I have enjoyed reading the adventures that many of you have posted. They are an inspiration for myself and others and they provide us with good entertainment and travel information. It is always easier to learn from those that have been down the road before. This forum is precisely where I got the idea for this two wheeled adventure that I was about to undertake. I was particularly inspired by fellow member Haroon and his report. Although my route is quite different, I gained valuable information and insight from his post. My planning was a bit rushed as I completed all preparations in little more than a week before departure. I would have enjoyed at least three months of careful planning, but that luxury was not available. My vacation time was rapidly approaching and unmovable. OK, we decided to take the plunge and make the trip. I'll be riding two up with my wife, and this will be our first trip of this length and first one in Europe on a motorcycle. We have taken some small trips, but mostly on the flatter terrain of the Atlantic coast of the USA. The commentary and photos that follow will be of our eight day trip that begins in Munich, Germany and then travels through Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Italy. So bear with me as I try to keep the mistakes and misspellings a minimum as this is also my first post. DAY 1....Our late morning flight carries us from London, where we spent a few days of our vacation, to Munich. At the Munich airport we exchanged $$ for Euros. I will tell you now that you have to be careful when exchanging currency as the service charge varies widely. After checking several kiosks and one bank, we got the best rate at the lowest service charge of about $6 vs. a $48 service charge. Euros in hand, we collect our luggage, and hail a taxi to Karl Maier's BMW located southwest of the airport in a little town named NEUFINSING. The taxi ride takes about :40 mins at a cost of 40 Euros. That's about $56.80 as one Euro = $1.42 on 02MAY11. We meet up with Karl and his staff to pick up our motorrad rental. Karl has set aside a 2011 BMW R1200RT for us with only 311km's on the odometer. This is a beautiful bike and I am looking forward to riding it as I haven't any experience with the BMW's.