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Forum: EMEA 08-17-2012, 10:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,194
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
This looks cool! :) We went the same way on three...

This looks cool! :) We went the same way on three Vespa PX200's last winter and we had great trip!

I had a look at the route on the rally's website and I couldn't really make out were it actually...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-29-2012, 02:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,465
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
It's pretty amusing. People come and talk to you...

It's pretty amusing. People come and talk to you if you ride a vespa.

"What a nice old scoot that is"
"My grandfather used to have one"
"Have you gone that far on a Vespa?"
"How fast are...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-27-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,465
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
A honda might be more practical. But it's...

A honda might be more practical. But it's 4-stroke and complicated.

On a honda, can you (and I'm asking because I really don't know):
- with a screwdriver, 10mm and 15mm socket replace a clutch...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-27-2012, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,465
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Well maintained Vespas are pretty reliable. ...

Well maintained Vespas are pretty reliable.

Better still, they're very easy to fix. All the tools you need fit in a tool roll you can that just about fits in the glove box.

If you want to go...
Forum: EMEA 05-15-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,024
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
The 18 wheelers you are talking about (or...

The 18 wheelers you are talking about (or articulated lorries, regular lorries anything over 3,5 tonnes except busses, afaik) are all restricted to 90 km/h in the EU. So don't worry. As long as you...
Forum: EMEA 05-15-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,716
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Free Wifi

At every airport in Norway you get one hour free wifi.. :)

There are quite a few small and very accessible airports as you get further north in Norway. Park outside and go in and buy some coffee....
Forum: EMEA 02-15-2012, 06:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Thanks for all the replies guys. I suppose you...

Thanks for all the replies guys. I suppose you deserve an update:

We made it through to Bissau. :) It was a great trip, albeit pretty exhausting as we were averaging 500 kms a day.

The scoots...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-07-2012, 05:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 21,228
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Check out scooterzilla.com The site is under...

Check out scooterzilla.com

The site is under contstruction, but use the contact page to get in touch with the guy setting up the site. He has a few Correos boxes. As they are quite popular in...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-13-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Team Bamako by Vespa is off to Africa!

In less than a day, we will be cruising down the spanish east coast headed for Gibraltar. From there a ferry should take us over the the spanish enclave of Ceuta in Africa where we will cross into...
Forum: EMEA 12-11-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,879
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
This is what I mean: http://tinyurl.com/bl6ut96

This is what I mean:
http://tinyurl.com/bl6ut96
Forum: EMEA 12-11-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,879
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Fuel in Northern Norway shouldn't be a problem....

Fuel in Northern Norway shouldn't be a problem. There's fuel everywhere.

At the most you'd probably have about 100 km's between petrol stations, and when that happens they put up a big sign...
Forum: EMEA 10-29-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,216
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
This is probably going to be a nice trip. Shame...

This is probably going to be a nice trip. Shame that you won't see much, though. You're not going to have many hours of daylight!

Regarding snow tyres: they are not mandatory. But even though...
Forum: EMEA 08-28-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,364
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
The road tunnel out to the island is a toll road....

The road tunnel out to the island is a toll road.
For motorcycles its about 10 euros each way.
And then to get onto the plateau itself you have to pay another 30 euros or so.
Forum: EMEA 08-28-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,364
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
I'd say the uncomfortable type of snow. The...

I'd say the uncomfortable type of snow. The falling kind (which probably melts as it falls on the ground). But there will be snow laying beside the road, at least.



Nordkapp is not a trivial...
Forum: EMEA 08-28-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,378
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Well, every island up there is beautiful. The...

Well, every island up there is beautiful. The only difference with the Magerøya (where you'll find the North Cape), is that it is extremely expensive (every other place is free), full of traffic and...
Forum: EMEA 08-28-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,364
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
In early June in northern norway you might have...

In early June in northern norway you might have snow. Especially when you get up in the mountains (and there are a few of them you'll have to cross. In Finnmark, the summer sort of doesn't really...
Forum: EMEA 08-28-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Thats very true. I was mainly curious at how it...

