Germany to Corsica

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  1. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    Germany to Corsica

    Just starting planning for a SEPT trip. Departing from Heidleberg

    anyone have any suggestions on what to see and where to stay.
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  2. hensmen

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    Hello tekkebird,
    how fluent is your german, i have a very cosy forum
    http://www.korsika-forum.info/
    than what kind off bike and whats your time scedule for the trip.
    [​IMG] we did it with this travel circus and are planning a trip for the next week.
    As a must i have the tip to watch the WCR Rally event the next days and the trailer for the Tour de France, with the first etappe on Corsica ever. Than gives the sncn, french ferry line rabatt till 75 percent, but only from Nice and not Genoca ore Savonna.
    Best advice to take a night ferry, very nice to sleep on deck and see the sun coming up the horicont.
    My dream part is a piece off rural corsican road between Calvi and Galeria.
    Iff you drive a kind off dirt bike, the way to plage Saleccia. You can nearly drive all roads by street view and visit the site off:
    https://www.facebook.com/LesMotardsRoulentPourLina?ref=stream
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  3. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately my high school German has departed my memory for the most part.

    We are looking to go the first week of SEPT and will have a week, but may not spend all the time on Corsica.....

    I will be riding a FJR1300, not sure what my friend will be renting yet.

    We want to do a few Alps passes on the way down or back......and spend a few days on Corsica.

    Looking for neat places to stay......just gathering ideas at the moment
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  4. D.Sanchez

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    take the ferry from livorno - saves time and money.

    try to spend as much time as possible on corsica.
    The alps are nice, but corsica is just beautiful!
    Bonifacio is very good and the small roads up the west coast!
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  5. on2wheels52

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    Sounds like a great trip, how much time do you have?
    Is there a Knopf connection?
    Jim
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  6. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    Yes, my bike Lives at Knopf's unfortunately I have yet to get over to play with it......life getting in the way
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    tekebird Been here awhile

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    tekebird Been here awhile

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    this is the start of my Southbound Plan.

    We are either going to start or end in Heidelberg on Sept 7th to catch the Castle Illumination which looks spectacular....and just happened to be in our window of opportunity.

    probably 2 days to the Ferry which will allow some passes and screwing around

    Overnight to Corsica
    2-3 days on Corsica and then back to Heidleberg.

    Any must see or must stay recommendations welcome.
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  9. RTLover

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    Been to Corsica only once and that was just two nights at Bastia. The one day that I had was spent riding up to Cap Corse on the east side then down the west side to Calvi and back over the center to Bastia. Gorgeous.
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  10. NightAlp

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    Hi,
    Corsika !?! Great Idea! :clap
    We did it some years ago and take the ferry from Savona near Genova. It goes overnight and save time and petrol. insteed of Livorno.
    The ferrie leave at 10:pm or 10:30 pm. You wait, drink a bear and after all you can sleep on the ground of the salon or so. No kabin needed.

    Our camp ground was in Corte, in the middle of corse. From here you can do day trips where ever you want. We did it to Bonifacio with out any problems.
    Must see:
    * Cap Corse (the northern Point of corse. llike a trip from Bastia around the Cap in the north.
    * Asco valley in the nort of Corte (D147)
    * the coast from Porto to Calvi
    * Bonifatio
    * Ajaccio

    Don't visit the east side of the island, it'S not so interesting. Stay in the middle or west coeast.

    Enjoy your trip and Pietra (local beer) :beer
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  11. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    thx for the tips.

    trying to figure out a lodging plan for Corsica now as well as routes while there.
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  12. Chriz

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    Hi, i can give you some advice. I was in Sardinia (almost the same way) in March...

    - take a cabin on the Ferry (cost more but it´s much more quieter)
    - ride easy in italy the speeding cameras take a picture from behind
    - and ride on a new set of tires, the roads there will eat them
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  13. Yojimbo

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    So far, good advice. Take the overnight ferry from Savona, and rent a cabin. Lots of people sleep on the bench seat around the main cabin, or on a deck chair on the fantail, but you will be much happier in a cabin, plus you have a shower. I'd give Corsica at least three days, if not more. It's small, but there is a lot to see. If you don't have it, get John Herman's book, Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps and beyond; he's got a lot of good info on Corsica. In no particular order, I'd recommend the Gorge du Restonica, which is a SMALL road outside of Corte up into the mountains; it might be a bit of a challenge on a FJ1300. The northwest corner from Porto to Calvin is beautiful, even if the road is rough. Stay at the Dolce Notte in St. Florent, and spend some time down near the harbor. Inland from there, go to the little church at San Michele de Murato up in the mountains. Go back to the east coast via the Defile Lacombe. Do Cap Corse, and take your time. Stay at the Hotel Solomare in Bonifacio, which is a wonderful place. Visit the pre-historic site at Filitosa. Find the Dolmen of Fontanaccia; it's a ways off the main road, but worth it. Get the Marco Polo map of Corsica, which the biggest and most detailed. I wouldn't try to do Sardinia on the same trip, and frankly, it doesn't have the charm that Corsica does. Have a wonderful time, and yoy will.
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  14. tekebird

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    Slowly coming together.

    trying to figure out how long of days we want on the way to the ferry as well as plan interesting riding.

