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Jul 30th 2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  In the past.

Europe Ride

My wife and I had been planning this trip for over a year. Now it's done and I'm about half way through video and image processing. So here is a link for the pictures: https://wrecks.smugmug.com/Travel/Euro-2018-1

We worked with Edelweiss in Austria for motorcycle rental and route planning. They set us up with hotels along the route and gave us tips on sites along the way as well as routes via small towns with light traffic. We asked for different bikes than what we eventually got. Jo wanted a bike similar to her BMW F700GS and they offered her an F750GS. About two months out they said it wasn't available and gave her a brand new R1200R. I had wanted an F800R but they couldn't reserve that for me either and I ended up with an S1000XR. I was apprehensive about riding this beast in the small towns but I managed.

We arrived in Vienna a few days early to try and acclimatize to the time zone change and we did pretty well. When the bikes were delivered to our hotel we were ready to get on the road. The following is the first 10 days of our ride and I'll update the rest when I get the images and video processed. Any ideas on slogging through and presenting the video would be helpful.

Day 1 to Brno https://wrecks.smugmug.com/Travel/Eu...Day-1-To-Brno/
This was a great break in ride that allowed us to get used to the Euro Zone road signs which were consistent throughout our trip. We also realized that most of the signs are merely suggestions to most drivers. The drivers are generally more aggressive than US drivers. Those that want to pass someone tend to ride the bumper merely inches away until an opportunity presents itself. Those who don't mind to be passed simply move as right as they can to allow others to get around.

Day 2 to Prague https://wrecks.smugmug.com/Travel/Eu...y-2-to-Prague/
This was another mostly rural ride with small town centers kilometers apart. this is similar to riding 101 down Oregon except instead of lights at towns you have traffic circles. By now we are getting used to stopping for coffee in the morning as some fine bakery in a little town but are still not quite figuring out when lunch is. We missed out a couple days.

On this day my phone reset and I didn't save the instructions on the sim which had the lock code for the sim. So we were heading into Prague with no GPS or maps. Kind of daunting. We stopped for gas outside of Prague and I bought another sim card so we could get enough service to find our hotel on the map. As we were riding onto Prague though the turn by turn instructions stopped. We ended up riding into a tunnel and completely bypassed Prague. We stopped in a few kilometers consulted the map and were surprised we never actually saw Prague. So we headed back without turn by turn. As we neared the city it started up again so we got lucky as it lead us to the hotel.

It turns out the Harley group of Europe were all in Prague at this time. So our hotel garage had about ten Harleys and two BMWs. My wife spent the next rest day while we were site seeing taking pictures of motorcycle vests from all over Europe.

Writing is taking longer than I thought so I'll add more later if you all are interested.
Jul 31st 2018, 04:58 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Thanks for taking the time to set this up and share so some of us can live vicariously through you!
Jul 31st 2018, 11:39 AM   #3
 
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Thanks for taking the time to set this up and share so some of us can live vicariously through you!
Agreed. Thanks for sharing Wrecks.
Aug 2nd 2018, 04:04 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  England

  2014 Ducati Hypermotard SP
Just some information when riding around Europe as for food. Europeans tends to not really do breakfast like we Americans do. Really its just coffee and some pastry. Also Lunch wise, times usually run really short, around 11-1300 is normal lunch times, and they'll shut down till dinner time. Most places don't reopen until 1900 or 2000 for dinner. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but these are mostly in high tourist locations, where they up the prices because of the many tourist. In the UK though, you can expect places to have good breakfast and be open throughout the day.
Aug 6th 2018, 06:05 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Thanks for posting. I'd love to hear more!
Aug 11th 2018, 09:13 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Nice. I think I'll never ride there, so thanks!
Aug 11th 2018, 03:21 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
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