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Forum: EMEA 08-25-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By FinlandThumper
One caveat to the advice above. Now that you are...

One caveat to the advice above. Now that you are your partner have eu passports, you in principle cannot use them for leaving the eu or entering it in future. That was explicitly said to me when I...
Forum: EMEA 08-21-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By FinlandThumper
I do believe there are direct connections from...

I do believe there are direct connections from places in SE Sweden to Tallinn as well. I don't know if you have to go all the way to Stockholm to catch them.

Typically when I am trying to get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,528
Posted By FinlandThumper
When it comes to bikes I stick to cash generally.

When it comes to bikes I stick to cash generally.
Forum: EMEA 06-18-2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 790
Posted By FinlandThumper
I think you're good with this. Since your 950...

I think you're good with this. Since your 950 has power, when you run through towns short shift it a bit to keep the revs lower. That will keep the engine at a lower volume and you'll be good.
...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-12-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,783
Posted By FinlandThumper
Very cool! :clap I am so inspired by this...

Very cool! :clap

I am so inspired by this photo and your story.

I have been planning a leave of absence next summer to tour America on my HD. (It's an inherited bike I keep at my family home...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-12-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,850
Posted By FinlandThumper
I start with a commercial kit that is well...

I start with a commercial kit that is well stocked. I added things like surgical blades, pain pills, etc. I also keep an emergency reserve of water purification tablets in there. Then I added more...
Forum: EMEA 06-12-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By FinlandThumper
I can confirm that Jet Boil kits are pretty...

I can confirm that Jet Boil kits are pretty common up in these parts and a variety of stores sell them. In Finland the most common store is "Partioaitta" (translation: Scouting Shack). They sell...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-10-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,032
Posted By FinlandThumper
Most of our guys who travel to dangerous places...

Most of our guys who travel to dangerous places on business (Africa, Russia, etc.) have a throw down wallet that they use as a decoy. Keep the real one elsewhere on your person (inside jacket pocket)...
Forum: EMEA 05-28-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 792
Posted By FinlandThumper
^ Just recently in one of the construction...

^ Just recently in one of the construction journals (might have been Rakennuslehti but I am not sure) they were discussing this issue with roads condition. The conclusion was that with the...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,327
Posted By FinlandThumper
Gentlemen, thanks. I am going to start a separate...

Gentlemen, thanks. I am going to start a separate thread later on today to ask a few more questions. I originally intended to ask for a fast answer but I seems we are diverging so I agree, better to...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,327
Posted By FinlandThumper
Very cool and thanks for the advice. The thing...

Very cool and thanks for the advice. The thing is, I am not married to anything as far as routes. I had considered part of the Grande Route des Alpes (northern part) if for some reason weather was a...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,327
Posted By FinlandThumper
BMW F650 Dakar, metzeler Tourance tires....

BMW F650 Dakar, metzeler Tourance tires. Definitely a friend of gravel roads and tracks. Finland would not be worth it for a pavement only bike. :lol3

I am all ears for dirt related rumors! :ear
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 792
Posted By FinlandThumper
Borderlone gave you a really nice summary and I...

Borderlone gave you a really nice summary and I too would say an eastern Finland traverse would be nice.

I will add that Savonlinna and its area are very beautiful and Savonlinna is home to one...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,327
Posted By FinlandThumper
I am going to (slightly) hijack this thread to...

I am going to (slightly) hijack this thread to ask a couple questions. First, the advice here is great and thanks to all of you guys with local experience for sharing. :clap

My situation is this....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-27-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,904
Posted By FinlandThumper
You definitely want a more off road oriented tire...

You definitely want a more off road oriented tire than that. I would go maybe to 70 offroad minimum for trail work on a bike that heavy. I have a BMW F650 for what it's worth, coming in at about...
Forum: EMEA 05-13-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 832
Posted By FinlandThumper
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: EMEA 05-12-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 832
Posted By FinlandThumper
Regarding this area of France and the Alps route,...

Regarding this area of France and the Alps route, can anyone advise on camping opportunities in this area? I recognize that wild camping as is done in Finland isn't going to happen, but are there...
Forum: Face plant 04-30-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,259
Posted By FinlandThumper
Damn...brings back memories for me. I hit the...

Damn...brings back memories for me. I hit the gate doing about 15 and it clotheslined me (single strand gate). Luckily it hit the bars first (mirrors actually), slowed me down a bit, and then broke...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,884
Posted By FinlandThumper
I like to ride through small to medium sized...

I like to ride through small to medium sized cities in off rush hour periods. It's nice to cruise around and explore a place. When I tour in the States or Western Europe I always make it a point to...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-26-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,832
Posted By FinlandThumper
Depending on the frontier crossing you can have...

Depending on the frontier crossing you can have problems. If you have over the counter medicines,never. But if you have prescription drugs, particularly for painkillers or other substances that can...
Forum: EMEA 02-18-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,204
Posted By FinlandThumper
If I am here when you arrive, my garage can be...

