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What/where is going to be your first ride on your new Scrambler? Is it going to be out to your favorite road, or are you going to go out exploring? I know that when I get a new bike, I like to take it out into the hill country of Texas and just get lost for a while. We have some great farm roads out here that you can criss cross all over the place. The only thing that limits you is the tank between your knees... Well, that and the stomach. I usually plan a stop at one of the great restaurants like Bluebonnet Cafe, or The Monument Cafe.
 

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I get nervous sometimes riding Downtown Austin, I can only imagine the nerves riding in NYC. Head. On. A. Swivel.
 

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Okay guys and gals, I suppose it is time to knock the dust off of this thread.

Where are you guys going to take your Scrambler for it's first official ride? Do you have a secret break-in spot? Favorite road that will test the machine? Or are you just going to ride it down to your local watering hole for Bike Night?
 

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Still middle of winter here in the UK so will end up in the garage until the weather warms up.


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It has been a really warm winter down here in TX, USA, so the riding days have actually been pretty frequent.

Do you at least have a route planned for after the thaw?
 

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I live the the heart of Derbyshire so have great roads all around. Nice and varied for the running in process :)


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My first ride home is 50 miles on motorway BUT I wont be doing that journey. It will be the long way home and maybe 100 miles along A and B roads. The following weekend my mate has a test ride of the Scrambler whilst his KTM is serviced so will join him for a test ride. Then it will be just getting her run in before May as we have a weekender to go too in Sussex and then 3 weeks later it the Isle of Man TT so a 1000 odd miles going on there and riding every day.
 

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I have a strong fondness for the UK and need to get back there in the near future. I think a little moto trip would be super fun! The country roads, while scary as hell because you drive on the wrong side of the narrow roads, would be an absolute hoot!
 

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My ride home from the dealer will be 120 miles cross country along exactly the small twisty roads you mentioned, perfect Scrambler country!
 

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My ride home is 100 miles, 70 of them Motorway which are nearly impossible to avoid. Plenty good roads where I live though. :)
 

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You say "almost impossible." If it were me, I would make a day of it (if you can) and avoid it. I don't want to have any of my first 100 miles to be at a constant rpm and speed.
 

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I don't think you appreciate the geography around some of Scotland. The main problem is lack of alternative roads however I could probably get it down to around 30 miles by using a few alternative roads. The weather on the day will probably have some bearing on the route I use. It will NOT be constant speed whatever way I go.
 

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Fair enough, I do not full well appreciate the geography of Scotland, although I would like to get out there very much. My motorways are long, flat and straight, so the thought of riding my new bike home from the dealer on the the highway (the equivalent of the A roads) is as constant speed as you could ask for.
 

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I've spent the last 15 minutes playing around with Google Maps and have found a route that gets me down to about about 3 or 4 miles of motorway getting out of Glasgow and another 2 couple of miles on the M90. I'll settle for that.
Actually there isn't much motorway in Scotland away from the central belt but the main road north, the A9, is dual carriageway all the way to Perth
 

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I've spent the last 15 minutes playing around with Google Maps and have found a route that gets me down to about about 3 or 4 miles of motorway getting out of Glasgow and another 2 couple of miles on the M90. I'll settle for that.
Actually there isn't much motorway in Scotland away from the central belt but the main road north, the A9, is dual carriageway all the way to Perth
Can you get across to Pitlochry ? head for Crianlarich and into Great Western road from the Milngavie side. Not a single mile on motorway.
 

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Aye, I could Hui but entirely in the wrong direction for me. I'm situated about 15 miles north of Dundee on the East. I'm reckoning on heading from Glasgow through Kirkintilloch, then Bonnybridge and on to the Kincardine Bridge. From there across Fife to Dundee, then I have about 12 miles of dual carriageway for the last bit and I can avoid 7 miles of that if I take a 5 mile detour. :)
 

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Aye, I could Hui but entirely in the wrong direction for me. I'm situated about 15 miles north of Dundee on the East. I'm reckoning on heading from Glasgow through Kirkintilloch, then Bonnybridge and on to the Kincardine Bridge. From there across Fife to Dundee, then I have about 12 miles of dual carriageway for the last bit and I can avoid 7 miles of that if I take a 5 mile detour. :)
That sounds like a plan.
For me if, big if I ride the bike home I would head up to Fort William, Loch Ness and home via the Culloden battle field. Over 200 miles that way. 180 the A9 way.
I reckon I'll go down and take it home in the van.
 
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