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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 27th, 2006, 11:32 am Thread Starter
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Several of us are planning a trip this June to Europe. We are thinking of flying to Munich and renting bikes to tour for 2 weeks. Does anyone have any experiences with rental places around Munich? We are open to renting for 2 weeks in a row, or shorter few day trips, taking public transportation to a second or third location, then renting again. We would like to tour the Swiss Alps, Germany, and Northern Italy, mostly in the mountains. Any information would be helpful. I would like to rent a BMW, but I know we have some options for sport-bikes vs. touring.

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post #2 of 8 Old Jan 27th, 2006, 11:59 am
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Wow! Over $1,300.00 for a week and double that for two weeks. How much would it cost to fly your LT over there? I'd crunch a bunch of figures.
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post #4 of 8 Old Jan 27th, 2006, 1:30 pm
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" Rates as low as $995.00 USD One Way!
Motorcycle Express has been shipping uncrated motorcycles via airfreight between North America and Europe for over ten years. Using a custom designed motorcycle pallet to ship the bike, customers have the opportunity to ride their own bike when touring abroad. Motorcycle Express is FAA approved for shipping motorcycles overseas."


I've looked into this there are pro's & con's to consider either way. Like breakdowns / bike replacement shipping damage potential, insurance . . . Oh & I forgot the deposit - some countries require that you deposit a significant amount of cash that you only get back when your bike is shipped back to the States. This prevents you from selling your bike at a profit and going home with a wad of cash.

up to 2 weeks, I'd rent, beyond that I'd consider shipping.

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Do a google search for European Motorcycle Rentals and you'll get a bunch. Some offer unlimited Kilometers some don't and some give you the choice. If you're willing to ride a new F800ST or a 650GS they are a lot cheaper than the LT which $1200-1600 for two weeks of LT rental does not seem out of the ball park

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I have rented from Motocenter Thun in Switzerland 3 times for about $100.00 a day including insurance. Might be worth the drive as The alps are awsome and hell, you can ride wherever you want. Bikes are always new and low mileage. Talk to Bruno, good guy and fair. No affiliation

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Can't help you with the rental, except to say that the BMW dealer in Munich rents LTs.

But make sure you pick up a copy of Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Corsica by John Hermann. Get it now, and read through it before hand. Well worth the time, and you're guaranteed to find some unique routes and stops (ever walked through a glacier?).

And don't listen to the nay-sayers that claim the LT is too big and heavy for the Alps. If you're comfortable on it at home, you'll be fine in Europe.

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I've done a few tours in Bavaria myself and would recommend taking time out to visit Garmisch Partenkirchen, and take a trip up the Zugspitz. There are some great roads for bikes in this area, and you can easy drop south into Austria, Italy and into Switzerland.

I also bought some BMW clothing last trip, it was £100 cheaper in Munich than back here in the UK, so if you need some new gear might be worth getting it in Germany and not carrying all your stuff over. would be worth checking the prices first though, as this was 18 months ago.

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