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Forum: Europe 03-28-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By FinlandThumper
If your bike is plated and legal for the road (I...

If your bike is plated and legal for the road (I don't know KTM models that well so sorry if this sounds a bit daft) just select from the thousands upon thousands of kilometers of beautiful dirt and...
Forum: Europe 03-28-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have toured around Italy a bit. I wouldn't say...

I have toured around Italy a bit. I wouldn't say the drivers are that bad but there is a special style there and you need to adjust to the etiquette of how they drive, how passes are made, what to...
Forum: EMEA 03-16-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have left my BMW Dakar parked all over Europe...

I have left my BMW Dakar parked all over Europe in cities big and small. Common sense applies but no worries. I would recommend a good quality disc lock though.
Forum: EMEA 03-12-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By FinlandThumper
I usually buy the Michelin maps by country (or...

I usually buy the Michelin maps by country (or region for small countries). I keep them in the tank bag for reference on the road. I like gps for knowing where I am but paper maps for where I am...
Forum: EMEA 03-12-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By FinlandThumper
I took a 2002 f650 Dakar through the alps and...

I took a 2002 f650 Dakar through the alps and Dolomites, loaded with gear, and it did great. Many times the curves are so tight you won't be able to really use the full power of a big bike anyway,...
Forum: EMEA 03-12-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By FinlandThumper
In answer to cat weasels point, usually tourist...

In answer to cat weasels point, usually tourist or foreign vehicles are exempted on the basis of temporary visiting and recognition that not all countris have the same laws. I hope...
Forum: EMEA 03-12-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By FinlandThumper
My opinion is that you are very early for touring...

My opinion is that you are very early for touring in the Nordics. If you come up here, be prepared for some cold and wet weather. But, working in your favor, it has been a mild and not snowy winter...
Forum: Europe 03-12-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By FinlandThumper
As noted by the others, it is hard if not...

As noted by the others, it is hard if not effectively impossible to bring a euro bike into the united states unless it was specifically prepared for import to America. Emissions standards will...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-28-2015, 03:43 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,260
Posted By FinlandThumper
Personally I would buy one bike with all the...

Personally I would buy one bike with all the sweetness I want and then make sure my riding gear (which is currently old and a bit ratty) was brought totally up to spec. Anything left over I would put...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-28-2015, 03:33 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 21,041
Posted By FinlandThumper
My experience isn't so clear cut. The BMW Dakar I...

My experience isn't so clear cut. The BMW Dakar I own (with the Rotax engine) has never failed to start, and has never left me stranded. I had a Yamaha once that simply was totally unreliable and a...
Forum: Europe 01-23-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By FinlandThumper
When I toured around in the Cinque Terre,...

When I toured around in the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Lerici and Appenine hills last year I didn't do anything special to the bike. I just pulled up, left nothing on it that was easily stolen, and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 14,230
Posted By FinlandThumper
It's winter.. Give it a month and go see...

It's winter..

Give it a month and go see jomomma. :lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 14,230
Posted By FinlandThumper
Personally I put stickers on a given bike only if...

Personally I put stickers on a given bike only if I have been to that place on that bike and bought the sticker at the same time. Otherwise I sticker toolboxes.

But I don't care what anyone else...
Forum: EMEA 01-05-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have recently heard rumors that the Newcastle...

I have recently heard rumors that the Newcastle route is set to re-open. You may want to check in more detail because the chatter I heard is that it's starting up maybe next spring.

I have toured...
Forum: EMEA 01-05-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have toured Italy once and here are my...

I have toured Italy once and here are my thoughts. Lots to post and I am sure a lot of others have ideas.

The north, alps and Dolomites, are pure cycling heaven. In summer the riding is...
Forum: Europe 01-05-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 626
Posted By FinlandThumper
Just to add, I have not been to romania, but I...

Just to add, I have not been to romania, but I have left the bike parked in Warsaw, Vilnius, Tallinn, and other smaller towns in the east. Maybe more risk in these places but hey, you only live once....
Forum: Europe 01-05-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 626
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have lockable aluminum boxes on my bike and...

I have lockable aluminum boxes on my bike and park it basically wherever. It's sat overnight in cities all over Europe. I just throw a disc lock on it and remove everything removable, (gps, tank bag,...
Forum: Europe 01-05-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,445
Posted By FinlandThumper
Speaking for the Nordics, I will mention that...

Speaking for the Nordics, I will mention that anything truly off road is pretty strictly forbidden in at least Finland and norway. On the other hand, no shortage of good quality gravel and backwoods...
Forum: EMEA 12-28-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,731
Posted By FinlandThumper
I will chime in and agree with Pecha72 on the...

I will chime in and agree with Pecha72 on the advice about Finnish roads. I have done almost the same route to North Cape/northern Norway through Eastern Finland a couple of times. I once used the...
Forum: Europe 12-28-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,581
Posted By FinlandThumper
This is true. I was there in July and it was an...

This is true. I was there in July and it was an absolute nightmare. Never again.

Though truth be told, the Alps were great at that time. Just south of there in the tourist areas was where it got...
Forum: Europe 12-17-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,581
Posted By FinlandThumper
Well in that case, consider Michael's advice...

