riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb... Supporter

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    The longer the journey, the more the need to build in rest/weather/tourism days that keep you off the bike...pushing relentlessly toward a goal just brings on stress, fatigue, and possible bad judgement...just sitting on a porch somewhere with an adult beverage watching it rain is part of the trip, too!
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  2. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Nice journey. Hope we will see some South or Eastern Europe this time :)
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    for sure it's a slower pace since i will only take the back roads. 120 miles is not much by california standard, but it's a very long day in europe without using the major highway.

    the speed limit is 30 km/h and 70 km/h in the rural areas which i abide. slow again by ca std, but it gives me the chance to enjoy the countryside.

    for now the plan is ride to the south of italy, take the ferry to greece. from greece ride north to croatia where i can leave the bike at Lobagola in Zagreb. still don't know how to get there. have 2 choices.

    1. via albania, montenegro, bosnia/herzegovina to Zagreb
    2. via macedonia, kosovo, serbia to Zagreb. maybe skip kosovo.

    thanks everyone for the advise.
  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    new problem, i will need to upgrade my rear shock....:cry

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  5. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny Super Supporter

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    Yep that shock looks done and dusted.

    I found the rural roads in Europe speed limits to vary anywhere between 30 km/hr to 100 km/hr. It is the frequency of the towns you come to and the slower limits that takes the time.

    My mistake in 2017 was to try and average, which I did, at least 350km per riding day and sometimes more. It made for some very long days.
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    wow....that's a lot of miles. you can get across and make it to the next country in one day. next time, confine yourself on a 250 cc bike.


    https://advrider.com/f/threads/four-weeks-around-europe-on-a-250.1360665/page-2#post-36931613
  7. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny Super Supporter

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  8. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    I like this man, this is what I thought, nice route. Greeting from Serbia.
    Btw you can check those guys from Poland, they went Croatia twice and its awesome.

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  9. Rhode trip

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    Hey NSFW,
    I have not read your whole report yet, but what a cool story coasting down the mountain when the bike wouldn't start. :thumb
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    first i thought of calling a towing company which is going to be expensive. no cell service, but the hotel has a land line. lucky i was at the peak of the mountain. coasting down at a high speed was a weird feeling.
  11. MichaelJ

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    Only for the toll roads.
  12. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer Supporter

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    Great RR - I chuckled when you referred to your 650 as a small bike. I'm seriously considering shipping my G310GS over with Stefan. There's a lot of unimproved roads that I want to ride and I need a bike that I can pick up. 90% of my riding over there is at 50KPH or less - the 310 would be perfectly happy.
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks michael. i looked at the G310GS at a dealership a few blocks from me. they sell a lot of those. you probably will get a great gas mileage on that.

    true, the 650 is not a small bike, and i also call it a big thumper. it's just me, i would often refer a big bike such as having twin cylinders or more.
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  14. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent Supporter

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    Great ride report, I binged it this morning. I have ridden in some of the same areas. I have been on a couple of moto tours in Europe. Be well.
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Wilfred. Glad to hear you enjoyed it and thanks.

    Europe is very interesting. There are so many cultures and lots of history. I plan to continue my trip for the next 3 years.

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    Ms. Merkel is ready. My friends picked her up from the shop near Düsseldorf.

    Meanwhile the planning is on. Ride south for more Alps riding then to the Dolomites. Most likely will leave Ms. Merkel in Greece.
  16. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny Super Supporter

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    that sounds like a good plan
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  17. hansen

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    My choice would be #1.
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  18. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent Supporter

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    I'll be following along, I recently spent 3 weeks on the South Island of New Zealand. 16 days of riding. Ride safe. Oh, do you have a copy of John Hermann"s book Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps? Interesting reading.
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  19. VTbeemer

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    FFDECF29-67D8-4A39-8EF2-C45FF0619C21.jpeg 3ED1342D-C6F1-49CD-8DFF-B15D3789813C.jpeg Great report!

    I’m sort of doing the same thing as you. My bike has been in the EU these past two years. Am currently touring Portugal and Spain. Working my way up to the alps France, Italy etc this coming month. Also planning to leave my bike somewhere near there for the next chapter!

    Dan
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  20. VTbeemer

    VTbeemer Traveler Supporter

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    I forgot to mention I had a great time at the Noobs Rally!!



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