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Forum: EMEA Today, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By MichaelJ
And MotoTouring in Milano, in addition to the...

And MotoTouring in Milano, in addition to the guys that RTW Doug has ties to.

The main issue is that the classic "Green Card" insurance isn't good for bikes with EU registration.
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers Today, 10:49 AM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
Not a problem. Unless something breaks. ...

Not a problem.

Unless something breaks.

And you're under warranty.

Mine's in for the 20K service at 19.7K. A bit early, but there is a lull in my riding "schedule", my tires were gone and...
Forum: EMEA Today, 02:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By MichaelJ
Sounds about right. It was €22 in 2009 and €24 in...

Sounds about right. It was €22 in 2009 and €24 in 2011.
Forum: EMEA Yesterday, 04:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By MichaelJ
About the same as a lap of the Nordschliefe.

About the same as a lap of the Nordschliefe.
Forum: Europe 04-24-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By MichaelJ
That sounds like a zero sum game - lower the...

That sounds like a zero sum game - lower the bike, but raise the seat - the reach to the ground seems to stay about the same.

Have you considered lowering the footpegs to give you the leg angle...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-23-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
Yup. I'm not sure what the capacity of the OEM...

Yup. I'm not sure what the capacity of the OEM gear is, but I'm pretty sure that it's not 120W. Better safe than sorry.
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-23-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
Note that the Fog Light kit consists of 2 cables:...

Note that the Fog Light kit consists of 2 cables:

One that goes from a connector under the fuel tank (it CAN be reached without removing the tank, but is a hassle).
This cable has 4 connectors:...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-23-2015, 04:20 AM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
That's for the fog lights in your topcase :evil ...

That's for the fog lights in your topcase :evil

You have a partial Topcase wiring kit (cable only).

Full Topcase instructions here. (http://www.triumphinstructions.com/ProdDocs/A9508162-EN.pdf)...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-22-2015, 02:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
Pretty close, actually. A few more shirts, no...

Pretty close, actually. A few more shirts, no rain gear (good textile Gore-Tex (or similar) outers). A bit more comprehensive tool kit with tire plugs & compressor.

Clothing is in the right...
Forum: EMEA 04-21-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By MichaelJ
+1 on Stefan. I had a bike stored with him from...

+1 on Stefan. I had a bike stored with him from '09 through '13 and just shipped another one over with him in March.

If you look at his site, you will see some listings for bikes for sale. Note...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-21-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
In other words, TANSTAAFL. I can appreciate...

In other words, TANSTAAFL.

I can appreciate the dichotomy, but I will be living off the bike for 4 weeks or so with no home base, so anything that I need will have to be with me.

FWIW, the...
Forum: Europe 04-20-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
+1. You can't carry enough paper maps to get that...

+1. You can't carry enough paper maps to get that level of detail unless you're towing a cargo trailer.

O.K. - maybe a slight exaggeration there - but not by much.

A GPS can be invaluable when...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-20-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
You say that like it's a bad thing :D This...

You say that like it's a bad thing :D

This is the beast in question in pretty much the condition it will be in.

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Other/Miscellaneous-1/i-dJ47xs6/0/L/sTROM-L.jpg
Forum: Europe 04-15-2015, 02:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
I don't use my GPS as much for navigation as I do...

I don't use my GPS as much for navigation as I do to record my track. I travel with a small laptop and dump my track to the PC every day. I can then upload them to Google Earth and revisit during the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
Tube? Whazzat? :evil

Tube? Whazzat? :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-13-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
Thanks, guys. The "stupid fast" part wouldn't...

Thanks, guys. The "stupid fast" part wouldn't apply to me - more of a "just fast enough not to fall over" speed.

But yeah - the rest does apply. I may drop them by 5psi after I see if I have any...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-13-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
38/42. Bike, 250 (or so) lbs of me plus luggage. ...

38/42. Bike, 250 (or so) lbs of me plus luggage.

This sort of road (this is one of the better sections):

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff439/peterdejongh/sommelier.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-13-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By MichaelJ
Reducing tire pressure - how much?

The title pretty much sums it up.

I know that one should reduce tire pressure when riding on loose surfaces, but by how much?

The bikes in question are a DL1000 and a Tiger Explorer. Both big,...
Forum: Europe 04-11-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
Enough to check email and similar activities. If...

Enough to check email and similar activities. If you want to upload the day's video, that can get spotty. I usually don't have problems uploading photos to SmugMug.


Your best bet is good textile...
Forum: Europe 04-10-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,877
Posted By MichaelJ
Hi neighbor! Opinions R Us. I don't have as...

Hi neighbor!

Opinions R Us. I don't have as much experience as Cooltours (he lives there), but I'm not a stranger to the country either.
Forum: EMEA 04-10-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By MichaelJ
Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum

Worth a visit?

