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Sep 22nd 2019, 01:47 PM   #16
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  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
I lived in a moderately large city in Japan and used to leave the keys in the ignition of my new Mitsubishi Gallant just in case one of the neighbors needed to move it.
Sep 23rd 2019, 09:36 AM   #17
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Congrats, Jared.

We loved Italy...and Germany...and France...and Liechtenstein...and Switzerland...and Austria...and England...and Ireland...and Northern Ireland...and Scotland...and the Isle Of Man...

Where did you visit in Italy?
Thanks! Flew in and out of Rome, did the tourist stuff and went to all the ruins and museums, went to Rimini/Misano for the MotoGP race then skipped town to town through Tuscany back to the west coast and back down to Rome. I now have a love hate for Italy, including a much better understanding of it. It's hard to boil it down into a sentence or two, I'd like to go back but to different regions because it's so distinctly different every place we went.

Food was hit or miss, driving was a blast, I'd love to go back on two wheels. The coffee was another level, it was fantastic, I didn't know it could be so good. Also, olive oil, I have a new appreciation for different kinds of it that we don't get here. When it's good, the food was some of the best I've had, when it was a miss, it was proper bad. Rome felt like European Mexico City, I don't see myself going back there except for the Borghese Gallery which we didn't have time for. I'd love to do a northern trip and a southern trip, but it'll be a few years before going back.

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Man it's too bad they didn't simply burn it down. Hopefully you have good insurance and you can just total it/start fresh.
Dude I actually wish they would have, it's damn near worse having it trashed. This car will die as mine, but having it limp along now is painful. It may be old yeller time.
Sep 23rd 2019, 12:20 PM   #18
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Sounds like a great trip. Hope you took lots of pictures- we did...

Yes, the espresso and other forms of coffee were great. The wine was great too. And without exception, the food was amazing for us. We had one bad meal when we were in Vatican City, but Vatican City is not technically part of Italy. We did Rome on two wheels- we rented a red Vespa scooter (seemed appropriate for Italy). But Italians don't really do traffic lanes, or many other traffic rules.

We also did northern Italy. We toured Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, Ducati, and MV Agusta (before I bought my new MV Agusta)- they're all located within a few hours of each other, so we spent two days doing that. We also spent a long weekend in Venice, which was very nice, and looks exactly like every post card you've ever seen of Venice.

And we toured BMW and Porsche while we were in Germany. We toured BMW when we picked up my wife's new custom-ordered Track Pack car there (the morning after doing Oktoberfest in costume), and we toured Porsche in Stuttgart before I custom-ordered mine.
overall it was a blast. took almost 3,000 photos, i don't even know where to upload them all. factory tours are on the docket for the next trip, i either wanna do a north or south trip, doing both would be too much traveling in the car/train. when we did the small town/winery stays, the food was mind blowing. in the cities, food was more meh and cost way more somehow. the little town cafe where the ingredients came from the farmers market next door that was picked on the farm a stones throw from the town and cost 8 euro blew the doors off the 30 euro stuff in rome for example.

their cured meat and cheese game is on point, we could learn a lot from it and it costs pennies compared to what we have

two wheels in italy is definitely a good way to go, but even in a car driving their was absolutely a blast and i loved every second of it
Sep 23rd 2019, 03:01 PM   #19
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Jared, when you and your lovely bride head back to Europe for your first anniversary in another 11 months, I have a tip for you that will make it much more affordable- BMW's European Delivery Program.

A number of European vehicle manufacturers have European Delivery programs. BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, and Porsche. My Porsche was almost a European delivery too.

But BMW's European Delivery Program is the best. When you custom-order a new BMW for European Delivery, they give you a 7% discount on the car, which pretty much offsets the cost of your airfare to fly over there to pick it up. And then while you're in Europe, you're driving your own car, instead of paying for a rental car, which saves you a ton more. The cars are U.S.-spec cars, but come registered, insured, and equipped to be legal in Germany. They're also legal in most other European countries, except that the German tourist license plates that your new car comes with, aren't legal in Liechtenstein. We drove into Liechtenstein anyways, but nobody hassled us.

The best part, is how BMW treats you. BMW had us picked up at the airport in a big black long-wheelbase BMW 7-series limousine, driven by a very formal limo driver in a 3-piece suit. When we arrived at the BMW Welt ("Welt" = "World"), they checked us in, gave us our credentials, and put us up for the day in the Premier Lounge. The Premier Lounge is set aside for European Delivery customers- all the food and drink you want, for free, all day long, and the menu changes three times a day. At the appointed time, your delivery consultant will walk you down this big dramatic flight of stairs to the center of the building, where your new car is slowly rotating on a giant turntable under spot lights- you even get to drive a "victory lap" around the inside of the Welt. They really make a big deal out of it. It also comes with a free tour of the Welt itself, a free tour of the BMW factory, and a free tour of the BMW museum. It's an all-day thing.

There are drop-off points all over Europe, so you don't have to bring your car back to Munich to drop it off, and they ship it home at no additional cost, where you then get to take delivery of it AGAIN, at your local BMW dealer.

It's a great experience.
I do happen to need a new car...this is neat, I've never heard of this before and I'm going to be looking into it. Thanks for sharing, that sounds pretty amazing.
Sep 24th 2019, 05:42 AM   #20
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  Jun 2019
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  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
I suddenly think I should go BMW shopping (after winning the lottery, perhaps).
Sep 24th 2019, 08:45 AM   #21
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I had no idea about all that, that's really neat that the manufacturers do this. I wonder why it's not advertised or marketed.
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