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Old 07-25-2012, 04:45 AM   #226
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Signing in from "Zoetermeer". Riding a V-strom 650, Black Rhino edition.
My girl is currently taking lessons, hoping to ride her KLE (wich is already waiting for her) very soon herself.

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Old 07-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #227
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Hello folks,

I will be visiting the Netherlands starting august 8th. I will not be on a bike but I am interested in checking out a little of the local motorcycle community.

Starting out in amsterdam and then near Rotterdam later in the week.

Any ideas would be very welcome
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:43 AM   #228
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The local MC in Zoetermeer has a nakeds day the 11th of august.

http://www.motorclubzoetermeer.nl/?e..._bike_day.html

From the looks of it, lots of big nakeds (XJR, ZRX, GSX)

I've got other plans myself, but it looks like something you could check out.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:45 AM   #229
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The local MC in Zoetermeer has a nakeds day the 11th of august.

http://www.motorclubzoetermeer.nl/?e..._bike_day.html

From the looks of it, lots of big nakeds (XJR, ZRX, GSX)

I've got other plans myself, but it looks like something you could check out.
Thats rather dissapointing... From what I would love to see 'naked'...
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:05 AM   #230
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The ruff ryders have an annual event, with a bikini bike wash

http://www.motor-forum.nl/forum/list...rs-Europe.html

A nice get together would be the Megameeting from the motor-forum.nl.
But that's in the 2nd of september, in Veenendaal.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:58 AM   #231
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Thanks for the input! My daughter and I will be in the Netherlands starting the 10th for two weeks. Looks like most of the Netherlanders will be in the south of France or somewhere like that.

As much as I like woman in bikinis, that is not quite the idea I had for bike culture. Here in Asheville we have smaller groups of riders who meet for breakfast on Sunday or like last night, 40 or 50 bikes who randomly come town outdoor pub/ micro brewery to share a beer and look at bikes and just chat. We had a mix of dual sport, adventure, sport, vintage, cafe and even Harley cruiser bikes.

It may not be possible but seeing something that was a Dutch equivalent would be fun.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:03 AM   #232
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Thanks for the input! My daughter and I will be in the Netherlands starting the 10th for two weeks. Looks like most of the Netherlanders will be in the south of France or somewhere like that.

As much as I like woman in bikinis, that is not quite the idea I had for bike culture. Here in Asheville we have smaller groups of riders who meet for breakfast on Sunday or like last night, 40 or 50 bikes who randomly come town outdoor pub/ micro brewery to share a beer and look at bikes and just chat. We had a mix of dual sport, adventure, sport, vintage, cafe and even Harley cruiser bikes.

It may not be possible but seeing something that was a Dutch equivalent would be fun.
Unfortunately, here in The Lowlands things like 'breakfast runs' are rare. In f.e. Germany or the UK these 'meetings' are more common. There are some spots where bikers meet on a Sunday, f.e. near the TT racetrack in Assen (Drenthe Province), or f.e. in the Nature Reserve 'Postbank' near Arnhem because its the only place where we have hairpins - or sort of...

Don't know though if these are still 'valid' meeting places. Perhaps other Dutchies could fill you in on other places...

Normally, bikers do meet on Saturday afternoon at the larger motorcycle stores like f.e. Motoport etc. I think there are several in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam area.
F.e. http://www.motorcity-amsterdam.nl/ ; they are even open on Sundays during summer.

There are some (good) motorcycle campsites though.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:57 AM   #233
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:17 AM   #234
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TwoPlugs, thank you so much for the input! I really appreciate the insight. I may check out the dealership but that doesn't sound too interesting. I can't read Dutch very much at all but I can understand the spoken language a fair amount. I do plan to get up towards Assen and hope to spend a few days in Friesland. I see that you are from Groningen, where some of my family was from. I am leaving my plans open since we have places to stay in Amsterdam and outside Dorterecht. With august being high tourist season I am not sure how easy it will be to find bed and breakfast places around the lake area.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:09 AM   #235
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TwoPlugs, thank you so much for the input! I really appreciate the insight. I may check out the dealership but that doesn't sound too interesting. I can't read Dutch very much at all but I can understand the spoken language a fair amount. I do plan to get up towards Assen and hope to spend a few days in Friesland. I see that you are from Groningen, where some of my family was from. I am leaving my plans open since we have places to stay in Amsterdam and outside Dorterecht. With august being high tourist season I am not sure how easy it will be to find bed and breakfast places around the lake area.
I'm from Groningen Province, 25 km east of the Capital City.

It will be crowded there during Tourist High season (and if available, expensive), thats for sure. Do you have an 'fixed' date visting Assen? From our place its only a 20 minutes ride. Would be nice to meet up. You are welcome here for a coffee or so. We also own a selfcatering appartement. Not sure if it is available during your stay.

PM me for details.

I will be out from August 15th, returning August 21th for a short motorcycle holiday in Wales (UK), and from August 28th till September 2th for a motorcycle tour in the German Eifel region.

For visiting a dealer... No worries. The average Dutchie is able to speak English very well. And... At most dealers, Coffee = for free... Don't blame me for being Dutch... cause I am...
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:37 AM   #236
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hello all out there,

Do not know why I have not done this earlier but better let as net as they say here in Friesland. Riding an orange KTM Adventure 990 after a decade of satisfying adventures on an Africa Twin. In 2011 I decided it was time to change and upgrade...
Anyway you can read my limited bio and ADV-riders are always welcome; gladly will show you around my 'territory' and can put you up. My coordinates are 'Oosterwolde (FR)' which lies between Drachten en Assen. Send me an e-mail if you are around.

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Old 08-01-2012, 04:43 AM   #237
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Nice bike Arjen! I'll try to keep it in mind when I plan my trip around the Ijsselmeer. Maybe I can stop by for some coffee/tea
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:16 PM   #238
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Moi Arjan,

Its a small world after all...

Have fun on the Keemer!
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:27 AM   #239
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I am leaving in less than a week. I am also looking into the possibility of renting a bike. I have places to stay (with family) in Amsterdam and near Dorterecht. There is a motorcycle event at Assen as well as the italdays that I am interested in. It would be awesome to meet you!

More work to be done...
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:17 AM   #240
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Hi Rick,

If it's a beer and "talking gas" that triggers you, you can drop by at my workshop (preferably around 5 a.m. or on saturday ) when you're bored. I'm at 15 kms from Amsterdam. At the right day you might meet more bikers and at the wrong day just me . My mail address is in my profile.
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