Alps, less asphalt, more fun…

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Damir, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    You are all probably tired of my ride reports, but what can I do, this is good season. :D

    This time idea is to ride few gravel roads in Alps, near Bardonecchia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardonecchia).

    Plan is to start with Sommelliere, than Jafferau, and end with Assieta.

    Crew consisted of Dr.Chala and his wife Xenia :wave on VStrom (as usual), and Franc :wave and I on BMW’s.

    Trip started early in the morning on 09.08. We hit the highway to the Bardonecchia, about 850 km.

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    Chala had some slight problems with his gearshift lever

    After arriving we meet two German bikers in hotel, one on GS 1150 and other on KTM 990. They told us that Sommelier is closed during weekends from 09 to 17 o’clock.

    We decided to alter our plan, and start with Assieta on day one and leave Sommelliere and Jafferau for day two.

    OK, Friday morning, after late start, we hit Finestre, it started as very narrow paved road, and then after few kilometers gravel starts.

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    I went little wide in one of the corners. :eek1 :huh :D

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    On our way down from Finestre we made one wrong turn, and then we saw old fortress, so we decided to check it out.

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    Few seconds after taking this picture, I stopped and managed to drop my bike. I probably sat little bit to front on my seat, so my leg wasn’t long enough to keep bike upright. I knew that I will drop my bike someday, and I was right. :huh

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    Quick check, bike is OK, time to ride on towards another fortress.

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    We reached beginning of Assieta road, and then this…

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    More bad luck, but we decided to try anyway. We were not only one, there was quite a lot of traffic up there, including all types of bikes.

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    Lunch time…

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    We met three cool Italian guys riding cool bikes.

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    Sestriere at last…

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    Route and profile

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    To be continued…
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  2. gianlukx

    gianlukx Minimum Speed Always

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    Good report.:D

    I remember these place.:D near my house.!
    In this moment is very difficult whit the motorcycles in Assietta .!
    You are lucky person. The police is very hard whit the bikers:cry
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  3. dEAdEyE

    dEAdEyE practicing retirement

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    Great shots,thanks for the tour.Reminds me of the San Juans in s.w. Colorado,USA except for the fortresses.They are great.Could you look into them at all?One appeared to be gated,closed.
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  4. dooby

    dooby aka Frgich

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    Great :clap , we're waiting for the next part of the PUTOAR :lol3
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Wow! Outstanding ride, report and pics... it sure looks like dual sporting paradise in the Alps. Thanks for posting.

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  6. Karpaasi

    Karpaasi So it goes

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    Beautiful pics...thanks!

    I noticed some type of orange neck brace or something on a few of the folks you were with? What is that?
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  7. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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  8. Stormbringer

    Stormbringer Apprentice

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    Congrats, nice as always :thumb:nod
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  9. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    Day two

    We decided to try to start early and reach Sommellier before 9 o’clock. Easier said than done, we didn’t know that actual check point is near Refugio Scarfiotti, some way up the road so we were little late.

    It was beautiful day so we enjoyed scenery for a while, before turning back. So, we changed plans again, Jafferau first and then back to Sommellier after 5 o’clock.

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    After few turns on Jafferau I suffered a minor accident. Two riders were coming from opposite direction (downhill) and one of them was on the wrong side of the road. I stopped, and other guy locked his brakes and fell in front of me. His old XT hit my front wheel. He did stupid thing coming down too fast, but his reaction saved us from suffering damage on the bikes, or worse… It all ended with few minor scratches on front of my bike. He was also completely OK and managed to continue.

    Jafferau is very scenic road, and one of the highlights is Tunnel Saraceni, 900 meters long. It is also the harder to ride than Sommellier or Assieta, it is quite bumpy on the places. I am still learning how to ride on gravel, unlike Chala and Franc who also ride dirtbikes for quite a while.

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    Some minor problems with rear brake.

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    There was some water in the tunnel to make things more interesting.

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    You can spot where road disappears into the tunnel on above pictures.

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    Track and profile

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    To be continued…
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  10. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer Supporter

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    It's been my experience that "Chiuso" is actually a relative term in Italy :wink:

    I'd love to have a copy of your Garmin track logs from this ride.
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  11. Flying*D

    Flying*D Nobody can stop us..

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    Well actually is "Chiuso nei giorni festivi del mese di agosto" and that means closed on holidays for the month of August, so sundays and the 15th :wink:
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  12. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    :clap Awesome ride report & pictures, as usual, thats my idea of dual sport roads, thanks for sharing :thumb
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  13. Flying*D

    Flying*D Nobody can stop us..

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    Hei Damir, remember them? it was quite funny, one of the guys was posting his journey and I've noticed a few "similarities"...:rofl:rofl:rofl

    I gave them the link to this post.. nice trip dude!!:lol3

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  14. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    Small world, isn't it? :rofl:clap


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    Hvala majstore! :thumb
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  15. AnteK

    AnteK thumper & thumper

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    Nice place that Mt. Genevris :D

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  16. dr.chala

    dr.chala Adventurer

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    The pics tells more than the words! :clap
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  17. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    To echo GB, that looks like Dual Sport Heaven and I'm not referring to the altitude. So, these are the Italian Alps? Beautiful.

    Cheers...Steve:clap :clap
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  18. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    Sommellier at last
    We are back to Refugio Scarfiotti around five o’clock, road is open, so let’s ride. :D

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    There is fence just before lake, so this is the highest you can go with bike.

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    That’s it for me, I have to return home because my holidays were over. Rest of the crew continued for few more days, riding over some most “famous” paved road in Alps.

    Solo ride home, around 850 km mainly on Italian highways.

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    Thanks for reading!
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  19. Letsgo21

    Letsgo21 Been here awhile

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    Great pics!!! :clap
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  20. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Thanks for taking us along on another great trip, Damir! :clap


    Could you comment on your impressions of the Leatt Neck Brace? Comfort/movement/weight, etc? I've never seen street riders wearing them before.

    Thanks! :beer
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