Europe - 9 Countries in 10 Days (From England to the Alps and Back)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Krime, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. xfire64

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    A really nice trip, but especially beautiful photos.
    Davvero un bel viaggio , ma sopratutto bellissime foto .:clap
  2. rallyman1978

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    Thanks for this RR :wave
  3. chaveruco

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    BRAVO!!! OLÉ, OLÉ Y OLÉ!!!!

    Fantastic ride, I love the pics and the soft and not forced HDR on them... and the places, the kilometers, the feelings of such a trip!!!

    My longest trip was 3500 kms in 5 days through Morocco with my brother last year, and was beautiful and epic too, but this is much far away from mine, in all senses!!!

    The ride report is great too, so as more than one said, you have taken us with both of you on that trip, and I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR IT!!!!!

    I wish and I guess you have enjoyed your time in the old, beautiful and economically ruined Europe, and I invite you to share more rides with us, because they are powerful!!!!!

    FANTÁSTICO, AMIGO!!! Good luck, and see you on the road!!

    P.S. (I love the french way to salute too, indeed I have adopted it too....as it is said, "when in Rome, do as romans do..."

    Regards from Spain/France (I live near the mountains....just in the frontieeeeeeer!!!!) :rofl:clap:clap:clap
  4. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words and to everyone who followed along, it's been my pleasure!

    Excellent! Look forward to your future ride report. :D
  5. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Sounds like it will be a great ride! Here's the details from our trip:

    Bike Rental:

    The GS was rented from Bournemouth Motorcycle Hire. For 10 days it ran us 780 UK pounds so around $1200 CDN all in - insurance, green card (for travellng through Europe), BMW roadside assistance, GPS, and unlimited mileage. This was a great rate considering! It was a super small business, literally run out of the guys home, but it was far cheaper than central London based rentals that wouldn't offer unlimited mileage. The bike I had, had 50,000 miles on it by the time I was done, but it ran super strong.

    The port at Poole (to take the ferry to France) was a 15 minute ride away, so very convenient that way.

    Gear:

    We brought our jackets, waterproof gloves, rain suits, rain boot covers from home. The helmets were provided with the rental, as well as jackets (which we hadn't known and brought our own). The rain covers were Frog Toggs, which held up pretty well… although the cut outs to allow for access to the jacket pockets underneath wasn't smart, as it let the rain in at times (not sure how the newer models hold up, I'm imagining they would have addressed this issue by now).

    As I mentioned in a previous post, the gloves were fine, but not all that waterproof at the end of the day. Wearing wet gloves going into the next day was never enjoyable, especially when you're traveling through the Alps - I'd be sure to bring a second pair. Next time, I'd also be sure to bring along boots… dropping a bike of this weight on our ankles would have been devastating, and there's no way I would risk that again.

    Accessories:

    We brought along headsets, a video camera, 2 iPhones, multi port USB wall chargers, and power adapters all from home (there was a massive bag of wires for all the technology) :D. The headsets used were Sena's SMH10 bluetooths. Replacing our old Chatterbox set, We ordered them just for the trip and absolutely loved them. After the first 4 straight days of rain, they held up incredibly well. Battery life got us through every day without issues, including listening to our iPods the majority of the day.

    The video camera is a Contour HD 720p (I've had now for a good few years now). It's a great camera although I did find it frustrating on two counts:
    1) You have no idea what the camera is seeing until you get home and review it on a computer. At the end of Day 6 I dropped my helmet and had to readjust the view, which ended up being slightly too high.
    2) The battery life was brutal… I'd go through 2 batteries easy on long days which was frustrating when it came to charging both every night.

    The Garmin Zumo GPS was rented with the bike. This was a life saver although the one I had was definitely buggy and would involuntarily power off at times, causing past routes to be lost in the process. In the future, it would have been great to download the routes post trip… it would have saved a lot of Google Maps searching to retrace our steps.

    Costs:

    As mentioned above, the bike rental was around $1200 all in. One thing that's easy to forget about is the cost of gas - we spent around 400 pounds (~$600) for the 3000+km put on. Hotels ran us on average 90 euro (~$120) depending on our stay. Our most expensive was about $200 in Meringen Switzerland, although we purposely treated ourselves that day. :D Food adds up! Especially in Switzerland, the prices will surprise you if you haven't been before.
  6. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Here's the full playlist for the videos :D

    Day 1: Fragile Bird - City and Colour
    Day 2: How you Like Me Now - The Heavy
    Day 3: Ready to Start - Arcade Fire
    Day 4: Breathe Me (Instrumental) - Sia, Porcelain - Moby, Shot in the Back of the Head - Moby
    Day 5: Stare into the Sun - Graffiti 6, Beautiful Day - U2, Intro - XX
    Day 6: Flower - Moby
    Day 7: Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
    Day 8: Stompa - Serena Ryder
    Day 9: Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
    Day 10: Paradise - Coldplay
  7. g®eg

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    Switzerland is brutal! It's almost comical crossing into Italy and the difference in cost!
    great trip & write up.

