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Forum: Ride reports 12-06-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
It worked out to about $1000 each way including...

It worked out to about $1000 each way including port costs, insurance etc. Shipping insurance is included with the shipping but you don't have to pay for it if you don't want to (it's $200 each way)....
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Norway took about a week and a half to go all the...

Norway took about a week and a half to go all the way up, but that was with 2-night stays in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, as well as nearly two days spent hiking. If you're on a mission I'm told it...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2012, 02:12 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
This is the end, my only friend, the end ...

This is the end, my only friend, the end

Finally my last post – it’s been a long journey consisting of a bunch of even longer posts, this being no exception… bear with me, it’s going to stretch on...
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
What's Alp? Goodbye, cheap food. Goodbye,...

What's Alp?

Goodbye, cheap food. Goodbye, shitty roads. Goodbye Eastern Europe – hello again Western Europe.

As terrifying as Western Europe is from a budgetary perspective, I was glad to be...
Forum: Ride reports 10-29-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Balkan Blitz Having realised that I was going...

Balkan Blitz
Having realised that I was going to be without GPS support in Albania (a maze of a country) unless I did something quickly, I stopped at a cafe before the border and used the wifi to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
:(. Home now - the race is on to write...

:(.

Home now - the race is on to write everything down before I forget everything or run out of motivation!

The Marathon Commences
Greece is an interesting place – it runs according to its own...
Forum: Ride reports 10-19-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Ahhh damnit, I'm already back in England :(....

Ahhh damnit, I'm already back in England :(. Thanks though.

---
Orient Express

Up until now, all of my travel had been in the EU – sure, at the edges of the Schengen zone there were half-arsed...
Forum: Ride reports 10-18-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Ah damnit... I actually went through the Ardennes...

Ah damnit... I actually went through the Ardennes on the way back but it was one of the wettest days I've seen all trip so I just rolled along the freeway. Just put the bike on the ship back home...
Forum: Ride reports 10-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
In Nice right now... tomorrow I've gotta start...

In Nice right now... tomorrow I've gotta start moving north, probably do a massive ride to around Dijon, then I'll within striking distance of the Nurburging.



:O I was in Dubrovnik last month!...
Forum: Ride reports 10-10-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
:-( already been through there... my blog is most...

:-( already been through there... my blog is most far behind where I am... right now I'm in Nice with a bit over a week to go till I ship the bike back from London.

Does anyone know whether you...
Forum: Ride reports 10-07-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
A Blast Through the Baltics I’d never...

A Blast Through the Baltics

I’d never actually intended to go anywhere near the Baltic countries – my plan was to come down through Finland, get the ferry over to Stockholm and then back to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-24-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Coming out of the Cold By the time I was...

Coming out of the Cold

By the time I was done buying stickers at Nordkapp it was already 2pm. The next place I wanted to be was Rovaniemi – on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Finland. Getting...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
The reason the title of this thread is...

The reason the title of this thread is "Panniering Around Europe" was that it's supposed to be backpacking with pannier bags - hence panniering... I really wanted to do the backpacker circuit around...
Forum: Ride reports 09-10-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Time - although if time wasn't a constraint I...

Time - although if time wasn't a constraint I guess money would be. Gotta be back at work on October 26. To be honest I'm sorta glad to be going home... while I've had an amazing time the whole idea...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
I was actually going to turn around in Romania...

I was actually going to turn around in Romania (time's ticking away :() but I might give Bulgaria a go if the roads are good - been doing too much touring and not enough riding lately as I'm in...
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
More Like Snoreway (Not Really!) I’m not...

More Like Snoreway (Not Really!)

I’m not sure I ever really appreciated just how much there is to Norway. Looking at it on the map it’s just a thin sliver of non-EU land off the border of Sweden –...
Forum: EMEA 09-06-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Haha I love how this thread's still going, I'm...

Haha I love how this thread's still going, I'm actually already in Europe on my bike - I ended up shipping my bike and getting green card insurance from mototouring. Your rates sound much cheaper...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
A Brief Viking Raid Into Sweden My route...

A Brief Viking Raid Into Sweden

My route through Europe was a bit weird (read: stupid) to start with, and it’s only got worse as I’ve gone along it. Hence I came to Sweden with plans to go up the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2012, 11:44 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Thanks :). Reading your RR where you went through...

Thanks :). Reading your RR where you went through Karelia was actually a big inspiration for the scandinavian part of my trip - couldn't quite be bothered with the Russian visa though :). I'm...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Alright, finally Germany. Let’s see if I can do...

Alright, finally Germany. Let’s see if I can do this without mentioning the war. Deep breath, aaand…

Riding out of the Netherlands and into Germany was like rubbing my eyes and seeing clearly...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2012, 03:24 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
I'm an IT Consultant - it's not that I exactly...

