Glasgow area

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Glasgow area

#1 Post by PAUL110489 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:20 pm

Anyone from Glasgow any advice on where abouts to go get good practice and confidence on the bike... learner 125 here

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Re: Glasgow area

#2 Post by Meggark » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:46 am

Depending where in Glasgow you are... Some of these are a bit of a trip but doable on any bike if you're willing and have the time. Lots to choose from.

I've heard there's good stuff around the Campsies but haven't been there myself.

In the borders there are lots of good roads. Muirkirk road south from strathaven is a good route down (we poor surface at the muirkirk end), via new cumnock and down to Thornhill.

Dalveen pass
Menock pass (both down near Thornhill)
Road from Thornhill to Monaive, out to St John's Town of Dalry and new Galloway, everything around the Galloway forest. All good but quite technical and worth getting to know before hoonig there.
A701 Broughton to Moffat
A708 Moffat to Selkirk (some tricky bits again but twisty enough to be fun on a 125)
Unnamed road leading from A701 to A708 Cappercleuch past Talla and Megget reservoirs. Also good on a 125, some single track.

Loch Lomond isn't great on a bike IMO too busy and the roads up the west side aren't brilliant. Lots of good stuff north of that though such as the Dukes Pass (careful on the bends, a few that tighten up) between Aberfoyle and Callander.

You can head up from Callander to Crianlarich and Tyndrum then further north through Glen Coe or the road up to Oban. A bit straight and open on a 125 but good scenery. Keep to speed limits in towns to avoid cameras.

Further north again Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh is great. Applecross and the bealach Na Ba is grest, as is everything north of there on the west coast.

South again has the A83 from loch Lomond to Lochgilphead.

A93 and A939 North from Blairgowrie is great to and worthy of AV overnight stay around Aberlour before a trip back via A82 the next day.

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Re: Glasgow area

#3 Post by PAUL110489 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:42 pm

Cheers I'm the knightswood area just outside the city centre... so trying to find some decent roads to get good practice on rather than start stop constant in town

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Re: Glasgow area

#4 Post by Throttled » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:51 pm

Up Gt Western Rd, stay on the A82 to Tarbet, then go to Arrochar and take the Loch Long road back via Helensburgh and home. That is a good circuit with lots of different road types to practice on.
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#5 Post by Meggark » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:10 am

Throttled wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Up Gt Western Rd, stay on the A82 to Tarbet, then go to Arrochar and take the Loch Long road back via Helensburgh and home. That is a good circuit with lots of different road types to practice on.
I hate that section of the A82 so much so that I bypass it using the motorway going in towards Callander.

The rest is good though and I suppose it's fairly local.

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#6 Post by Throttled » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:44 am

Another good ride is up to Aberfoyle and then The Dukes Pass (fun on a 125cc with a queue of cars behind you) and up to Kilmahog, into Callander and back to Aberfoyle.
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Re: Glasgow area

#7 Post by Ratser » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:21 am

Hate that Dukes Pass.
Not a great road for a Fireblade.

Go to East Kilbride, out to Strathaven, down to Muirkirk, then to Sorn, over to Galston, thru Darvel back towards Strathaven, to EK again is a good wee loop.

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#8 Post by Meggark » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:25 pm

It's not really but it's good on a little bike or something adventure styled. I don't like the road from galston to strathaven, it's too busy most of the time so that even overtaking you end up stuck behind people approaching bends. The rest of the route is good though, I'd poorly surfaced in places.

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#9 Post by Ratser » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:29 pm

Yes parts of Strathaven to Muirkirk are pretty bad where it opens out.
Muirkirk to Douglas is a good road too tho, then down thru Rigside to Lanark or on further to Biggar.

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#10 Post by PAUL110489 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:55 am

Been working so not alot of time... went a midnight run to helensburgh last night ... for a bit of night practice and quiet roads means I could open it up a bit( for a 125)

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Re: Glasgow area

#11 Post by lalabel » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:13 pm

Hey, I'm a bit late to the chat here but I just got my cbt last week and a honda cb125 yesterday, did you ever come up with anything good for practicing? I'm in Ayrshire and have the luxury of only working Tuesday - Thursday 8-4 so hopefully will be able to get a few quieter days out before the bad weather sets in.