Looking for Mongolia or does it quality as a ride report?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cyclopathic, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    So when you ride and have random thoughts, snap pictures or have an encounter and wanna share it, does it quality as a report?

    Or it has to be organized as ship's logbook? diary? If it is screw that!

    (This is a place holder at the moment)
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  2. Cal

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    Random photos and thoughts shared are okay in my books. I know you have a story to tell....so tell it.
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    b4thenite Been here awhile

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  4. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Sure, it can qualify a a ride report........ if it is about an epic ride like the forum heading suggests. The less organized ones can be more enjoyable in many cases than anal retentive monologs.
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  5. cyclopathic

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    So suppose bike comes first.. got for this ride specifically:

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    Trying to navigate to parking spot
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  6. cyclopathic

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    It's 6 o'clock, 3 caps of cappuccino and I am still in the same hotel sitting and waiting for my luggage to come. Maybe today; it was marked as routed to Malpensa. Girls in Madrid have really strange work ethic when they see UK country code they either don't pickup phone or pick it up to drop back and avoid speaking English. I spent 1.5hr yesterday morning to get through and only after that she actually started looking for my bag.. so things are moving!

    Backstory: 1 peace of my luggage got lost enroute. Unfortunately it contained my soft NR bags, rotopax and mounting plate for Pelican top case. As is I can't put my belongings on the bike and check out of hotel.. it has been 8 days now.
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  7. cyclopathic

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    This is what I sent John earlier: "John Did you know that if you follow a girl in skirt riding red Vespa you will find out she has color matching underwear?"
    This is what he said back: "I need evidence pic please :-)"

    But seriously on a way back followed another one (this on 125cc sport bike) could not believe she was riding in sandals and miniskirt. She was splitting like the best of us they seem to be very uninhibited.

    Italians have elevated splitting to the level of art any slowdown and you have a line of riders chumping alone on solid center line. More so than you ever see in SoCal. I'm still learning the ropes apparently some things are no-no so when in Rome.. Traffic is bad imagine I-5 coming down to narrow bumpy mideval streets with gridlocked runabouts
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  8. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    Seems you landed at Milan/Malpensa and are now touring the lakes? Don’t miss the Guzzi museum in Mandello at lake Como.

    As for traffic, Italian traffic rules are simple: anything is allowed to arrive at your destination in the shortest time possible. Use your horn to avoid accidents. That’s about it :-) Works like a charm once you adapt. Remember that it is very much like in Spain. Only difference is the Italian ability to avoid accidents at the very last moment...

    Tip: Italians go out at the end of the afternoon to stroll along the piazze and the boulevards. To see and be seen… perhaps wiser to take advantage of that opportunity and while riding give full attention to the traffic :lol3

    Enjoy your ride man, sweet little ride that SWM! :thumb
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  9. cyclopathic

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    I did miss museum.. maybe next time. From where I am at loop around lake Como took 7.5hr; stopping for museum or looking George Clooney Villa was too much.

    With regards to Italian traffic there are many cameras need to watch out and being on long trip risks should be lessened.. can't afford
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    Went around lake Maggiore on Sunday. Ran low on gas so stopped at Esso. Tried to pay machine was not taking my card. Asked man pumping his Lambretta tires if he speaks English and could help. He helped to navigate turned out it wasn't taking American card.. pay cash.

    Next thing he is pumping my tank and complaining about fuel sock "you don't need it in Italy.. it's not Morocco". I said yeah but where I am going it's needed.. don't want to burn fuel pump. Maybe I should have waited putting it in?

    He opens gas station and shows me his bikes (2 early 90s ATs) and tells how great they are in desert and how good they were engineered. This is his gas station and he has 15 mounts, ATs, BM-VU, Dominator, Vespas, Lambrettas.. We small talk; he tries my bike. One of his AT has old Dakar plate.. he raced there apparently. 2019_0718_05350699.jpg 2019_0718_05344939.jpg 2019_0718_05341850.jpg 2019_0718_05343431.jpg
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    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Effin’ awesome, I’m in and looking forward to following :thumb
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  12. cyclopathic

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    Finally got 2nd bag this afternoon. Spent time attaching mount plate to bike and top case. Couple trips to OBI, with the help of Samuel ~25yo kid shepherding me around and €45 later we have a solution.

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    Baking soda is good solution for stinky boots. In a pinch works as deodorant; one less thing to carry?
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    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Been putting that in my boots, my boys shoes, and lots of other funky footwear for some time now. Works fantastic!
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  15. cyclopathic

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    Not all roads in Italy are straight Screenshot_2019-07-20-13-50-02.jpg


    Italian shooter riders are crazy if you don't gun it they will swarm you and make you feel like an elephant in bicycle pack. Many fast riders; many riders period. Riding through Genoa is like riding rollercoaster.
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    Bee flu into open jacket scoop.. didn't realized until stopped KIMG0067.JPG
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  17. Bigguy136

    Bigguy136 Been here awhile

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    Definitely in!!!
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    Stupid bee, just saying...
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    Yeah good thing I am not hyper allergic
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    Piggdekk love speed, hate rush

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