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edd
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Re: Start your Engines!

Postby edd » Sat Mar 12, 2022 12:26 pm

288 was the sort of mileage I would do in one day a few years back. :sad1:

When the weathers good I find it hard to do less than 90 miles on one outing, but I am 62+ and ageing faster it seems. :old: I think we all need to get some in before this ‘oily’ stuff becomes too expensive to play with! “Said the bishop to the.......”. lOl

I still see some beautiful roads and scenery on my delivery rounds which I have yet to explore on my Buell. 8-)

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Re: Start your Engines!

Postby edd » Fri May 27, 2022 11:43 pm

Had my first serious ride out today to make the most of the weather.....and a friend had recently bought a new bike; one of those funky new RE Himalayan ‘Scram 411’s 8-) He traded his 500 Scrambler which was developing a number of older RE issues. :?

As the RE was still running in we stuck to the twisty back roads and 50-55, but it was ok. We did the Skenfrith road to Abergavenny and the Bus Stop for lunch. One thing you notice after Covid is the number of little village stores that have closed. :roll: The once buzzing ‘Steel Horse’ biker pub and cafe on the Abergavenny to Usk road is also no-more, and has been converted to a residential property. They used to do a really good full English. :sad1:
Oh well! The Bus Stop is still thriving with its breakfast rolls and coffee. ;)

We rode west again on the A40 then over they nice twisty mountain road towards Hay on Wye. Rolling into Hay we passed people crowding along the footways out of town. Lots of intellectual looking or wanna be book loving types? The Hay Festival was on! :P

On the Peterstow Road opposite the main car park we swapped bikes. I was surprised how big and roomy the RE felt after the compact XB. This thing feels like an armchair, even if the seat is on the narrow side. The leg room gave my XB cramped legs a welcome relief spell. The seating position is ideal for cruising country lanes and taking in the scenery.
The Scram rolls away easily with very light and neutral steering. The motor naturally feels very soft, but is smoother than the old 500 and even less 88 ccs and a couple of horses it feels just as flexible and as capable.
The rear wheel seems to wander a little, which upsets the balanced feel slightly, but nothing too serious. I would have tried to up the rear preload a bit. The rear shock sits low at the front of the swingarm and works via a couple of linkages. I would also fit some pure tarmac rubber such Roadtec 01 tyres to see if that
Improved the tracking. ;)

I probably wouldn’t buy the Scram 411 in preference to other bikes out there, but I sort of wished my friend had bought 2 of them for when I went along. I kept wanting to let rip with bigger and more eager Buell. On the plus side I got 68.5 mpg of V-Power today. That was £17.57 to cover 161 miles. Not bad for a day out on sunny roads. :sun:


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