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Forum: EMEA 09-15-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 828
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, 01:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
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, 03:56 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 44,572
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, 03:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,158
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, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
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, 10:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
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, 03:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,850
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, 03:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
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, 03:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,018
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, 03:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
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, 02:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 913
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, 11:40 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 14,259
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, 02:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 880
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, 01:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,583
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, 12:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,175
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, 12:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
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, 12:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,387
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, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
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, 09:07 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,973
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, 11:01 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,973
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, 10:35 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,973
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
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By FinlandThumper
Borderlone gave you a really nice summary and I...

Borderlone gave you a really nice summary and I too would say an eastern Finland traverse would be nice.

I will add that Savonlinna and its area are very beautiful and Savonlinna is home to one...
Forum: EMEA 05-27-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,973
Posted By FinlandThumper
I am going to (slightly) hijack this thread to...

I am going to (slightly) hijack this thread to ask a couple questions. First, the advice here is great and thanks to all of you guys with local experience for sharing. :clap

My situation is this....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-27-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,052
Posted By FinlandThumper
You definitely want a more off road oriented tire...

You definitely want a more off road oriented tire than that. I would go maybe to 70 offroad minimum for trail work on a bike that heavy. I have a BMW F650 for what it's worth, coming in at about...
Forum: EMEA 05-13-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 926
Posted By FinlandThumper
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: EMEA 05-12-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 926
Posted By FinlandThumper
Regarding this area of France and the Alps route,...

Regarding this area of France and the Alps route, can anyone advise on camping opportunities in this area? I recognize that wild camping as is done in Finland isn't going to happen, but are there...
Forum: Face plant 04-30-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,913
Posted By FinlandThumper
Damn...brings back memories for me. I hit the...

Damn...brings back memories for me. I hit the gate doing about 15 and it clotheslined me (single strand gate). Luckily it hit the bars first (mirrors actually), slowed me down a bit, and then broke...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,992
Posted By FinlandThumper
I like to ride through small to medium sized...

I like to ride through small to medium sized cities in off rush hour periods. It's nice to cruise around and explore a place. When I tour in the States or Western Europe I always make it a point to...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-26-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,938
Posted By FinlandThumper
Depending on the frontier crossing you can have...

Depending on the frontier crossing you can have problems. If you have over the counter medicines,never. But if you have prescription drugs, particularly for painkillers or other substances that can...
Forum: EMEA 02-18-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,696
Posted By FinlandThumper
If I am here when you arrive, my garage can be...

If I am here when you arrive, my garage can be your garage! I have a tire bead breaker and balancer, irons, etc. so no problem there.
Forum: EMEA 02-18-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,696
Posted By FinlandThumper
Unexpected as in....we ambush the poor guy and...

Unexpected as in....we ambush the poor guy and get him nice and drunk? :evil
Forum: EMEA 02-17-2014, 01:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,696
Posted By FinlandThumper
If you should require something while in Finland,...

If you should require something while in Finland, please contact me. I will be in Helsinki until about 22 June, after which I will be wandering continental Europe on my motorcycle until August. But...
Forum: EMEA 02-04-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,981
Posted By FinlandThumper
Sounds like a plan. It might be that I will be...

Sounds like a plan. It might be that I will be in Tuscany at that time but I will keep this in mind.

Exact route not clear for me yet. I am thinking of planning a couple of routes and then...
Forum: EMEA 02-02-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,981
Posted By FinlandThumper
Richard, I will be passing over your mapped route...

Richard, I will be passing over your mapped route north to south twice during July.

I am doing Helsinki to Tuscany and back with three weeks in a villa hiking in the Cinque Terre. Six or seven...
Forum: EMEA 02-02-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 850
Posted By FinlandThumper
Yes, within the European union you will face no...

Yes, within the European union you will face no troubles, but you will need special visas at least for yourself into Russia and Belarus. I have crossed with a car a fair number of times into Russia...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-02-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 21,045
Posted By FinlandThumper
I am a one bike person, with the caveat that I...

I am a one bike person, with the caveat that I keep a bike here, and have one in America for when I am home for tours and visiting. The bike here is a BMW f650 and the bike there is a Harley...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,453
Posted By FinlandThumper
Some of the guys up here that go far from the...

Some of the guys up here that go far from the towns, exploring the deep back woods on forest roads say the extra tanks are a big advantage over fuel cans. I have seen some who went with elkamet tanks...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,769
Posted By FinlandThumper
Castrol makes a version of "simple green" that's...

Castrol makes a version of "simple green" that's just called green power bike clean or some such. It is available in northern Europe and does the job just as well.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,809
Posted By FinlandThumper
+1 on the BMW summer pants, and also their city...

+1 on the BMW summer pants, and also their city jeans. They are well made and come with integral armor in the pants. Plus they are cooler in hot weather than the gore tex stuff.

Up in this part of...
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