Well in that case, consider Michael's advice about flying into one city and then making your way to England on a one-way basis and fly out of London or someplace. A 10 day adventure by rail, one-way,...
Forum: EMEA 12-16-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By FinlandThumper
Can't offer you advice on the rental, but having...

Can't offer you advice on the rental, but having toured Amalfi and spent time in Sorrento you'll have a great trip.

Your main chaos will probably be on the coast road from Rome via Naples to...
Forum: EMEA 12-15-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By FinlandThumper
One thing to note is that Egypt has some totally...

One thing to note is that Egypt has some totally insane insurance and fee requirements, something like 300% of the value you're bringing in. This has come up as I was researching something similar....
Forum: Europe 12-15-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,581
Posted By FinlandThumper
Michael has given you some good advice,...

Michael has given you some good advice, particularly with the open jaw ticket. That would be a perfect trip, Vienna -> England by train in 10 days.

But according to what I read here, you may...
Forum: Road warriors 12-12-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 402
Views: 101,040
Posted By FinlandThumper
I feel like this is true. :lol3 From the...

I feel like this is true. :lol3

From the minute I saw a Norge I was basically :tb I was also looking at a 1200GS Adventure at a nice price and it's a model I also like, but this Guzzi just...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 402
Views: 101,040
Posted By FinlandThumper
Thank you guys, I appreciate the leads. I saw a...

Thank you guys, I appreciate the leads. I saw a guzzi Norge at north cape the first time (fitting) and just loved it. I tried to talk to the owner but he was an Italian guy and couldn't speak...
Forum: Road warriors 12-10-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 402
Views: 101,040
Posted By FinlandThumper
Gents, After searching around the site a...

Gents,

After searching around the site a bit I think I found the right place to ask this question in. I am currently eyeing a Moto Guzzi Norge on sale up here in Finland for what seems like a...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-10-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,182
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have found in my trip planning for the USA that...

I have found in my trip planning for the USA that maps like the Rand McNally series, which show recommended scenic routes, tend to be good for the parts of the trip you want to ride "through"....
Forum: Trip Planning 12-10-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,182
Posted By FinlandThumper
Nice! I am planning an 8,000 mile loop for next...

Nice! I am planning an 8,000 mile loop for next summer, this is perect timing.
Forum: Europe 12-02-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,394
Posted By FinlandThumper
I couldn't agree more. In the Italian Alps there...

I couldn't agree more. In the Italian Alps there is commonly only one road over the pass. It's pretty darn hard to get lost up there.

I keep my GPS on and it gives me current location. If I...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,394
Posted By FinlandThumper
Austria is great...I spent a few days near...

Austria is great...I spent a few days near timmelsjoch last summer can camped out and rode the small roads up into the mountains. Wonderful place.

Another place I passed through was the...
Forum: EMEA 11-27-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,446
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have crossed Poland a few times and your route...

I have crossed Poland a few times and your route there, on your map east to west, will pass through a lot of monotonous terrain. I might suggest you enter further south and lass through wroclaw and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-27-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,649
Posted By FinlandThumper
In a decade of riding here in Finland, we have...

In a decade of riding here in Finland, we have had a rolling roadblock in front of us on exactly one occasion.

Wanna hazard a guess what brand of motorcycle was predominant? Hint, they are made...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-27-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,106
Posted By FinlandThumper
Daily mileage is a highly subjective thing. I...

Daily mileage is a highly subjective thing. I know a few Iron Butt types that aren't satisfied unless they push it to the limit, and I know a few other guys who might as well just buy a bicycle. ...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,394
Posted By FinlandThumper
Oh, and as to timing, I was there in very early...

Oh, and as to timing, I was there in very early July and everything was wide open. A fair amount of snow on the ground in the high Swiss passes but everything else just perfect. Great roads and...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,394
Posted By FinlandThumper
I toured there first time last summer. Spent a...

I toured there first time last summer. Spent a few weeks in the area. The list of passes given to you are all great. I specifically remember Stelvio, Fluela in Switzerland, and Garda. But lots of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 03:15 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,649
Posted By FinlandThumper
Yeah I understand you, and I like to gas it out....

Yeah I understand you, and I like to gas it out. There are wonderful roads for that down there, too.


But there's "fast" and then there's "dumb". In my case I just ride my own ride and let the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 15,649
Posted By FinlandThumper
Not long after I moved to Helsinki I asked one of...

Not long after I moved to Helsinki I asked one of our local police officers what the rule on filtering was compared to other countrie. He told me that while it is officially forbidden, use of common...
Forum: EMEA 09-15-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
Posted By FinlandThumper
Realistically certain things you have done, like...

Realistically certain things you have done, like the integrated turn signals and stuff, would probably get a pass from most road authorities as long as you have the foreign plate. Exhaust can be...
Forum: EMEA 09-12-2014, 01:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By FinlandThumper
Okay, my advice isn't exactly what you wanted but...

Okay, my advice isn't exactly what you wanted but here is something that may be helpful.

As to tire brand, what I strongly recommend is to get creative and don't try to be too picky. You can...
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