|Carbon Black Metallic RT SE - it is blue & stunning|
Parks rekeyed the top box from my existing bike and I was ready to go, I booked the bike in for it's first service on Monday, so 2 1/2 days to rack up a gentle 600 miles.
Soon enough though I was at Balloch and the decent roads were starting. The hilly sweeping corners from Balloch to Aberfoyle are ideal for running in a new engine and the long straights of the A81 allow you to pass without loading the engine up to much.
Leaving Aberfoyle I picked up the superbly twist Dukes Pass. Ideal for scrubbing in new tyres.... or it would have been if the constant rain had not left gravel streams across every corner! Never mind, a bit of caution still made for a great ride getting the bike further over as the corners swept by. The scenery is pretty stunning as well....
|Carbon Black RT on a gravel strewn Dukes Pass|
Saturday dawned bright and breezy but soon deteriorated to the by now normal, blowing a gale and pissing down. I met Andy at Stirling and we headed for Inveraray, we would decide where to go from there. We ended up in Oban, where the weather could be measured on the Richter scale. Cold and wet from the waist down, we headed for coffee and food. Wetherspoons was full of equally wet and miserable people serving food to match, the coffee was good though. Somehow I had managed to catch the bottom of my jacket in my trousers when we left Inveraray inadvertently creating a direct route to my crotch for the run off from my jacket. At least it wasn't as bad as the other thought that had crossed my mind as warm moistness slowly spread over my nether regions!
The ride back home was equally miserable. If you need to ask why there are no pictures from this wee sortie, go and stand in the shower for 7 hours and think about it...
The bike mileage is now up to 426 miles.
When I woke up on Sunday, I was scared to look out of the window. Amazingly it was dry and just a little breezy. Lets get on with it then. I had no plan for today so I asked the satnav to take me to Aberfeldy asking for twisty roads. According to the BMW nav VI twist roads includes dirt tracks. Not the best habitat for an RT, but I suppose it would be fine mounted on a GS. After a 12 point turn to get back to real roads I was directed through Crieff and then on up through the Sma' Glen past Amulree. I'm am starting to like this wee bit of road (A822 & A826) more and more. The corners are long and sweeping, there is plenty of visibility and very few surprises to catch you out. It is easy to make very rapid, flowing progress on roads like these. Crossing the Tay in Kenmore it was time to track down a coffee.
|Coffee time at Kenmore|
Unfortunately as I crossed the bridge over the spectacular rain swollen Falls of Dochart, the rain once again made it's return.
At Lix Toll I picked up a police car that would accompany me through the ridiculous 50mph speed limit over Glen Ogle all the way down to Lochearnhead. The police stopped in Lochearnhead as I pressed on for Callander.
I picked up the M9 at Stirling and headed for Linlithgow, for the first time enjoying the pleasure of cruise control on a bike. That is going to take a bit of time to get used to!
As I pulled into the drive the bike was showing 550 miles, so 35 or 40 miles to Parks on Monday will be close enough to 600 miles for me.
The 2017 model RT is much smoother than the 2014. Maybe it is because it is new and not as worn as the old one. The gearbox is smoother with less grinding between gears. There is still a knock as you change gear, but it is noticeably smoother. The suspension feels plusher, but that could be down to wear on the old bike. It could also be down to the fact that the EAS make adjusting the suspension easier, so you will set the suspension up correctly. Anyway, it's a better bike!