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post #1 of 18 Old Jun 5th, 2009, 3:41 am Thread Starter
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Well I promised to write and here I am travelling biker heaven after transporting my GS to London.

After picking up the bike at Gatwick cargo it was a matter of getting the battery hooked up again, loading the luggage on the bike and off I went to the nearest "petrol" station. The order of the day was half done... now for some rest so I decided to bed down in Horley.

The next morning was a short jaunt to Dover to pick up the ferry to Calais. I like the way they have special bike posts to secure your pride and joy.

Fairly uneventful trip on the Autostrada to Reims for my first stop in France. Then it was time to get some sightseeing in the Champagne Region so took the side road for added fun. A fairly long day's ride to Mullhouse.

From Mullhouse, a quick jaunt to Basel on my way to Interlaken and more eye candy with mountain passes galore (some of which are still closed). Interlaken was a great place to spend some vacation time not riding the bike so an early stop here was a good idea.

From Interlaken, do two more passes and on to Lugano for a short memory trip then Italy where I am now visiting my cousin in Dalmine. Time to spend with relatives is always important so it will be only short trips from here until I head off again further south.

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post #2 of 18 Old Jun 5th, 2009, 9:38 am
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Hey, Mauro - you taking a lotta pictures I hope?!?!

Would love to see your write up and pics when you return home and get all in order. Glad you're having a great time and stopping to smell the roses. Thanks for sharing your thoughts when you can - ride safe.
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Hey, Mauro - you taking a lotta pictures I hope?!?!

Would love to see your write up and pics when you return home and get all in order. Glad you're having a great time and stopping to smell the roses. Thanks for sharing your thoughts when you can - ride safe.
Thank you Dick,

To be honest I have been too busy looking and admiring the scenery to take pictures. I do have some of the passes to verify that I have actualy been but I do not know how to post them at this time.

Thank you for your kind thoughts and we will try to keep you posted.

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Mugszy;

Sounds like a "trip of a lifetime" Hope you are flying the "Maple Leaf" somewhere on the bike!!!

Good trip and can't wait to see pictures.

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Mugszy;

Sounds like a "trip of a lifetime" Hope you are flying the "Maple Leaf" somewhere on the bike!!!

Good trip and can't wait to see pictures.

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Hey Bowdon,

The Ontario plate has caused many to do a double take and the red Maple Leaf is promonent right underneath the plate so I guess people are noticing.

Riding here takes on a whole different meaning. Cagers give way to allow you to pass between opposing trafic and lane sharing, let alone lane splitting. It is like they know you have space so why not allow you the courtesy. In keeping up with other local bikers, you soon begin to get the hang of it. London was also unique, having to remind myself to keep to the left...

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You may have previously ridden near the five villages of the Cinque Terra on Italy's northwest coast. If you have not had the pleasure of sightseeing in this area, I would highly recommend a tour of the countryside. There are some wonderfully twisty roads from the superstrada into Monterosso (the northernmost village in the Cinque Terra). One of the best dinners I've ever experienced was at the Belvidere restaurant in Monterosso.
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You may have previously ridden near the five villages of the Cinque Terra on Italy's northwest coast. If you have not had the pleasure of sightseeing in this area, I would highly recommend a tour of the countryside. There are some wonderfully twisty roads from the superstrada into Monterosso (the northernmost village in the Cinque Terra). One of the best dinners I've ever experienced was at the Belvidere restaurant in Monterosso.
I did do it on a previous trip but in a car. Yesterday I did about three or four passes in northern Italy and Switzerland. Passo di Gavia was spectacular but they are all great!! Some of theses passes have just opened for the season so still a lot of snow and bikers galore, especialy from Germany.

I would like to do some passes arround Abbruzi before heading down to the Amalfi area ...

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So far the only problem I have encountered, aside from spending a lot of mobey, is a leaky oil cap. I replaced the OEM cap with the BMW locking one and it seems to want to sweat oil. I also used the Mobil 1 Synthetic but not sure if they cary 5W50 down here for top ups and I am about a 1/4 of a liter down.... I switched to Synthetic for the longer duration between changes.

So far I have put 3500 kms.

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Finaly got some pic's to download
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Wow, some spectacular pics! Thanks for posting and ride safe.

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Mugszy, most BP stations sell 1 lt Mobil1 5/50 containers.
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Beautiful pics, thanks
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Not sure if the pic's do justice to the spectacular scenery, as you can see, I am not much of a photographer and I was too busy riding to stop for the many photo opps. I was to get pics from Passo Gavia, one of the real highlights of the trip, emailed to me but I have yet to receive them and will pass them along as soon as I do.

Jim, thanks for posting but wonder if you ever get sleep...

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Mugszy, most BP stations sell 1 lt Mobil1 5/50 containers.

I did not see any BP stations in Italy but Mobil 1 was available as well as other brands so long as you did not want 5W50. I believe I had to settle for 15W50 as a top up.

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Sorry for not rotating some of the pic's. These are the first pic's download attempt and not sure how to get the full pic rather than the thumbnail to come up.

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This is a trip I would love to do on my own bike as well. Where did you ship your bike from? Canada or the U.S. How long do you figure you would have to ride in Europe to make it pay vs renting? What an awesome trip.
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This is a trip I would love to do on my own bike as well. Where did you ship your bike from? Canada or the U.S. How long do you figure you would have to ride in Europe to make it pay vs renting? What an awesome trip.

Bike was shipped from Toronto to London for ease of customs clearance and no language barrier. I have not personally verified but was told that you would break even after two weeks of riding, in fact it cost some CDN$2,000 to ride my own bike.

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