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Old 04-07-2015, 06:47 AM   #1
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Scotland on a Grom

Some bikes are made for touring, they might have plenty of storage, or good range or good ground clearance. They'll nearly all have the ability to maintain 70mph for mile after mile. The Grom has none of these things.

It's little 125cc motor just struggles to 60, and its tiny little fuel tank hold about 1 1/4 gallons of fuel. It would take someone really hard of thinking to tour on one. Luckily, I'm one of those people.

This is a quick report of my badly planned trip around Scotland on a totally unsuitable bike.

I left home on Friday, late, as I hadn't packed well, and made the 80 mile or so trip to the border, getting there just after 4pm



A quick photo stop, and then onwards for another 200ish miles of fast roads, with the grom sat in the slow lane, throttle against the stop, to the fist night stop at a small town to meet up with a few guys from another forum, who had travelled much further than me, but on much more sensible steeds
The next day, we set off at lunch-ish, with a plan to head through the Cairngorm mountains,


A Zx6r, a fireblade, and a pan-european made for unlikely travelling companions.





The views were good, but the roads were better, so not many photos taken.
We stopped at Inverness, then after dumping kit in a cheap hotel, went to find Loch Ness


Found it




The next day, we set off a little earlier, with our sights set on Applecross, about 80 or 90 miles West.


A brief stop en-route,


The road up to Applecross is fantastically brilliant




but cooled all the way up, until there was snow on the ground, and at the view point over to the Isle of Skye


It was bloody freezing up here.


but then warm again at the bottom.
I bid farewell to the guys here, as they were continuing North, but I had to head back south over the pass, to get home


The view from Applecross.
I now headed back up to the top of the pass on my own,


stopping briefly at the top


The view from halfway down, over Strathcaron, and Loch Caron

I now had some miles to do. It was 1.30pm, 300 miles to home, I was on a Grom, and had to get through the Scottish highlands. Time to move
Past the Kyle of Localsh, and onwards


the briefest of brief stops.


Invergarry


and again,
Then a brief stop at McDonalds for a burger at Fort William, and onwards again.


Glen Coe, famous for both it's views, and the massacre that occured here.


Glen Etive from Glen Coe. The light was really playing along here, shame I didn't have a camera to take advantage of it.



The Bridge of Orchy, just leaving the Highlands now, and a 2 hour trip towards Edinburgh.

No more photos from here, as the views, and the light was left behind.
850 miles in 3 days on a my little Grom, and not a single hiccough. Just many many petrol stations, and really small fuel stops.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:51 AM   #2
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Awesome

I keep telling myself I need to go touring on a tiny bike. I've done some trips on a 250 but that's a big bike compared to your Grom.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:41 PM   #3
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Thumb Go Grom-sters!

Good stuff!
I chuckle inwardly whenever I see or hear the word "Grom" and it's all I can do not to laugh out loud when I see one. TOO COOL!!!
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Great pics and report ..... You certainly hit it lucky with the weather over the Easter Break, it's been glorious up here. Just earlier in the week we had sleet coming sideways in a freezing wind here in Glasgow. But we seemed to go from winter straight to summer over the weekend. I reckon that Grom looks a lot of fun. There is a gang of guys up here that go out on rideouts on their Honda Monkey bikes and they always look like they are having a 'hoot'..... and all without risking their licenses like the rest of us. ...and if you do come off it's not as far to fall.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:12 PM   #5
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GREAT shots...we loved Scotland last summer...bit warmer than your ride!
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:18 PM   #6
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Love it. I rode my Grom all over the backroads of Virginia before I traded up to my CTX700.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
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what a cool little bike and what amazing scenery!
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:21 PM   #8
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Looks like a memorable trip!!!


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Old 04-07-2015, 04:27 PM   #9
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Greatly enjoyed the RR. Thanks for taking the time to post it!
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:36 PM   #10
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Life in the slow lane

Great pictures. Sometimes life in the slow lane can be enjoyable. Glad you had a good trip.

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Old 04-07-2015, 04:39 PM   #11
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Looking at your pictures, it always amazes me how remote Scotland is. I would have thought the whole country would be built up more.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:37 PM   #12
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Looking at your pictures, it always amazes me how remote Scotland is. I would have thought the whole country would be built up more.
It can feel like you're a million miles from anywhere, but then be no more than 15 or 20 miles from the nearest fuel station and shop.

We were very lucky with the weather, but I'll definitely be back there. It's only 6 hrs ride away, so it seems wrong to not go more.

Applecross is only half way up, there are hundreds more miles to go an explore, but I've not worked out how I can fit a tent and associated crap on the Grom yet
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:04 AM   #13
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Looks like it was a fun trip. Small bikes are a blast to ride!


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Old 04-08-2015, 11:49 AM   #14
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"Then a brief stop at McDonalds for a burger ..."

No visit to Scotland is complete without a stop there.

Hey, great trip and props to you for doing it on a Grom.
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It's little 125cc motor just struggles to 60, and its tiny little fuel tank hold about 1 1/4 gallons of fuel.
Three cheers for the little bike touring crowd! Fantastic pictures

Re: power and fuel tank size-

I wonder why the Grom uses the engine it does, rather than the more powerful liquid cooled 13.47 hp CBR125R motor?

I've never owned or have ridden any of the CT variants (which I assume is what the Grom's is based on?) so I don't know if they hold any particular fondness of design or endearing quirks unto themselves.

The 125R engines have proven over the years to make anvils look unreliable, so it can't be any kind of concern about that.

Same with the petrol tank. The CBR cell is small, but it (my 2007 model) holds 10 litres, so you can easily go 200+ miles per fill.

The Grom tank area looks very big, but it only holds like 5.48 litres? What's under all that bodywork? Battery and airbox stuff, I guess?

Thanks. Just curious about the wee beasties
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