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Old 02-06-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Coast to coast 2015 - TravelBikers (Tunisia/Algeria/Europe)



Hello together!

The last time we presentet our „It’s our way: The BlackSea 2014“ Tour. Because there had been some of you, who had been interested in our report, we wanted to show you our next big plans and we want to report about our next adventure. I want to try to inform you about all the news about what we are doing at the moment.
There were some questions from some of you and I want to answer you these questions. And please don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any questions.

Why do we call our next tour „Coast to coast 2015“?

To be honest, we don’t really look, where could be the prettiest place on earth or where you can find the best sights. Every year we are taking three weeks off for our tour. We starting in Karlsruhe in Germany and from here we have to travel very far to get to a country where we haven’t been before. Our goal is it, to say someday: „Guys, we travelled through whole Europe ... with the bike!“

On top of our list you can find the Surrounding oft he Black Sea. But the political situation is still very dangerous in these regions. Sure, now you can say Algeria and Tunisia are also at the same level regarding dangerousness. But the research (and for sure you can correct us, if we are wrong) we have done, shows the touristic coast region in those countries are relatively safe.

Furthermore we want, as long as we can, to visit every year a SOS-Children village during our journeys. The idea came up early, actually after our first visit of Rumania. We want to give the people, whom land we are using, something back. Specially the childrens are innocent and they have to live with the consequenses of what theirs parents do. When we see the shining eyes oft he children, when they are happy and give us a hug, when they are driving with us on our bikes.... this is a big honor for us, that we can do something like this! That ist the reason why countries like Ireland and Norway have to wait a little bit for our visit ;)



Sometimes the questions appears, how do you do that with your holiday / days off from work?

We can understand, that everybody does have the chance to take so many days off from work. Up to now the maximum of leave days had been three weeks. Sooner or later also this doesn’t last, because the starting section gets longer and longer. Sure you also could deliver your bike to somewhere and start the discovery from there, but for now this is not the way we want to do it. And of course everybody has to decide for his own, how many days off from work he wants to sacrifice.

Naturally you need a fair partner, if he or she doesn’t come along with you. This is not always as easy as everybody thinks, but there are many things you can bring home with you .... which the girls like!

A nice employer is also a big advantage. Probably not everybody can take three weeks off. But the most problems you can discuss easy and factually.

Why do we have sponsors?

The first thing is: To work with sponsors is not as easy as everybody would think. It takes more then just a call and afterwards you get every new part delivered to your home.

There had been a moment, where we realized we are doing a great thing! We are driving many kilometers in a short time and actually we are doing that, where some companies do pay a lot of money for.... So we tried to persuade some companies for our project. Today we work together with really honestly partners, which do hear our feedback. Partly we also found new friends! We do like it to get to know some new people. The connection with the sponsors is a giving and recieving, that is for sure. This does mean, that there is a lot to do after every tour. But this is our passion and we have fun by what we are doing.



In total, we can say we connected our biggest passion the motorcycle driving with journeys and with something useful ... and that we are able to do it, the way we do .... therefore we are very thankful!
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:40 PM   #2
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A new member!

Someone new in our TravelBikers team ....
No, not a new driver, but a new bike!

After we got stuck in Rumania with my Suzuki DR 600, we continued the journey together on one bike. From this point it had been certain, that I need a new bike for the next season, something more reliable.
The BMW F800GS from Matias showed at the last journey how much potential is inside such a bike and how convenient it can be to travel. For that reason I decided as well on a F800GS. In the last December days we found a got offer: A BMW F800GS from 2013 with the kalamata paint.
The journey back from Munich had been very difficult and longsome because of the snow. But overall definitely a good bike, this is our opinion! Now the bike has to be prepared for our next adventure ....


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Old 02-08-2015, 03:16 AM   #3
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Map is too old l guess , there is no Ottomans or Byzantium
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Map is too old l guess , there is no Ottomans or Byzantium
And the iron horse has strange legs

Looking forward to your ride report and photos around "Mare Nostrum"

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Old 02-10-2015, 12:39 PM   #5
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Color exchange

When the winter gets to long and you don’t know anymore what to do with your time, you get ideas you never dreamed of. I’m owning my 800GS now since two years und there came the idea of changing the color of it. I haven’t been sure about should I paint it or should I do something, so that I still can change it if I don’t like it. The only way to do it so is to foil your plastics. So I ordered the foil and than I started to foil it with some friends. It took us many evenings to get it done. It is really difficult if you do it for the first time. It doenst work out for the first time, but after some trys you know how to do it. I’m not totally happy with the result, but this is also very difficult for me ...

