This weekend I went to the MZRC rally in Tighnabruaich. Although it has the feel of remote Highland village it is only 36 miles as the crow flies from my home. The shortest route there is using the ferry from Grourock to Dunoon But I went the long way via Helensburgh and Loch Fyne to make a run of it.
This was my first opportunity to go camping on my SV650. To carry my gear I fitted my compact Givi E21 panniers on SW Motech frames. I carry my tent and air mattress in a tube bag strapped onto the pillion seat. Despite the SV's sporty nature it makes a good solo tourer. The V twin engine is grunty in the twisties and relaxed at motorway speeds.
The weather was dull and a bit cool but dry.
|The SV in touring mode|
|I don't think I'm giving away state secrets by saying the home of Britain's nukes is at the Faslane base on Gare Loch|
|The ruin of old Castle Lachlan on Loch Fyne….|
|….and the nearby New Castle|
|Bikes at the hotel|
|We camped in the grounds so didn't have to walk far for food & drink|
|Customised MZ Trophy….|
|…..with the owner's portrait on the tank. This was his expression when he realised that the brakes don't work|
|Sunbeam S7 with balloon tyres|
|Me trying Andy's Bullet outfit. I stopped smiling shortly after when I realise how scary riding a bike and sidecar is.|
|The Kyles of Butes on the way home.|
|Dunoon under heavy skies|
|On the ferry heading home|