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Forum: Europe 03-01-2015, 02:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By MichaelJ
How does that equate? I'm a tourist, but I...

How does that equate?

I'm a tourist, but I avoid large cities and stay in smaller towns and the backcountry. :D
Forum: Europe 02-28-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By MichaelJ
Yup - there are almost NO bad choices. Some are...

Yup - there are almost NO bad choices. Some are better than others, but it's all good. :D
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By MichaelJ
Not to mention a few in Switzerland. Every...

Not to mention a few in Switzerland.

Every time I head over to Europe to ride, I have to completely recalibrate my sense of what constitutes a good day's ride - I'm constantly amazed at how close...
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By MichaelJ
Depends on one's point of reference. If you...

Depends on one's point of reference.

If you live in the western US or Australia, it can be 500km to the nearest bathroom from any given point. :wink:
Forum: EMEA 02-27-2015, 04:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By MichaelJ
Moto Mader (a bit west of Zurich) has a DL1000 on...

Moto Mader (a bit west of Zurich) has a DL1000 on their pricelist (http://www.moto-mader.ch/mader_content/03_miete/Web_Mietliste_2015_Finish.pdf).

I've rented from them twice and they're good...
Forum: Europe 02-27-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By MichaelJ
Here's mine :D Keep it around what the book...

Here's mine :D

Keep it around what the book says, but don't obsess about it. Depending on your weight and how much stuff you're packing, you MAY want to boost it up to the "With Passenger"...
Forum: EMEA 02-25-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By MichaelJ
Late May is a bit of a crapshoot. The Col de...

Late May is a bit of a crapshoot. The Col de l'iseran will almost assuredly be closed - it usually opens up around mid June.

There will, however, be enough good stuff open to keep you happy and...
Forum: EMEA 02-25-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
I picked up the ADAC hard copy map at Stefan's a...

I picked up the ADAC hard copy map at Stefan's a couple of years ago - it's the same as the PDF.

What the map misses are the Furka, Neufenen, Klausen, Praegel, Oberalp, San Bernardino, Lukmanier,...
Forum: EMEA 02-24-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Does anyone know why the Eastern half of...

Does anyone know why the Eastern half of Switzerland isn't covered?

They get the Grimsel, but nothing east of that.
Forum: Ride reports 02-23-2015, 04:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,897
Posted By MichaelJ
:eek1 What was the final outcome of this?

:eek1

What was the final outcome of this?
Forum: Europe 02-23-2015, 03:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By MichaelJ
My GPS log from 2013. This is pretty consistent...

My GPS log from 2013. This is pretty consistent with years past.

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2013-1/i-Qsrj5W2/0/M/61-M.jpg
Forum: EMEA 02-20-2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Hmmm... for some reason, Google Maps doesn't want...

Hmmm... for some reason, Google Maps doesn't want to calculate a route.

Now for the old-fashioned way.

From the junction of Swiss 21/E27 at the southern edge of Martigny head SW toward the Gr....
Forum: EMEA 02-20-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Passo Vivione - somewhere on the south ramp. ...

Passo Vivione - somewhere on the south ramp.


Added to the list.

I swear that the list keeps getting longer instead of shorter.:eek1
Forum: EMEA 02-19-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Like this? ...

Like this?

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Julies-Pics-2007/i-r5FW399/0/M/DSC02175-M.jpg

Can't get enough of 'em. :D
Forum: Europe 02-19-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,356
Posted By MichaelJ
Don't get me started on that stretch of road! We...

Don't get me started on that stretch of road! We (my kids and I) rode through it in 2004. When I went back in 2006, it was closed to traffic and they were running a mini "train" through it for the...
Forum: EMEA 02-19-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Be sure to hit Champex-Lac between Martigny and...

Be sure to hit Champex-Lac between Martigny and the Gr. St. Bernard - an absolutely gorgeous little mountain lake,

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2011-1/i-hfrD62r/1/M/DSCN0017-M.jpg ...
Forum: EMEA 02-19-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
You WILL, of course, introduce us. :evil

You WILL, of course, introduce us. :evil
Forum: EMEA 02-18-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By MichaelJ
+1 A LOT less hassle, pain and expense. ...

+1

A LOT less hassle, pain and expense.

Plus, you'll have a bike to ride when/if you go home for a visit. :D
Forum: Europe 02-18-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By MichaelJ
Amen. There's nothing like pulling up to a...

Amen.

There's nothing like pulling up to a Passhöhe and hearing the clink of a brake pad backing hitting the rotor. :eek1

Or looking at your chain in the morning and seeing it almost drag on...
Forum: Europe 02-16-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 33,658
Posted By MichaelJ
Not sure why this didn't get nominated for this...

Not sure why this didn't get nominated for this thread, but check out

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=984352

http://krime.smugmug.com/photos/i-fq8shK9/0/O/i-fq8shK9.jpg

Well...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-15-2015, 03:57 AM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
Oops - I forgot. Jesse DOES make a quick...

Oops - I forgot. Jesse DOES make a quick disconnect plate (http://www.jesseluggage.com/triumph-explorer-1200/) for the topbox. It's a bit pricey, but I may retrofit it.

