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Old 05-02-2010, 12:02 PM   #46
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Subscribed. I'm heading that way June to September 2011 so hoping to pick up some tips.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:32 PM   #47
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:58 AM   #48
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I would love to go to this area sometime, until then I will follow you there. Thanks for going.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:09 PM   #49
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Well, I had a great uneventfull day today. Left Holland 9 AM under sunny, but cold skies, drove to Zutphen and picked up a spare rear tire at Alexander and Dienie at rallyadventureshop. Great people and extremely helpfull. A nice cup of hot tea got me going again.

When When I left I also put on my heated vest and that felt really good in the damp morning cold of Holland. My original plan was to meet up with the other two in Italy, but the weather looks terrible for the next week, so I decided to join up with them in Heidelberg, where they arrived today from the US. Sharing misery makes it a bit more tolerable. I arrived and met up with Tom and Shu, had dinner and now the other two are trying to sleep of the jet lag.



Stephan Knopf proposed aroute from here to Innsbruck in Austria, so, pending weather developments we'll give it a shot.

What a great day, dry, no excitement. Just what was needed. Sorry for all of those reading this, but I promise you things will improve for you.

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Old 05-04-2010, 06:01 PM   #50
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What a great day, dry, no excitement. Just what was needed. Sorry for all of those reading this, but I promise you things will improve for you.

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This is just foreplay! The motoporn is coming.

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #51
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:06 AM   #52
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Glad to see you are on the move! On the spot it looks like you rode the lower portion of the Romantische Straße (without the wives). It somehow seems appropriate that you guys are sleeping in the vicinity of Mad Ludwig's Castle! Enjoy a Jägerschnitzel and a Dunkel Bier for me.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:00 AM   #53
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Now what? Tuesday or Wednesday I will load er with some ATF and give it a try on the way to Italy. Will it work?? It may work for road biking. That will be the first part of my next road segment. Will it work for rough road work? I doubt that the oil distributor will stay put. A lot of little fragile parts that will shake from their intended position. It is critical it stays put otherwise the little oil thingies that put oil on the sprocket, on the way to the chain, will get in the sprocket holes when going back even a foot. ... Or the whole thing will just rattle of.
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The Loob Man seems to work pretty well, lots of good reports from users. Not sure on rough roads. Keep an eye on the dispenser, as long as the chain does not hit it, should be OK.

These are great for rain riding, but ATF washes off pretty quickly in rain. I would not use the oiler OFF ROAD. Best to run the chain dry in the dirt/sand/mud. Less grit, less wear.

I built my own gravity feed chain oiler. Used on long road rides. Worked great but makes a big mess. I used 90 wt. Gear oil. Chain went 25K miles.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #54
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If you have the time as you head south through Italy, you might consider ss349 from Trento to Asagio. Loved it last time I was there!
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:36 PM   #55
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On the Road - Finally!

I'm writing from a Bavarian inn near the Austrian border and happy to report that we are on the road. Finally! It took months and months of planning to get this trip off the ground (with Karst doing the lion's share of the work) but now we are rolling. Shu and I arrived in Heidelberg yesterday to find our bikes in exactly the condition we left them when we parted ways in Florida. A couple hours of wrenching got them back in fighting shape and headed off for gas. Much to our delight, Karst rolled into KnopfTours right about then. We had originally planned to meet Karst in Ancona, Italy but the lousy weather in Amsterdam had him changing his plans so we'll be riding the whole way together. Here we are at Stefan Knopf's after the first few meters of a 30,000 km trip.



Today's ride was a German delight with windy 2-lane roads, castles, rivers complete with barges, and German drivers that are actually quite polite. We did spend a bit of time on the autobahn, not my idea of a good time, but it got the job done. The weather had us turning our electric vests on full throttle (except for Shu who misplaced a cable for his). Fortunately the rain held off until after we stopped riding. A delightful pizza and beer dinner at an Italian restaurant and off for some zzz's.




Fun German names we saw along the way: Huffenhardten (town). Mindenfingen (town). And everyone's favorite: Ausfarte.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:46 PM   #56
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You are right Don, the problem with the Dolomites is which of the countless spectacular roads to take. To me this is one of the most greatest motorcycle riding areas to be found anywhere in the world. I am looking forward to get back after many years of absence. I hope the weather cooperates, but it does not look too good. Then again, it looked bad for the last two days as well and it worked out just fine.

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Old 05-08-2010, 11:49 AM   #57
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Got internet tonight at a campground in Italy near Bologna. Here's a few pics from a couple of days ago as we crossed into Italy from Austria.

6 May 2010

We left Germany this morning in the rain. I was pretty happy because I found my connecting cord for my electric vest and it looked like I'd be a lot more comfortable than I was yesterday. Cloudy and light rain across Austria- we looked at the weather projections and decided to go further into Italy where we might find drier roads. So into Italy......we crossed Brenner Pass out of Innsbruck and headed down towards Bolzano. It got warmer and drier as we rode South so we decided we might as well ride one of the smaller pass roads: Sella Pass.

