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Took my Scrambler on a week's holiday to the English Lakes. I hadn't intended it but managed to take in all the passes, including Hardknott Pass :eek::eek: Motorbike Ride : Wrynose Pass / Hardknott Pass : Eskdale Green - Litt...

I managed it and am sooo happy - the views are stupendous but you don't get a lot of chance to enjoy them unless you find somewhere to park up. The Scrambler is just perfect for the twisty and steep Cumbrian roads :D

Top of Hardknott Pass after a complicated climb (and the descent wasn't a lot easier), and another pic at Haweswater (easy ride!).

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brilliant!
hard to tell from the site. Is it a mixture of paved and unpaved roads?
The road has old tarmac and is very narrow (barely wide enough for a car in places), and full of lumps, bumps, sand and gravel. Not what you want to see when going up (or down) a nearly vertical hairpin :shocked: . You also don't want to meet another vehicle half way!
 

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I rode it in 1998 with an old Honda Goldwing GL1100 with my wife on the back.
I rode it on a Cali 1100i with girlfriend on the back c. 1999, then drove over it in a BMW 535 in 2003 with my wife, to visit the Roman fort. Fortunately, met nothing coming the other way. The Scrambler will be ideal for the Hardknott, the more difficult of the two 'main' Passes.
 

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I couldn't imagine taking a pillion :confused: but then I am not a man or strong and don't have enough leg length to get me out of trouble! One of the hardest bends had a belt of sand running down one side and gravel the other, after some rain and it was a bit hairy! But so pleased I made it :D. A friend of mine took his Pan over it a few years ago, we were waiting for him in the pub and he came back gutted that he had dropped it after meeting a car on a bend. It's always stuck in my mind! There are a lot of vehicles driving over it during peak periods now so careful planning is important :)
 

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Having driven the GL1100 over most of the passes in the Dolomites in the Nineties, every other bike since has been a doddle in comparison.
 

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I pondered if I should take mine to Black Bear Pass to Telluride with my Scrambler but hmmm, I would need taller legs motorcycle (desert sled) and bravery for it.
 
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