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post #1 of 13 Old Feb 8th, 2008, 5:45 pm Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone, Just saying Hello to you all, and thank you for all the info you have posted to help other owners out there.
I live in North Wales in the UK. I bought my BMW last December, a 2000 K1200LT, only managed to do 500miles as yet because of British weather,
I’m not just a nice weather rider, just would not like to tempt fate in bad weather with a new bike,
I still get a bit of a wobble at slow to stop speeds but we’re getting on just fine considering my trade in was a 04 YZF-R1. Which I covered a LOT of miles on, including Germany, Italy and my best yet , a charity run from north Wales to Madrid and back in 48hrs with 3 other biker friends (yes over 2500miles in 48hrs) for the Wales air ambulance, This was filmed by 483Media, and made into a DVD which you can find on www.483mediapro.com under cinema/bernabeu and back. Please have a look and have a guess which one is me?
My wife and I are looking forward to covering a lot of miles on the KLT and maybe getting to meet some of you, we love touring on the bike and the KLT must be one of the best out there, that’s why we bought it,
Thanks for reading this and if there is anything I could do to help anyone, please ask,
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post #2 of 13 Old Feb 8th, 2008, 6:03 pm
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NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIce...

And welcome!

Congrats on the bike - you're gonna love it. My other bike is a ZX-12R and I find them equally as fun - in much different ways.

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And welcome!

Congrats on the bike - you're gonna love it. My other bike is a ZX-12R and I find them equally as fun - in much different ways.

Best of all worlds, sports...tourer.....and LA whether
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G'day CWS. How's life in Sydney? its cold here, but its dry just now, so maybe i'll get on the bike 2morrow.
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pissing down at the moment... about 19C on Sat morning... its been like this for a couple of weeks... we are out of our dry spell well and truly!

Still doesn't stop the commute into the city each morning though... my daily ride. Just stuffs up the weekend rides, but there's too much work to do at home for that at the moment anyway

cheers mate, enjoy your riding

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. . . and my best yet , a charity run from north Wales to Madrid and back in 48hrs with 3 other biker friends (yes over 2500miles in 48hrs) for the Wales air ambulance,
Hi Carl, welcome to the forum. If you're into raising money for the Air Ambulance, check out this forum which I'm involved with - this year, in addition to the Boundary 500 run, we're organising a 3000 mile marathon round the coast of Britain. If you're interested, you can start and finish in Wales.

http://www.boundary500.co.uk/marathon.html

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There is always too much work at home!! that might be down to the fact that id rather ride my bike than do the work, thankfully i have a very understanding wife...
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Hi Carl, and welcome!

Since you have covered the South part of Europe, why don't you ask your wife if she would like the North for change.

Check this out:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29472

We are 90 % booked already but if you don't wait for too long we still have nice (sauna equipped) cottages availabe for accommodation. And there you could get a chance to meet some 60 -80 LT'ers at the same time. Also many UK riders if you don't get to meet them elsewhere...

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Welcome, Carl. After that R1, you and your lady are gonna love the LT, especially in that typical Welsh weather. I lived outside Newport for ~4 years, and I never left the house unless I was wearing full waterproof gear.

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Hi Carl, as they say, welcome to the nut house. Best site for LT wisdom, and some really great folks too. We were in Wales July - August last year; fantastic rides, you're very lucky. The LT will spoil both of you, and bring miles of smiles as they say. Enjoy it all, the English weather will have to improve soon.

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post #12 of 13 Old Feb 9th, 2008, 1:38 pm Thread Starter
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Hi Carl, and welcome!

Since you have covered the South part of Europe, why don't you ask your wife if she would like the North for change.

Check this out:
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Sounds like a plan... looking into it to see what i can sort out.

BUT i have a fear of hights.. including high bridges, thats why i dont fly, is there a route that avoids high bridges?
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Sounds like a plan... looking into it to see what i can sort out.

BUT i have a fear of hights.. including high bridges, thats why i dont fly, is there a route that avoids high bridges?
Carl,

If you take a ferry from UK to Norway and ride through Norway and Sweden and then again take a ferry to Finland I can assure that you will not encounter any high bridges in Sweden or Finland.
However, you could check from our Norwegian friends (many of them also coming to BMWKLTIBMIJOF...) the situation in Norway. I am not so familiar with those routes. I know that they have mountains in Norway as well as great rides but would there be high bridges on the route to Sweden, "paalao" and his friends would be glad to assist.

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