    :thumb
  8. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    3500km in 5 days through Morocco? Sounds amazing! A place we were hoping to visit during our 3 day ride of Andalucia back in March. As always, there just wasn't enough time! Really great to see how much you've enjoyed the RR - Appreciate the kind words!
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    ....excellent job documenting your trip! The combination of pics and videos for each day was superbly done.

    :thumb
  10. KingKenny

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    Cool ride report! Nice pictures (even tough Im not a big fan of HDR :p )

    Where did you buy your Alpinestars Jacket? What model is it? Are you satisfied with it?
  11. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    enjoyed every mile of that thanks for Sharing Krime :clap

    i left my heart in the Alps a couple of years back , think its time i went and got it :wink:
  12. Aah5

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    Great report, European Alps is just the most fabulous area for motorcycling, the mountain passes and roads winding their way up the valleys, nothing to compare in my opinion.
    I have had the pleasure of riding over there for the last 3 summers,fist 2 solo and last year with the wife. First thing she said, 'When are we coming back'.
    The villages, the roads, the lakes, the food, the courtesy of Euro drivers are all so much better. My trips were based out of Munich where we hire the bikes and then proceed to circle and zig-zag our way through the Alps.
    Thanks for such a great report, captured the experience perfectly.
  13. jmcg

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    Fantastic report!

    Thanks,

    JM.
  14. empty tank

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    :clap Well logged & pics are a pleasure. Planning to do swiss, austria this year myself hope i see some of what you saw . There are to banks in this world the money bank & the memory bank they both need some filling!!!
  15. chaveruco

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    Krime, Morocco is amazing indeed, but it's quite dangerous in many senses, and much more riding a motorbike. I know what I say because I lived for 4 years in Melilla(a small spanish piece of land in Africa). The border was 1 km from my house, and I rode over 20.000 kms there with the bike.

    Of course, you can have a lot of fun there, but taking in account that not all that glitters is gold. A bike crash there is not a bike crash in Europe or USA. the moroccan health system almost doesn't exist, any survival or limb-saving chances, passes through a quick evacuation to the First World. Of course, an international health&evacuation insurance is compulsory, although it will mind a shit if you crash anywhere around the vast and beautiful moroccan landscapes... I'm not kidding....

    If you want closer information about Morocco, don't doubt about contacting me. I'd like to see your ride report there....and your pics, although I don't get along too much with HDR... ;)

    But you need no less than 5-6 days there, to ride and see it properly...

    Regards
  16. chaveruco

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    Tomorrow I'll share with you a couple of links of my moroccan videos.

    Just to "sharpen your teeth" (I don't know if this saying is said this way in English...but u know what I mean...)
  17. chaveruco

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    The promised:
    this first video has no music because it seems that I annoyed some music companies with it, so youtube has banned the music from it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgU9t4yIkZM

    This second one is the long trip with my brother... a very funny ride...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aMyCeGrSNk

    As I said before, anyone who would need ideas for routes, places to visit or to avoid, and some safety tips in Morocco, don't doubt about contacting me.

    Regards
  18. casper

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    Great to see you met Ron Fellowes on your trip.
    I met Ron and his wife Lynne in Romania July 2012 whilst touring on my R1100GS.
    Great company and inspirational.
    Interested in what camera gear you use. Do you take multiple exposures? Use a tripod? etc
    Brilliant trip report. Thank you.
  19. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Absolutely, Just had a look at you great RR, very cool to see the summit of Grimsel with the motorcycle sculpture not surrounded and covered in snow... a very different scene, almost hard to recognize!
  20. Krime

    Krime Been here awhile

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    Thanks obrian!

    My pleasure! Sounds like a plan. :D

    Appreciate it!

    Excellent, thanks. I try to use HDR in a subtle way to enhance the lighting without going over the top. I find it's actually truer to the way I saw things with my own eyes during the trip.

    I bought that Alpinestars TZ-1 jacket many years ago, about 8 years ago when I bought my GSXR! I love the thing, it's held up well, but definitely not for this type of bike - the length of the jacket just isn't long enough when sitting upright.

    Thank you! Absolutely right about the European drivers... they were incredible! In the 3,250km we only got cut off once, and it was nothing serious really. It was incredible how cars were always looking in their rearview mirror, moving over to let you squeeze by in traffic - a massive contrast to way we drive here in and around Toronto.

    Thanks for sharing Chaveruco, great videos. Definitely on my list for places to ride, I'll be sure to reach out when the time comes. :D