    1st night somewhere around Adermatt/Brig
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    2-3 days on Corsica, should we move around sleeping in different parts or home base it?
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  16. Yojimbo

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    Corsica is relatively small, so you don't have to relocate every night. What makes the most sense is to stay a couple of days in the north, then a couple of days in the south. If you come from Genoa (actually Savona), stay in St Florent and do Cap Corse, the Deseret des Agrates, and (as suggested) the route from Calvi to Galeria, down the coast to Porto, and back to St. Florent. Then, relocate to Bonifacio in the south, and do Col de Bavella, Zonza, Allune etc. You might think about staying in the middle,of the island, and the most logical place would be Corte, but I've never found it very charming. You could do the Hotel Mont du Oro located on the Col de Vizzavona, which is sort of funky, but a beautiful area. Also, you should be able to do this "on the fly" meaning without reservations, and play it by ear. Again, I can reccomend the Hotel Dolce Notte in St. Florent, and the Hotel Solomare in Bonifacio. By sheer chance, I ended up staying at the Hotel Monte Rosa in Porto, which turned out to be a great find. So, hope this helps.
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    Yojimbo,

    looks like we will have 2 maybe 3 days on Corsica, with a night crossing on both ends

    this is my doodle so far

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...mra=dvme&mrsp=10&sz=9&via=1,2,3,4,8,10,11&z=9

    just not really sure how much mileage we can do with stopping to take pics, gawk at things etc.

    My last trip to the England Wales and Scotland we were pretty good on planning but had a lot of help from guys from the Triumph Forum from the UK.

    my concern on winging it lodging wise since we only have a short time is I don't want to run into a lodging issue at the end of a long day......we are also trying to do the trip on a budget.

    basic plan is :

    Day one : Cap Corse, trip inland to do D147 and back out to the coast to some overnight point south of Calvi (Galeria or Porto)

    Day two move S on the West coast and overnight N of Bonifaco

    Day Three back to Bastia

    all in all that adds up to only 15 hours or so of riding.

    Whats got me most torn is whether to stay at a small out of the way place or in one of the larger towns so if inclined there is something to do. Hotel Moteroso was on my option list

    How do you think we will get by with English?

    Hotel Solomar looks nice but we are trying to stay in the 100.00 US range
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  18. MichaelJ

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    Ambitious! When you say "a week" do you mean 7 days on the bike exclusive of first and last days (which will be closer to half days)?

    I fear that you greatly overestimate what you can do mileage-wise in Europe unless you plan to stick to Autobahns or equivalent.

    I'll be at Stefan's two weeks from today coaxing my bike back to life :D

    For a 3 week ride :D
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  19. hensmen

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    Hello tekebird,
    was on the island, two weeks ago and i beginn with your day three, 180 km on pretty roads, possible doing.
    Day one is the typical first day on corsica. The hard thing is day two, many small roads which takes time.
    The drive is very hard cause you have endless amounts off concentration and the heat over the day. Try to start early and and endure the cars bevore you ore let the cars behind you passing. They often know the roads better and beware off the police, but the cows on teh roads are more dangerous.
    One thing, iff you are to late for the hotel, the camping grounds most have this kind off motorhome where you can stay.
    English is nowadays most spoken by the youth ore the other tourists.
    Mostly it is very sad for you, to have only three days.
    Hans
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  20. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    7 full days on the bike, we did a bit over 2000 miles on our UK trip a few years ago (all planned) my speed estimates were pretty spot on and the only reason we go off my timeline is my one buddy was absurdly slow at getting ready ( in the morning, or any stop where we took our gear off) and at sights of interest is always slow as well.

    Only two of us on this trip and both of us don't lollygag.

    most of the trip I have planned behind schedule bailouts to make up time on faster routes.

    I have not done the route on my GPS program yet t see what it comes up with but have been using Google maps for planning



    Hensmen: Are the police very numerous on Corsica?

    MichaelJ: Where are you headed?
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