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It seems some of us on here have bikes, so post your pictures and talk about them here.

Here is my bike and some pictures

On the Chunnel for my first bike trip abroad, we went to Germany



Just before being thrashed down the legendary B500 in Germany



My brothers (red) NC700X and my CBR600 FA-B waiting for the others to catch up



The to Hondas under the Millau Bridge in France this year



Just over the border in Austria last year



The top of the Stelvio Pass in Italy last year



Somewhere in Italy last year
 

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You bring up good memories!

No nice pics like you have Willy but many fine memories of touring with friends over the last 42 years!:)
Thanks for the shake off of the cobwebs Willy.:)
 

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No nice pics like you have Willy but many fine memories of touring with friends over the last 42 years!:)
Thanks for the shake off of the cobwebs Willy.:)
I wish I had discovered European bike trips years ago. It's hard work on a 600cc sports bike but worth it. Continental Europe is awash with BMW GS's. Last year we stopped for a coffee in some Italian ski resort and 2 Swiss registered GS's parked next to us. One of the riders looked at my bike, looked at my plate then looked aat me and asked if I had riden it all the way. He looked impressed when I said yes. I'd like to take it to Morocco.
 

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What do you wear on your hands to keep them warm?
I need to get a set of hand quards, they help alot, also an expensive set of klim gloves are worth their weight in gold!

I tried alot of different clothing but Klim stands out, it's light and thin enough you don't feel like a polar bear, makes riding a lot easier

Got some motor fist stuff that's pretty good for a lot less ching
 

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You did Stelvio?! You nutter. I would KILL to take a fast car down there. So far all I have done is Thruxton and a lot of UK driving. I would love to do Spa, Hockenheim and the Ring but it will have to wait.
 

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Here's the goldwing in the new bike thread, no fancy pictures yet only had her a few months but shure is nice riding, hope to go through the rocky mountains next sumer. It looks better in this thread, that gun threads getting nutty.
 

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You did Stelvio?! You nutter. I would KILL to take a fast car down there. So far all I have done is Thruxton and a lot of UK driving. I would love to do Spa, Hockenheim and the Ring but it will have to wait.
On the first trip we rode up to Grand Ballon, which is a ski resort in France and did the B500. Both of those were very fast, mainly flowing and great fun.

As we approached Stelvio we stopped on the side of the road to water the grass and 2 UK registered 6 wheelers came past that appeared to be the support truck for a cycle race. We then set off and started going up Stelvio. It's one hair pin after the net and the camber on the road is so steep that had we had to stop we would probably have toppled over. We got around one corner and were met with a tail back and it turned out that the lead truck had got his tail lift beached on the road as he went around a hair pin. Being bikes we just filtered past, but it was tricky because we couldn't see.

My bike is too high geared for that, 1st was a bit low and 2nd too high, it could have done with a smaller rear sprocket and use 2nd and 3rd. I'm glad we road it, but there are better roads. I think something like a Mini 1275GT would be the best vehicle up there, you want something very small.

There are people taking pictures of everyone going up and down there and you can buy them from their website. We went up there in June and the ski runs were still open and being used. There were probably more cyclists using the road than cars and bikes. Proper stick thin cyclists they were too.

We had a great sausage at the top from one of the venders up there that looked like he never came down from the mountains. It was a great sausage and we have since referred to him as Stelvio Sausage Man. and all European bike trips now have to have a memorable meat based lunch that we just stumble across. This year is was a magnificent steak we had at some cafe in France. Charolais cows in the field opposite. Great steak in the cafe..
 

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Here's the goldwing in the new bike thread, no fancy pictures yet only had her a few months but shure is nice riding, hope to go through the rocky mountains next sumer. It looks better in this thread, that gun threads getting nutty.
How late in in the year can you realistically ride? I can ride just about all year, but it does get frosty and I don't like getting my bike salty, but I don't have to ride miles on unsealed roads.

I look forward to your Rocky pictures.
 

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Willy were on borrowed time most bikes are put away already, its a warmer fall then usual. our riding season is only about six months long.
The loose gravel roads can be a white knuckle experience but just take it easy, no problem if there is a bit of a path down the middle. lots of years I would be on a snow mobile in the end of October.
You have some very nice pictures, keep them coming.
 

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If you get out to the Nelson Kaslo area you need to stop and check out Toad Rock just south of Ainsworth Hot springs its a bikers only campground.
 

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I pretty much live for riding, I'll ride anything.

I enjoy adventure/single track stuff, and race motocross (past raced quads, currently race bikes). I currently ride a 14' Suzuki DR650, and a 13' YZ250. Last year it was a KTM 350 instead of the DR (I know, quite a downgrade...). Hopefully own a KTM 500EXC-F next year, my dream bike!

Some pics of the adventures!!






(Red Gear)






Gnarly hiking trail middle of nowhere B.C normal people wouldn't take a mountain bike on, let alone a big ol' pig. Wasn't having a great time right here.


Hope you enjoy, any questions ask away!
 

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A lot of you will probably take a dim view of filtering or lane splitting, but I don't ride a bike to sit in queues.

Here is a video of some of the traffic we have to deal with here. It does contain some swearing

 

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Tried the filtering thing in Regina in wascana park after a July 1st fireworks show,about twenty five years ago I wasn't real popular whith the car drivers, I don't think Saskatchewan is quite ready for that style of riding.
 

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Tried the filtering thing in Regina in wascana park after a July 1st fireworks show,about twenty five years ago I wasn't real popular whith the car drivers, I don't think Saskatchewan is quite ready for that style of riding.
A few years ago in Calgary on a stalled traffic afternoon I must have passed a 150 standing vehicles and you could tell some were less than enthused about my vehicle advantage.
And I wasn't even lane splitting, just moseying down the narrow very left side pavement strip, normally a breakdown lane I guess.
 

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Tried the filtering thing in Regina in wascana park after a July 1st fireworks show,about twenty five years ago I wasn't real popular whith the car drivers, I don't think Saskatchewan is quite ready for that style of riding.
It is expected here. Once in a while people will stop your progress, but most people will actively move over to let you past. I have heard of people getting their cars kicked and scratched with knee sliders when they block filtering.

When bikes filter through the traffic they are easing the traffic for everyone else, so people should be grateful we are on our bikes not in our cars.

The police run a course for bikers called Bikesafe BikeSafe Basically you spend a morning in the classroom talking about all the ways we can get killed and how not to get killed then we go out with Class 1 police bike riders and they assess your riding and give you tips. It was a really good day but when those guys decide to get a wiggle on it's really hard to keep up. They are unbelievable at reading the road and filtering through traffic.
 

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Went for a fifty k run down the gravel roads this after noon, loose gravel isn't fun but it feels allot nicer than ice maybe its time for winter tiers for the goldwing.
 

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