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Old 07-02-2009, 07:06 AM   #61
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The famous Aprilia clutch slave seal problem ........ your bike was not wanting to return to Athens
The seal from Aprilia is very cheap, but its a pain in the butt to constantly have to think about every possible concern you could have when on a road trip, so for peace of mind and less stress traveling, I would recommend you get an aftermarket clutch slave cylinder. I bought mine on ebay and for 100 Euros had it delivered to my house. I will try to attach a pick of it.



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Old 07-02-2009, 07:22 AM   #62
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The famous Aprilia clutch slave seal problem ........ your bike was not wanting to return to Athens
The seal from Aprilia is very cheap, but its a pain in the butt to constantly have to think about every possible concern you could have when on a road trip, so for peace of mind and less stress traveling, I would recommend you get an aftermarket clutch slave cylinder. I bought mine on ebay and for 100 Euros had it delivered to my house. I will try to attach a pick of it.
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Only 100 euros? Did it make the clutch feel lighter too? Man I'll give you a ring!

I have no leaks, but I had flushed the system just before leaving and renewed the fluid, but I had poured slightly less than needed and so with usage and compression it had gone below operating levels. My fault 100% (again)
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:45 PM   #63
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Day 13 - Finally some Beograd!

I took Yani’s bike to ride around and look for DOT4 brake fluid for the clutch. The main road of Kanarovo Brdo is called Borska, but I call it “Magic Street” because I have found on that road everything I wanted in the past (from batteries, to shoes, and from exchange offices to travel agencies), but being confused as I was, I went a little bit further to a gas station to look for clutch fluid. It turns out they only had DOT5.1, and I didn’t want to take any chances so on my way back I stopped at a car mechanic (on Borska of course) to ask if they knew where I could get some DOT4. The guy pointed on a bench and showed me a bottle with what I was looking for. It was opened but he gestured to me that it was fresh and good. I offered to pay, but, as it is often the case in Serbia, he wanted no payment, he was just offering a (much needed) helping hand. I told him I would bring it back in a while but he told me to keep it. I thanked him as best as I could, and returned to our house.

Meanwhile, back at the house, two neighbors had already walked up to Yani to offer help! It is really amazing how friendly and helpful people are there! As we were still under the impression that humidity was our problem, Yani was shouting “agua” and pointed at the kill switch to them, remarkably, both understood what he meant, and one of them had brought a can of WD40 to help dissipate the moisture… I immediately got to working on the clutch, as Sasa and Ruza were returning from their chores… It needed about 5ml and soon the clutch was in perfect condition.

Following that, I unscrewed the switch and flushed it with WD40. I let it sit under the sun for a few minutes and then, reluctantly, I tested the ignition. It was working OK for now. I took my bike this time and rode to the mechanic, where I returned the brake fluid and thanked him again warmly. Things were looking up once again!

Back home, we had a meal, since Sasa had brought fried river fish from a place, so we ate that and chilled out a bit from the ordeal… Me and Yani finally got on my bike and left for our planned tour. We first went to Sveti Sava, the biggest Orthodox Church in the world, I parked outside, and let Yani go take some photos. We then went to Kalemegdan, the castle at the centre of the city, where we walked a bit at the park and took some photos. Knez Mihailova was next on the menu, the main pedestrian commercial road of Beograd, which reaches straight to the Kalemegdan garden. We had a quick coffee there and returned home after the sun had set. Ambitious plans to go out again were abandoned, and all four of us stayed home drinking beer, telling stories and chatting… Although tomorrow we had 650km to ride, we went to bed a bit late, as we were having such a good time.

Next episode: The return to Greece, and the long awaited souvlaki in Chalikidiki…

(I will add photos from this day to this post as soon as I get the last of Yani’s pictures, I took none that day)
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:19 PM   #64
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Day 14 - The Route

A whooping 680km, with 2 border crossings and a late start. The capos made things a bit easier…

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Old 07-05-2009, 04:12 PM   #65
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Day 14 – Back on home soil

We woke up, late as usual, and joined our hosts for a nice breakfast, we would need all the energy we could get for this day. Without any haste at all, we started loading the bike once again. I was already 13.40h by the time we were ready to leave. Sasa suggested we took a detour to avoid heavy traffic, which I put on my gps, and a little later we were saying goodbye and farewell to Ruza and Sasa. I always hate to leave Beograd, and this time was no exception but we had to move on.



