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Touring newbies

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:04 pm
by Lobsterfish
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

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:11 pm
by Zax
Top-boxes are the way to go ! :P

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:22 pm
by Lobsterfish
Check :2up

And there is Brooners too :arse

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:27 am
by McWullie
Have you bought a Honda by any chance???

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:17 am
by Borntobewild
Get a Garmin Sat Nav and set it up for the countries you want to visit.

Enjoy

:2up

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:29 pm
by missile
Follow someone who knows the way

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:21 pm
by Neorion

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:46 am
by Swampy
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 ;)

V

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:20 am
by missile
You know me too well, I will do (almost) anything for a beer :boozer

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:11 pm
by Lobsterfish
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

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:07 pm
by steve
Zax wrote:Top-boxes are the way to go ! :P

i couldnt agree more Zax :freebird

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:45 pm
by Zzzz
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

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:39 am
by missile
For your first trip overseas you might be better on an organised event, but not this one> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2duPq9wfaic

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:19 pm
by Lobsterfish
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?

Re: Touring newbies

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:47 pm
by missile
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