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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-17-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,753
Posted By DavidM1
An ancient Lycian tomb at Sura in Turkey while...

An ancient Lycian tomb at Sura in Turkey while riding around the Turquoise Coast on a rented Kawasaki KLR 650.

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/a558/a312/gallery/Middle_East/Turkey/bht_Sura8.jpg

...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-17-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 13,698
Posted By DavidM1
The Alps are good biking country, except the...

The Alps are good biking country, except the weather can turn, even in July...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikePics/BikeFluelapass1.jpg

Another pass on the same trip...
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-17-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 13,698
Posted By DavidM1
On the way to Venice... ...

On the way to Venice...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikePics/BikeGavia1.jpg

And on the way back...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikePics/BikeTimmelsjoch1.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-15-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 690
Views: 174,435
Posted By DavidM1
Tiger at Vimoutiers, France ...

Tiger at Vimoutiers, France

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikePics/VimoutiersTank.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-14-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 2,781
Views: 380,059
Posted By DavidM1
Sunset? What sunset?

The midnight sun at the Nordkapp, Norway...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/NordkappMidnight.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-11-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 38,357
Posted By DavidM1
An old Jawa outside the bar on Sülüklü Beach,...

An old Jawa outside the bar on Sülüklü Beach, Demre, Turkey.

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/DemreBeach.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 386
Views: 85,904
Posted By DavidM1
Wow. Two cups of coffee have gone cold while...

Wow. Two cups of coffee have gone cold while I've been reading this.

Mind-blowing - way out of my league, I feel like a real wimp.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-09-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 73,703
Posted By DavidM1
On the Calafat ferry across the Danube between...

On the Calafat ferry across the Danube between Romania and Bulgaria...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeCalafatFerry2004.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-09-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7,358
Views: 2,501,084
Posted By DavidM1
http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeChaos.jpghtt...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeChaos.jpghttp://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeBitche.jpg
Forum: Europe 11-08-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By DavidM1
Thanks for that, Babisadve. The last time I took...

Thanks for that, Babisadve. The last time I took the Egnatia from Turkey to Igoumenitsa was in '07 and the motorway was not completed. There was a toll booth near Thessaloniki but I was waved...
Forum: Europe 11-06-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By DavidM1
Nice one, Babisadve, I agree. Go past the Lion...

Nice one, Babisadve, I agree. Go past the Lion of Amphipolis! I guess the tomb is not open to tourists yet - exciting revelations going on there...
http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/

P.S. ...
Forum: Europe 11-06-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By DavidM1
You could follow the main road/motorway but that...

You could follow the main road/motorway but that would be a bit boring (except maybe for the Vale of Tempe - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vale_of_Tempe - which looks nice, although I went around the...
Forum: Europe 11-05-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By DavidM1
1. You could take a ferry from Piraeus to Lesbos...

1. You could take a ferry from Piraeus to Lesbos and then another to Ayvalık in Turkey:
http://www.lesvos.co.uk/ferries.htm
https://www.jaletur.com/Midilli-Seferlerimiz.php...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By DavidM1
"Took some small back roads along the coast...

"Took some small back roads along the coast towards Bodrum".

Sorry, just noticed this. That looks like a fun road. I don't think there's much to see at Keramos (Ören) either.
Forum: Ride reports 11-02-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By DavidM1
"the chap at the hotel recommended a scenic beach...

"the chap at the hotel recommended a scenic beach to look at near Dalaman"

He might have meant İztuzu Beach at Dalyan - https://goo.gl/maps/8cL8c

"The next sight was Thera but we couldn’t find...
Forum: Ride reports 10-29-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,167
Posted By DavidM1
Excellent video, Ivan. I now want a KTM 690...

Excellent video, Ivan. I now want a KTM 690 Enduro.
Forum: Ride reports 10-24-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,167
Posted By DavidM1
Thanks, Ivan. That sounds good!

Thanks, Ivan. That sounds good!
Forum: Ride reports 10-24-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,167
Posted By DavidM1
What was it like down in Hakkari? Any problems...

What was it like down in Hakkari? Any problems with the locals or the military? Is that road near the border OK?
I would really like to get over to that region one day - there is some rock art...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,167
Posted By DavidM1
I'm very impressed that you managed to navigate...

I'm very impressed that you managed to navigate along those dirt tracks and roads to/from the theatre at Selge (Altınkaya) and on to Akseki, etc.
Great stuff.
Forum: Europe 10-19-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,393
Posted By DavidM1
That looks like an interesting trip, Ivan. ...

That looks like an interesting trip, Ivan. Looking forward to hearing more.
Forum: Europe 10-17-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,045
Posted By DavidM1
At the Cliffs of Moher, I think bikers should...

