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ALPS BY BIKE?
« on: November 28, 2017, 03:08:14 pm »
Has anybody done it? We plan to start in Nice and end there again. Any tips perhaps? Time to go- August, Sept?
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 03:50:19 pm »
Has anybody done it? We plan to start in Nice and end there again. Any tips perhaps? Time to go- August, Sept?

Listen this has been on my bucket list!!

When in the UK we looked at a specific tour that a group did on Suzuki VanVan's (125's) through the Alps. Most of the chaps had bigger bikes - even GS's - but for the fun factor - this is what they did........  do yourself a favour - go read this story and Ride Report....truly inspirational...

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/vanvan-alps-adventure-2011.722141/

............... and if there's a chance of doing this........ I'll definitly consider going  :thumleft:
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 04:11:42 pm »
Did it a few years back , best ride ever . We rode all the passes in Switzerland , give me a ring some time and we can chat
 
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 04:21:00 pm »
Did it a few years back , best ride ever . We rode all the passes in Switzerland , give me a ring some time and we can chat

Put a trip together-- you can be team leader :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 06:26:17 pm »
Foeitog die Etsebeth kroos en klein kindertjies gaan eendag foooookkol erf!! :eek7: :lol8: :imaposer:
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 06:28:32 pm »
This summer I did a month (OK about week was in Romania doing Transfagaras and such) in Austria, northern Italy, and Slovenia (Triglav). What is the question?

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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 06:35:33 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2017, 06:49:40 pm »
Damn Xpat those roads make me want to own a fast road bike :drif:
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2017, 06:56:10 pm »
Damn Xpat those roads make me want to own a fast road bike :drif:

What for? I was beating most on MT07 Tracer (and later on MT09 Tracer, which was worse). Those hairpins are  so tight and straights so short that these bikes with usually smaller turning circle than supersport get upper hand.

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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017, 08:14:07 am »
Damn Xpat those roads make me want to own a fast road bike :drif:

What for? I was beating most on MT07 Tracer (and later on MT09 Tracer, which was worse). Those hairpins are  so tight and straights so short that these bikes with usually smaller turning circle than supersport get upper hand.

Ummm this is the one thread that is worthless WITH pics!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you wanna brag write your own ride report!! :ricky:
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 09:21:30 am »
Northern Italy and dolomites. You won't regret it. A lot of the roads do have very tight hair pins and definitely not fast flowing type of passes. Absolutely stunning scenery.

This sort of riding

http://seeyouwhenwegetthere.com/photo-album.php?currDir=./Trip_3_-_Jun_2013_to_Aug_2013/01_-_Europe_and_the_Med&pageType=image&image=198_Heading_down_Italy.jpg&startFrom=4

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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 09:55:22 am »
My suggestion is, apart from looking at bike rental and accommodation costs, also pay some attention to the cost of insurance. It can be expensive.
Another suggestion, if the wife is going on the back, make a plan to attach a printed map of the day's route on your back, that way she can also check out the surroundings whilst still knowing where you are at that time.
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 10:23:37 am »
Damn Xpat those roads make me want to own a fast road bike :drif:

What for? I was beating most on MT07 Tracer (and later on MT09 Tracer, which was worse). Those hairpins are  so tight and straights so short that these bikes with usually smaller turning circle than supersport get upper hand.
I was thinking a Buell would be nice through those mountains.
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2017, 10:39:48 am »
I did it with these guys in 2014 http://eubiketours.co.za/
Alps, Dolomites; Stelvio pass, and everything inbetween
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2017, 12:37:46 pm »
All that snow looks beautiful on those mountains.  8)




When viewed from the valley far below!  :3some:
 

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2017, 04:20:10 pm »
There was a bit too much when we went!
 

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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2017, 05:15:19 pm »
OK here is quick generic Ride Report:

You fly close by, rent a bike and ride to the Alps. You pick the curviest small side road and off you go. Right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left,right, left, right, left...

When your head spins or you had enough, you stop in the closest village find B&B or family hotel, eat and sleep (the night will cost you about 50-70 EUR incl breakfast).

Repeat.

Some advices: from my about 1 minute long research I did before that trip, the Alpine roads in Austria, northern Italy and Slovenia (don't skip that one - its cheaper and at least as good) are very tight with a lot of switchbacks and therefore you will generally go slower - and in especially juicy places like Stelvio you might see some people who should not be allowed on bikes doing three point turns around the corners with their mamas and all wordly possessions on the back (and yes, my trip confirmed that).

Some of the passes in Switzerland have more sweeping curves which allow you to open up a bit (but then their police will shoot you if you step out of line - don't try to give them 100 Rand). I wasn't there so cannot confirm, but Swiss passes seem to be preferred by for example Porshe enthusiasts.

I loved it in Austria (key highlight there being their highest pass Grossglockner) and Italy (key highlight Stelvio, Dolomiti), but you have to approach it as sporty trip with a focus on killing those chicken strips on tyres. If you want it just as relaxing tourist cruising, then plan for short distances for a day as those curves - and I know this may sound as sacrilige here - do tire you down quite a bit, and I've seen people who wished they are rather in Utah or Arizona riding straight for 100 miles. And don't just hit the main highlights as Stelvio (that one is actualy not much joy to ride at least on eastern side as it is just too tight) - but string them together via small nondescript (but curvy) roads leading there and away - almost any road there will kill any tar riding in SA 10 fold (but there isn't much good tar riding in SA, sorry).

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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2017, 05:52:33 pm »
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