I really like the color, but I still have some doubts about some kinks and if the foil really withstand many years. But the only way to find out ist o wait...

Here the overall result:









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Old 02-19-2015, 10:13 AM   #6
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The 1. Stage . left side ride

„Left side ride“, what does this mean again? In the preparation of the journey and the involved circling of the Mediterranean Sea, there are thre big questions for us:

1. Which SOS-Children village do we want to visit?
2. Circle the Mediterranean Sea from left or from right?
3. Do we need a visa?

We already managed to find a suitable children village. So point one is safe. We discussed with the responsible persons of the organisation, so that we are allowed to visit a children hood near Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. We are already really excited and look ahead for this day.

The second point had been more difficult than the first one. We need to take three ferries. Spain – Algeria, Tunisia – Sicily and Italy - Albania or Croatia. And this is the challange. The ferry from Spain to Algeria and Tunisia to Sicily are driving only once a week.. Thats means, that if we want to drive from Sicily to Tunisia, we have to drive 1600 kilometeres in four days to reach the ferry in Algeria to Spain. In the first moment it doesn’t sound very difficult, but you have to remember, that we are driving in Tunisia and Algeria, some countries we will see the first time. „Should wes top here?“ „No, no time!“ ... „I’m hungry!“ „I want to pee“ „Again?“ In total it would be to hectic and we wouldn’t see enough of these countries. We decided against this opportunity.

The route on the MotoPilot.



If we drive from Spain to Algeria and then from Tunisia to Italy the whole situation changes. In this case we will have 9 days (!!), if the ferry comes in time, to drive through Algeria and Tunisia. This sound much better in our ears. Now we have enough time and we can follow the coast of africa!

With will deal with point three in the next days. Now we are happy, that me managed to plan the main part of our journey! ☺
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Stage 2 – straight ahead

The second stage of our tour will be the trip along the coast of Africa. We decided on the ferry from Almeria to Ghazaouet. The ferry will cost us approximately 200 €. Much money, if you think about sitting 9 hours on a boat, but we have no other choice. We are still thinking about if you should book the tickets in advanced or buy them on the spot.




Source: googlemaps

Because we now do have more time in Africa, we maybe will try to get a little bit more into the countryside. The route will go along the coast, where it is more or less touristic und hopefully safe. We also want to search for a few accomodations in advance. That is a good way of doing it, because the security situation doesn’t give us the opportunity to camp.
Meanwhile we contacted the SOS-Children village in Tunis. The responsables are glad and they look forward to our visit.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:03 PM   #8
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Stage 3 – the right side ride

The last big step of our adventure is at the same time the way back home. But to get there, we fist have to reach the ferry from Tunis to Palermo. This crossing will cost „just“ around 120 € and will take 26 hours. So we will have enough time to write some postcards There won’t be a lot of variety, because the ferries lost their gloss.



Arriving in Palermo we want to get to Bari, another ferry. You see that’s the reason we gave this tour its name ☺. Depending on our conditions we are thinking about taking the ferry to Albania or Croatia. Actually Montenegro is to pretty to skip it, but on this we want to decide during the journey. Who the TravelBikers know, will know indeed, what we will probably decide for. But it doesn’t matter which opportunity we will take, we want to follow the known Magistrale road. We took this road more then once, but it is still a really nice road to ride with a motorbike. After every edge you can find something interesting to see. The character and the feeling on the raod changes everytime a little bit, but however it is still the epitomise of the word „curve“. We also have the countryside in our eyes. Maybe we will do some side trips away from the coast.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:01 AM   #9
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A-Rival Actioncam

Presumably our journey will start on the 26th of June in Karlsruhe...
In the meantime a few of our partners already sent us some of their products, which we want present and get them installed bit by bit on our bikes. If you should have any questions to one of the products or modifikations, feel free to ask.

Be mobile - with A-RIVAL

Who followed our last journey to the Black Sea does know, that we are not only taking pictures of our adventures, but also movies. There are a lot of different actioncams available and it is difficult to keep an overview about all these cams. A new actioncam is the one from A-RIVAL, which we want to present to you.



The cam comes with an safe and shock-proof packaging. Immediatly the red color catches someones eyes and wants to say: "... Action!".
Equipped with a 5 megapixels lens and a view of 140° degrees you should catch every scene. Videos can be recorded in full HD (1080P/30fps). The cam does only have a small intern storage, but it is recommended to use a SD-card. You can easily view the videos you recorded on the 1,5" TFT-Display.