I'm an IT Consultant - it's not that I exactly earn heaps, I just don't spend much at home and I try not to spend much here... Norway totalled my budget though, fucking car ferries :deal. This has...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Kawasaki should've sold that version of the...

Kawasaki should've sold that version of the Versys with crash bars and a big windscreen standard - somehow it turns an awkward, sorta ugly bike into something rugged and purposeful. It's kinda like...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 02:47 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Riding out of Belgium, I stopped at an automatic...

Riding out of Belgium, I stopped at an automatic petrol station and found that it had a building full of vending machines for various things – coffee, soft drinks… and beer. It’s not like it was...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 02:36 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
“How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking...

“How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s fucking thing?”

And so on I rode on… French turned to Dutch, wine turned to beer – I was in Belgium now, and right away I felt that much more at home. First...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
So at this point things are going to get pretty...

So at this point things are going to get pretty un-motorcycley because everywhere in Northern Europe is like 2 hours away from everything else. But I'm still gonna post this stuff up in case you're...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 02:07 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Your Knee's Not Healed Until You Can Drag It ...

Your Knee's Not Healed Until You Can Drag It

And so it was on a sunny Edinburgh afternoon that I typed “Inverness” into my GPS, rolled back the throttle and I was on my way once more. Fortunately...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2012, 01:51 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
So I'm a terrible person and I stopped updating...

So I'm a terrible person and I stopped updating this - unfortunately it's hard enough to find time to write let alone to find time to get everything onto advrider. Buuut I'm gonna try to catch up...
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Heh, that's what I said the first time I shifted...

Heh, that's what I said the first time I shifted into first without putting the side-stand up and accidentally cut the engine. Also said it the next 100 times I did it ;-).

But yeah, funny how...
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2012, 09:03 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
I woke up the next day and it was finally time to...

I woke up the next day and it was finally time to leave London. All I had to do was pack all the stuff I had into my panniers and I was away.

Unfortunately, being the pretty girl that I am I’d...
Forum: Ride reports 06-05-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Putting Rubber to the Road So on the 14th of...

Putting Rubber to the Road

So on the 14th of May I arrived in London, checked into my hostel and waited. My bike, a glorious bright green Versys had been due to arrive the same day but...
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 21,449
Posted By Schwer
Cool2 Panniering Through Europe

Sup Advriders. I'm Alex from Sydney, Australia. For years I've been reading through the advrider ride reports and dreaming of taking my own trip - usually from the exotic surrounds of an office...
Forum: Ride reports 03-16-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 50,369
Posted By Schwer
... whoa. Every bit of this journey looks...

... whoa.

Every bit of this journey looks amazing. I'm going to be around Scandinavia around July this year and I might just give Murmansk a go.

Might listen to some russian tapes first though...
Forum: EMEA 12-29-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Heh, believe me I thought about it. Unfortunately...

Heh, believe me I thought about it. Unfortunately (well not really) work just gave me a 12k payrise out of the blue a week ago so I'm not giving this job up :P.

Besides, if I was quitting my job...
Forum: EMEA 12-29-2011, 03:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Yeah... 6 months is every single bit of leave I'm...

Yeah... 6 months is every single bit of leave I'm entitled to added together, plus a bit. Can't push it any further unfortunately :(.

Right now I'm thinking I'll just drop the $3000 on return...
Forum: EMEA 12-29-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
So what I've realised is that I need a current...

So what I've realised is that I need a current certificate of insurance from a UK insurer (because apparently foreign ones don't count, how's that for EU cooperation) to register a bike.

Which...
Forum: EMEA 12-24-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Heh, I doubt it seeing how they wanted roughly...

Heh, I doubt it seeing how they wanted roughly 1200 for the year from memory. Really hoping I can get around having to deal with a UK insurer... I get the feeling that were I to go with one I'd jump...
Forum: EMEA 12-23-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
That's interesting - how did you deal with them...

That's interesting - how did you deal with them though? Through a broker? My German's good enough to buy a currywurst with mayonnaise but I don't think I'd trust it to buy insurance :-(.
Forum: EMEA 12-23-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Wow. Thanks a million for the level of detail in...

Wow. Thanks a million for the level of detail in that post, I thought I was home free :(. Ever since I started planning this, every turn I take there seems to be an army of bald, old, suit-clad...
Forum: EMEA 12-23-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,869
Posted By Schwer
Bluhduh AU->UK License Conversion and Insurance

I'm an Australian planning a 6-month motorcycle trip around Europe in May, starting in the UK. I'm pretty excited about it, apart from figuring out insurance, which is an absolute nightmare.

From...
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