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Old 10-31-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Solo SM in the Alps

Hi all,

We 've had a lousy summer over here in Belgium. Cold and rainy weather for almost the whole month of July. I had some time of and really didn't feel like sitting at home and watching the rain pooring down. So, I packed my motorbike and set out for ride in the French & Italian Alps for about 10 days.
As I've bought a KTM 990 SM in 2011 this was a good oportunity to test the travel capability of the bike. Being a SM motorbike... it should be able to do some offroading with it...
Well, let's give it a go !

On the first day I drove through Belgium and France, stayed for the night somewhere in the middle of France. And arrived in the Alps the day after. And guess what ? the sun is shining

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Old 10-31-2012, 05:00 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:50 AM   #3
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a nice warm sun... great mountainviews...superroads.. is this heaven ?
I'm riding towards the beautiful town of Briancon and enjoying the fantastic mountainpasses.
Not to much text... just some pictures

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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very cool. i spent 5 days in the vosges mtns last week. wish i would have made it further south.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #5
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a few beers on a nice terras, a good sleep in some old hotel room and the day after I'm ready for some small adventure. My goal for today is to ride the Col du Parpaillon. An unpaved mountainpass with a rather dark and muddy tunnel as a sherry on top of it. Sounds fun ...
At the first stage it's an easy going smooth path.. but things change a little bit.
As the mountainroad is getting steeper and rocks are all over the tight corners I'm starting to sweat... hmm, was this the right choice to do with my bike on roadtyre's and all by myself ? As I'm crawling slowly higher and higher I'm getting together with 3 other bikers on BMW's. And we stick together to make the last kilometers to the top and the tunnel. And we reach this top without breaking our legs. Up there, my companions are driving directly further trough the tunnel and going back down, while I stay for a while and enjoy the magnificent view.
And then into the dark gate of hell .. the Tunnel de Parpaillon ! It's not all that bad. It's as dark as the inside of the earth, there is a lot of water in it... some mud...and its slippery... but it's fun ! and seeing this small light at the end which getting bigger by the minute is a nice experience.
Going back down is easier than the way up and I end this small adventure at the roadside terrace looking back at at marvelous day

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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Looks nice down there. Might have to have a visit sometime.

Went to the Pyreneese 2 years ago with a friend but on road bikes so to unpaved roads then
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:14 AM   #7
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after the col de Parpaillon went further south and made some detours, but the next big thing was the Col de Sommeiller. Most of the people around here will know this as the place where the annual Stella Alpina rally is taking place. I was in Bardonecchia some weeks later however.

So, I climbed this highest mountainroad in the Alps on my own

I couldn't make it to the top however. Just about 100m from the top, there is a large snowfield which I can' t pass on my roadtyre's...










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Old 11-13-2012, 06:01 AM   #8
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awesome, just my kind of adventure, and great pictures to top it all off :)
where does the track for the col de sommeiller start? I can't find it on google maps :)
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:11 AM   #9
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Hi
Thanks for the comments.

The col de sommelier starts in the villlage of Rochemolles.
It's a small asphalt road from Bardonecchia to this village.
From there on the "unpaved" section begins.
It's al smooth and easy going just until the rifugio Scarfiotti.
From there on the going get's tougher.
But it's fun :)
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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Those are some wild looking tracks! And on street tires, no less! More, please. P.S. lovely photos, too.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:02 AM   #11
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Tell me the camera is lying and it wasn't really that steep and dusty on those tyres... please!! :)
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
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The camera is lying a little bit... but it was with sweaty hands and shivering knees that I made my way back down
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Wow nice pics. Will def have to pay a visit

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:48 AM   #14
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My goal for today is to ride the Col du Parpaillon. An unpaved mountainpass with a rather dark and muddy tunnel as a sherry on top of it. Sounds fun ...
At the first stage it's an easy going smooth path.. but things change a little bit.
As the mountainroad is getting steeper and rocks are all over the tight corners I'm starting to sweat... hmm, was this the right choice to do with my bike on roadtyre's and all by myself ?

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I really like that picture. What's the camera?

I did the Parpaillon solo on street tires this year as well I had the same feeling as it got steeper and I met some MX guys coming down on knobbies, I wondered what it would be like coming down for me if it got any steeper At nearly 9000ft, it's quite the experience really. I'm glad they unblocked the tunnel and still allow motorists to pass
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:30 AM   #15
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Hi,
Thanks for the nice comments.
With which bike did you made your way up to the Parpaillon ?
It's doable with every bike offcourse (my brother drove it with his Kawasaki ZX10 !! (the fool ))

The pics are made with a Nikon D700 by the way.
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