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Old 10-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Elefantentreffen 2013

Planning, preparation and Autumn re-fit of sidecar underway while it's still relatively warm, so when it gets colder, I'm already committed and can't bottle out

SO.......

Who's up for another weekend of Vodka, schnappes,German beer and frostbite

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:45 AM   #2
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:23 AM   #3
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re: Elefantentreffen 2013

Sorry for the late reply, got lots of cr4p going on at the moment!

Look here for more info on the Rally http://www.bvdm.de/et.html

The rally officially starts on Friday but people arrive from Tuesday onwards.
We get the Wednesday morning ferry , then stop at Cologne overnight, travelling the rest of the way on Thursday and leave for home on Sunday morning. The part in between gets a bit foggy. I'm sure it involves LOTS of drinking, cooking over wood fires and talking bullsh*t.
It does get a bit parky, with temperatures down to -5C travelling down and down to -16C overnight, so good warm kit is essential!

As it's a 1700 mile round trip for us we always bring my sidecar outfit, but many people bring solos, it just depends on the weather travelling down.

To get a taste of what to expect , take a look at Youtube. There are many videos there.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #4
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Question Is this the year?

I've been wanting to do this trip for many years now. I think this is the one.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:13 AM   #5
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Memories.....

Check if you're heated grips are still working before you leave....
Mine didn't and boy did I miss 'm....


Oh and don't forget to test your insulating mattress before you leave, I have tested it without air in it (it was slowly leaking) and that does not work well keeping you warm

Make sure to get some warm gear (no this in not me):



And start practising now, if you want to win the best snow.... (whatever) contest:


Oh and last but not least..... beer makes you have to get out of your tent at night, so alternatives are advised....


Have fun!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:58 AM   #6
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I could only fit one winter rally in this year, so opted for the Dragon. Hoping to do the Elephant 2014.

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Oh and last but not least..... beer makes you have to get out of your tent at night, so alternatives are advised....
As to peeing in the cold...

Take a lead from mountaineers: getting out your tent gets you cold and wakes you up and it takes forever to fall back asleep. Get one of these:
http://www.outdoor-ranger.co.uk/nalgene-wide-mouth-cantene-clear-p-13832.html?currency=GBP&language=gb
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Once you've used one, you'll never go back. Make sure you get the wide-mouth version unless you're hung like a doormouse.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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Once you've used one, you'll never go back. Make sure you get the wide-mouth version unless you're hung like a doormouse.
..and, more important, don't try to use a plastic bottle by cutting its neck ..PET bottles edges are like razors. cuts there are bad... get a motor oil bottle!
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #8
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I could only fit one winter rally in this year, so opted for the Dragon. Hoping to do the Elephant 2014.



As to peeing in the cold...

Take a lead from mountaineers: getting out your tent gets you cold and wakes you up and it takes forever to fall back asleep. Get one of these:
http://www.outdoor-ranger.co.uk/nalgene-wide-mouth-cantene-clear-p-13832.html?currency=GBP&language=gb
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Once you've used one, you'll never go back. Make sure you get the wide-mouth version unless you're hung like a doormouse.
You just have to make sure you wash it out well before putting cold drink in it
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:21 AM   #9
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I could only fit one winter rally in this year, so opted for the Dragon. Hoping to do the Elephant 2014.



As to peeing in the cold...

Take a lead from mountaineers: getting out your tent gets you cold and wakes you up and it takes forever to fall back asleep. Get one of these:
http://www.outdoor-ranger.co.uk/nalgene-wide-mouth-cantene-clear-p-13832.html?currency=GBP&language=gb
.

Once you've used one, you'll never go back. Make sure you get the wide-mouth version unless you're hung like a doormouse.
wrap some tape around the bottle so you can tell its your pee bottle and not your drinking water in the ngiht....and when you're done relieving the german biers into the bottle you can put the warm bottle in bed with you for extra warmth ...but make sure the lid is tight first

works a trick with socks and undies too. keep them in your sleping bag so when you crawl out of bed you have warm socks to put on
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #10
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wrap some tape around the bottle so you can tell its your pee bottle and not your drinking water in the ngiht....and when you're done relieving the german biers into the bottle you can put the warm bottle in bed with you for extra warmth ...but make sure the lid is tight first

works a trick with socks and undies too. keep them in your sleping bag so when you crawl out of bed you have warm socks to put on
My "system" is to only drink from my hydropak during the night. I can keep the hose near my head, don't need to sit up or even get out of my bag at all. In all seriousness, it also helps prevent spilling your drinking water on your pillow/bag (which I've done in the past drinking from bottles when half asleep).
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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My "system" is to only drink from my hydropak during the night. I can keep the hose near my head, don't need to sit up or even get out of my bag at all. In all seriousness, it also helps prevent spilling your drinking water on your pillow/bag (which I've done in the past drinking from bottles when half asleep).
I usually keep my camelbag close to me at night.
But the last Elefantentreffen I wen t to with -15 at night, all liquids in the tent where frozen solid, even the bread and ham had to be defrosted before eating...
So you have to keep your hydropack IN your sleeping bag as well
Or get a real good insulated pack??
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #12
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What will be temperatures around?
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:39 AM   #13
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What will be temperatures around?
Around zero to -10 and below at night !!
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:15 AM   #14
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we have had really warm weather recently with very little snow so keep an eye on the forecast closer to the time, it may not be as bad as last years.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:29 AM   #15
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elefantentreffen 2013

Hello.
Is it tru that you have to have winter tyres now for motorcycles in Germany? Like they are required for cars.
It schould have an S+M sign on the tyre.
Can someone tell me abouth it?
Thanks.
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