At the Cliffs of Moher, I think bikers should walk up to the edge and look over. One shouldn't be associated with the other wimpy tourists......
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 86,031
Posted By DavidM1
I'm loving my Hyperstrada, but I realise I also...

I'm loving my Hyperstrada, but I realise I also want a Scrambler...

http://scramblerducati.com/en/bike/urban-enduro

Then I could get a nice brown Belstaff to wear with it...
...
Forum: Europe 09-29-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By DavidM1
The Selçuklu Otel - http://www.selcukluotel.com/...

The Selçuklu Otel - http://www.selcukluotel.com/ - has been on my to-do list for a while. It looks lovely up there. Do they have beer?
http://www.selcukluotel.com/anasayfa/havuz.jpg
Forum: Europe 09-20-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,393
Posted By DavidM1
Maybe ask here -...

Maybe ask here - http://www.lapas.com.tr/site/index.asp?md=iletisim
Forum: Europe 09-18-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,393
Posted By DavidM1
It's worth doing your research when looking for...

It's worth doing your research when looking for some places in Turkey. In June I went looking for Tol Han relying on a bad map when I should have checked out this one -...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 86,031
Posted By DavidM1
Those TKCs look very nice. Has anyone put a...

Those TKCs look very nice.
Has anyone put a larger wheel on the front of their Hyperstrada yet?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,981
Posted By DavidM1
Ditto to everything you said there (except 40...

Ditto to everything you said there (except 40 years in my case). Plus I like to have good control of my handlebars.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-04-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 10,343
Posted By DavidM1
The Bings on my BMW have been trouble-free for...

The Bings on my BMW have been trouble-free for over 70K miles.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-28-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,991
Posted By DavidM1
Good one, FrogandTrumpet. Maybe I should have...

Good one, FrogandTrumpet. Maybe I should have just said France, the Italians are pretty crazy too!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-28-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,991
Posted By DavidM1
I always enjoy riding in Mediterranean countries...

I always enjoy riding in Mediterranean countries because about 90% of drivers there grew up on mopeds and have an awareness of and a respect for bikers.

Here in the UK I reckon less than 10% of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-25-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 19,118
Posted By DavidM1
I agree with those who say "look like a cop". ...

I agree with those who say "look like a cop".

A white BMW, black jacket and a white helmet has certainly worked for me. Sometimes it's a little OTT and the car drivers overreact and actually...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-25-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 19,118
Posted By DavidM1
For fly-rides I always take my Remington hunting...

For fly-rides I always take my Remington hunting jacket bought in a Walmart in Wisconsin...

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/DMImamkullu.jpg
A 3000-year-old Hittite carving near Cappadocia,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 34,219
Posted By DavidM1
http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeLabranda.jpg

http://www.herostratics.com/Stuff/BikeLabranda.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,597
Posted By DavidM1
Hammering along the Costiera Amalfitana past all...

Hammering along the Costiera Amalfitana past all the tourists in their tin cans is possibly the most existential experience I've had, mind/body/bike/road in harmony - far better than meditation. ...
Forum: Road warriors 01-19-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 86,031
Posted By DavidM1
I think you've got it a nutshell there, wizz. ...

I think you've got it a nutshell there, wizz. And I totally agree with you about weight issues.

Sometime this year I'll be seeing what the Hyperstrada is like on "fire roads" and such. The move...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 1,041
Views: 223,990
Posted By DavidM1
That was on my way fromKaş to Termessos and...

That was on my way fromKaş to Termessos and Karain Cave, returning via Çıralı. I started fairly late and arrived back at Kaş way after dark (did Finike to Demre in about 15 minutes, which was fun! -...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,041
Views: 223,990
Posted By DavidM1
I've just discovered this thread. Hi. For a...

I've just discovered this thread. Hi.

For a long time I've been wondering about those tracks up behind Gömbe to
Girdev Gölü and onwards to Seki. And also Pozan Gölü, east of Elmalı. Good to...
Forum: Europe 12-23-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,516
Posted By DavidM1
I would stick to western Europe this trip, and...

I would stick to western Europe this trip, and leave the Balkans and Turkey for another year.
Forum: Europe 12-18-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,516
Posted By DavidM1
You might be able to get away with your...

You might be able to get away with your Australian one but I recommend you get an International Driving Permit just in case.

I think you need to talk to the bike renter about which countries they...
Forum: Europe 12-17-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,516
Posted By DavidM1
The only area in Turkey that it's recommended to...

The only area in Turkey that it's recommended to stay away from is the far south-east near the borders with Iraq and Syria. Everywhere else just take your normal safety/security precautions.

Far...
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