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Forum: Europe 07-07-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 580
Posted By pip_muenster
I was referring to this earlier question, as I'm...

I was referring to this earlier question, as I'm a native, not an ex-pat.



German insurance fees can vary not only by bike type or engine size, but also depending on the location of your...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-06-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,802
Posted By pip_muenster
I tried an inflateble pillow once, but that was...

I tried an inflateble pillow once, but that was terrible due to lack of air circulation. What works for me is a small bag stuffed with my sweater.

I think you need about 3 cartriges to reach >1bar...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-06-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,802
Posted By pip_muenster
Another thought ... No idea how you're...

Another thought ...

No idea how you're packing things, but dry bags etc. instead of original bulky bags help reducing volume. Separate the tent poles from the tent, don't roll the sleeping bag,...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-05-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,802
Posted By pip_muenster
Another idea would be reducing gear to almost fit...

Another idea would be reducing gear to almost fit into the side cases, and only keep lightweight, fluffy stuff like the sleeping bag or a warm sweater in the top case. That way you learn traveling...
Forum: Europe 07-04-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 580
Posted By pip_muenster
We use the green card system...

We use the green card system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Motor_Insurance_Card_System) which is recognized in all EU countries. Most insurance companies include some European non-EU...
Forum: EMEA 06-30-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By pip_muenster
Didn't Nick and Luke travel at least temporarily...

Didn't Nick and Luke travel at least temporarily with a borrowed bike? Maybe they have some tips, too.

Without knowing the countries you're heading for, an answer will be quite complicated. My...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-27-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,339
Posted By pip_muenster
... I'm all out of bubblegum.

... I'm all out of bubblegum.
Forum: Equipment 06-24-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 92,128
Posted By pip_muenster
The GS with 20 liters (5.3 gal US) of extra fuel...

The GS with 20 liters (5.3 gal US) of extra fuel had roughly the same range as my buddy's XT660Z Tenere with its stock tank.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-23-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8,678
Views: 1,745,301
Posted By pip_muenster
Read this: Round Ireland with a Fridge...

Read this: Round Ireland with a Fridge (http://www.amazon.com/Round-Ireland-Fridge-Tony-Hawks/dp/0312274920/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403539777&sr=1-1&keywords=round+ireland+with+a+fridge)....
Forum: Trip Planning 06-23-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 951
Posted By pip_muenster
No idea about e21, but my e45s survived a highway...

No idea about e21, but my e45s survived a highway crash doing 40+mph. No damage other than some scratches. They protected the bike from severe damage.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-17-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,339
Posted By pip_muenster
Several years ago I've had a similar situation...

Several years ago I've had a similar situation where a car suddenly swerved into me. Only that I was going 40+mph and went down hard. The car following me was a driving school (this is Germany), and...
Forum: EMEA 06-17-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By pip_muenster
Right. Expect to be stopped if your pipes are...

Right. Expect to be stopped if your pipes are loud. But if you're exhaust is legal where the bike is registered, you should be ok.

On a side note, if the bike is registered in Germany and you...
Forum: Equipment 06-15-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,952
Posted By pip_muenster
If you have problems operating the camera with...

If you have problems operating the camera with gloves, you can probably use Sugru to create raised buttons. See also:
http://sugru.com/guides/how-to-make-a-custom-grip-for-your-camera...
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,952
Posted By pip_muenster
Safest solution is a helmet cam with a remote,...

Safest solution is a helmet cam with a remote, set for photo bursts. This way you can trigger it before the curve and have both hands on the bars when riding through it.

For a normal camera, a...
Forum: Europe 06-01-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By pip_muenster
So it seems your problems are solved. I...

So it seems your problems are solved.

I wouldn't worry about the brand mix-up. Although there are strict regulations on tire choice for many bikes in Germany, they should only apply for bikes...
Forum: Europe 05-29-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By pip_muenster
Friday and also Saturday, most of the shops...

Friday and also Saturday, most of the shops should be open.

Your best bet to find a motorcycle tire is a motorcycle shop, but they are more expensive than pure tire shops. If the shop doesn't have...
Forum: Europe 05-22-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By pip_muenster
Maybe someone local will come up with specific...

Maybe someone local will come up with specific tips, but in general, there are 3 big shop chains for clothing and bike parts in Germany, and they all have a shop locator on their web page:
Louis...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-14-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,537
Posted By pip_muenster
I've been on Iceland in 2011 and put as much...

I've been on Iceland in 2011 and put as much information in my ADV ride report (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=749438) as I could. For this year I can't decide between Iceland and...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 347
Views: 73,136
Posted By pip_muenster
Hi, I guess most people heading to the...

Hi,

I guess most people heading to the Balkans this year are reading here and may have even contacted Gliga at one time. Is anybody teaming up for an ADV-ride? I was about to start a thread under...
Forum: Europe 05-11-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By pip_muenster
Hi, it seems Sixt started renting bikes over...

