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Old 09-16-2007, 05:17 AM   #1
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Alpes on gravel 2007

We have been invited my Mikael Resmark to join in on a trip to the Alps in September 2007. This year focus is on unpaved roads.
I equipped my KTM 950SE with fresh shoes, Pirelli MT21, for this journey.

Saturday 20070908, 18.00, 22 degrees celsius, great weather, Boras -> Gothenburg

Roger arrived with his bike on a trailer. Saved 300km's of life on his tires.




We started our journey easy, taking the ferry from Gothenburg Sweden to Kiel in Germany. On the highway we tested the difference between a stock 950SE vs a akrapovice equiped bike with 100kmh rolloffs on fith and sixth speed. It's clear that it does make a difference, allthough not huge.

Sunday 20070909, 25 degrees celsius, Kiel -> Altona, Hamburg

We met up with the other travellers at the Altona train station. Among them Anders Eng and Elving Solli, an editor of a Swedish motorbike magazine, among other things.



A couple of german beers later it was time to go load the bikes on the train:

Roger and I, Stefan and Rolf shared a cabin on the train.


Monday 20070910, 30 degrees, Frejus -> Chamois d'Or, Casterino

Excited we got off the train, today the journey will begin for real. We get off the train in Frejus, French riviera.



We take the highway to Nice to reach the interesting roads quicker. Nice views all over the place:

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Old 09-16-2007, 05:26 AM   #2
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Old 09-16-2007, 05:31 AM   #3
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Up in the mountains the roads are getting better and better:


A quick coffe and a sandwich in a small village. The coffe is great in Italy:

The legurian borderpass is really great:




After that nice gravel run we came to the village Tende:




2000 meters above sea level:


We arrived at the hotel arround 19.00, exhausted.

Mikael discussing todays routes:

After a three meal course and some wine and beer we get to bed.
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:04 AM   #4
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Tuesday 20070911, 2 degrees, clear sky, Valle Maira and Valle Varaita
We start the day with some wheelie practise, Roger shows how to handle a Super Enduro:



The view from Col di Tende, Roger:

and Stefan:




Anyone taking pictures?



Can you spot the gravel road?


We met some locals too:





Limone Piemonte:



A quick lunch stop in Vernante:

Up the valle Maira pass:





Roger and Stefan exhanged bikes, HP2 and KTM 950SE:


Disussing the differences:

The road was great:





Valle varaita, lots of stones, sharp stones. Can you see the road how it stretches on the mountain:





Roger:


After a couple of hours Stefan decides to check out the gravel a bit closer:

In these situations it's nice to ride a boxer, I know for sure. A KTM Adventure would have slided much further down without a cylinder on the side:

We where lucky to be three, we barely where able to pick it up again. Stefan inspecting the damages:

Not to bad:

Some tape and it was ridable again.

After that we decided to stick to the tarmac for a while. We noticed ad closed road and decided to check it out:







After that detour it was time for more dirt. Stefan in a water passage:

No problem:

Which route to go next?


It seems the HP2 takes less fuel than a super enduro.


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Old 09-16-2007, 09:33 AM   #5
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Very nice, very nice kave
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:39 AM   #6
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Absolutely amazing pics...

Looks like a few butt clinchers there for sure
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:56 AM   #7
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Nice pictures Johan are you happy on the super enduro, you dont miss the 1200gs
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:33 PM   #8
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:07 PM   #9
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Roger and Stefan exhanged bikes, HP2 and KTM 950SE:


Disussing the differences:
Could you please reveal those differences to the general public? :)
In particular, handling on gravel, rather than reliability or tech specs.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:36 PM   #10
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Could you please reveal those differences to the general public? :)
In particular, handling on gravel, rather than reliability or tech specs.
Well, to put it short, the 950SE is a quicker bike to handle. It's shorter, has sharper angle on the forks so it will steer shaper in the corners. On the tarmac it reminds of a supermotard bike.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:48 AM   #11
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10-plus.......good food and good riding.......bruce
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:37 PM   #12
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Absolutely grossartige Bilder!!! (great pics)

I love and miss the French/Italian Alps...

I'm sure, you recognize some of the places when you compare them with the other pics.

No bike pics, sorry

BTW... I miss my LR Defender. Couldn't import it to the US. Had to sell it

Now i'm on a KTM 950 SER ... and I love it !!!!





Col du Pre / Lac Roselend





Val d' Isere / Col Iseran




Lac du Mont Cenis
Ft de la Turra






Ft de Variselle


Lac de Roterel




Colle Sommeiler




Col Parpaillon






Col de la Cayolle





Cians Schluchten



Ligurische Grenzkammstrae













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Old 05-02-2011, 02:22 AM   #13
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Can you send me this trip's GPX files? I'm very interested to do this on holidays.

Very nice pics!!!
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:34 PM   #14
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Damn, good food AND good riding in the same day! That's what's different.....thks for the great report and pix! Bruce
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