Ellan Vannin - Isle of Man 2009

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Direktor, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Hello my two wheel brothers!

    Finally I catch some free time to post my RR from my last trip. I done Isle of Man this year in June. This is my second RR after I done Balkan tour http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291616.

    Whay did I chose IoM? Well, this was my dream almost for 4 years when I bought my 'normal', big bike. Well it is not big, but it is good :D .
    Last winter I was searching how I will come to IoM, what I need for trip, where I will catch ferry, how to enter into UK...I read lost of stoies from IoM and from UK, what is worth to visit, what can I expect fro trip, etc.
    Idea was to travel alone and spent 12 days on trip. 12 days of my dream ride! Here you have my pics and words. Sorry for my English, it is not my first language.

    In February 2009 I reserved and payed ferry ticket from Liverpool to Douglas, company is Steam Pocket. This was a big step forward because I read lots of story that this may be a biggest problem to reach IoM if you don't buy ticket at time. When I was sure that I got a ticket i prepared my bike fot this trip. From my house to Liverpool there is about 2200km, so this was my biggest solo trip done to today time.

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    I preprared my bike, put navigation on it, put money into wallet and then I go.

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    I was travelling throught Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France and UK mainly throught highway. Here are photos:

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    If you are travelling throught Slovenia you need to buy vignete for highway. It was 17,5 EUR and last 6 mounth. Now they have changed this, I think now is much more expensive then it way two month earlier.
    Also if you are travelling throught Austria on highway you need vignete. It costs I think 20 EUR for 2 month.

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    If you are traveling on highway you ned to know that tre prices of food and dring are little bit expensive then on normal roads. Here are some food which I eat and pay more than 10 EUR:

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    In Gerany I was sleeping in freind of mine house, he is living near Stuttgart and he is driving this :D :

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    It is Yamaha :thumb

    he and his friend took me out in small place near Stuttgard to see town and to eat there. We eat in chinese restoraunt (but what did I eat dont' ask, I really don't know what is this!)

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    I have also visited small, but very famous manufracturer of custom motorcycle, American A.T. Cycles.

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    This is not a kind bike which I really like, but owner of this bike said that this bike is 200.000 EUR worth!

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    After leaving my friend I continue via France to Calais to catch train for UK.

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    France highway a pretty expensive! And finally I reached Calais. I was a little bit worried to get into train and drive under sea, but everythink was ok!

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  2. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    UK - driving on the left side

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    I slept in towl called Asford. Found some B&B for 30 pounds.

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    Then I went to Stonehendge:

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    In Liverpool I found very good gay Timpo, I found him throught tent-spece thread on this forum and he offer me room and food. Thanks Timpo!

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    Timpo or Neil :thumb

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  3. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Liverpool ferry dock:

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    HSC Manannan - the fastest ferry in Irish sea:

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    After 2,5 hours we reached Douglas:

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  4. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    On IoM I found B&B for 15 pounds :D . It is farm, there were lots of UK guys, so if you are reading this, heelo :thumb

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    Isle of Man - sighsseeing:

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  5. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Lady Evelin:

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    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    @ Street Illegal. Thanks for the report & pics. They are really nice. Waiting for more! The Z is a great bike (me too have a 07 Z1000). Is that windshield big enough to handle the windblast while touring.
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  7. Jason Hutchins

    Jason Hutchins Monarch 71

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    Great Report, keep it coming :clap
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  8. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Pisc from north side of IoM:

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    Aviation and Military Museum

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    Party:

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  9. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Driving accross IoM:

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  10. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Mad Sunday - you really need to be careful driving bike on that day!

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    Ballaugh bridge - famous jamp

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  11. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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  12. Direktor

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  13. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Food and dring on IoM. There a lots of good restoraunts and price and accessible.

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    After 4 days on Isle of Man I was planing to go home. I need 4 days to reach my home, so I used similar roads to get home.
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  14. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    From Calais I went to Koln via France and Belgium. I was 12 days on the road, spend about 1200 EUR, all included (ferry ticket, B&B, food, gasoline...).

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    Hope you enjoyed pices and RR!

    Nice greetings from Croatia,
    Ivica
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  15. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Great Ride Report!
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  16. Monsieur

    Monsieur Varadero Journeyman

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    Enjoyed that - thanks :clap

    Did you go on your own or with friends?
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  17. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Thanks for reading my RR!

    2 Monsieur: I did this trip alone, without friends

    2 Haroon: Windshield is made by PUIG and yes, it is big enough to handle the windblast while touring. Actualy Z is not a 'real' touring bike, but I done almost 40.000km in 3 years :evil
    Hope in next periaod I will have more money to buy some touring bike.
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  18. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Good Ride Report Street Illegal.
    Some truly wonderful photographs.:clap :clap
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  19. joenuclear

    joenuclear Long timer

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    Very nice! Thank you.
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  20. bubbles

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    Great report,:clap how do I find out about joining the tent space thread?
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