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kave 09-16-2007 06:17 AM

Alpes on gravel 2007
 
We have been invited my Mikael Resmark to join in on a trip to the Alps in September 2007. This year focus is on unpaved roads.
I equipped my KTM 950SE with fresh shoes, Pirelli MT21, for this journey.

Saturday 20070908, 18.00, 22 degrees celsius, great weather, Boras -> Gothenburg

Roger arrived with his bike on a trailer. Saved 300km's of life on his tires.

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We started our journey easy, taking the ferry from Gothenburg Sweden to Kiel in Germany. On the highway we tested the difference between a stock 950SE vs a akrapovice equiped bike with 100kmh rolloffs on fith and sixth speed. It's clear that it does make a difference, allthough not huge.

Sunday 20070909, 25 degrees celsius, Kiel -> Altona, Hamburg

We met up with the other travellers at the Altona train station. Among them Anders Eng and Elving Solli, an editor of a Swedish motorbike magazine, among other things.
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A couple of german beers later it was time to go load the bikes on the train:
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Roger and I, Stefan and Rolf shared a cabin on the train.
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Monday 20070910, 30 degrees, Frejus -> Chamois d'Or, Casterino

Excited we got off the train, today the journey will begin for real. We get off the train in Frejus, French riviera.
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We take the highway to Nice to reach the interesting roads quicker. Nice views all over the place:
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GB 09-16-2007 06:26 AM

:lurk:lurk:lurk

kave 09-16-2007 06:31 AM

Up in the mountains the roads are getting better and better:
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A quick coffe and a sandwich in a small village. The coffe is great in Italy:
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The legurian borderpass is really great:
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After that nice gravel run we came to the village Tende:
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2000 meters above sea level:
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We arrived at the hotel arround 19.00, exhausted.
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Mikael discussing todays routes:
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After a three meal course and some wine and beer we get to bed.

kave 09-16-2007 07:04 AM

Tuesday 20070911, 2 degrees, clear sky, Valle Maira and Valle Varaita
We start the day with some wheelie practise, Roger shows how to handle a Super Enduro:
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The view from Col di Tende, Roger:
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and Stefan:
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Anyone taking pictures?
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Can you spot the gravel road?
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We met some locals too:
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Limone Piemonte:
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A quick lunch stop in Vernante:
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Up the valle Maira pass:
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Roger and Stefan exhanged bikes, HP2 and KTM 950SE:
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Disussing the differences:
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The road was great:
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Valle varaita, lots of stones, sharp stones. Can you see the road how it stretches on the mountain:
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Roger:
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After a couple of hours Stefan decides to check out the gravel a bit closer:
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In these situations it's nice to ride a boxer, I know for sure. A KTM Adventure would have slided much further down without a cylinder on the side:
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We where lucky to be three, we barely where able to pick it up again. Stefan inspecting the damages:
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Not to bad:
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Some tape and it was ridable again.
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After that we decided to stick to the tarmac for a while. We noticed ad closed road and decided to check it out:
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After that detour it was time for more dirt. Stefan in a water passage:
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No problem:
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Which route to go next?
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It seems the HP2 takes less fuel than a super enduro.
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DrBigMinde 09-16-2007 10:33 AM

Very nice, very nice kave :clap

ThumperDRZ 09-16-2007 10:39 AM

Absolutely amazing pics...

Looks like a few butt clinchers there for sure

JossaXR 09-16-2007 11:56 AM

Nice pictures Johan are you happy on the super enduro, you dont miss the 1200gs:1drink

C-Dub 09-16-2007 01:13 PM

:clap :thumb :lurk

kejago 09-16-2007 04:33 PM

Very nice! :clap :clap :clap

HMR 09-17-2007 02:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jossa
Nice pictures Johan are you happy on the super enduro, you dont miss the 1200gs:1drink

One comment Jossa -

On this 2500 km ride we where 1 Honda, 1 Suzuki, 5 KTM and 13 BMW.

We had two breakdowns. Both KTM's. This means that 40% of the KTM's broke down but no other bikes. The KTM's are great to ride but they need indeed to improve quality.

kejago 09-17-2007 03:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HMR
One comment Jossa -

On this 2500 km ride we where 1 Honda, 1 Suzuki, 5 KTM and 13 BMW.

We had two breakdowns. Both KTM's. This means that 40% of the KTM's broke down but no other bikes. The KTM's are great to ride but they need indeed to improve quality.

What were the breakdowns caused by? What broke / went wrong? :ear

Damir 09-17-2007 03:12 AM

Fantastic ride! :clap

Can you please share maps or gps tracks? :evil

kave 09-17-2007 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kev
What were the breakdowns caused by? What broke / went wrong? :ear

First breakdown was a KTM 525, broken rearwheel hub. Apparently the hub had a crack in it before Elving wen't on the trip. Bike was towed home.

Second was a slave cylinder on the clutch who started leaking oil. That was changed at a local KTM dealer, bike 950SE.

Third breakdown was a HP2 owner who fell on his bike so he made a crack in the valve cover. Bike started loosing oil. New valve cover was bought at a local dealer.

Fourth brakdown, 1150GS with bad battery. New battery bought.

Jossa, Since my 1200GS had a broken final drive I am rally enjoing my KTM.
I am having so much more fun with it. I can handle 600km strecthes in one day on this bike. Not fun, but it works.

Tracknod 09-17-2007 03:39 AM

I just wanted to say the picts are FANTASTIC>.......:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:cl ap:clap

kave 09-17-2007 04:19 AM

20070912, 2 degrees, sunny, clear skies, route des grandes alpes.
We started off in the morning with a gravel run up Col De Tende:
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Next pass, Colle Della Lombardia:
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Time for lunch, but the somewhat strange french people who make a living out of selling food doesn't allways like to think the customer pays their salaries. So we didn't eat here in Isola:)
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Next pass, Bousieyas:
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Next, the Col De La bonette:
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A quick coffe break in La condamine:

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Next, the famous pass Parpallion:

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At the top, a tunnel, no light of course, really muddy inside:

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On the exit:
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Next, I rode up to the Risoul Station:
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Time for gas in Guillestre:
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Asfalt racing up the Brunnisard pass:
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Another good day ended well.


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