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    I just got back yesterday from doing the North Coast 500 with my son. He had planned to do it with a pal but his mate dropped his bike a couple of weeks ago so couldn't do it. All the accommodation was booked so Niall asked me if I wanted go. I couldn't say no
    I would have used the Supersport but that would have taken it well past it's 600 miles service distance so I used the Scrambler.

    First day took us to Thurso, 240 miles with just a hint of rain at times south of Inverness but brilliant after that.
    Tuesday we moved on to Ullapool taking in the coast road to Lochinver via Drumbeg and Clashnessie then on to Ullapool through Inverpolly estate. Only 161 miles.
    Wednesday saw us do a rather long day of 265 miles to Oban taking in Applecross and the Beallach na Ba.
    Thursday morning dawned a miserable day and a wet ride home.

    We both thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I've done these roads many times before. The Scrambler was perfect for all the nadgery single track roads but even with an aftermarket shock a 20mm thick gel pad in the seat my backside was feeling the worse for wear by the end of Wednesday.

    A few pics:

    The Millionaires View at Struie.


    Kylesku


    Amazing view looking from Applecross towards Skye

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    I was just talking last night about doing the NW500 looks braw !

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    Looks great we must do this run.

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    Yes it's excellent i done it last year, although i took in an extra 350 odd miles too……that would be my suggestion, try to build in extra miles if you can. Even at 850 odd miles i found it easy going.

    I travelled in August 2016, the roads were very quiet…not a super car in sight.
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    I should have said, 821 miles altogether.

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    Great, really great. As with most older Scottish riders I've ridden these roads before, although I've never done them as a complete, all in run. Must do it though. Isn't it just great to have these roads and that scenery on our doorstep.

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    Great read and nice photos..

    I'm planning on doing this in a couple weekends time.

    Day 1; 242 miles (Edinburgh to Applecross)

    Dat 2; 304 (Applecross to Brora)

    Day 3; 244 (Brora to Edinburgh)

    Little bit apprehensive as the most I've done in a oner is about 140 miles and that was tough going!

    Oh, and this is with a car club (me being the only motorbike) so I worry about keeping up the pace too! Reckon that might be biting off more than I can chew?

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    The Lochcarron Hotel is biker freindly and the food is great (if the rooms a little basic) I have stayed there a number of times when playing up that part of the world.

    I also like the hotel Scourie but that is a different kind of experiance
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    Nice pics Derek!!

    anyone on here who knows me and Rab will know we try and do a bike tour of Scotland every year (end of July or beginning of Aug) so since 2005 we have done 10 in total, all free camping out over 4-6 days, and usually incorporating all if not most of the now NC500. Done it one year in a campervan too (Rab was without a bike after someone reversed over it) and another year we took friends so ended up in cars so thats 12 in total!

    even wrote a couple of threads about it with some pics if anyone interested

    2012 trip
    2008 trip

    really glad we got a chance to do these roads/trips multiple times (and on some of the SDC Highland Fling weekends) before the popularity of the NC500 seems to have added to the number of users on the road...victim of its own success?


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    Enjoy it whilst you can, I'm afraid that it may not be quieter for much longer.
    The NC500 was featured on the travel Show BBC on Saturday morning. extolling the virtues of the quietness of the roads, unspoilt scenery and countryside, and the best villages / towns on the route. Seemed to aimed at the motorhome types.

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    It's already spoilt. Far more traffic, particularly motorhomes than there used to be and accommodation getting difficult to find over the summer

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    I did the west coast bit this summer , don't think I'd do it again - not a fan of single track (maybe because of increased traffic ~:?)
    and as such apple cross was particularity bollocks

    don't like camping - but big sands was quite a good camp site on the dunes

    rear wheel bearing collapsed around drumbeg (i think) just got petrol in tounge before closing and made it to wick and ordered bearings the day after just in time for the van (still in Inverness) to bring em up

    and worst of all navigation error and ended up on the A9 from aviemore to pitlochry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    I did the west coast bit this summer , don't think I'd do it again - not a fan of single track (maybe because of increased traffic ~:?)
    and as such apple cross was particularity bollocks

    don't like camping - but big sands was quite a good camp site on the dunes

    rear wheel bearing collapsed around drumbeg (i think) just got petrol in tounge before closing and made it to wick and ordered bearings the day after just in time for the van (still in Inverness) to bring em up

    and worst of all navigation error and ended up on the A9 from aviemore to pitlochry
    Sounds as if you are more suited to living in Gateshead ffs !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Amazing view looking from Applecross towards Skye
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    that picture is awesome!
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