If I am here when you arrive, my garage can be your garage! I have a tire bead breaker and balancer, irons, etc. so no problem there.
Forum: EMEA 02-18-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,204
Posted By FinlandThumper
Unexpected as in....we ambush the poor guy and...

Unexpected as in....we ambush the poor guy and get him nice and drunk? :evil
Forum: EMEA 02-17-2014, 01:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,204
Posted By FinlandThumper
If you should require something while in Finland,...

If you should require something while in Finland, please contact me. I will be in Helsinki until about 22 June, after which I will be wandering continental Europe on my motorcycle until August. But...
Forum: EMEA 02-04-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,172
Posted By FinlandThumper
Sounds like a plan. It might be that I will be...

Sounds like a plan. It might be that I will be in Tuscany at that time but I will keep this in mind.

Exact route not clear for me yet. I am thinking of planning a couple of routes and then...
Forum: EMEA 02-02-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,172
Posted By FinlandThumper
Richard, I will be passing over your mapped route...

Richard, I will be passing over your mapped route north to south twice during July.

I am doing Helsinki to Tuscany and back with three weeks in a villa hiking in the Cinque Terre. Six or seven...
Forum: EMEA 02-02-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 755
Posted By FinlandThumper
Yes, within the European union you will face no...

Yes, within the European union you will face no troubles, but you will need special visas at least for yourself into Russia and Belarus. I have crossed with a car a fair number of times into Russia...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-02-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 19,938
Posted By FinlandThumper
I am a one bike person, with the caveat that I...

I am a one bike person, with the caveat that I keep a bike here, and have one in America for when I am home for tours and visiting. The bike here is a BMW f650 and the bike there is a Harley...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,182
Posted By FinlandThumper
Some of the guys up here that go far from the...

Some of the guys up here that go far from the towns, exploring the deep back woods on forest roads say the extra tanks are a big advantage over fuel cans. I have seen some who went with elkamet tanks...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,693
Posted By FinlandThumper
Castrol makes a version of "simple green" that's...

Castrol makes a version of "simple green" that's just called green power bike clean or some such. It is available in northern Europe and does the job just as well.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,673
Posted By FinlandThumper
+1 on the BMW summer pants, and also their city...

+1 on the BMW summer pants, and also their city jeans. They are well made and come with integral armor in the pants. Plus they are cooler in hot weather than the gore tex stuff.

Up in this part of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 850
Views: 47,388
Posted By FinlandThumper
This is the way I learned this as a kid. We just...

This is the way I learned this as a kid. We just took them out onto a gravel road and ran them in for a few miles to scuff them up. I usually go easy for several miles after a repair of any kind,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,861
Posted By FinlandThumper
Hmmm...improvised cock ring. Interesting! I...

Hmmm...improvised cock ring. Interesting! I don't have a KLR but I'll let one of them know. :deal
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2013, 11:49 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 18,446
Posted By FinlandThumper
I do it when it is raining and if there is a nice...

I do it when it is raining and if there is a nice awning I will ask for permission. Most of the time the manager will let you leave it out of the way. I try for places right near the main entrance...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-04-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 15,319
Posted By FinlandThumper
Hmm. Interesting...I suppose I have never...

Hmm. Interesting...I suppose I have never actually stopped to check whether my bike has a larger diameter gas pump opening than my car. Thanks for the info!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-31-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 15,319
Posted By FinlandThumper
Just a question. Here in Europe the diameter of...

Just a question. Here in Europe the diameter of the diesel dispenser is larger to prevent it being inserted into a gasoline tank by accident. So it would be impossible to actually put the dispenser...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-23-2013, 01:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,310
Posted By FinlandThumper
Nomads, Godspeed on your travels. If you get to...

Nomads, Godspeed on your travels. If you get to Finland on your way through, look me up and I can help you, maybe provide some tent space, or maybe even show you a nice route through. I also know...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-23-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,597
Posted By FinlandThumper
Yep, it's not a mileage contest unless you...

Yep, it's not a mileage contest unless you actually sign up for one. I am heading from Madison Wisconsin to Wilmington north Carolina next week via the blue ridge parkway. I have it figured out that...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-23-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,517
Posted By FinlandThumper
I usually keep it in two places, one in a more...

I usually keep it in two places, one in a more obvious pocket and one more hidden but always on me or in a hotel safe. The bike is not secure enough, but I do tend to keep an emergency stash of...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15,000
Views: 1,747,531
Posted By FinlandThumper
Open question to gravel seeker: A while...

Open question to gravel seeker:

A while back, and many pages, you posted about a blind hole bearing puller you brought. Do you remember the brand, and were you satisfied with it?

I am in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-10-2013, 11:57 PM
Replies: 5,078
Views: 281,900
Posted By FinlandThumper
I bicycle commute to work every day, 25 miles...

I bicycle commute to work every day, 25 miles round trip, and I also see this kind of behavior. It amazes me. In my case, when a car actually courteously allows me through I give them a wave of...
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