Transitalia Marathon starts soon, Rimini Italy, 900km !!!!

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  1. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Are you doing it again this year?

    Looking at doing this one day.....
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    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    yes !! its great fun! great people and riding
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    From your ride report and the promo film, it certainly looks it. Beautiful countryside, great trails and enthusiastic Italians, what's not to love!?

    Are you riding the same bike as last year?
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    Yes, its in storage in Rimini. I'd prefer something a little lighter, better handling but its a good do all bike. Being off road event I couldn't find a rental and non EU its hard to buy with insurance. I bought the GS650 through Ride-in Tours, out of Tours, France. Great guy and I did a 6 day tour in the Alps last year with him, $900 euro for the trip, including hotels, about what I'd spend alone. great route, small group. I think Ive put on about 6000km on the GS. Ride in offered to me to ride a new GS1200 from Melton to Tours, free!! They needed it moved, wow! Last year I rode in the spring to Donosta/San Sebastian to see Springsteen, along the way hit Pyrennes, Loved it there !! I wasn't sure when I crossed into Spain on some back roads near Aztakarri, I was quite lost for a bit, loved it ! Stunning area, I need to go back !

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    Looks like French registration on the bike. How are you maintaining that?

    I just sold my US registered VStrom in Germany and am looking for something a bit more dirt friendly (read: easier to pick up) to replace it.
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    Funny, was going to ask you what bike would suit the Transitalia best? Was also wondering if Mrs MR would be ok on a CRF250?

    We live about 45 minutes out from the Pyrenees, on the French side, moved down here 18 months ago and loving it. So much going on in this part of the World. We've seen World Championship downhill MTB and moto trials within an hour of our place, been to the MotoGP in Barcelona and Wheels and Waves in Biarritz. The roads and trails are simply superb with a great attitude towards bikes from the French and Spanish.

    If you sold the GS, you should get a good price for it, secondhand French bikes are so expensive. Enduros seem more reasonable and plentiful, but from what I've seen, not necessarily that well maintained. We're planning on buying the next bike from the UK and then registering it here, with the weakness of the pound, it's more than worth it.
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    Once bought and registered in your name a French bike can just sit in your garage, there's no annual inspection, road tax, or need for it to be insured if you're not taking it on the road.

    There is plenty of discussion on introducing an inspection though and you have to have a fluorescent waistcoat on the bike in case of breakdown, wear CE approved gloves and always carry your papers.
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    But, if one is not a resident of France (as the OP seems not to be), how does one register it in his (or her) name?
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    Not sure you can without some proof of residence, such as a utility bill...... Not bought a vehicle here yet, only re registered one.
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    hi, the title of the bike remains in Ride In Tours name, I am on the reg. Michael J I'd guess this is like in the USA where a bank holds the title. he cannot sell it w/o my permission. I am covered by French medical while riding it, including a pension if laid up for a long time ( lets hope that does happen). at one point he offered free storage if purchased through him as I did, I told him he should charge though.
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    Reg & insurance, liability and medical , no theft is $400 EU a year. Michael not sure if your interested but I may be looking to sell and go for something a little better off road, a little lighter.
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    MR, "Funny, was going to ask you what bike would suit the Transitalia best? Was also wondering if Mrs MR would be ok on a CRF250?" I'd say 1/2 are on big twins, the rest big singles, a few at 400cc and under. Im sure they would be fine with a Mrs on a 250 but check with them. Its not easy getting in, 225 riders, 350 this year n the wait list. it filled up in 17min this January .
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    for me the ideal bike would be a DRZ400 or KTM 640/690 . Im thinking of doing some spanish rally next year as well, I found some 2 day there. it will be my 50th year riding so thinking a more rally suited bike ( lighter, more off road but still road ready) . The GS650 is fine I put TKC on it for the TI rally, those were needed, if there was mud it could have some tricky areas, I need stiffer fork springs. I guess its like me, does everything but not particularly well haha
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    I'm seriously thinking about a 701 Husky, unless they give the KTM the same engine in 2018, by all accounts it's a great bike. I also have two dealers within an hour or so of us. No mean feat in this part of the country. I'm new to trail riding, but have always wanted to do it, my off road experience is about 10 years of trials riding, which should help....

    When January is closer I'll contact the organisers and see what they think....

    Which rallies have you found in Spain?
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    Transitalia Marathon documentary

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    Mirco the organizer is on a 701 Husky
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    BTW, I split my bike with a friend, he is on the reg. but he has yet to go and use the bike. so really my costs are quite small. I do wish I bought a bike a little more off road orientated though Ive crossed France several times and the highways the F650 was nice there.
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    Guessing you'll be bound for Italy in the next few days? Been watching the build up on their FB page.

    Have a great trip and post up some pics when you can?

    Hopefully I'll be doing it next year.....
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