The equipment which comes with the cam is really good and the price performance ratio does speak for itself!
We are excited and looking forward to the first records ...

More details you can find here: http://www.a-rival.de/de/kameras/aqtioncam

Before you place the fastening pads, it is necessary to clean the area from dirt and fat.

You can put the fastening pads whereever you want.






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A question of lubrication – Scottoiler Magnum Tank

Every biker does know the company Scottoiler and their best known product, lovely called Scotti. Some of us do adore the Scottoiler, the others don't need it at all. Doubtless it is a product, where problems are rare. The system is so simple and that's why it is working so good .... but I will tell you more about that in the next days!

Before we will install the Scottoiler on our bikes, we want to fit some additional systems on the vehicles. On the one hand the Lube Tube and on the other hand the Magnum-Tank. Unfortunately the weather these days does work against us, but nevertheless we had been able to work on the Magnum-Tank. For what reason someone does someone need the additional tank and how can you use it?

Basically it is for bikers, wo really drive many kilometers, really far distances and they don't like to bother about the lubrication of the chain. But the system also does fit and is good for the everyday driving. At the start of the season you fill up your Magnum-Tank with oil and you can drive almost the whole year and you can leave the chain beeing itself.

The buildup of the tank does give a robust impression and does have threats to fasten it. Primarily the position of the tank was planned to be behind the number plate. However the number plates today are smaller and smaller and the aesthetics does count more, so we though about where to put the tank:

1. Somewhere beyond the plastics or coverings? It does not work, the tank is to big and underneath the coverings of the F800GS there is more or less no space.
2. Maybe putting the tank to the boxes: Also difficult. Here we would have to drill some wholes into the expensive Boxes, so that the oil could be transported. Another option is to glue it to the boxes, but if it is really fix, you will only know, when it's to late....
3. At the suitcase carrier .... Yeah that's it! BINGO!

The plan: We want to fix the tank this way, that it doesn't pervent the boxes from putting on or taking off. The description says, that the tank should be on the same level as the Scottoiler. Our idea is to mount the suitcase carrier with the tank when we are on tour. For example, than we have the opportunity to take the boxes off and the tank still does sit on the carrier without having a problem to unmount the boxes. Therefore we created a pattern. The more effort you put into the pattern for the fastening of the tank, the less you have to alter afterwards.




From behind you can easily see the filling level of the tank. And there is still a lot of space to the rear wheel.




The transformation ....




This pattern we transferred to an alu sheet.
The first step is to mount the suitcase carrier and to look for enough space to the back wheel. Is there enough room, you should think about how to fix the tank. We drive with SW-Motech suitcase carrier. These carriers have unused wholes and on the bottom you can use the two screws from the holding rail.




For the optic we painted the whole thing in black .... but this is a matter of taste. After that you have to screw it together. In the delivered box of the Magnum Tank there is almost everything in you not to fix it. We didn't had to buy something extra.

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The wind blows - MRA X-creen Sport

Another package arrived. This year we want to stick to our original wind screens, for that reason we decided on the MRA X-creen sport. Why do you need one of these and how do they help?

Basically the 800 GS from BMW is designed for the vast majority, like the most bikes. Someone who is two meter tall should be able to drive the bike as well as someone with a size from 1,65 meter. Therefore the chaissis and the sitting position is a good compromise. For both things you can help yourself with some additional equipment. Okay, is is quite expensive to adjust your chassis with some new suspensions ... but maybe the first thing to improve is the flowing of the wind! :)

The goal of the small spoiler is a comfortable swirl of air in front of you upper body. Especially in summer a breeze of fresh air does make the driving really easy. Sure you can take a bigger wind screen, but this can cause, because of the strong swirls, that the noise will increase to point, where it is not convenient anymore.
The mounting is very simple and everybody should be able to install the wind screen with the added manual. For the first ridings we clamped the windscreen, but there are also screws in the package to fasten it easily with the screws. Every necessary part, which is needed for the clamped or the screwed version, comes with the parcel.


The gap between the spoiler and the screen and the height is adjustable. On this picture you can see the clamping mechanism.


For the original windscreen of the BMW F800 GS we had to mount the screen with a tension and some bending of the spoiler.


Through the gab streams a part af the contrary wind and can be deviated to a swirl through the spoiler.


