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Forum: Europe Yesterday, 01:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By FinlandThumper
Well in that case, consider Michael's advice...

Well in that case, consider Michael's advice about flying into one city and then making your way to England on a one-way basis and fly out of London or someplace. A 10 day adventure by rail, one-way,...
Forum: EMEA Yesterday, 12:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By FinlandThumper
Can't offer you advice on the rental, but having...

Can't offer you advice on the rental, but having toured Amalfi and spent time in Sorrento you'll have a great trip.

Your main chaos will probably be on the coast road from Rome via Naples to...
Forum: EMEA 12-15-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By FinlandThumper
One thing to note is that Egypt has some totally...

One thing to note is that Egypt has some totally insane insurance and fee requirements, something like 300% of the value you're bringing in. This has come up as I was researching something similar....
Forum: Europe 12-15-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By FinlandThumper
Michael has given you some good advice,...

Michael has given you some good advice, particularly with the open jaw ticket. That would be a perfect trip, Vienna -> England by train in 10 days.

But according to what I read here, you may...
Forum: Road warriors 12-12-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 85,440
Posted By FinlandThumper
I feel like this is true. :lol3 From the...

I feel like this is true. :lol3

From the minute I saw a Norge I was basically :tb I was also looking at a 1200GS Adventure at a nice price and it's a model I also like, but this Guzzi just...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 85,440
Posted By FinlandThumper
Thank you guys, I appreciate the leads. I saw a...

Thank you guys, I appreciate the leads. I saw a guzzi Norge at north cape the first time (fitting) and just loved it. I tried to talk to the owner but he was an Italian guy and couldn't speak...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 349
Views: 85,440
Posted By FinlandThumper
Gents, After searching around the site a...

Gents,

After searching around the site a bit I think I found the right place to ask this question in. I am currently eyeing a Moto Guzzi Norge on sale up here in Finland for what seems like a...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-10-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,062
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have found in my trip planning for the USA that...

I have found in my trip planning for the USA that maps like the Rand McNally series, which show recommended scenic routes, tend to be good for the parts of the trip you want to ride "through"....
Forum: Trip Planning 12-10-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,062
Posted By FinlandThumper
Nice! I am planning an 8,000 mile loop for next...

Nice! I am planning an 8,000 mile loop for next summer, this is perect timing.
Forum: Europe 12-02-2014, 02:15 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,248
Posted By FinlandThumper
I couldn't agree more. In the Italian Alps there...

I couldn't agree more. In the Italian Alps there is commonly only one road over the pass. It's pretty darn hard to get lost up there.

I keep my GPS on and it gives me current location. If I...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,248
Posted By FinlandThumper
Austria is great...I spent a few days near...

Austria is great...I spent a few days near timmelsjoch last summer can camped out and rode the small roads up into the mountains. Wonderful place.

Another place I passed through was the...
Forum: EMEA 11-27-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,974
Posted By FinlandThumper
I have crossed Poland a few times and your route...

I have crossed Poland a few times and your route there, on your map east to west, will pass through a lot of monotonous terrain. I might suggest you enter further south and lass through wroclaw and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-27-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,279
Posted By FinlandThumper
In a decade of riding here in Finland, we have...

In a decade of riding here in Finland, we have had a rolling roadblock in front of us on exactly one occasion.

Wanna hazard a guess what brand of motorcycle was predominant? Hint, they are made...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-27-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,178
Posted By FinlandThumper
Daily mileage is a highly subjective thing. I...

Daily mileage is a highly subjective thing. I know a few Iron Butt types that aren't satisfied unless they push it to the limit, and I know a few other guys who might as well just buy a bicycle. ...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,248
Posted By FinlandThumper
Oh, and as to timing, I was there in very early...

Oh, and as to timing, I was there in very early July and everything was wide open. A fair amount of snow on the ground in the high Swiss passes but everything else just perfect. Great roads and...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,248
Posted By FinlandThumper
I toured there first time last summer. Spent a...

I toured there first time last summer. Spent a few weeks in the area. The list of passes given to you are all great. I specifically remember Stelvio, Fluela in Switzerland, and Garda. But lots of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-18-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,279
Posted By FinlandThumper
Yeah I understand you, and I like to gas it out....

Yeah I understand you, and I like to gas it out. There are wonderful roads for that down there, too.


But there's "fast" and then there's "dumb". In my case I just ride my own ride and let the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,279
Posted By FinlandThumper
Not long after I moved to Helsinki I asked one of...

Not long after I moved to Helsinki I asked one of our local police officers what the rule on filtering was compared to other countrie. He told me that while it is officially forbidden, use of common...
Forum: EMEA 09-15-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,093
Posted By FinlandThumper
Realistically certain things you have done, like...

Realistically certain things you have done, like the integrated turn signals and stuff, would probably get a pass from most road authorities as long as you have the foreign plate. Exhaust can be...
Forum: EMEA 09-12-2014, 02:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By FinlandThumper
Okay, my advice isn't exactly what you wanted but...

Okay, my advice isn't exactly what you wanted but here is something that may be helpful.

