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Picked up the my yellow Scrambler Icon on the Saturday from London then on the Sunday headed down to Plymouth to get the ferry to Santander and a week in Northern Spain including its first service in Vigo

Went on road, off road, over fields and through streams etc and even through a crash barrier at one point! Ooops!

Any questions feel free to ask as I know a hell of al lot about the bike now :cool-29:
 

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Non stop fun from start to finish - been to 23 countries in Europe but nothing beats Northern Spain and the Pico's De Europa and the Pyrenees.
Incredible empty roads where the bike rarely feels like its on the centre of the tyre.
The Scrambler suited it perfectly especially as there is plenty of opportunity to go off road, on field and down green lanes. Did it a couple of years ago on my Diavel but obviously missed out on the off road fun with that
Fuel around a £1 per litre and accommodation around £30 a night with breakfast and plentiful - could not recommend a better place or a better bike.
 

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Wow, what a break-in! What did you choose for luggage, and did it work out well for you? Tires wearing well? Did the chain require much adjusting, and how did that go? I'd like to hear all about anything you want to tell us.

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Thanks for your interest - luggage wise I only ever travel light so it was a Givi 20l tail pack strapped to the back seat with a small 1L magnetised Givi tank pack to hold my passport, wallet, sunglasses etc. On to tail pack I put a cargo net and shoved my wet weather suit under that and that was it. ( see pic )

The tyres still look great - about a 1000 miles left in them I guess - not too flat either as a result of staying on the twisties (see pic)

Chain was adjusted and lubed at the 600 mile service and I haven't touched it since and it appears ok - I kept it sprayed with WD40 for the remainder of the trip and just cleaned and drylubed it when I got back and it seems fine

To be honest - I have been all over Europe on a Honda CBR 600rr, a Ducati Monster 696, a Kawasaki Versys 650 (with pillion ) and a Ducati Diavel but this is the one I would recommend as its so versatile and you can throw in as much off road, through stream and on grass fun as you want - I sure did

I ran it in at below 6000 revs and to be honest not really had the need or desire to go above that since its service - the torque is fabulous and the power flattens out after 7000 anyway. At 6000 rpm its holding 85 on the motorway

My average mpg was 55 so couldn't fault that considering the way I rode it :)

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Lordy, love that first picture! So nice to hear the way this bike is working out. I like to travel light too, so that set up sounds fine to me. Thanks again for the report.

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Thanks for your interest - luggage wise I only ever travel light so it was a Givi 20l tail pack strapped to the back seat with a small 1L magnetised Givi tank pack to hold my passport, wallet, sunglasses etc. On to tail pack I put a cargo net and shoved my wet weather suit under that and that was it. ( see pic )

The tyres still look great - about a 1000 miles left in them I guess - not too flat either as a result of staying on the twisties (see pic)

Chain was adjusted and lubed at the 600 mile service and I haven't touched it since and it appears ok - I kept it sprayed with WD40 for the remainder of the trip and just cleaned and drylubed it when I got back and it seems fine

To be honest - I have been all over Europe on a Honda CBR 600rr, a Ducati Monster 696, a Kawasaki Versys 650 (with pillion ) and a Ducati Diavel but this is the one I would recommend as its so versatile and you can throw in as much off road, through stream and on grass fun as you want - I sure did

I ran it in at below 6000 revs and to be honest not really had the need or desire to go above that since its service - the torque is fabulous and the power flattens out after 7000 anyway. At 6000 rpm its holding 85 on the motorway

My average mpg was 55 so couldn't fault that considering the way I rode it :)

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Geezo, looks almost like I wrote it myself, including the Diavel bit. I even recognise Riano.
Good on ya.
 

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Riano is beautiful - I went there twice on the trip as the first pass through on day 1 it was raining sideways and misty with hurricane force gales. Second attempt later in the week was gorgeous weather and allowed some fantastic photo opportunities and a lovely lunch over looking the lake
 

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Lordy, love that first picture! So nice to hear the way this bike is working out. I like to travel light too, so that set up sounds fine to me. Thanks again for the report.

Sarah
Riano Spain, Google Earth takes you right there. Magical place.
 

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Not at all - I was getting 55mpg so filling up only once a day @ about 125miles as the light came on around that point - I was only doing 250miles a day so a fill up at lunchtime and one in the evening ready for the next day worked a treat.
 

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Thanks for that i intend to go touring the Ducati is quite a change for me had a Blackbird since 1997 done 97000mls so she is in hhonorable retirment

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My tire looks about the same after about 3000 miles. Its shitty that I have to change it before my next road trip next summer being that our road trips are about 1200 to 1800 miles long.
 

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Looks great, I am planning to do the same trip next September with another 11 or so friends. Can you recommend places to stay etc?
 
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