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Old 09-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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F-ing in Iceland and Faroe Islands, 2013.

Without further ado, here is what's to come from my story of testing out a freshly prepared BMW X-Challenge.

















































































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Old 09-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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Great photos, can't wait :) i'm hoping to go there next year :)
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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So many great images, thanks!
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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I'm terribly curious about the Faroe Isles, in particular.


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Old 09-26-2013, 11:27 PM   #6
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Thanks much for sharing your great pics, giving that island lotsa flavours to enjoy. If you get a chance please share some info on the front windscreen/headlamp setup, looks good.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:15 AM   #7
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One other question, isn't there a way to get to Iceland catching a ferry in northern Scotland? I only seem to find ferry's from Denmark, but that seems a bit odd :). Does anyone know?

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Old 09-27-2013, 03:44 AM   #8
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Simply outstanding!
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:56 AM   #9
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Awesome.

Fuck, I'm so envious now.

What a great RR this' gonna be...
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:16 PM   #10
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Awesome pictures. It's moved right up my list of must visit places
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:43 PM   #11
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what an incredible thread.
Fantastic imagery/amazing photography
thanks for taking us along on this journey some place SPECTACULAR
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #13
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All of the pics are fantastic, but this one holds me spell-bound ... beautiful place, thanks for sharing ...

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #14
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Going there next year. Great images. Wife has been there and says it is a hard place to describe but amazing place to explore.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #15
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Hard to describe, exactly!

The Smyril line ferry only goes to Iceland from Hirsthals, Denmark via Torshavn, capital of the Faroe islands... It used to stop also somewhere in Scotland (or Shetlands?), but recession etc...etc...

As for the headlight/windscreen setup, it is an FX-R bixenon projector with a pair of VisionX Solstice 10 watt LED running lights, all protected behind a gas-cooker bent piece of 2 (?) mm polycarbonate.
I'm thinking if to write about the build process in a separate thread once this RR is completed...

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Either way, let's get a couple of days of asphalt liason and floating on the sea over and done with!

Day 1 (14/06/13).

Of course, the bike was not finished when I had to leave Oxford, UK, to catch the ferry in 4 days and 1400 km away. In particular, I had no luggage rack, it was waiting for me at Erik's workshop just 20km before Amsterdam.
The first 600km then, I had to rest the bags across the seat and hope not to burn anything against the super hot standart exhaust with cat....



Erik and Diane were extremely welcoming and invited to stay the first night with them, an offer simply impossible to resist!

Day 2.
Next morning (or afternoon, realistically ), some work was done. Some luggage was lightened and left at the workshop (yep, too much crap right from the start!). And you would have thought that the lesson was learned after this on a Honda CB400:

(note, my friend is sitting ON a full bag, as well as being surrounded by more...)

Here are Erik, the legendary engineer himself, and his saturday helper, David. Spot the Storm!


Birthplace of the X-Tank.


I forgot this nice man's name, but will always remember how he helped with fixing a faulty USB port, which charges everything flawlessly to this day.



Done!!


Netherlands...as a lot of other European coutryside, seems too idyllic for my taste.


Around 5-6 pm, we said goodbyes and I moved on, covering another 300km before sleeping somewhere I can't even remember...

Day 3.



As you can see, motorways were boring enough for me to start playing with a new second-hand camera. It is supposed to be shockproof, but this just couldn't end well!!
Instead, I tried to get onto smaller roads when viable:


Even tried a few tracks in northen Denmark, before arriving to Hirsthals just before sunset time.
Naturally, one had to test a bike on the beach!




Again, this almost ended badly after losing the front and catching a big tankslapper...More crap will be said about tyres later.

Day 4.

Relax, shop for forgotten bits, add a lock to the bashplate toolbox, search for a motocross shop to buy spare tubes - failed. Walked past it twice, found by accident in the evening whilst dining on local fish, a little past closing time.
Jumping ahead - no tubes were needed, no punctures experienced!!! Probably next time...




Again, we were rewarded with a fantastic sunset! Remember, this is several days before summer solstice (21-22 june) and a little further north than i'm normally used too. Now, think what it would be like ON the 21st MUCH higher up north?





Yeah, I could NOT wait to board the ferry tomorrow morning...
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