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Forum: Europe 05-21-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By MichaelJ
It looks about right, based on my experience.

It looks about right, based on my experience.
Forum: EMEA 05-21-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
As we say in Maine - Ayuh, been theah. ...

As we say in Maine - Ayuh, been theah.

Didn't know about Juf though :cry

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2010-1/i-VmP2HPs/0/L/DSCN0403-L.jpg
Forum: Europe 05-21-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By MichaelJ
Late May/early June - all of the major passes...

Late May/early June - all of the major passes should be open, barring new storms.

Smaller passes, like the Praegel & Acherli may still be observing winter.

La Tremola (the old Gotthard Pass...
Forum: Ride reports 05-18-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,169
Posted By MichaelJ
Well, there's your problem right there! You...

Well, there's your problem right there!

You should have used tires instead of tyres. :evil
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-18-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 5,863
Views: 1,091,203
Posted By MichaelJ
That qualifies as abuse! :evil

That qualifies as abuse! :evil
Forum: Europe 05-16-2015, 04:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By MichaelJ
Nothing like coming late to the party, but I've...

Nothing like coming late to the party, but I've used a Pacsafe bag net. (http://www.pacsafe.com/travel-accessories-wallets/backpack-bag-protectors.html)

It's a stainless cable net bag that wraps...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-15-2015, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5,863
Views: 1,091,203
Posted By MichaelJ
When you get enough of 'em, stickers can be...

When you get enough of 'em, stickers can be structural. :D
Forum: EMEA 05-14-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Somebody's gotta make the sacrifice.

Somebody's gotta make the sacrifice.
Forum: EMEA 05-14-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Is the Transfăgărășan in your immediate future? ...

Is the Transfăgărășan in your immediate future?

If so, I'm jealous.
Forum: EMEA 05-13-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Or the site where they pushed the Miura over the...

Or the site where they pushed the Miura over the side. It's changed a bit, but still recognizable.

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2004-1/i-9Dn3RJb/0/L/image0113-L.jpg

I just...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-12-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5,863
Views: 1,091,203
Posted By MichaelJ
Jesses here ...

Jesses here

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Motorcycles/TEX/i-j9DNWqV/0/M/DSCN0428-M.jpg

I've had them on my VStrom since 2004. I looked at all of the options for the Tiger and went with Jesses...
Forum: EMEA 05-12-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Been there - and the Mangart, too (finally). ...

Been there - and the Mangart, too (finally).

Funny story. My first visit to the Vrsic was in 2006, and I parked at the top. As you may know, they collect a €.50 parking donation that goes to the...
Forum: Europe 05-12-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 652
Posted By MichaelJ
Looking at Budget's site, some of their locations...

Looking at Budget's site, some of their locations here in the US will not let you take the car out of the State that you rented it in!
Forum: EMEA 05-12-2015, 05:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
Cell coverage, generally, is better in the EU...

Cell coverage, generally, is better in the EU than in the US (lots less area to cover and more people in them).

Get with your carrier in advance, though. Roaming charges can be high and Roaming...
Forum: Europe 05-11-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By MichaelJ
What can I say - it varies from State to State....

What can I say - it varies from State to State. When I moved to Virginia (many years ago), I just took my S.C. title & registration to the DMV and was out the door with Virginia credentials.

Some...
Forum: EMEA 05-11-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By MichaelJ
LOVE the acronym :evil

LOVE the acronym :evil
Forum: EMEA 05-11-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
I'll be in the Andermatt area for a day or two in...

I'll be in the Andermatt area for a day or two in about 38 days (not that I'm counting). I'll pay the toll this time :evil


The bike is only half of the equation - my dirt skills (such as they...
Forum: EMEA 05-11-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
You're obviously a gentleman of taste and...

You're obviously a gentleman of taste and discrimination. :D

I bought mine new in early '88. It's now wearing "Antique" Virginia tags.
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-11-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5,863
Views: 1,091,203
Posted By MichaelJ
Mine is steel.

Mine is steel.
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 2,912
Views: 1,603,943
Posted By MichaelJ
Took ya long enough :wink:

Took ya long enough :wink:
Forum: Europe 05-10-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By MichaelJ
Maybe even more so with the strength of the...

