Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The location of the apartment Daniel booked is so awesome we can walk to all the major sights in the centre of the city. The best part however is that it has a washing machine and was soon full of 3 peoples smelly gear. There is also a small square next door where we could park the bikes.


    “The Doumo or Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. The first cathedral, the "new basilica" (basilica nova) dedicated to St Thecla, was completed by 355, but this one was started in 1386. It is the 5 th largest church in the world and the largest in Italy. “


    [​IMG]Off to Milan-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Off to Milan-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Did you spin your heel on the bull's junk in the floor of the Milan mall (galleria vittorio-emanuele II)? :lol3

    Awesome pics :thumb
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks that is all Daniel. Missed that hmmmm, but did not miss all the Gelato stops!! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    “The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy”


    [​IMG]Off to Milan-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Off to Milan-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Off to Milan-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Off to Milan-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Milan 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Afternoon coffee Italian style standing at the bar!

    [​IMG]Milan 2-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Milan 2-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 2-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    “Sforza Castle is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification.”

    [​IMG]Milan 3-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Milan 2-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Milan 2-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Milan 2-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]Milan 3-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After saying goodbye to the Swedes we were off south.

    [​IMG]spezia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We planned to take the small SP roads up into the mountains and so the 300 km took 6 hours. Several of the passes were pretty cold at 6 degrees, but there was essentially no traffic. It makes you antsy at times when you don't see another vehicle for such a long time you begin to wonder if the road is open. No issues today though.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 18.50.40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 18.53.31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The road surface is in pretty rough shape with a lot of heaves and cracks. Riding into La Specia we were tired and chilled. Adding to the stress was the fact that the voltage meter on the 800 was showing that the charge had dropped from 14.3-14.3 to 13.1. All day we were worried about the stator dying, but it was still charging well when reved. There is no parking of motor on the sidewalk/in plazas unlike everywhere else in Italy. They can be parked in just about any free curb spot that is not a cross walk. After not much effort we did find 2 operate spots near the hostel. We were too tired even for dinner and went to bed.


    [​IMG]spezia2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]spezia3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]spezia6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]spezia7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a good long sleep in and we needed it. The predicted rain did not appear and we set off to just cloudy skies, but the sun soon came out. From the coast we could see the marble mines up in the mountains in the distance that we were headed for.


    [​IMG]FILE0716 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The voltage meter initially said the charging was better today…. We planned to travel to near to Florence at San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy in 215 km, but by the small SP SS or state and provincial roads up over the mountains it will take over 4 1/2 hours.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 18.54.00 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 21.26.24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are so lucky to have the 3 dollar voltage meters since it saved us from a dead stator in one of the 2 km long tunnels or on the side of the road. Since the voltage was not being maintained we decided to pull into a gas station with a empty lot beside it so we could swap out the stator. We are also so thankful we changed the crash bar hardware in Madrid, since we did not have to fight with that issue. Also the new sprocket guards are so easy to remove unlike the old ones, which were a nightmare. Opening up the engine the old stator was definitely cooked. The old ones just are a bit too small and they have always been a struggle to get out, but vice grips and brute strength won in the end. The new Electrosport stators are very nice and just fit in perfectly. They are also plug and play for the wiring harness.

    [​IMG]Tuscany-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Tuscany-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Stator review.


    800 BMW original died Mexico City October 2012 ? 49,000 km
    650 BMW original died Quito Ecuador December 2013 after 53,000 km, rewound stator BMW original done in Mexico lasted 1 week
    800 Rick’s Electric stator died Rio Turbo Argentina February 2014
    650 Rick’s Electric stator died South of France October 2015 after 90,000 km replaced with Electrosport
    800 Rick’s Electric stator died La Specia Italy at 87,000 km April 2016 replaced with Electrosport
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    Initially the road is well surfaces and there was a bit of traffic, but it goes Up Up Up. One section on about 10 switch backs takes you up to see a panoramic view of the west coast. The road then narrow and gets rougher and seems all but unused. We did not see another vehicle on the way up or down.

    [​IMG]FILE0726 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0735 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0737 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0738 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0745 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0755 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0756 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0770 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    You gotta bite the bullet and replace the rotor too to permit the the stator to get some cooling.. the redesigned rotor has some cooling holes, imagine that.. You gotta wonder how the initial rotor design was approved for production..

    You have to stop teasing us with those gelato pictures :tb On my last trip to Italy, it was gelato for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So many flavors to try :lol3 I'll be there this summer for some riding and lots of gelato :dukegirl

    Thanks for the updates with all those great pics :thumb
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes the design sucks. 1082 USD for new generator plus labor. Electrosport stator is 199 USD. Our issue was the first few years they did not have the new part to swap out and we were already in the stator changing mode. We are hoping these last 2 new ones will see us out, but we always carry at least 1 spare. We will probably take 2 across the Stans and to Mongolia.

    [​IMG]Stator by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Daniel does a great job with the photos, i bribe him with gelato!!
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    Down in the valley it was a sunny 18 degrees along the river and the Magdalena bridge.

    “The bridge in Borgo a Mozzano called "Devil´s Bridge" or "Magdalene´s Bridge" is one of the most impressive bridges in Italy. According to the legend, the bridge was built by St. Julian. Being unable to accomplish the work for the enormous difficultly, the saint asked for the help of the Devil, promising to give him the soul of the first living thing crossing the bridge. Once the bridge had been accomplished, St. Julian threw there a piece of focaccia bread drawing there a dog and thus making fun of the devil.”


    [​IMG]Tuscany-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE0856 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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