Hi,

it seems Sixt started renting bikes over here in 2013 in cooperation with BMW, so all bikes should be new. After all, the BMW headquarters are ín Munich.
Regarding helmets, jackets and...
Forum: EMEA 05-03-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,385
Posted By pip_muenster
I'd been working in rural Turkey a few years ago,...

I'd been working in rural Turkey a few years ago, and we'd been taught always to carry a walking stick in case we'd meet some dogs. If you hold the stick towards the dogs they'll always attack the...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-03-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,371
Posted By pip_muenster
First up, some airports actually do that if...

First up, some airports actually do that if you've accidentally brought a knife to the gate - i.e. bagging and shipping it with the Crew. But the fee can be more than most Leathermans.
Second, in...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,011
Posted By pip_muenster
:lol3 The same happened to me ... I then...

:lol3

The same happened to me ... I then learned that you can ride halfway across Europe without an ID or passport ...



Well, if you were near Plovdiv I think I know the answer ...

:lurk
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,415
Posted By pip_muenster
Slightly off topic: On my last trip...

Slightly off topic: On my last trip (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23133435&postcount=27) I happened to ride some forest trails and scraped bushes left and right for miles. Only when I...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By pip_muenster
I did not use it to view maps - usually you want...

I did not use it to view maps - usually you want to have high res and colors for that purpose.

I had the kindle version of Chris Scott's Morocco travel guide which includes step-by-step route...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,415
Posted By pip_muenster
I don't separate inner and outer tent. The floor...

I don't separate inner and outer tent. The floor can be wiped dry with a small towel the next evening and the inner walls dry within minutes after erecting the tent. But the tent can't be stored wet...
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,415
Posted By pip_muenster
I recently replaced a VauDe tent after using it...

I recently replaced a VauDe tent after using it for 19 (?) years with the same model and wouldn't hesitate to take a VauDe tent around the world.

Have a look what others use on RTW trips - mostly...
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By pip_muenster
I had used a simple Kindle in Morocco, fixed to...

I had used a simple Kindle in Morocco, fixed to the map pocket on top of tank bag with velcro. The map pocket protected it from dust and rain, but occasionally pushed a button changing pages.

The...
Forum: Asia Pacific 01-20-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By pip_muenster
falang, kevinj ... I'm currently looking for...

falang, kevinj ...

I'm currently looking for ideas for an adhoc trip in February on a rental bike somewhere and Thailand has always been on my wish list. So though I haven't looked at flights etc....
Forum: EMEA 01-20-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 913
Posted By pip_muenster
While I have a theoretical understanding on how...

While I have a theoretical understanding on how to properly plan a ride, I never actually did it in 25 years of traveling. So I'm very interested to follow your process here and learn from you.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,011
Posted By pip_muenster
Great update. I skipped lake Koman as I had...

Great update. I skipped lake Koman as I had limited time for research and everything I read sounded negative. Not my wisest decision ...



I can relate to that. It's annoying when people assume...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-09-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,868
Posted By pip_muenster
Every memory card has a write-protected photo of...

Every memory card has a write-protected photo of my business card on it. Not my home address, as that could hint them as to where to break-in next.

I had a camera stolen in 1988 that I'd left -...
Forum: Europe 01-09-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By pip_muenster
I am by no means an expert, but I think a new...

I am by no means an expert, but I think a new frame could raise problems: The bike will have to pass the same test requirements as at the time of it's first registration. A new frame would be 1st...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 28,011
Posted By pip_muenster
In! :lurk Can we get a close-up of the...

In!
:lurk

Can we get a close-up of the bike badge where the propeller used to be?

I've sent you a PM with some question on your bike, too.
Forum: Ride reports 01-07-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
Let me know if you get something started. If I...

Let me know if you get something started. If I have the time ... I'm on a very flexible work schedule and can often only plan a few days/weeks in advance, though.

That route was basically...
Forum: Ride reports 01-07-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
Funny that you say that. I never had the time to...

Funny that you say that. I never had the time to read your Balkan report thorougly, but both for Maddin and me the destination for our next trip was clear from the moment that we saw the teaser...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
I woke up in the middle of the night and my...

I woke up in the middle of the night and my sleeping pad felt funny. Every now and then it made little popping sounds. It turned out that its outer material delaminated from the foam inside and it...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
Ditto! I hope you have some great photos from...

Ditto! I hope you have some great photos from lake Koman for us ...:wink:



I think, you'd be fine. According to some of my colleagues, the chances to get killed when accidently walking into a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
My route led me north to Ubli and then towards...

My route led me north to Ubli and then towards Morakovo in the northwest as an unpaved and bumpy forest road. There were hundreds of bends and I cruised happily at about 30kph in 3rd gear.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,146
Posted By pip_muenster
The sun hadn't reached the valley yet when I got...

The sun hadn't reached the valley yet when I got up. I decided to pack and head back to Shkoder to have breakfast somewhere. According to my host, they're calculating 5 hours drive for the small road...
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