Maybe even more so with the strength of the Dollar this year.
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-10-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 5,863
Views: 1,091,203
Posted By MichaelJ
Pity that we're on different coasts... :cry:cry

Pity that we're on different coasts... :cry:cry
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 80,908
Posted By MichaelJ
Me again - you don't need to be an IBA member to...

Me again - you don't need to be an IBA member to do the Tour - and you become a member by completing one.

One needs to visit at least 50 National Parks, Monuments, etc. in at at least 25 different...
Forum: EMEA 05-09-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Been to both (sort of). The Oberaare took 3 years...

Been to both (sort of). The Oberaare took 3 years before I got there with an acceptable wait time (I usually get there just after the window closes) and I cheaped out on the other one (did a u-turn...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 80,908
Posted By MichaelJ
What the heck. Go for broke and start (if not...

What the heck. Go for broke and start (if not complete) an Iron Butt Assn National Parks Master Traveler (http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=11) ride. I did one in 2009 and it...
Forum: EMEA 05-07-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
:eek1 Respect!

:eek1

Respect!
Forum: Europe 05-07-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 652
Posted By MichaelJ
Add into that, the weather in adjacent valleys...

Add into that, the weather in adjacent valleys can be quite different. Leave Valley "X", pop over the joining pass and ride down into Valley "Y" with entirely different weather.

Whee!

Somewhat...
Forum: EMEA 05-07-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
This is called TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such...

This is called TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch


Absolutely!

I did this in 2003 with my kids - I rented an apartment just outside Canazei in the Dolomites. Saved a pot of...
Forum: EMEA 05-07-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
It doesn't survive well in a topcase :wink: ...

It doesn't survive well in a topcase :wink:

For that matter, neither do loose pears :eek1

Although my topcase smelled great for a day or so.
Forum: EMEA 05-07-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Notice the original path looping around the...

Notice the original path looping around the tunnel!

I never cease to be amazed at what people will do to get from one place to another.

One of my favorites is the Valcellina road from Barcis to...
Forum: EMEA 05-06-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
No, bit I've ridden past it. Looks like a good...

No, bit I've ridden past it. Looks like a good place to stop and unpack a lunch.
Forum: EMEA 05-06-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
Well - there WERE cousins, so to speak. Look at...

Well - there WERE cousins, so to speak. Look at them side by side and the family resemblance is obvious.

As far as elevation goes, the Himank Road it isn't, but not too shabby:
...
Forum: EMEA 05-06-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,601
Posted By MichaelJ
On my list. Rode right past it in 2010 on my way...

On my list. Rode right past it in 2010 on my way from Livigno to lo Stelvio. Didn't learn about them until a day or two later.



Many tries. The bridge was out in 2009 & 10, as you commented.
...
Forum: Europe 05-06-2015, 03:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 652
Posted By MichaelJ
If you enter Switzerland on an Autobahn, friendly...

If you enter Switzerland on an Autobahn, friendly (really) Border Guards will direct you to either a place to buy one immediately (right there at the crossing, just pull out of traffic and we'll be...
Forum: EMEA 05-05-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
Tastes amazing, doesn't it? :D

Tastes amazing, doesn't it? :D
Forum: Europe 05-05-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By MichaelJ
For that time period, renting is definitely the...

For that time period, renting is definitely the path of least resistance - Just sign and ride - but also the most expensive.

I've heard nothing bad about Wheatwhacker. You'd have about the same...
Forum: EMEA 05-05-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By MichaelJ
Don't blink. :wink: With the strong dollar,...

Don't blink. :wink:

With the strong dollar, I've bumped my normal 2.5~3 weeks up to 4, and that's starting to look cramped :eek1
Forum: EMEA 05-05-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By MichaelJ
First thing is that the Dollar is stronger...

First thing is that the Dollar is stronger against western European currencies than it has been since 2002. If you're going to go, this year is the year to do it.

That being said, for daily...
Forum: Europe 05-04-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By MichaelJ
Frankfurt airport, and you can take the train...

Frankfurt airport, and you can take the train directly from the airport to about 250 meters from his front door (with one train change).
Forum: Europe 05-03-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By MichaelJ
Me too. I'd recognize that back yard anywhere :D ...

Me too. I'd recognize that back yard anywhere :D

Had two of my bikes there (had one, actually, one is still there).

The simple drill is to get with the seller (as noted above), get the title in...
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