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Old 04-10-2013, 05:37 AM   #1
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Cool2 A bike addict’s escape from the cold – leaving Denmark, bound for Morocco…

After a long and cold winter with no motorcycle riding, I’m suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms and feel the needed for a proper 2 wheel fix.
To get that fix I’ve taken 2 weeks off from work and plan to spend the time riding.

As it’s an unusually cold spring here in Denmark I’m heading south to warmer weather – if everything goes as planed I intend to make it all the way to Morocco.

I have traveled all over the world since I was 16 and have been exploring Europe on motorcycles the last 20 years, but have never been outside the continent on 2 wheels, so this may well turn out to be something of an adventure.

I usually travel with my girlfriend and/or with my mates, but this time I'll go alone because I feel the urge to do a long solo ride – it adds another dimension to the adventure when you only have yourself to rely on.

I’ll be riding my 2012 V-Strom which I over the past year have equipped and modified to suit my taste and needs.

The bike is still sitting in the garage and slowly waking up from hibernation:



The countdown to take off is started and the rest of the week will be spend packing, making the final preparations and getting the last workdays out of the way.

I plan to keep you updated during the trip when I have the time and Internet access.


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Old 04-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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Bring on the Moroccan sunshine and adventure

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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Alright, finally going on a real ride. I see the V-Strom is nicely equipped, including the obligatory "sport" windscreen. Please review the mods as you get miles on these, I foresee another one of these V-Stroms in my future (a future in which I have a little more time to ride, that is... ).

Looking forward to the trip reports and pictures.

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #4
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God tur,,,,looking forward to it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

To those who are interested, here is a list of the Strom's accessories and modifications:

*2 cm higher OEM seat.
*OEM heated grips.
*Scottoiler
*Akrapovic titanium exhaust.
*Givi crashbars
*Touratech skidplate.
*Touratech radiator guard.
*Touratech neopren fork protectors.
*Touratech Zega Pro adonized black 38L top box with accessories.
*SW Motech center stand.
*SW Motech side stand foot.
*MRA Touring "T" screen.
*Front sprocket changed from 15 to 16 tooth.
*Touratech crossbar
*Touratech lockable GPS bracket.
*GPS: Garmin Zümo 660
*Handle bar mounted RAM mount for my GoPro camera.
- and of course some ADVrider decals.

Besides that I've invested in a new set of riding gear for the trip - HELD Carese jacket, Torno pants and a pair of Vanucci VTB 9 boots.

When I'm back from the trip I'll review the Strom, the accessories and my riding gear in relation to long distance touring.


4 days to take off...
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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Hi Don T, good luck on your trip my man. Hope you have a good one and suffice to say I wish it was me. I´ve been suffering in the cold Danish winter aswell and my chance to head south has got to wait for another 8 weeks or so when I get to take a trip with my 14 year old daughter to Slovania and Kroatia.
Look forward to following your adventure....enjoy
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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I usually travel with my girlfriend and/or with my mates, but this time I'll go alone because I feel the urge to do a long solo ride – it adds another dimension to the adventure when you only have yourself to rely on.
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Nice report!!

I'm just comming from Morocco: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=875921

I've got the same feeling: next time I like to do a long solo trip as a new experience. So reading your and Jim report I'm more and more convinced.
Morocco again??

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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Nice report thanks for sharing:-) i hope one day I'll get a chance to try a similar trip!

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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No..no..it's great. ..:-D
Seriously though maybe you could do a rewrite and a more in depth report, kinda like a Morocco revisited the edited clips.

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:35 AM   #10
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There are both pros and cons for writing a RR like you did. I like both long and short RR´s, so I´m not the one to give you any good advices

In the end, all that matters is that you are satisfied with the outcome.

I really enjoyed it. It was easy to keep up with, nice pictures and some cool thoughts.
However, I am also looking forward to hearing more about your journey, how the strom did and some of the funny incidents you surely experienced.

Good job, and thx for taking us along, and what an impressive amount of miles you put on that thing.....maybe a keeper
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