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Old 07-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #271
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Very envious. Just loved Florence. Even bought the obligatory leather jacket too! Didn't want to leave and would return in an instant.
It certainly is a beautiful city. One of the best so far I think.

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Looks like a great trip mate, cheers for sharing it all with us including the non bike pics, it's all part of the experience.
It is an awesome trip although once Leanne leaves and I head east it will be interesting :-)

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Yep, scooters are everywhere in Paris too. And in New York City you hardly ever see them! That shot of your anti-pasto plate was amazing. Geez, if I ate all that I'd not have room for anything more!
Unlike Asia where they are little 100cc etc, these have bigger engines and a lot more get up and go. Have seen some with Akropovic pipes. I suppose over here it is also very hard to find car parks near to where people live and work so a scooter is ideal.

It was a good meal (from memory I think that made up for missing lunch), it was a nice treat when we have a budget we are trying to keep to.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:39 AM   #272
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The highlight today was the Passo Dello Stelvio (or to us uneducated Kiwis - Stelvio Pass). This is the highest paved road in the Alps and there are 75 hair pin turns (no I didn't count them, on each side they are numbered with number one being at the top).
Ahem! Not quite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ds_in_the_Alps So you need to do some more riding.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:30 AM   #273
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Ahem! Not quite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ds_in_the_Alps So you need to do some more riding.
Whoops! We did ride the Col de I'Iseron, but only road past the turn to de la Bonette.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:34 AM   #274
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Whoops! We did ride the Col de I'Iseron, but only road past the turn to de la Bonette.
If you do get a chance to ride to the Cime de la Bonette it's worth it for the view from the viewing table at the top because there's nothing else nearly as high anywhere near you and there's a true 360 degree view of all the mountain tops.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:45 AM   #275
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If you do get a chance to ride to the Cime de la Bonette it's worth it for the view from the viewing table at the top because there's nothing else nearly as high anywhere near you and there's a true 360 degree view of all the mountain tops.
We did stop and discuss it, it was a fantastic day too so the views would have been good. However it can now go on our "to do" list for when we return!

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Old 07-06-2014, 09:33 AM   #276
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Florence to Rome

Wow she was a hot one today! Morocco was hot yes, but today was a little more humid and we baked.

First stop was Sam Gimignano, well known for the medieval towers that remain (15 of the original 70 are still there).

From inside the town



From a distance



We stopped to check out the sun flowers (note that the dry bag with all of my clothes is now strapped to the pannier lid so that the new jackets can go in the roll bag)



Another walled town (too hot to remember its name)



We then went to Siena as I wanted to see the square where the Palio horse race in run. However after the slow riding through town KT was feeling the heat and the dash lit up like a Xmas tree, so we stopped to let her cool down (for some reason the fan did not come on?). Once the temperature came down we decided to hit the open road and we missed the square.

We also needed some lunch, shade and a cold red bull :-) so stopped in Bettolle



This was another town on the way South, check out the cliff and the walls



Yes I know we are not meant to stop on the autostrada but the view from up the bank was good



And a photo, not sure yet what it is, as we arrived in Rome, wow did I want to get in that fountain.



So that we can sort out what Leanne will be taking home I have taken the panniers off the bike and they are in the room with us. After having them on for 9 weeks she looks as though she has been on a Jenny Craig diet.

With the fan problem(?) it looks as though we might have to visit another dealer to have it looked at (annoyed!).
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:51 AM   #277
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Our no fan problem. Here is what I have found out is possibly the problem. When I had the oil pressure problem with water in the oil, it was more than likely caused by a failure of the water pump gasket. That is how the water got into the oil.

All they replaced as a fix was the filter and oil.

I have found out that if the water level is low the fan won't come on.

I wonder then if today more water has leaked into the oil again.

Hopefully the local dealer can get the parts and fix the water pump and again replace oil and filter so I can have the bike for the big ride south on Thursday.

