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Old 08-12-2004, 09:23 PM   #1
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Pics from Motorcycle Touring in Europe

I'm new to this forum, but a friend suggested I post
the following pictures from my recent motorcycle
tour through Europe (Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia,
Croatia, Switzerland, etc).

http://www.ski-epic.com/europemcycle2004/index.html

When you get to the really wide panoramas, be sure to
use the HORIZONTAL scrollbar on your browser to see
the whole picture.

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Old 08-12-2004, 09:37 PM   #2
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Old 08-12-2004, 09:53 PM   #3
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That's a really nice set of photos and what looks like a great trip. What was the name of the touring company? It looks a little stiff - was it? (The last photo is the first time I've seen a touring motorcyclist wearing a tie!) What was the pace like?
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Old 08-12-2004, 10:30 PM   #4
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What a beautiful set of pictures. Looks like one hell of a trip.
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Old 08-12-2004, 11:09 PM   #5
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That's a really nice set of photos and what looks like a great trip. What was the name of the touring company? It looks a little stiff - was it? (The last photo is the first time I've seen a touring motorcyclist wearing a tie!) What was the pace like?
The touring company is "Beaches Motorcycle Adventures" http://www.beachs-mca.com/

As to the ties in the last picture, if you look closely they are all the same tie, created by Dennis Simon (the guy in the middle) and are MOTORCYCLE artwork ties! I have attached a closeup of Dennis (the artist) in his motorcycle tie. It was the very final
dinner and Dennis made this gift to a few people. I just searched and found this webpage where you can buy them:
http://www.lastopenroad.com/simon.htm

To describe the group, it's the (small) subset of people who
are cultured enough to be interested in foreign (non-USA)
countries, and still cool enough to do it on motorcycles. A lot of the crowd are a little older (maybe 40-50 years old) with a few younger and a few older along. There was one guy who was 75 years old with his wife on the back, and one 18 year old woman.

Because of the luxury of being able to pack a lot of clothing
because the van hauls it to the next hotel each day for you,
the tour stays in relatively nice hotels and goes to
excellent restaurants, so the guide (Rob Beach) recommends
wearing slacks to dinner and not jeans, so the dinner pictures
show some nicer clothing but the people are still (mostly) hard-core
fun-loving motorcyclists that can be rough around the edges at times. Make sure you look at the battle-worn gear a lot of them are wearing in the pictures "out on the road" instead of in the hotel.

Before I can answer the question about "pace", first understand
that the tour is about 20 motorcycles, but you do NOT clump
together. Everybody essentially does their own thing, and
what normally happens is you break into small groups of
motorcycles, usually as few as 2 or 3 bikes in a group, and each
group goes a different direction each day, and leaves the hotel
at a different time, and arrives at the next hotel at a different time. You are given SUPER detailed maps, and about 1/3 of the
people brought GPS units (I brought a $150 GPS
including a mount for the handlebar, it was GREAT). Everybody
goes their own pace, some people rip all day
long, some putt-putt-putt along. Some people go all
alone, others always go with the friends they came with.
The "little groups" determine your particular speed, not
the general tour.

Each day you pull into the next hotel, and there is some
random collection of motorcycles already there ahead
of you, and some that haven't come in yet (unless you
are the very last one). The first motorcycles in sometimes
went faster, more likely they took a much more direct route.

Oh, one more thing. You usually travel two days, then
stay in the same hotel for two nights in a row, then travel
for two days, etc. On the "rest days" where you have two
nights in a row in the same hotel, you can relax or shop
or do touristy things, or you can go for a great motorcycle
ride in a loop. But it gives a chance for those people who
want a break to get one.

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Old 08-12-2004, 11:20 PM   #6
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AWESOME! Thanks for answering my questions. What a kick-ass vacation idea...
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Old 08-13-2004, 07:42 AM   #7
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Hey big boss,

Cool to see those pix on Barf!


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Old 08-13-2004, 07:47 AM   #8
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Re: Pics from Motorcycle Touring in Europe

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...Slovenia...

SLOVENIA!!!!


I love Slovenia!

The highways are nice from Ljublana to Croatia...

Oh and the currency is called tollar. (~200 tollars/dollar)

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Talking nice pix

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Great! I was surprised to see the pic of the church in the water. I was there in the mid-90's and stopped to take a pic. I should dig it up....The pic, that is.
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Old 08-13-2004, 10:07 AM   #13
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Re: Re: Pics from Motorcycle Touring in Europe

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SLOVENIA!!!!


I love Slovenia!

Oh and the currency is called tollar. (~200 tollars/dollar)
Oh heck yeah, and it goes double for Croatia. You can
buy a round for the whole bar for $10 Euro, and the
bartender still doesn't have enough money in the
cash register to make change.

On the down side, in the eastern edge of Croatia there
were still buildings with bullet holes in them (it's been
years since the last hostilities), and the people were
"worn down" or a little desperate sometimes. War will
do that. I have included a picture below of a building
with bullet holes (taken by another tour member, I didn't
slow down in those areas).

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Old 08-13-2004, 10:25 AM   #14
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CROATIA! , my second home! Oh how I miss it there.

The photos are beautiful! I'd love to do this trip next time!
Looks like a blast.
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