We followed the gps’ directions and soon we were stuck in traffic on a gravel road with the sun burning us above… We eventually got to the highway and started to pick up the pace, it was already 14.30 when we stopped for our first refueling, somewhere south of Beograd.









We got on the road again fresh and eager to put the capos to the test. We paid the toll, I don’t remember how much, I have the ticket, I will post it later, but I remember that it was the same for cars and bikes alike, which I find unfair but that’s how it is.



We rode pretty fast, about 180km/h, and the bikes seemed to enjoy it just as much as ourselves. 200km down the road, we had to refuel again, consumption was a bit high at these speeds.





Last time I had ridden that road it was August, about 45 degrees Celsius, and with heavy traffic, and with another transalp 650 (I was with the capo again), it had been torturous. This time around, however, it was a pleasant 16 degrees, much less traffic, and both bikes were 1000cc. It was much better. We soon reached the part with a single lane per direction, past Lescovac, and we could still ride pretty fast, aided by the light traffic and our bikes’ torque.



We stopped right before the border to refuel once again (to avoid having to stop in FYROM), had a quick coffee and called our friend, Alex, to give him an update on our status. We passed border control and rode fast through FYROM, as it was 19.00 already.





The road had improved dramatically since the last time I had last ridden it, especially in the south where they were re-paving some bridges, we reached the Greek border at 21.00. We were happy to be home once again, even if it signaled the end of our trip. We joked with the employees a bit, and continued rapidly towards Chalkidiki.











We rode fast as it started to get dark, and made a last stop for gas just outside Thessaloniki.



We reached Agios Pavlos, our destination, at 22.30. Alex and Apostolos had set the table already…









We stayed up until very late, telling our friends about our adventure and watching photos and videos. We finally went to bed at about 4.00, after all, tomorrow we only had to ride 570km!!

Next episode, the inevitable epilogue!
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:23 PM   #66
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We rode pretty fast, about 180km/h, and the bikes seemed to enjoy it just as much as ourselves. 200km down the road, we had to refuel again, consumption was a bit high at these speeds.
It's the sub-par quality of the gasoline... Whenever I travel outside Serbia, my consumption decreases...
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:24 PM   #67
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Day 15 - The Route

About 570lm for our last day, and the fastest riding overall. Home sweet home, here we come...

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Old 07-05-2009, 04:33 PM   #68
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It's the sub-par quality of the gasoline... Whenever I travel outside Serbia, my consumption decreases...

Actually, this time around, only the gas we put near Lescovac was crappy. All other fills were OK. But I've had very poor gas pumped into my bike in Serbia, it can happen, just as it happens in Greece too.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:50 AM   #69
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All good things come to an end ... unfortunately as your adventure ends with the next posting, so does my very interesting ride report come to an end :(

I have enjoyed your Capo adventures and look forward to the next installment.

(I had sent you a PM with info about the clutch slave cylinder ....)

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Old 07-06-2009, 01:26 PM   #70
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Thank you Soto, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I sent you a pm about the clutch as well, new pms are hard to spot in this forum!
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:31 PM   #71
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thanks tserts for an excellent report. i look forward to your last posting of pics from greece. that plate of souvlaki looked delicious.



its good you are glad to be home in greece, whenever i return to the uk i am 'gutted' at the end of an adventure.

i have a friend who lives on eboa in a town called alivari and have worked there, and athens, piraous and thessoloniki and also a place near etoliko. your country is fantastic
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:57 PM   #72
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thanks tserts for an excellent report. i look forward to your last posting of pics from greece. that plate of souvlaki looked delicious.



its good you are glad to be home in greece, whenever i return to the uk i am 'gutted' at the end of an adventure.

i have a friend who lives on eboa in a town called alivari and have worked there, and athens, piraous and thessoloniki and also a place near etoliko. your country is fantastic

It's always mixed emotions when returning form a trip. That bitter-sweet warmth of coming home... I must say, reality hit me hard the following weeks as I was trying to adjust, but even at that last day (the report is on the way) I was in a calm mood, overwhelmed with pictures and memories, I couldn't wait to lay on my couch and let everything sit in within me...

