I'm posting this mostly as an encouragement to myself to actually get on and do it, being as I first planned to do this in 2010.
The idea in a nutshell - I'm going to renovate a 36 year old motorbike from it's starting state (a heap of rust in my parents garden, definitely a non-runner) into something that I can ride up the west coast of Scotland on a camping/hosteling adventure. I first got the bike when I was 17, and it has sat unused since about 2008. It's a little Honda 125 which makes it even more fun on the country lanes. Very cheap to run, tax and insure and the parts are ridiculously cheap too!
I've been meaning to return to the west coast of Scotland since I cycled a lot of it in 2010, it's ridiculous that I've left it this long actually. Just goes to show how life gets in the way.
The project will be a mish-mash of engineering and adventure, if all goes well. I've actually already started on the renovation, but it has been stalled for months now. The overall 'to do' list goes something like this:-
- Finish bike renovation (currently rebuilding engine, new gaskets etc)
- Soft out electrics and a charging port
- Find a rack, some way of attaching everything
- Kit list and trials carrying everything (maybe a night away to test everything out)
- Rough route plan, get all hostels and campsites into GPS (might be easier these days with smartphone)
- Book time off work
- Get breakdown cover
- Start engine, and if it starts, go
Pictures coming soon if I remember