Fingers crossed
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:27 PM   #278
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Our no fan problem. Here is what I have found out is possibly the problem. When I had the oil pressure problem with water in the oil, it was more than likely caused by a failure of the water pump gasket. That is how the water got into the oil.

All they replaced as a fix was the filter and oil.

I have found out that if the water level is low the fan won't come on.

I wonder then if today more water has leaked into the oil again.

Hopefully the local dealer can get the parts and fix the water pump and again replace oil and filter so I can have the bike for the big ride south on Thursday.

Fingers crossed
That is what I was thinking the other day when you said there was water in the oil. I am surprised the KTM shop did not figure that out. I guess no surprises really remembering the battery hassles in the STH Island. Andrews 990 was using water after they left us on the TAT and he had to change the water pump when they got home.
Hope you get it sorted quickly.
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That is what I was thinking the other day when you said there was water in the oil. I am surprised the KTM shop did not figure that out. I guess no surprises really remembering the battery hassles in the STH Island. Andrews 990 was using water after they left us on the TAT and he had to change the water pump when they got home.
Hope you get it sorted quickly.
Tx Phil. There are two KTM dealers here in Rome, one is closed today (common to close on Monday I think) and the other opens at 3.00pm. I will be at his door then waiting. The level in the radiator overflow bottle dropped yesterday so I presume it is happening again!

Not nice seeing the dash warning lights come on.

Luckily we do have three more nights here, but I do need to be in Bari on Thursday.

by the way checking the weather yesterday we had opposite to you, you had 13, we were at 31 when I checked lol

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:47 AM   #280
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:14 AM   #281
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Only three words for you Mr Young Bee Em U U . Hope you get it sorted mate
Agreed. Then you can break down in remote & interesting places, eh Colin. . I'm enjoying your travels. So far you've travelled much of the route we rode 23 years ago. We didn't get to Morocco though.
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Agreed. Then you can break down in remote & interesting places, eh Colin. . I'm enjoying your travels. So far you've travelled much of the route we rode 23 years ago. We didn't get to Morocco though.
I hear what you are saying, brakes were my problem and not a bike thing. But I suppose I would have to choose between KTM water pump issues or BMW drive shaft issues!

Nice to hear from both of you :-)

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I hear what you are saying, brakes were my problem and not a bike thing. But I suppose I would have to choose between KTM water pump issues or BMW drive shaft issues!
Or buy a Triumph and not have any problems at all.
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It feels a bit like we should have called this thread "Kiwi Dreams - Europe, Morocco AND KTM workshops!

First the good news KT is now in the hands of Bi & Ti KTM dealer who will make her better ready for my trip south. It was hard work riding for 30 minutes in 30+ degrees with a semi sick bike, through Rome traffic, trying to not let her overheat.



We had a look around Rome this morning. I won't bore you with photos of the sites that you will all have seen elsewhere, but here are a couple that attracted our attention.

As all KTM owners know the world is orange, these monks were expressing their delight to that at the tomb to the unknown soldier.



Check out this bag lady, she must be going for a spot in the Guiness World Records



Leanne has been looking forward for a long time to seeing the Trevi Fountain. It is beautiful



Unfortunately this is what we found, a builders site with no builders to be seen



Even the Colosseum has its share of scaffolding, check out all the tourists.



Rome is full of tourists, as it deserves to be, but crowds are hard work. This is Saint Peters. The line you see in front is the back of the line of people waiting to go in (look at the line on top of the steps)



We also split all the gear today ready for Leanne's return to NZ. Nice to see the pile left for me so small



And to finish with some bike porn. It was the first time I have seen one of these, it is an anniversary model, unfortunately I can't see from the photo what the anniversary was, and I can't remember what it said :-(

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:01 PM   #285
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And to finish with some bike porn. It was the first time I have seen one of these, it is an anniversary model, unfortunately I can't see from the photo what the anniversary was, and I can't remember what it said :-(
Possibly 80th anniversary of the founding of KTM in 1934?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTM
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