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Touring newbies

Post by Lobsterfish » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:04 pm

So, we're planning touring for honeymoon next year. Europe most likely with (fingers crossed) a MotoGP or F1 slotted in at some point.

What advice can you give us for ones who have never been abroad on the bikes before?

:cheers

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Zax » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:11 pm

Top-boxes are the way to go ! :P

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Lobsterfish » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:22 pm

Check :2up

And there is Brooners too :arse

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by McWullie » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:27 am

Have you bought a Honda by any chance???

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Borntobewild » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:17 am

Get a Garmin Sat Nav and set it up for the countries you want to visit.

Enjoy

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by missile » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:29 pm

Follow someone who knows the way

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Re: Touring newbies

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Swampy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:46 am

If you come over to mine sometime at the weekend or next week (on holiday), I'll log you in to a very special website that may really help. You can print off anything you like.

I have toured Europe (well, old Europe) a bunch of times. Better to do a question/answer thing. Bring Brooner with you, he can make the tea ;)

Bob (missile) has a wealth of experience of riding on the mainland too. May be worth buying him a beer. He knows a mega route through the alps ;)

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by missile » Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:20 am

You know me too well, I will do (almost) anything for a beer :boozer

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Lobsterfish » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:11 pm

Thanks guys! Will definately shout you a beer for the help!

Won't make it over this weekend as still nursing the foot and shouldn't really be driving, but might make a visit once Brooner's home, so he can be chauffer and butler. Just let me know when. Saying that, if all goes well and the bike gets re-delivered next week, we'll take a wee tourey to come say hello. I'll be able to pack chocolates too and not get them squished! Oooo, i can see it now, i'll be able to pack my straightners without issue!!! :log

Oh, its not a Honda BTW. Oooo, what else does that leave??? :arse

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by steve » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:07 pm

Zax wrote:Top-boxes are the way to go ! :P

i couldnt agree more Zax :freebird

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Zzzz » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:45 pm

Hi

I travelled to North Spain and Portugal last year - it was my first overseas trip.

I had my route fairly well planned beforehand as I had booked and paid for my accommodation in various travelling lodges & B&B's beforehand. I like a good bed, some decent food and wine at the end of a hard day's riding. Try - http://www.estalagensdeportugal.com/default_en.asp

I didn't need my sat nav as I wrote out each days itinerary - road numbers, places etc on a small piece of paper and stuck it to the inside of my windscreen using scotch medical tape (it comes off easily without leaving and marks).

The road across the mountains between Spain (Leon) & Portugal (Zamora) are truly amazing and free of traffic.

Beware toll roads. They are excellent quality and fast but can cost you as much as your fuel if you aren't careful.

Ferry to Santander at the end of August had about 60 bikers on board so the trip was fun.

Hope that you have a good time.

Zara

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by missile » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:39 am

For your first trip overseas you might be better on an organised event, but not this one> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duPq9wfaic

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by Lobsterfish » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:19 pm

missile wrote:For your first trip overseas you might be better on an organised event, but not this one> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duPq9wfaic
Wow. Do you know this lot?

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Re: Touring newbies

Post by missile » Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:47 pm

One of my friends in spain went on Enduro India 2007, I quote.
Enduro India has already established itself as the number one motorbike tour of India and is widely regarded as one of the must have biking experiences anywhere on the planet
I declined the invite to go with him :roll

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