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Old 06-10-2013, 12:50 AM   #16
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The road-trip part of this trip continues.

A bit of trailside excitement, the first mechanical issue - Michael has been thoroughly sick of his bikes alarm for ages now, but removing it has always been on his to-do list. After several years the alarm wiring has stretched out the OEM ignition loom, resulting in the bike cutting out when at full lock! So an hours break to find, and fix, the issue. The resulting fix was to unbolt the entire ignition and duct tape it to the fairing so it did not move with the steering.






Was a nice place to break down :)




Some professional bodging going on...

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Old 06-10-2013, 12:51 AM   #17
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That night was pizza in Italy, Bellinzona, a nice enough spot and pretty relaxing wee town.





A pity it is not leaning ;)






Pushed on the next day to skirt around the lakes, this one being Lugano, and John admiring the worlds biggest screen (John is a healthy 6'4"+ tall...). Note the wee scooter is a Hybrid!!!





This looks a nice place to stay with the wife sometime, with interesting statues!




Cool....




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Lunch in a mystery town somewhere in Italy, heading towards Austria





The evening in Innsbruck








John offering some roadside assistance "it's definitely your water-pump gone"... ;)




Collecting dinner



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Old 06-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #19
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The next day took us over the Gerlos Pass, a lovely spot, with awesome roads.




We continued north-eastwards through Austria, to finally arrive at the gates to ERZBERG!




Never missed a beat





It's worth saying now I've spent some time on the SE, in comparison to the Adventure...

The SE rocks. For road-riding it is faster; better in the twisties as quicker handling and lighter, and it stops better too, with the (single) front brake outperforming my poor old Adventure, with which I used to have to plan corners in advance, like piloting a super-tanker. Where the Adventure still wins is settled high-speed touring, with anything over 70mph just so much easier on the Adventure. The one and only thing to modify on my SE is it does need a small screen, just 3-6 inches of protection for a bit of relief from the wind blast.





We arrived at a perfect time on Wednesday, with a massive queue of vans on both sides of the road for over 1km. We just nipped past, and after about 30 mins the gates opened with us about the 5th on the mountain :)





Nice view





But the main view!






WE ARE HERE! :)





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Our empty backyard quickly filled up, with over-excited motorheads roaring up in vans and grabbing choice spots to set up camp. They were all old-hands at it, and so pretty well prepared with huge marques, fire-pits, tables, benches, stereo's.... We were the only people camping in tents and only with motorcycles!







Mental note, I will be selling my wee tent. It is a brilliant tent (2 person Vango) for motorbike camping when conditions are nice. But when conditions are filthy wet and constant rain for 4 days, it is just too small. For wet conditions I needed a covered porch to get changed in and store all the wet kit.


Down at the main compound

Big truck!




The weather already closing in....





The finish line of the Hare Scramble. Looks easy eh.... !!






This is the very bottom of the riders camp, which was now FULL




The evening lunacy began, these lads were all doing burn outs on their Enduro bikes on an old wooden door






VIDEO to follow (as I ran out of bandwidth - fixing now...)
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:27 AM   #21
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The next day was Thursday, the day of the Hill Climb event. It was the start of the rain (Austria and Germany were to be soon under water with massive flooding). I'll wait for some photo's from my friends cameras....
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Friday dawned, the day of our Prologue event!
Oh no...





I must be dreaming, so went back to sleep for a while...







Bugger...



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Old 06-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #24
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Nice

Nice report,

I saw that there is some Stelvio to digest

Don't forget to put more pics...
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As said in my original whinge, Michael and I were man enough to ride the heat 1 Prologue, using it as we thought, as a training ride for Saturday. A bad decision in the end, and we paid the price with poor overall times. Just one of those things. A mental note that it is a really bad idea to ride with no goggles in the snow, my eyes could barely see the track by the end of it. My time was also not helped by me getting lost on the second corner, going up the wrong side of the track and having to back the bike out :( Another 30-40 seconds wasted :( Ah well....



By Saturday our wee camp site was something of a tourist attraction, and the hardy (but stupid) English-speakers we had become something of a charity case. This meant hand-outs of firewood :)





Michael looking relaxed, but he is actually stuck here like a turtle on it's back in his silly little laid-back chair :) heheh





John, the camping quartermaster!





I missed this shot by just a little, it would have been called "swan lake"! :) This guy is on a FZR600 with knobblies, and a side car made out of an old fairground swan!




Ah, fire, somewhere to warm the beer...





So after the snow came more rain, and areas of the camp became lakes.. A ton of people had left with the first snow




The event was feeling the pinch from the weather. The passes into the area had been closed for a day, so no spectators could come, even if they wanted to with the horrible conditions. They were expecting 20+ thousand, and I think had more like 5,000 maximum.





Cold, wet, windy, and still some snow on the mountain. The scale is really difficult to describe. The Erzberg really is a big-fuck-off-proper mountain that they have just carved in half. It is just under 1km from the bottom of the pit to the top. Huge





All kitted up, but no where to ride :( The bastards

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The perfect bike, in race form:





The rear tyre is a Mitas EF07, which is half worn after 15km of use, already starting to throw knobs.


Meanwhile our campsite was starting to have "character" (smelling a lot)





Michael yet again stuck in his silly chair, putting a brave face on the fact he has to ask people passing by to help lever him out!





John in his element :)




I had wet feet for 5 days straight...






The locals started to make use of the conditions, these chaps decided to wake-board through the lake! Great skills, video link below












VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs26bXu6fiU





Campsite becoming a ghetto...


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I know I have skipped where we actually rode the Erzberg, but I will get back to that - the photo's are on my GoPro, and I need to download them :)


The day of the main event, again raining and miserable....

Joined by my mates, who hired GS's in Munich and toured a bit in (dry and sunny) Italy. They thought we were nuts :)




Stage one of the hare scramble, making use of the same hill as the rocket ride. It was mad-max carnage, the photo's speaking for themselves with the thousand-yard stares of riders trying to get up the hill!!











Waiting their turns





And already exhausted






Which way!






Up!!

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The effort to get up this was extraordinary... Will let the photo's speak for themselves....











Nasty weather getting nastier

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Meanwhile, on planet Zorg, a collection of strange creatures debated nature...


I love this photo. We rode out of the town to go and see some of the outer reaches of the course. Faced with a rode block we had to walk a few miles, and as raining everyone kept their lid on. Here we are trying to find the damned race!


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Carls diner




Just brutal. It was taking riders minutes to move feet





And I got to meet one of my heros! Alfie Cox!! The legend, known as the nice-guy of the Dakar


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