Alpes on gravel 2007

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kave, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    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.

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    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.
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    A couple of german beers later it was time to go load the bikes on the train:
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    Roger and I, Stefan and Rolf shared a cabin on the train.
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    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.
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    We take the highway to Nice to reach the interesting roads quicker. Nice views all over the place:
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  2. GB

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  3. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Up in the mountains the roads are getting better and better:
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    A quick coffe and a sandwich in a small village. The coffe is great in Italy:
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    The legurian borderpass is really great:
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    After that nice gravel run we came to the village Tende:
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    2000 meters above sea level:
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    We arrived at the hotel arround 19.00, exhausted.
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    Mikael discussing todays routes:
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    After a three meal course and some wine and beer we get to bed.
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  4. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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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:
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    The view from Col di Tende, Roger:
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    and Stefan:
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    Anyone taking pictures?
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    Can you spot the gravel road?
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    We met some locals too:
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    Limone Piemonte:
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    A quick lunch stop in Vernante:
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    Up the valle Maira pass:
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    Roger and Stefan exhanged bikes, HP2 and KTM 950SE:
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    Disussing the differences:
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    The road was great:
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    Valle varaita, lots of stones, sharp stones. Can you see the road how it stretches on the mountain:
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    Roger:
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    After a couple of hours Stefan decides to check out the gravel a bit closer:
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    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:
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    We where lucky to be three, we barely where able to pick it up again. Stefan inspecting the damages:
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    Not to bad:
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    Some tape and it was ridable again.
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    After that we decided to stick to the tarmac for a while. We noticed ad closed road and decided to check it out:
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    After that detour it was time for more dirt. Stefan in a water passage:
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    No problem:
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    Which route to go next?
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    It seems the HP2 takes less fuel than a super enduro.
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  5. DrBigMinde

    DrBigMinde SE950R pilot

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    Very nice, very nice kave :clap
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  6. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    Absolutely amazing pics...

    Looks like a few butt clinchers there for sure
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  7. JossaXR

    JossaXR Been here awhile

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    Nice pictures Johan are you happy on the super enduro, you dont miss the 1200gs:1drink
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    C-Dub Clean Air Hog

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  9. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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    Very nice! :clap :clap :clap
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  10. HMR

    HMR Alps & Dirt Roads

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    One comment Jossa -

    On this 2500 km ride we where 1 Honda, 1 Suzuki, 5 KTM and 13 BMW.

    We had two breakdowns. Both KTM's. This means that 40% of the KTM's broke down but no other bikes. The KTM's are great to ride but they need indeed to improve quality.
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  11. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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    What were the breakdowns caused by? What broke / went wrong? :ear
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  12. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    Fantastic ride! :clap

    Can you please share maps or gps tracks? :evil
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  13. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    First breakdown was a KTM 525, broken rearwheel hub. Apparently the hub had a crack in it before Elving wen't on the trip. Bike was towed home.

    Second was a slave cylinder on the clutch who started leaking oil. That was changed at a local KTM dealer, bike 950SE.

    Third breakdown was a HP2 owner who fell on his bike so he made a crack in the valve cover. Bike started loosing oil. New valve cover was bought at a local dealer.

    Fourth brakdown, 1150GS with bad battery. New battery bought.

    Jossa, Since my 1200GS had a broken final drive I am rally enjoing my KTM.
    I am having so much more fun with it. I can handle 600km strecthes in one day on this bike. Not fun, but it works.
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  14. Tracknod

    Tracknod Been here awhile

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    I just wanted to say the picts are FANTASTIC>.......:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  15. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    20070912, 2 degrees, sunny, clear skies, route des grandes alpes.
    We started off in the morning with a gravel run up Col De Tende:
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    Next pass, Colle Della Lombardia:
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    Time for lunch, but the somewhat strange french people who make a living out of selling food doesn't allways like to think the customer pays their salaries. So we didn't eat here in Isola:)
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    Next pass, Bousieyas:
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    Next, the Col De La bonette:
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    A quick coffe break in La condamine:

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    Next, the famous pass Parpallion:

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    At the top, a tunnel, no light of course, really muddy inside:

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    On the exit:
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    Next, I rode up to the Risoul Station:
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    Time for gas in Guillestre:
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    Asfalt racing up the Brunnisard pass:
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    Another good day ended well.
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  16. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Maps coming later.
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  17. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    20070913 5 degrees, cloudy

    We wake up at 07:30 as usual. The breakfast is served, cakes and sugar, and chocoloate to put on the plasted toast, yuck. Italy is not the place for brekafasts I can tell you.
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    After fuel up, Anders stops and says he can't use the clutch. We make a stop and checks it out. It seems the reservoir is empty. We tops it off and it works again. Anders decides to go to the nearest KTM dealer to get it fixed permanently
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    Tyre wear, Super enduro left, HP2 right:
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    Next pass, Sommelier pass:
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    At the top, 3000m above sea level:
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    In the past people where riding all the way up here, no more, A wooden fence blocks access.
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    Skiing anyone?
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    The view is fantastic:
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    On the way down again:
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    A quick lunch in the sun
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    Jafferau pass:
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    Next, Asietta kamstrasse:
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    Roads everywhere. You can easily spend a few days in this area:
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    Lot's of Super Enduro Roads. Some of them difficult to reach even with MT21.
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    Some old factory buildings at the top:
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    After the pass, Meana Di Susa:
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  18. MSH

    MSH The Salt

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    Oh my god that is beautiful! You gentlemen are very lucky! Looks like a blast!
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  19. bonedale

    bonedale Been here awhile

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    Wow, simply incredible pics ... and the bike porn isn't bad either. Damn good stuff, thanks for sharing.
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  20. DRglidarn

    DRglidarn Panzer pilot

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    Fantastic pics Kave!:clap Looks like you guys had a blast at this "Alpbus"
    The collection of great bikes is indeed not bad:1drink

    /Mattias
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