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Spyder Club Road Review: the A87, Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

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Scotland offers the motorcyclist some of the most stunning scenery in the world and quiet, breathtaking roads on which to ride! In July we’ll be making our fourth journey north of the border and meeting several guests who’ll be returning for a third time. One of our most popular trips, Scotland really does offer everything.

Our trip takes us from Glasgow on day one, along the west coast, past Fort William and on to Invergarry where we always stop for a drink at the Invergarry Hotel which marks the start of the fantastic A87.

This has to be one of the all time great roads, 50 miles of sweeping tarmac through dramatic scenery that only Scotland can offer. We are very lucky to have been able to experience so many challenging roads throughout Europe; this is one that’s remembered by all!

It’s the perfect end to day one, that and a beer once off the bikes to discuss it! It’s so good we made it the start of the third and final day of the Spyder Club Scottish trip, it has to be experienced.

If you are planning a ride or drive to Scotland, be sure to put the A87 into the route. If you don’t smile the entire way, there’s something wrong with you!!!

Spyder Club Bike Review: the Moto Guzzi Griso SE

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It’s a bike not many members wanted to try and one I thought I regretted buying immediately, what a mistake! Having ridden the 1200 cc’d, 8 valve engine Griso for 40 minutes I’d made my mind up, not good, however as the 45th minute approach it was as if the whole bike changed. Suddenly there was a new element to this beautiful Italian motorcycle. With its matt green paintwork, brown seat and spoked black wheels it made me feel like Steve McQueen in the Great Escape!

Once run in, the engine continued to entertain. The surge of power over 5,000 rpm made for hilarious riding and the 230 kgs fell away as soon as you engaged the clutch in first gear. A bike of that weight shouldn’t handle that well! Whilst in Spain in 2010, myself and a member on a Street Triple R enjoyed one of the hidden gems of Andalucia, a 2nd, 3rd gear road of 50 kms and the Griso performed just as well as the light weight Triumph.

On the same trip another member lost sleep over the fact he was riding the Guzzi the following morning, only to wax lyrical within 25 miles of the villa.

A truly unique motorcycle that many Spyder Club members and trip guests thoroughly enjoyed! It’s a bike that’ll return to Spyder Club one day and one on my own wish list!!


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