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Old 08-13-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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One man and his Goose in North America

G'day ya'll (I need to practice my Yankee, figured I'd start here),

After months of planning (, fantasy becomes fact today. It's 06:20 and I'm nearly ready to ride to Munich on leg 0 minus 1.

I've solicited help from ya'll on the forum here, from the Guzzista on the Wild Goose forum, from random yanks that I met in Moscow, from..well, from loads of peeps and now it's time to ride the ride (well, almost).

Leg 0 minus 1 - Vienna to Munich Airport to check the bike in. It's 06:20 and it's..of course, raining but shucks - I'm not gonna melt. In theory it's going to be an easy day today, I hope to be in Munich by about 2pm and back on a train to Vienna by 6 but...many the slip twixt pint of beer and lip. I'll post some pictures when I get back but for now, wish the Goose (that's the bike btw, not me) luck - she's gonna need it.

Tally ho!

Oops..the route overview :) thanks for that suggestion Blatant - it's rough but it's ready (if you're intererested in more specific route details check out the planning link).

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Old 08-18-2010, 12:59 AM   #2
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I should subtitle this thread as "doh! that would have been a cool picture but I just can't be arsed to turn around"...but it'd be a long title. I took 3 a day :) and I missed a picture of the Goose at the shipping company. Doh! It seems I didn't learn much from my trip last year, I'm gonna have to be much more self disciplined in NA unless I want to come back with a picture a day of my bike in a gas station :). Anyhoo..moving on..

Leg 0 minus 1 completed. The Goose and I arrived safely at Munich airport about 2pm and after 406km (roughly). I slabbed it almost all the way as I wanted to buy time to cope with problems but, as it turned out, there were none.

I say no problems, I mean the bike - the jaw of my spangly helmet almost fell off (need to get some loctite on that) and my hydro pack kept pissing water all me making it look like I'd..well, pissed myself. I also lost something paper on the slab, fingers crossed it wasn't important :).

I also realise I need to do something with my goatee, it's a tad long (inches not feet) - maybe a don't care )

I'm using Motorcycle Express and they're contracting out the shipping of the Goose to SwissPort. I arrived, they checked the bike (1/8th tank of petrol - good. Taped battery termina - good. Nothing (apart from the obvious) explosive in my pannier - good. The paperwork had said my panniers had to be empty for shipping but on enquiry the guys/gal at Swiss said as long as it wasn't explosive I could pack what I wanted so in went my leathers (that should make my flight a tad easier).

All I had to do then was work my back to Munich Bahnhof and catch a train back to Vienna (direct, but slow, train from the aiport to the main station and a direct, €80, 4 hour, train to Vienna). Mission accomplished.

And now...3 of the most boring pictures you can imagine :)

This is the Goose - Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 which I got last year (The Yanks copied it but made a mistake in manufacturing and twisted the engine around 90% hence the nickname of the American Guzzi - some of you might know it by their more formal name of Hardly Davidson - this is gonna get me beaten up in Milwaukee )

Everyone has a thing, I have of my "things" is pictures of the Goose at international borders so...

And....I could be sensible and take the Shoei, it's quieter, it's lighter, has better peripheral vision and is cooler. Nah - I'm gonna go with my egg :) .

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Old 08-18-2010, 01:09 AM   #3
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:31 AM   #4
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Sounds like an awesome trip! Good luck and have fun! By the way, G'day is not "yank speak". Ya'll is "southern speak". Oh, and "Tally ho" may get you beat in some places. But most of the time, people will think you are from Australia anyway....


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Old 08-18-2010, 08:08 AM   #5
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:27 PM   #6
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Hope ya have a wonderful trip and see the best of the USA and her people. When you get close to the West coast of Florida perhaps we can hook up, share a beer and tell lies about our riding adventures.

I see you plan to be in Asheville, NC. About 34 miles from Asheville is Maggie Valley North Carolina, it's a biker freindly town with plenty of inexpensive lodging. I recomment you plan to spend a few hours at The Wheels Through Time Muesum in Maggie Valley.... take a look:

Everything in the museum is in running order and you're sure to see Dale, the founder and curator, riding then thought the museum. He'll usually start any of them if you ask.

I'll be following you USA adventure and as I think of points of interest I'll post them here.

FYI.... If you see an old wanker on a RED Guzzi 1200 Sport on the road in the USA it could be me!!
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