As to tire brand, what I strongly recommend is to get creative and don't try to be too picky. You can...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-11-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 57,647
Posted By FinlandThumper
This one isn't so much creepy as just plain weird...

This one isn't so much creepy as just plain weird and funny.

One night we were up north on the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin. The riverside has all of these one-night camp sites which are...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-11-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,196
Posted By FinlandThumper
In the Nordics aside from Denmark (thus Norway,...

In the Nordics aside from Denmark (thus Norway, Sweden, Finland), the "Every Man's Right" principle means that you can put up as many signs as you want but you cannot prohibit public access to your...
Forum: Europe 09-09-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By FinlandThumper
P.s. where is the bike now and do you have the...

P.s. where is the bike now and do you have the parts you need? Other than the exhaust the rest of that is just a few hours work. And if you get an exhaust that's not even much extra.


I will...
Forum: Europe 09-09-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By FinlandThumper
I am really sorry I didn't see this, I have been...

I am really sorry I didn't see this, I have been away a bit. Glad you found the bike team place!

I am honestly nt sure about storage for you. I am just now on business so this might take me a...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-04-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,797
Posted By FinlandThumper
I'll echo the advice of bill in pittsburg. I...

I'll echo the advice of bill in pittsburg. I personally put the inner part (if not too wet) into the bag and stow it, then I strap the soaked fly to the outside of the bike and, at stops, air it out...
Forum: Europe 09-04-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By FinlandThumper
You have two options for BMW motorcycle parts and...

You have two options for BMW motorcycle parts and service in Helsinki. They are:

Bike Team http://www.biketeam.fi/fi_FI/myymalat/vantaa/
(Actually located in Vantaa which is on Helsinki's...
Forum: EMEA 09-01-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,394
Posted By FinlandThumper
^ about snow chains, a guy I know has them and...

^ about snow chains, a guy I know has them and has used them on his cycle out in the countryside. He says they work pretty well but overall make a better emergency solution than a set of studs. He...
Forum: Europe 09-01-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By FinlandThumper
A few, very few, of the shops here will rent...

A few, very few, of the shops here will rent their models on a daily basis. You could try Moto Seinäjoki if the other ideas don't pan out.
Forum: EMEA 08-25-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 674
Posted By FinlandThumper
One caveat to the advice above. Now that you are...

One caveat to the advice above. Now that you are your partner have eu passports, you in principle cannot use them for leaving the eu or entering it in future. That was explicitly said to me when I...
Forum: EMEA 08-21-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,176
Posted By FinlandThumper
I do believe there are direct connections from...

I do believe there are direct connections from places in SE Sweden to Tallinn as well. I don't know if you have to go all the way to Stockholm to catch them.

Typically when I am trying to get...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 15,748
Posted By FinlandThumper
When it comes to bikes I stick to cash generally.

When it comes to bikes I stick to cash generally.
Forum: EMEA 06-18-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By FinlandThumper
I think you're good with this. Since your 950...

I think you're good with this. Since your 950 has power, when you run through towns short shift it a bit to keep the revs lower. That will keep the engine at a lower volume and you'll be good.
...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-12-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,737
Posted By FinlandThumper
Very cool! :clap I am so inspired by this...

Very cool! :clap

I am so inspired by this photo and your story.

I have been planning a leave of absence next summer to tour America on my HD. (It's an inherited bike I keep at my family home...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-12-2014, 01:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,407
Posted By FinlandThumper
I start with a commercial kit that is well...

I start with a commercial kit that is well stocked. I added things like surgical blades, pain pills, etc. I also keep an emergency reserve of water purification tablets in there. Then I added more...
Forum: EMEA 06-12-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By FinlandThumper
I can confirm that Jet Boil kits are pretty...

I can confirm that Jet Boil kits are pretty common up in these parts and a variety of stores sell them. In Finland the most common store is "Partioaitta" (translation: Scouting Shack). They sell...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-10-2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,829
Posted By FinlandThumper
Most of our guys who travel to dangerous places...

Most of our guys who travel to dangerous places on business (Africa, Russia, etc.) have a throw down wallet that they use as a decoy. Keep the real one elsewhere on your person (inside jacket pocket)...
Forum: EMEA 05-28-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By FinlandThumper
^ Just recently in one of the construction...

^ Just recently in one of the construction journals (might have been Rakennuslehti but I am not sure) they were discussing this issue with roads condition. The conclusion was that with the...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,786
Posted By FinlandThumper
Gentlemen, thanks. I am going to start a separate...

Gentlemen, thanks. I am going to start a separate thread later on today to ask a few more questions. I originally intended to ask for a fast answer but I seems we are diverging so I agree, better to...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,786
Posted By FinlandThumper
Very cool and thanks for the advice. The thing...

Very cool and thanks for the advice. The thing is, I am not married to anything as far as routes. I had considered part of the Grande Route des Alpes (northern part) if for some reason weather was a...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,786
Posted By FinlandThumper
BMW F650 Dakar, metzeler Tourance tires....

BMW F650 Dakar, metzeler Tourance tires. Definitely a friend of gravel roads and tracks. Finland would not be worth it for a pavement only bike. :lol3

I am all ears for dirt related rumors! :ear
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