Quit whining, the Highlands are a day's ride away, one of the best places to go nuts on a bike!! I would like to do that again over and over but it's a bit far for us southerners...

Evoia is a gift to the Athenian bikers, great routes, great scenery, great people, great beaches, just a few hours away... Can't have enough of it...
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:25 PM   #73
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Day 14 - I want moooooore!

We woke up really late, at about 11.30, and send one of us to the village to get breakfast. A little while later, coffee and pies were sitting on the table and we got busy.







We talked a bit more, worked on the bikes some more (always a must), and cleaned up the mess of last night’s souvlaki-battle…

Reluctantly we loaded up the bikes for the last time for this trip. We all wanted to stay together some more and fool around, but we had to move on. We took some pictures to save the moment and got on the bikes (or mini-van for Apostolos who had been forced to drive there as it had rained heavily last morning in his home-town)…



Alex escorted us up to Thessaloniki, and tried to guide us to the ring road, before taking the exit for his home.



I decided to follow the gps, which went through the city center. It was Sunday and I thought it would be a breeze, but we ended up getting stuck in traffic, thankfully not too heavy. A bit later we were out on the big straights towards Katerini…



As I have mentioned earlier, everyday on the highway we would increase our pace by a bit, today we went nuts. During the whole day we were riding almost double the speed limit and around 200 on the open stretches... Unfortunately, for some idiotic reason, my gps was not recording data that day so I don’t have the exact second by second analysis that I have for the rest of the trip… We were having a great time!





Our nerves were broken by the amazing toll system that is in use on that road. You actually have to stop every a few kms and pay 2 euros, or less, and then again a bit down the road. That happens because private companies have subcontracted parts of the road and each want their “fair” share of the pie, without any regard at the poor travelers. We didn’t see that anywhere else but in Greece. I would much rather pay, say, 15 euros and not be bothered for the whole road, than 8 euros but stopping all the freaking time, waiting in line, taking off the gloves, searching for change, then the whole reverse routine, every now and then… It’s really shameful and nerve-raking…

Anyway, we reached a part past Arkitsa, with very wide twists and perfect tarmac, we rode at about 160 on those turns (speed limit 70) and the result was something like this:



A bit later we stopped for a coffee on the highway and relaxed a bit. I’m always nervous at the end of a trip, and try not to let my guard down until I pull into my garage, and I told Yani to pay extra attention in order to reach home safely.



Thiva then Malakasa, we could smell our houses when we hit the notorious works just before Athens. These have been going on forever, and they create wonderful queues spanning kilometers on end, leading the drivers an inch before head stroke and madness. With an unloaded bike it is a minor nuisance, but with the side panniers on, it can get messy. It did.

Eventually we passed that point, sweated and tense, and finally entered the central madhouse we call our home. It took another 40 minutes to reach the south suburbs, luckily uneventfully.

Yani and I said our goodbyes at a traffic light in Glyfada, and soon after that we split, each going his own way after almost 20 days…

I reached my house at 21.10 on the 31st of April 2009.

I’m still unable to re-adjust to my normal life… To make things worse, I leave again on the 24th for Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Bosnia… Expect another saga late August on ride reports!!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it, I know I did, both living it and then telling you all about it!

See you on the road..
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:20 AM   #74
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ITS OVER :(

Well thank you for sharing your trip with us and I look forward to your next ride report (just in case I don't notice it, send me a PM with the link)

Hopefully we will meet on one of the many Apriliabikers.gr outings

Take care and have a great summer
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ITS OVER :(

Well thank you for sharing your trip with us and I look forward to your next ride report (just in case I don't notice it, send me a PM with the link)

Hopefully we will meet on one of the many Apriliabikers.gr outings

Take care and have a great summer
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yes me too, send me a pm when you post your next trip.

glyfada eh been there too, you live in the posh part of athens then!

do you visit the bar that is next to the sea on the rocks and has a platform that projects over the water? i didnt remember the name of tha bar but my companies agent took me there. also the lake on the opposite side of the road.
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