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Forum: Face plant 03-17-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,445
Posted By ThorH
Sorry, you are right. My first response was to...

Sorry, you are right. My first response was to the "what really happened" question, where I tried to make sense of what I saw on the video. The second was rather to mock the later suggestions than...
Forum: Face plant 03-15-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,445
Posted By ThorH
Ah, so he is really an expert rider? And at a...

Ah, so he is really an expert rider? And at a relatively slow speed, in an open bend, on dry pavement, he decided to push his inner foot forward to get more grip at the front, while locking his rear...
Forum: Face plant 03-15-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,445
Posted By ThorH
He got scared, and put his left foot down. Not...

He got scared, and put his left foot down. Not sure what good he thought that would do. Then he slammed his rear brake on, locking the wheel. (Pause the clip at 4 seconds, and see the long skidmark...
Forum: EMEA 03-15-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By ThorH
It looks better on pictures than in real life....

It looks better on pictures than in real life. Don't go way out of your way to see it.

You'll find loads of info, route suggestions, etc, here: http://ukgser.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=228
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 933
Posted By ThorH
There is this:...

There is this: http://freight.dfdsseaways.com/DFDS_ferries/North_Sea_ferries/Brevik_Immingham_ferries/

However, it seems they can kick you off to make room for a truck driver.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2012, 04:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 22,015
Posted By ThorH
More paint jobs, anyone? Anyone done a bright...

More paint jobs, anyone? Anyone done a bright orange, red, blue, ...?

Ill contribute one I saw this summer, belongs to Simmo in the UK. He had the decal made himself. I may copy him.
...
Forum: Europe 07-31-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
Suleskarveien is fantastic! The ferry out...

Suleskarveien is fantastic! The ferry out Lysefjorden takes you past Kjeragbolten as well as Prekestolen.

A simple rule of thumb: Avoid anything E, especially south of Trondheim, unless you have...
Forum: Europe 07-20-2012, 12:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
They should be able to. But sometimes you just...

They should be able to. But sometimes you just stumble onto someone who does not know everything, right? The school kid behind the counter has probably never encountered the problem before as we have...
Forum: Europe 07-19-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
It is PIN pretty much everywhere in Europe now....

It is PIN pretty much everywhere in Europe now. And you may start to be in trouble if your card is magnet stripe only and no chip. VISA and MasterCard is accepted everywhere, Amex and Diners less...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-19-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,565
Posted By ThorH
Well, the signature says he is from Latvia. That...

Well, the signature says he is from Latvia. That is in the Baltics. They drive on the right side. UK drives on the left.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-19-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,069
Posted By ThorH
The problem is that BMW makes the bike run too...

The problem is that BMW makes the bike run too lean to meet emission standards. A cheap and simple solution is to trick the bike into thinking it is colder. This cheap thingie was like getting a new...
Forum: EMEA 07-19-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,479
Posted By ThorH
I have done both. The question is like "do you...

I have done both. The question is like "do you want ice cream or steak". But if you are riding in from Arkansas, Id say: Utah!
Forum: Europe 07-18-2012, 01:33 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
Sorry, but it really is a fact beyond any...

Sorry, but it really is a fact beyond any reasonable discussion: US hot-dogs and Hersey-bars suck! :deal

I spent two years in Texas, and travelled quite a bit. In the Four Corner states...
Forum: Europe 07-18-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
Rural Norway in general is not great for dining...

Rural Norway in general is not great for dining out. (And that includes most cities.) The relatively small market for restaurants is probably one of many reasons. The 30 min lunch break with sack...
Forum: EMEA 07-09-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,479
Posted By ThorH
I did Stelvio today, and my hotel was further...

I did Stelvio today, and my hotel was further away than I thought - almost two hours. But I would still recommend the place, much better riding in this area. Stelvio did not impress me that much, 48...
Forum: EMEA 07-06-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 750
Posted By ThorH
A really good one would be worth USD 10-12in...

A really good one would be worth USD 10-12in Norway. No taxes on bikes > 30 years, so the price ought to be the same throughout Europe. But there are several for sale, so may not be easy to get rid...
Forum: EMEA 07-06-2012, 01:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,479
Posted By ThorH
It is holiday season, but the capacity in any...

It is holiday season, but the capacity in any skiing area is way beyond the summer traffic. So you can just pick one on a whim.

I am right now at a very motorcycle friendly place about an hour or...
Forum: Europe 07-06-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
Had a scary experience down those hairpins to...

Had a scary experience down those hairpins to Lysebotn. Had been a bit lazy servicing my old 650, and the break fluid was on its third year. Engine braking as much as possible, it still faded in the...
Forum: Europe 06-20-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,088
Posted By ThorH
It depends of course what you like to see, and...

It depends of course what you like to see, and how fond you are of driving. 5 days is a bit short to see a lot, but here is one: Spend two days in Oslo. Go across the mountains to Bergen, spend a day...
Forum: EMEA 06-20-2012, 02:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 906
Posted By ThorH
Marco Polo Park, who runs the airport parking, is...

Marco Polo Park, who runs the airport parking, is not too helpful. But I got this from my hotel, can anyone verify?

you can park your motorbike next to Treviso airport.
There is a private parking...
Forum: EMEA 06-19-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 906
Posted By ThorH
That would be awesome, guys! Mind emailing me...

