Dark Dog Moto-Tour in France

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fredgilb, Jan 26, 2013.

?

If there was an inexpensive way to get your bike there and back would you enter?

  1. Yes, In a heartbeat

  2. Looks to dangerous, no thanks

  3. Sure, but only if the roadbooks list McDonalds too.

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    So here's the video of the trip from Lempaut to Paris. I gave myself three leisurely days to get there. Spent the first night in Aubusson then Sancerre where I had the most satisfying meal of the entire trip.

    Parental advisory, this video contains; high speeds, hopelessly romantic music.
    Sorry!
    #81
  2. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    Oh baby!! Pikes Peak style special stage this year. Dirt tracking an R1! !

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #82
  3. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    So, 760 km. the second day? This ought to do it!
    [​IMG]
    Anyone want to buy my S4?.......too late!
    #83
  4. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    I rode for over 10 hours over local roads in croatia today and covered not even 500km. 700km is crazy :) Granted, luggage slows you down, and traveling isn't rallying, not even leisurely.

    I'm still in for 2014. I love some dirt :)

    Sent from my phone
    #84
  5. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2008
    Oddometer:
    156
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Subtract one. I voted 'yes' befóre reading the RR...

    I did similar rides, though easier, when I was in my 20ies, and liked them a lot. But somehow I now feel too old for that. But I enjoyed your RR a lot, thanks and congrats! :clap
    #85
  6. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY

    This was their practice run for the following night.............

    Not even one day! Not even 100 miles! And I have an estimate for $3000. of repairs! What the........... going home from a nice dinner at night on a tiny back road. Let's see how the lights work and wham, a deer charges out of the bushes and runs head first straight into my right calf. Man that HURT. Amazingly I stayed up. Took me a few minutes to decide if my leg was broken or not. I was having to reach over the bike with my left hand to hold all the flapping plastic bits on. Made it home and put some ice packs on and watched it blow up like a balloon.
    #86
  7. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    #87
  8. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    I'm trying to convince some friends to join with me for 2014 but a recurring question that pops up is how much it costs (not bike prep and all, just enlisting for the rally). do you have any idea?
    #88
  9. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    Tarifs:
    DDMT 1250 €
    DDMT en formule Solo 2200 €. It went up 200 € this year (:-(
    Course dans la course Alès/Toulon 290 €

    You also have to buy insurance and a 200 € refundable deposit on the transponder
    #89
  10. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    that's a lot steeper than I was hoping for :D where did you find this info? I'd like to read up on the difference between the solo and regular formula
    #90
  11. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    Yeah, I know it seems expensive. But you couldn't find all that amazing riding on you're own for that price. All the info is on the DDMT website including videos of this years special stages.


    http://www.moto-tour.com/
    #91
  12. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    I would dare call myself internet-adept but I've been on that website multiple times and can't find the info you're referring to at all... Would you mind telling me exactly where to click to get there?

    Yeah, considering what you get (support, closed roads, roadbook, etc), I understand where the price comes from, but still, I had hoped to do this as a hiatus between traveling to save money for the trip the year after. Seems that's not how it's going to work out :rofl
    #92
  13. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    On the home page, there is a line of drop down choices across the top. It's part of the preparation for reading roadbooks (;-) !

    When I do my version of touring I stay in hotels and eat out, so for me the rallye is actually pretty reasonable. The food is included and so is the "lodging" with the Solo formula. I'm not to happy that it went up 200 euro this year but that's life (:-(
    #93
  14. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    Ok, I finally found it. Apparently the English version of the website doesn't have this info, when I switched to the French version I found it soon enough...
    #94
  15. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    Is there a tire arrangement or does one need to buy/bring own tires? I know you're supposed to stick to their brand but that's all I could find.

    How is the fuel arrangement?

    -using phone
    #95
  16. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    You can bring your own rubber as long as it's Michelin and they have a full stock at every paddock. They will even mount and balance for you at no charge.

    The fuel thing takes a little pre-planning. Gas stations are few and far between in the unpopulated area's. You have to study your roadbook as you build it to see where they are. The road book does indicate them, however, you can't assume you have the range for the indicated fuel. And yes, I got caught out last year! And as has been mentioned before, you better have a card that works in France.

    Less than one month to go!
    #96
  17. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    what kind of fuel range would you think is about right to avoid issues?
    #97
  18. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    I'd have to say around 200 km or 130 miles.
    #98
  19. fredgilb

    fredgilb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    255
    Location:
    Rockland county, NY
    [​IMG]
    Full Cargo mode w. dreaded rainsuit on top. Got rid of the stock handguards. Hope these protect the levers because no one sells folding versions yet.

    [​IMG]

    Cockpit, made the roadbook quickly detachable this year so I wouldn't have to stand in the pitch dark and rain loading it! Yeah, I learned my lesson(s) last year!
    #99
  20. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Oddometer:
    643
    Location:
    Belgistan
    damn, that's a great looking bike :)
    what do you need the side bags for? for the trip to france only, or also for the rally itself?