Thats very true. I was mainly curious at how it handled on a loose surface. I think it did surprisingly well, but the shocks keep bottoming out and the tyres still slip abit.. However, the Vespa...
Forum: EMEA 08-23-2011, 04:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
I haven't been posting any updates here for a...

I haven't been posting any updates here for a while.. I've been busy working, preparing for the trip and having holidays. :)

Anyway. Things have changed a little. The rally now goes to Guinea...
Forum: EMEA 08-13-2011, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,378
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Roads are fine. You'll be able to find gravel...

Roads are fine. You'll be able to find gravel roads if you want to, but there's no need for any special tyres. Just regular road tyres. You'll have to worry about hitting elks some places. They move...
Forum: EMEA 07-16-2011, 05:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,997
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Leave the rubles at home and just bring a credit...

Leave the rubles at home and just bring a credit card. You can use that almost everywhere, and where not possible withdraw what you need from an atm.

You'll need kroner in Norway and euro in...
Forum: EMEA 07-14-2011, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,997
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
What is it that you want to see? Don't go to...

What is it that you want to see?
Don't go to the North Cape. It is just a tourist trap, and it is not the northernmost point anyway. The site was built up in the 70's and 80's and is just a...
Forum: EMEA 07-10-2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,290
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
In my car I tend to average 70 km/h included...

In my car I tend to average 70 km/h included breaks and fuelstops. A little slower on a motorcycle, though. I tend to stop more often and need to refuel more often.

Every town takes the...
Forum: EMEA 06-25-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,290
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Don't go to the North Cape.

I'd suggest going the other way round too.

But let me also suggest that you drop the North cape all together. It's just a dead end and a tourist trap. There is really nothing to see that you...
Forum: EMEA 03-29-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Asphaltmueller and thevespa: Thanks for your...

Asphaltmueller and thevespa: Thanks for your replies! I've been away for a while and working on my scooter.

I couldn't resist ordering a pair of knobbly tyres just to have a go at the thawing...
Forum: EMEA 03-11-2011, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
That fuel filter looks like a smart little thing....

That fuel filter looks like a smart little thing. I'll be ordering three of them.. :)



Thanks for that! Let me know what you find out.. What do you mean by a slick beeing a better sand-tyre?
Forum: EMEA 03-07-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
The total distance of the rally is just about...

The total distance of the rally is just about 9000 kms. But we'll be skipping the first part, and start off in northern Spain. Apparently thats what most of the motorcycle teams do. 2000 kms of...
Forum: EMEA 03-06-2011, 02:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Thats a lot of good advice.. It's nice to see...

Thats a lot of good advice.. It's nice to see that you don't really need a 1200gs to do a trip like this. :)

Good to know we don't need to start welding up some sort of long range fuel tank! The...
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,535
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
I think what he means is that most 2-lane...

I think what he means is that most 2-lane "E"-roads in Norway are also called motorways here and marked with this sign: http://www.trafikknett.no/bilder/skilt//fs502_02.gif
They are of a certain...
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2011, 06:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 370
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Spain to Mali on Vespas. Advice on tyres and range?

I originally posted this in the the Trip planning forum (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=662816) before I realized this probably was a better place to post these questions..:

...
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2011, 06:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Yeah, we thought about the trailer. But I think...

Yeah, we thought about the trailer. But I think both a side car and a single wheel trailer will just bog us down in the sand. It's not like the Vespa is a very good offroad vehicle to begin with.. :)...
Forum: EMEA 02-24-2011, 08:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Yeah, I thought about the ADV scooter forum, but...

Yeah, I thought about the ADV scooter forum, but as my post was about trip planning, and not the fact that we are riding scooters I thought perhaps this was a better place to ask for advice.

It's...
Forum: Battle scooters 02-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,941
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
This is cool! We will be taking three Vespa Px...

This is cool! We will be taking three Vespa Px 200's on the same rally... :)

Looks like we will be making up a separate "battle scooter class"


Did you guys manage to enter for free in the...
Forum: EMEA 02-23-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,907
Posted By Bamako-Vespa
Going from Spain to Mali on Vespas.. Need some tips.

We'll be participating in next years Budapest Bamako rally on three Vespa PX200s. I was hoping perhaps that some of you might have ridden along that route and could tell us a little about what we...
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