Thinking back to my...
Forum: EMEA 02-15-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By MichaelJ
That depends on how you define "problem". :evil ...

That depends on how you define "problem". :evil

If you follow the high routes, you should have plenty of snow - some of the passes may (will?) still be closed. :eek1

I haven't ridden around the...
Forum: EMEA 02-14-2015, 03:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By MichaelJ
Why not? You just won't be doing it quickly....

Why not?

You just won't be doing it quickly. :D

Seen on the Col d'Agnel in 2008:

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2008-1/i-gQTLTjg/2/M/DSCN0289-M.jpg

Video showing mind-numbing...
Forum: EMEA 02-14-2015, 03:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,635
Posted By MichaelJ
Check out MotoTouring in Milano. Not Germany, but...

Check out MotoTouring in Milano. Not Germany, but not that far away. They seem to have a decent rep and have a selection of non-BMWs.

I once asked another rental agency (BiancoBlu) why everybody...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-14-2015, 03:08 AM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
When I bought my TEX I made up a spreadsheet...

When I bought my TEX I made up a spreadsheet comparing Triumph, Hepco-Becker, Zega, Jesse, GiVi & Happy Trails.

I was looking for (pretty much in order) weather proofness, survivability,...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-13-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
Are you missing a spacer? How's the other side? ...

Are you missing a spacer? How's the other side?

Looks like it will be worse if you have something lashed to the top. Not normal for Givi.
Forum: Europe 02-13-2015, 03:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By MichaelJ
There's a similar game (Where Am I?) over on the...

There's a similar game (Where Am I?) over on the Alpine Roads Forums (http://alpineroads.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=622) that's been running for a few years now.

Great fun and a good source...
Forum: EMEA 02-12-2015, 05:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
I'm glad to have known it as a small Swiss town -...

I'm glad to have known it as a small Swiss town - a bit touristy, but not overdone.

For whatever reason (probably money) they seem to be determined to turn themselves into some sort of DisneyLand....
Forum: EMEA 02-10-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,013
Posted By MichaelJ
Not a bad call - lots to see. Mostly cities,...

Not a bad call - lots to see. Mostly cities, though - the flat parts are more thickly settled than the vertical parts for some reason. You will be close to Maranello (Ferrari) and Borgo Paginale...
Forum: EMEA 02-10-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
OK - so it's a week on the road, then. ...

OK - so it's a week on the road, then.

Something like this?

North towards Gstaad to the Thunersee at Spiez to Interlaken and the Lautenbrunner Valley.

You can easily spend 4 days riding...
Forum: EMEA 02-09-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By MichaelJ
Are you looking for daily out-and-backs with Les...

Are you looking for daily out-and-backs with Les Diablerets as a base or are you going to leave there and return at the end of the week?

Different strategies entirely.

When are you going to be...
Forum: Ride reports 02-07-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,160
Posted By MichaelJ
Holy Crap! :eek1 And I thought that...

Holy Crap! :eek1

And I thought that Switzerland was expensive.
Forum: EMEA 02-07-2015, 03:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By MichaelJ
I'm more of an Alps fanatic, but see if you can...

I'm more of an Alps fanatic, but see if you can visit San Marino. A bit touristy, but still neat.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-05-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
My '13 sounds diesel-ish at idle, but it smooths...

My '13 sounds diesel-ish at idle, but it smooths out as the revs pick up.

A couple of friends (whose TEXes HAVE had their heads replaced) told me that if mine starts displaying the problem, there...
Forum: EMEA 02-04-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,149
Posted By MichaelJ
So do I. I'm at that point in life where I like...

So do I. I'm at that point in life where I like my comfort and can (mostly) afford it.

Even so, my daily expenses are significantly less than the major organized tours. Of course, I don't have the...
Forum: Europe 02-03-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,395
Posted By MichaelJ
Better than buying a brand new bike and then...

Better than buying a brand new bike and then discovering you don't like it.
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-01-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
Other than horrendous tire noise between 65 & 70...

Other than horrendous tire noise between 65 & 70 mph, I'm quite happy with my Anakee 3s.

One note - check out the SW Motech footpegs that Twisted Throttle has. Much more comfortable than the...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-01-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5,702
Views: 1,033,592
Posted By MichaelJ
I have a '13 that I bought in Oct of '13. Spent...

I have a '13 that I bought in Oct of '13. Spent the winter farkling it, and didn't start riding it until March. It went back into dormancy in late October.

Between early March & late October, I...
Forum: Europe 02-01-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By MichaelJ
I wish! I bought it in '75 for about $1,200. ...

I wish! I bought it in '75 for about $1,200.

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Motorcycles/Bikes-I-want-but-cant-get-1/i-wzrdc24/0/M/Ducati-350-Desmo-1974b-M.jpg

The last time I saw one up for...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,740
Posted By MichaelJ
I spent two tours at Aviano AB ('69-'71 &...

I spent two tours at Aviano AB ('69-'71 & '75-'77). The Friuli will always have a special place in my heart. Lots of history, great roads, scenery & people.

Oh yeah - food & wine, too :D
...
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