A small part with a big impact, the X-creen Sport from MRA!
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Quick, but not dirty - rear mudguard

I already mounted the rear mudguard from Bodystyle (here you can get it: BS-Motoparts-Shop) last year to my BMW F800GS. Because I'm really impressed by this mudguard, due to the fact that it keeps all the mud away from the rear suspension, my tour partner decided to get the rear mudguard for his GS aswell.







As you can see on the pictures, the mudguard does fit into the whole optic of the bike. The mounting is really easy and everybody can do it by his own, you just need to screw some srews off and on again. At first you need to unfasten the screws for the chain protection and the screws which do fix the protection of the brakelines. These are the points where the new guard will be fastened. Now you have to mount the plastic spoiler to the very robust metall carrier. After that you have to fix everything to the bike to the declared points ... and it's done! Within an hour the mudguard is mounted. The advantage of this guard is, that real enduro tires can be used and the most of the dirt gets caught. The suspension is happy about that and the driver as well, because he to clean less. This comes not with every rear mudguard.

All together a really good part for your bike!
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RUKKA - The weather is not the problem

Slowly the temperature is rising and we push our bikes to the starting position. On the weekend we did a small tour to the Rhein (a river in the near). And of course we couldn't resist to try on our new RUKKA gear.
And we decided on a trip during Easter. Our goal will be France again. We want to start on Thursday in the evening and want to get back on Easter-Monday. We are really looking forward to it ...
Außerdem haben wir uns dazu entschlossen, dass wir wieder über Ostern eine Ausfahrt machen. ziel wird wieder Frankreich sein. Wir werden Donnerstag Abend losfahren und am Ostermontag zurückkehren. Die Vorfreude steigt...


With the BMWs by the Rhein near Eggenstein.



Pascal in the gear from RUKKA. He is wearing the Air Way Jacket with orange stripes and a Airvision-trousers.



A nice detail. The trousers does have a hook-and-loop fastener. With this the trousers can't slip underneath the boots and for that reason you will not destroy your gear.



The "R" does show it: RUKKA ... it doesn't matter which weather!



No hook-and-loop fastener anymore. The waterresistent inner jacket does use the patented, waterproofed and toothless lookingsystem.



The outer shell does have a waterresistent bag, ideal for the expensive smartphone.



Pascal on his new BMW F800GS and with the new dress.



A bit of water never killed somebody ...

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The way in to Algeria?!

At the moment we are trying to get the permission to enter Algeria.
If you want to enter Algeria you need a visa and we want to get it through the embassy in Berlin (or maybe Frankfurt am Main, this depends on the location you are living in Germany). For a tourist visa, which is the right one for our purpose, you need the following documents:

- two applications forms (2) without any missing parts, with the right date and signed
- two (2) recent identically pass fotos
- your passport with a validity of more then six months
- a booking reservation of a hotel
- a ticket for the fly or the ferry for each outward trip and departure
- a working certificate
- a confirmation for a abroad health-insurance with return transport

A few of them are easily to get, but for the others you have to do a lot of calls and write emails, until you catch them all. All together not an easy task ;)
At first we contacted the embassy to ask to which point it is necessary to have a ticket or a booking confirmation. At the moment we are waiting for the reply ... if we will have any news, we will keep you informed.

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Travelbikers - The news agency

Nowadays everybody wants to report about his adventures on the journeys. The friends should know, which adventures you are going through, the good ones and the ones you are struggeling with, the family can see where you are at the moment and at least you self want to get some information from back home.

There are different opportunities to get this managed. At first we tried to upload our pictures and so on through our smartphones to the appropriate platforms, it works but it takes to much time to get it done and is to complicated. For this reason we got a new tablet. Is has a good battery time, you can easily put it into your boxes, because it is thin and it does have enough space for storage.

A few things you have to take care on a tablet as well. The most cams today do support a W-LAN connection. So you have the possibility to connect your cam to the tablet. Photos and videos can be easily stored and an upload should be no problem anymore. The only thing to take care of is the internal storage is mostly reserved for the installed system and the appliactions, so you have to extend your storage space through a SD-Card. A decent power is a good advantage as sufficient ram as well. On our next journeys the ENDEAVOUR 1010 from BLAUPUNKT will come along with us. More information can you get here: ENDEAVOUR 1010!
And of course we will post interesenting things about our journeys and the experience we made with the tablet from Blaupunkt!



The temperature is rising, so we packed up the tablet and took it for a ride ...



Before you get on our big adventure you should think in advance where to put your tablet, it seems the tank backpack is the right place! Let's see maybe we will put it in case of safety into the boxes.



Here a picture from the tablet in the backpack.



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