riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought - SERBIA

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  1. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    Hey Ard. Good to see you still following along. If it wasn’t for you XCountry guys, especially TBarstow, I would have been stranded in Aosta Italy with my dead bike for at least 3 days.


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  2. Bike Guy

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    Joel, Great tour and pics. I also agree on the street and food comments.
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  3. Signal 13

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    Can't believe I didn't find this thread sooner. Lived in Europe for 7 years and spent much of that time in Germany (Stuttgart and Heidelberg, primarily). I enjoyed seeing the pictures of my old stomping grounds.

    Not sure where you are at the moment, but you may want to think about heading to Stuttgart...nice city with a few castles and great scenery. The Black Forest would be a good spot as well (castles) and then Munchen (aka Munich) for Oktoberfest.

    You may want to head south from there due to the colder months approaching...down into Italy or perhaps the other side into the Baltics.

    Have fun!
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    i'm really impressed, and i guess they don't wan't anyone screaming the words....where's the beef?


    thanks. the whole trip was fun and educational. too bad i have to return to work last week. i left my bike in dusseldorf, will be back next year possibly at least 6 weeks or 3 months if i get the nerve to quit my job.....:clap
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2018.09.02 Gieboldehausen - Duderstadt - Dusseldorf, @ 300 kms

    sunday mid morning, i joined my friends to visit a "cold war museum" on the way home
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    frank leading with his son gordon as his wing man
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    alena
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    leo, the italian
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    used to have a fence here dividing the 2 germany, east on the left and west on the right
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    what's left of the fence
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    the extent of the fence in the area. gieboldehausen and gottingen in west germany.
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    the guard tower from the east side
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    an old picture, the guard tower on the right is all what's left today
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    signs from the past
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    we went to the memorial-museaum
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    inside are a lot of memorabilia and stories
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    east german weapons
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    wire fence was wired with electricity
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    i think this one is taken elsewhere...could be the berlin wall
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    lucky strike was the bitcoin during the time
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    young germans learning of the past
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    young gordon gave it a try
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    east germany took over this brand
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    there are also a few stuff to see outside the museum
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    since i was already around during the cold war, i could relate to this event and the divided germany. this is one of the best experiences i had in my trip.
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  6. NSFW

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    then off to the next
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    and lunch at Hemeln
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    haha...frank stole this one
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    we had a pie first
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    the cold cuts and the bread were very good
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    from our table, we can see a ferry transporting people, bikes and vehicles across
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    and it has no motor, just using the current of the river to get it moving across
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    now it's our turn to cross the wesser river
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  7. NSFW

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    we stuck to the small roads
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    frank knows the area very well that we didn't even see any traffic at all
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    finally, we made it to frank's place...:clap

    tomorrow morning, we're heading west to normandy.
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  8. SonoraDave

    SonoraDave Been here awhile

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    Nice report Joel, great photos and story.
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  9. Mr Head

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    Loving this report Joel. What a great adventure! :clap
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  10. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Be sure to contact me next year Joel, Düsseldorf is only an hour away from where I'm sitting.
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  11. JAB

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    Thanks for taking us along Joel. Seems 2 wheels is way better than cage touring.
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  12. PERRO-FROM-HELL

    PERRO-FROM-HELL Life is good

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    great trip Joel!!!
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    Ard. Thanks. The Netherlands is a beautiful country......hard to ignore.

    If I don't get the suspension done on Ms. Merkel, I may it to Bas (Prutser here on ADV).


    Thanks for giving me company.

    The best of thing of this trip is I'm on a small bike and forced to avoid the highways. This allowed me to take the countryside which is more relaxing and scenic.

    I've seen lots of riders on over 1K liter bikes. They just fly over from one place to another in a single day. Not bad if you don't have plenty of time. Cherry picking has good benefits too.
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  14. SonoraDave

    SonoraDave Been here awhile

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    I agree with your small bike = seeing more. When I had my FJR I could cover massive ground but I never saw anything.


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  15. NSFW

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    the main advantage of the riding the XCo is that i get 70 mpg. gas prices in germany and france are a bit more, my guess about $7/gal for 95 octane.

    2018.09.03 dusseldorf to normandie

    frank ready to roll....truth is he's always ready to ride
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    on our way west towards the atlantic
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    after a week of great weather, the rain is back
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    came down hard and we have to put our extra cover. wasn't prepared for this, i didn't have a rain pants and i got wet
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    we decided to take the highway to get us to our destination (first town on the beach) before sunset
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    and the first toll booth entering france and a new experience for me
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    frank told me that it is stressful for gas owners to see anyone entering a gas station with a helmet on. haha, makes sense!
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    we're here and decided to start looking for a campground
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    spending the night here
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    then rode to town to grab a baguette
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    we had a little time to look around
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    almost nothing has changed, except the vines are gone
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    my first meal in france...bon appetit
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    comes with desert
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    and coffee
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    frank needs 3 cups to get his fix
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    we got back to camp and i was exhausted, went to bed and slept great!
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  16. Motopsychoman

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    So Joel, I didn't think I'd see you on one of them BMW singles. There's hope for you yet!

    Looks like it was a nice trip (aside from the airlines). I always find it about the people I meet over the things I see that makes the trip.

    Don't think I'll make Pahrump, but you never know.

    - Marty
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    thanks M.

    hehe...you're right marty. the XCo never got my attention, BMW launched this bike at the time the KTM big singles were hot in the market. there's just no comparison. i had two 640s, they were tough and fun to ride...except for the heavy vibes but got used to it.

    what i like about the XCo is the smooth engine with proven reliability and great fuel mileage, FI, and low seat height; primarily due to the 19/17 combo, which is perfect for urban riding. great fit for those who are in-seam challenged, bought this mine from a female rider.....haha.

    enjoyed immersing in the countryside, meeting people, seeing places and sampling their food.
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    2018.09.04 normandy

    we left St. Valery-sure-Somme with full excitement to see the Normandy coast and learn more about it's history


    we followed the road along the atlantic coast and heading south
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    looking back where we came from
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    i think this is treport
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    we didn't feel like hiking to the church, lots of people did
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    instead, we looked for a place to eat, closed for lunch but only crepe is served
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    my first real crepe....:clap
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  19. NSFW

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    picked up fresh baguettes
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    locals wondering how i got here!
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    close up of the graphic
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    then to the next town...always a pleasure riding on narrow roads
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    marker commemorating fallen heroes
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    this gun was originally mounted on a french ship
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    you can see the the gun on the bow
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    i don't remember the name of this town, arromanches ?
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    unconventional bridge
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    most tourists are gone
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    no one else here but a few
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    a toll with free passage for moto
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    then the rain could not wait for us until we set up our tent
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    this is a common attraction in the coastal towns
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    getting dark too, so we decided to motel it instead
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    found this at the edge of the city
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  20. NSFW

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    went back to the city center of honfleur to have dinner and a little exploration
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    what an artwork!
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    we settled in this restaurant
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    patio seating
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    another authentic french cuisine
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    we were full and went back to the motel very satisfied how the day and evening went!
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