If so, how long should I budget? 2 hours? 2 days? 2 weeks?
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-09-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
Months ago. Lots easier to fuel now.

Months ago. Lots easier to fuel now.
Forum: EMEA 04-09-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By MichaelJ
I seem to spend as much time looking in my...

I seem to spend as much time looking in my mirrors as I do looking ahead. I ride it fairly slowly and keep right - the faster guys (everybody else) just pass me by.

This may sound a bit silly, but...
Forum: Europe 04-09-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
That would be the Dolomites, then. I...

That would be the Dolomites, then.

I remember reading an interview with the producer of "Cliffhanger" (set in the Rockies). He filmed the mountain scenes in the Dolomites because he said they were...
Forum: Europe 04-08-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
It's easily reachable via a number of routes,...

It's easily reachable via a number of routes, it's just that it's toward the southern edge of the area.

Nice place to plan for a protracted lunch.

You've budgeted enough time that you can relax...
Forum: Europe 04-08-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
IMHO, YMMV, etc.

IMHO, YMMV, etc.
Forum: Europe 04-08-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
Alleghe is absolutely gorgeous. Really too far...

Alleghe is absolutely gorgeous. Really too far away from the "riding" areas to use as a base, though. You'd be doing a lot of "commuting", and there's only 2 ways in or out.
Forum: 2 smokers 04-08-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,569
Posted By MichaelJ
An old electrician's trick (that I learned from a...

An old electrician's trick (that I learned from a young electrician) is to wrap the last inch or two of a wire with the proper colored tape. And yes, you do use black tape even on black wire - this...
Forum: Europe 04-08-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
I've stayed in Corvara. It's only about 10km from...

I've stayed in Corvara. It's only about 10km from Arabba. If you want to be able to walk about town and shop a bit, Corvara is your choice - Arabba is essentially nothing but bedrooms and ski lifts....
Forum: Europe 04-07-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
Ah - I read that you were going to be there for 2...

Ah - I read that you were going to be there for 2 weeks. 5-6 days will be plenty, and even allow for forays into Austria.

4 days to get back sounds good. My British friends on the Alpine Roads...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 554
Posted By MichaelJ
My GPS ride page from 2013 (16 riding days): ...

My GPS ride page from 2013 (16 riding days):

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2013-1/i-Qsrj5W2/0/M/61-M.jpg

This is very consistent with previous years. Consider - you're either...
Forum: Europe 04-07-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,009
Posted By MichaelJ
IMHO... I'm a Garda fan, and if you're...

IMHO...

I'm a Garda fan, and if you're heading for the Dolomites, Garda is a better choice than Como. And you've got to hit the Guzzi factory just right if you want a tour. I haven't made it yet...
Forum: 2 smokers 04-07-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,569
Posted By MichaelJ
Not if correctly done with a proper crimp tool. ...

Not if correctly done with a proper crimp tool.

The problem is that almost nobody springs the $$ to buy a proper tool...
Forum: EMEA 04-06-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 554
Posted By MichaelJ
Fewer every year, alas. The Col de Tende...

Fewer every year, alas.

The Col de Tende (south ramp) is still open, as is the Colle de Finestre (west ramp) and the Assietta road.

There are chunks of non-pavement on the Tre Valli road from...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-06-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5,813
Views: 1,071,950
Posted By MichaelJ
Get a hitch for the Tiger and a light single rail...

Get a hitch for the Tiger and a light single rail trailer. :D
Forum: 2 smokers 04-05-2015, 06:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,569
Posted By MichaelJ
This has all the symptoms of a badly trashed...

This has all the symptoms of a badly trashed battery.


Once it's running, you have enough revs to provide sufficient output to keep the bike running. However, you can't get enough revs either...
Forum: EMEA 04-04-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By MichaelJ
Wow! I've ridden Passo del Zovo (I have it...

Wow!

I've ridden Passo del Zovo (I have it as Passo San Antonio), I've ridden past a few more and probably wouldn't have found the others.

I may have to plan more time in the Friuli, Veneto and...
Forum: EMEA 04-04-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By MichaelJ
:clap Excellent! I've been through Vodo...

:clap

Excellent!

I've been through Vodo a couple of times, but just passing through.

74 days until my flight leaves :D
Forum: EMEA 04-04-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By MichaelJ
Tutti sono nuovi! Foto et informazione, per...

Tutti sono nuovi!

Foto et informazione, per piacere.

(what IS the plural of "foto"? "foti" just doesn't look right)
Forum: EMEA 04-03-2015, 03:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By MichaelJ
One of my favorite places - only made better by...

One of my favorite places - only made better by the H. R. Giger museum. Who would have thought?
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