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Old 08-21-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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Upper Italian Lakes PLUS Umbria and Tuscany

Every Summer my wife and I take a motorcycle trip somewhere. There are two direct flights a week to Milan from Roatan so Italy seemed like the natural choice. We had never been on a guided tour before so we decided to book a bike and a couple of tours with the Munchner Freiheit group in Munich.

The first tour starts in Munich then through Austria, Switzerland, Upper Lakes of Italy then returns to Munich.

For the first tour we were given a new GSA 1200.



After a short breifing we were on our way to Austria.




My wife is on back taking pictures and sightseeing, me I am here for the twisties.





The second day of the trip starts in Switzerland and one of my favorite things dirt roads.




Then back onto the pavement as we continue to climb up into the Alps



The roads are narrow , the air is crisp and cool and you do not want to miss any turns up here.



There is still a little snow lingering even though it is the middle of June.





A few turns to slide through here.





more to come.
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605

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Old 08-22-2006, 04:54 AM   #2
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Woo Hoo!!! I lived in Northern Italy for a few years, thanks for the memories.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:02 AM   #3
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:05 AM   #4
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Wow! What a great trip!

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Old 08-22-2006, 05:46 AM   #5
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:15 AM   #6
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No way to not love that area! Ride well, eat great!
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:22 AM   #7
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Northern Italy the scenic roads just seem to go on forever.



When you look down and see the hairpins stacked up like this you wish the day would never end.


Then you get to stop at these fabulous roadside cafes that seem to cater to bikers. There must be some law in Italy that all food must be good. We were there for almost a month , ate every meal out and never had a meal that was less than fantastic. The views were not bad either.



Looking across the lake in San Moritz





On the way to Lake Como




On the ferry headed to Varenna


Dinner will be seved on the veranda. We stayed in an old mansion that had been converted to a motel. They even had a special courtyard to park the bikes in at night. The name was Hotel Villa Cipressi a fabulous place to stay on Lake Como




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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:57 AM   #8
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:10 AM   #9
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:13 AM   #10
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:02 AM   #11
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how many ways can you SUCK slide?...

keep it coming, this is great

bravo on your life design

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Old 08-22-2006, 10:34 AM   #12
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That is motorcycle nirvana. I'm soo jealous. Awesome pics keep'em coming!
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:02 PM   #13
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flying from Turin to London last year I saw what looked like a lot of this stuff, and I was mesmerized at 35,000 feet...
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:32 PM   #14
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Pretty region. I very good friend of mine is owning a house at Lake Lugano. So the roads are well known.
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Old 08-22-2006, 02:54 PM   #15
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The view from my window at the Hotel Villa Ciprissi. THe town you see across the water is Bellagio. The car ferry runs from Varenna to Bellagio to Menaggio great places to ride surround the entire Lake Como area.



Heading back into the mountains, many of the roads we explored were not marked but our guide seemed to have a knack for finding these great roads with almost no traffic on them.





At the top of one of the mountain passes we stopped for a rest and saw a guy on a DR800 SM version. I am sure there was a big smile on his face as these roads and a supermotard bike go hand in hand.


Another great thing about riding in Italy is the cars use the pullouts to let the moto's go by.


I could do this all day long.



CR450F's are street legal in Italy I am so moving to Italy when I retire.


There is a special place in heaven for the men who built these roads.


We passed these SM guys comming down the mountain, I don't think they were to happy being passed by a big GS two up.


A couple of adventure riders , saw lots of PD's on the roads.


Still more to come.
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605
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