisty tarmac and took in many superb views as I went along

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Back towards Inverness via the northern road around Loch Ness. Never, ever, ever have I encountered so few vehicles on this road . . . at any time of the year, as I did today. From Invermorriston heading east I came up behind my first moving obstacle just as I got to Drumnadrochit – nearly 13 miles and just one vehicle travelling in the same direction as me! And not that many travelling in the other direction either :shock: !

220 fun miles. Wonder how long it will be before the fun police stop even this sort of activity?

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by macvisual » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:52 pm

Great ride report and photos Steve...! Yes, we live in abnormal times just now for sure......horrible to say the least.
We got a call today to say our place of work in Auchterarder closed down today until further notice.

But great you got out and about today on the 800GS, I like the way the colour blends into the scenery, kinda stealth like.
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Re: **Into the west**

Post by Steve T » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:11 pm

Yep, well stealth the bike is . . . then it has me sat on it with hi-viz :roll:
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Re: **Into the west**

Post by Spike941 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:15 pm

Thanks for posting the photos. Should have been heading up that way in the motorhome with the wife and mutt this week, but my little accident and the virus have put that on hold for the time being. C’est la vie.

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by Flintlock » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:22 pm

Lovely

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by SHarper » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:48 am

macvisual wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:52 pm
...I like the way the colour blends into the scenery, kinda stealth like.
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Bunged a picture of mine through a filter and quite liked the outcome.

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by macvisual » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:24 am

Is your 800GS similar to the CB500X ?

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by SHarper » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:57 am

macvisual wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:24 am
Is your 800GS similar to the CB500X ?

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If you’re asking me, I’ve got no experience of CB500X’s.
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Re: **Into the west**

Post by Steve T » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:07 pm

Steve, he's asking about my latest purchase, a CB500X ;)

Peter, the F8GS is like the CB in a few ways - they both sip fuel, they are both quite flickable on the right roads. Most importantly, they both make me grin, when riding them or just looking at them :mrgreen:

The GS is far better set up for riding dirt, having more ground clearance and more suspension travel. The CB is capable of light off road riding, but I wouldn't take it some of the places I've taken the GS :shock: . I think of the CB as a modern take on the old Honda Transalp 600 that I have sitting in the garage, but slightly less off road capable than the Alp.
I've yet to do a back to back compaison as the Alp is SORN'd at the moment, but once it's on the road I will be doing a direct comparison of both :D

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Re: **Into the west**

Post by simonw » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:33 pm

Steve T wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:07 pm
me grin, when riding them or just caressing them :mrgreen:
Fixed that for you Steve :-)

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