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Old 12-08-2012, 05:44 AM   #1
Motosport OP
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Bike swap and free bike trips - something for you..???

Lately an idea has been forming in my head and I've decided to post it up and get some feedback on whether this is even viable or not...

Like most other adv riders I would like to explore other continents on two wheels, and in order to do so I'll have to ship my own bike or rent/buy one upon arrival.. But instead of doing that, why don't we just swap bikes with other adv riders, saving money and time in the process..?? I realize this might not be for everyone and there could be issues with insurance, wear and tear on the bike, what if the bike gets damaged etc, but at least for me these are minor issues that can easily be solved and agreed upon... The host might also be able to give advise on his country, places to go and even help with practical stuff which would be a further bonus...

So, to kick this thing off I would like to offer my bike to someone looking for a bike trip in Europe/Scandinavia, ranging from just a weekend to several weeks away. My bike is a 2009 F800GS fully serviced and equipped with hard cases, top box, tank bag, Sargent seat, hand protectors, GPS, big screen and a few other things. It comes with full insurance and also includes full recovery service all over Europe in case of a break down. I'm located in Denmark, some 45 minutes from Copenhagen and I'll be happy to assist in picking up from the airport and I can also provide accommodation at my house for a night or two before leaving for your trip...

At the moment I'm very interested in swapping bikes with someone from Melbourne, Australia as my girlfriend is living there and I'll be spending all of february in Melbourne as well as future visits there. But I am also interested in swapping bikes with adv riders from Canada, North- and South America, New Zeeland, South Africa and other interesting places... Basically I'm pretty open for suggestions..

Just to give a short intro of myself, I'm 42 years old and been riding motorcycles non stop for the last 21 years on various bikes. I work in the Danish Police and used to ride motorcycle in the force too, including doing security escorts and working as a motorcycle instructor. I've done some racing as well and also track day instructing for several years. Like most others I like to work on my own bikes and keep them in top condition, and I will of course treat any borrowed bike with at least the same care and respect as my own.

So, what do you think...?? Is this something you would be interested in doing or am I missing something..?? I do think its a great way of traveling the world on two wheels without breaking the bank, and at the same time meet like minded adv riders and perhaps making new friends... So let me know your thoughts and comments, or shoot me a mail if you're interested in swapping bikes...

Alex.
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