Rain as we started to climb.





The rain got harder, then a lot harder. I was in the lead at this point and started to get a feeling things were about to change, so we ducked into a small parking lot on the roadside under a tree. It started to pour, lighting flashed, the rain turned to hail and the road turned to a river of ice pellets.
It just so happened we were parked next to an Inn so- time for lunch.



An hour or two later the rain tapered off to a drizzle so off we went for the Sella Pass. Half an hour of riding and it started to snow.



Sella Pass



Karst on Sella Pass



We agreed, sitting in our hotel later it had been a fine day. The roads were beautiful with great scenery and lots of tight S turns. We didn't push too much since it was wet and cold but it was fun riding.

View in the morning from the hotel in Delba Alba.





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Old 05-08-2010, 01:08 PM   #58
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RR Day 3. Twists and turns.

We awoke in our Canazei B&B to see the thermometer reading 2 degC -- ouch (and Shu went for a run at 5:30 but we all know he is nuts). We took our time getting ready to let the mercury climb a bit and then pushed off down the valley surrounded by ski chalets on both sides. Here is Shu heading out in the morning.



Although we only covered 125 miles it was filled an amazing amount of twisty turnies. He we are just after crossing Passo de Rolle. I practically had to beg on my hands and knees to get these guys to take their helmets off for the picture -- damn prima donnas! (I'm going to catch hell for that one...).



Karst leaving Agordo after an afternoon coffee break.



And our road-side snack table.



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Old 05-08-2010, 01:15 PM   #59
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Got up this morning at our campground. Everything was wet from a night with quit a bit of rain. It had cleared up by the time 7 came along. Everything got picked up pretty quickly and we got on our way 8:30.

We back tracked a bit to get on a small pass road we found on one of the maps. It lead over Mount Grappa at the southern end of the Dolomites. It proofed out to be quit a ride. Steep up along many switchbacks on a road most of the time single car wide. It was wet and foggy and fantastic. The tree canopy overhangs the road adding to the magic. The road was too narrow to stop and take pictures, but we stopped at the top of Passo del Grappa (or something like it), which was just clear of the lowest clouds.




Going down proved to be even more fun. The light fog now turned into a very dense fog,. I could not see Shu two bikes ahead and could only follow the outline of Toms bright tail light. The visor had to be up and my glasses got fogged up adding to a lack of visibility. But as long as Tom’s light did not suddenly go down steeply everything was good. Up and down, left and right, hairpin after hairpin. What a ton of fun. We didn’t see anything of the landscape, but I am sure if was great


Eventually the fog cleared and the road widened. More traffic also coming up the mountain. We wound up in Bassano. In the spirit of not deciding of where to go until the last moment we decided to head down the autostrada to Bologna. Before doing so we had to have some lunch. There are signs along the highway telling you of restaurants, but as soon as you get off there are no further signs of where to go. We wandered around, to wind up back in Bassano the long way round. Lunch was enjoyed by all.


Then it was on the autostrada. After 150km’s we got off and paid our 9 euros toll. The roads have been very good and the autostrada was no exception. Even the small mountain road we road on was in pretty good shape. We have also not seen many of the crazy Italian drivers. Decidedly less disciplined then Germany, but nothing crazy either.


The GPS has been extremely helpful guiding us thru the towns without getting lost too much or too long. From Bologna we had Garmin guide us to a campground in the hill country. It is easy to get lost on the numerous small roads heading every which way. The GPS really helped out, although it got confused once in while as well. With the help of some locals we got back on track after many gestures in many directions. A couple of miles of dirt road were our first ones on this trip. Picked up some dinner items in Savigno and got to the camp ground. Very nice, recommended: Campeggio Comunale MonteQuestiolo, N44-19-56.4 E10-58-50.5, 50 km’s or so South West of Bologna in beautiful Italian hill country.


Tents are now pitched, dinner is behind us and we are sitting in the rec room with an internet connection.


Today was a 200 miler, but that was only due to the autostrada run. We spend all morning long on only 50 miles.


It getting hard to remember what it is, or how long we’ve been on the road already. We had some bad news about our Turkey tires. We had them shipped from Holland. They have been in Turkey since April 16th and indications are that they are stuck in customs, but nobody really knows.


The internet is too slow to upload many pictures, so only a few are added.

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Old 05-08-2010, 01:49 PM   #60
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Thanks for the post guys, I was beginning to wonder where you were. Just figured you were having too much fun. Down pour, hail, rain, snow and mountains you should feel right at home .

Weather reports show central-southern Italy and Greece as sunny and warm so maybe this will be the worst of it for a while.

Keep those pictures coming Paul, .

Are you going into Florence?

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