That would be awesome, guys! Mind emailing me with your details, and I will get back to you with some details on my travel so that you can say if it interferes with your schedules or not. I am...
Forum: EMEA 06-19-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 906
Posted By ThorH
Need to park in Treviso, Italy

Need to park my bike for two weeks in the Treviso area, preferably somewhere safe and covered. Ideas, anyone?
Forum: EMEA 06-05-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,257
Posted By ThorH
You love riding in the rain???? Well, you may get...

You love riding in the rain???? Well, you may get lucky in Norway...

The days may get longer, but you still need your rest. The ferries do not run at night, you need to find a place to sleep, etc....
Forum: EMEA 06-04-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,257
Posted By ThorH
Do not plan to average more than 200 km per day...

Do not plan to average more than 200 km per day in Norway. Less on the coast where you have the ferries.

The E6 is ok, but only up North. And only if you do not have the time to do RV17. South of...
Forum: Europe 06-03-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,689
Posted By ThorH
On credit cards: In Denmark it is a problem that...

On credit cards: In Denmark it is a problem that many shops only accept the local DanCard. VISA and MasterCard is taken everywhere here, Diners and Amex in most places. If you have encountered a...
Forum: Ride reports 03-18-2012, 03:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,794
Posted By ThorH
I would seriously reconsider that route. You'll...

I would seriously reconsider that route. You'll go right pass some world class scenery and riding, and spend lots of time on boring transport legs.
Forum: Europe 03-16-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,442
Posted By ThorH
I have to agree with Mr Fisher here, your...

I have to agree with Mr Fisher here, your proposed trip sounds like torture. Find some other entertinment.

Denmark and Norway have one thing in common: Insane vehicle taxes more or less doubles...
Forum: Europe 12-27-2011, 06:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,222
Posted By ThorH
Be glad it was the UK, they have a system for...

Be glad it was the UK, they have a system for individual tests. In some other European countries any bike not originally plated after 17 June 2003 simply cannot be imported. They require a...
Forum: EMEA 12-27-2011, 06:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,163
Posted By ThorH
Yes, it is legal for two-wheeled motorcycles to...

Yes, it is legal for two-wheeled motorcycles to go in the bus/taxi lanes. No sidecars! The official info page for driving in Norway: http://www.vegvesen.no/en/Traffic

From...
Forum: EMEA 12-26-2011, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,163
Posted By ThorH
No, if you watch us locals, we go to the front....

No, if you watch us locals, we go to the front. Never heard of anyone getting their bike impounded, unless they have been caught XX times without a licence.
Forum: EMEA 12-25-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,163
Posted By ThorH
- How road police activity really looks like? Do...

- How road police activity really looks like? Do you really need to watch the speed, or sometimes you can count on a little indulgence?:loll

Speed traps (radar, laser): No leniency. Be careful in...
Forum: EMEA 12-12-2011, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,677
Posted By ThorH
If you venture over to www.ukgser.com, there is a...

If you venture over to www.ukgser.com, there is a Scandinavia section with all the info you can ask for.

Have you looked at the distances involved? You have planned a looong trip! If you only have...
Forum: Europe 11-13-2011, 01:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,116
Posted By ThorH
Visit the Norwegian Seamen's Church or an IKEA....

Visit the Norwegian Seamen's Church or an IKEA. The churches are meeting points for Norwegians abroad, and tend o have a little shop with stuff we miss. They are in Houston, New Orleans, New York,...
Forum: Europe 10-01-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,884
Posted By ThorH
You sure this also applies to a student? There...

You sure this also applies to a student? There are mostly special rules for students, one of them is that they don't change their permanent adress. I would that you could legally use a US plated bike...
Forum: EMEA 09-24-2011, 08:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,272
Posted By ThorH
Look at the BMW F650 GS (single). Plenty in USA...

Look at the BMW F650 GS (single). Plenty in USA and Canada with aluminum boxes and all sorts of farkles. They tend to be more stock here, and those boxes are expensive.

You will have no hassle...
Forum: EMEA 09-24-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,896
Posted By ThorH
3) sounds awesomw, but is it really an option...

3) sounds awesomw, but is it really an option these days? What route would you take from Morocco to SA? Some dodgy countries on the west coast...
Forum: Europe 09-24-2011, 07:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,725
Posted By ThorH
My vote is on the South of Spain, but here's...

My vote is on the South of Spain, but here's Norway:

* Urban transit policy that's friendly to motorcycle commuting and parking: Lanesplit and bus lanes ok. Low speed limits and high fines. No...
Forum: Europe 09-20-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,116
Posted By ThorH
We should all be sending European candy to the...

We should all be sending European candy to the US. Theirs is crap.:D
Forum: EMEA 09-20-2011, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,204
Posted By ThorH
There is a sticky in the "Scandanavia" section...

There is a sticky in the "Scandanavia" section over at www.ukgser.com. There you will find everything you need to know about Norway.
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 23,681
Posted By ThorH
Actually, no. "Helligskogen" means "the holy...

Actually, no. "Helligskogen" means "the holy forest".

Nice report!
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