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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:09 am 
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I thought some of you may be interested in my weekend away. I'd love more time on such trips (such as John's tours) but with work and a young family it's always a balance. However you can do a lot in a weekend :

An early flight to Munich and then to the South West of town to get my hire bike. It's a KTM dealer and I'd booked a Supermoto Touring (SMT)

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..... however a guy who'd flown in on Thursday night to get his Superduke found if had been smashed and ended up with my SMT and I ended up with a Supermoto Race (SMR).

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As you'd expect it's set up fairly differently. I had them stick a screen on for a tiny bit of wind protection but, as I was to find, the suspension and seat were a whole lot more race focussed than the SMT.

We rode down to the Berchtegsgarten area of Germany (which is the very far South Eastern corner) and the home of Hitlers Kehlsteinhaus (i.e. the Eagles Nest). We didn't visit (I've been up to it before) as there were better things to do like bendy roads! One of these was the Rossfeldstrasse.

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Some great views and a good introduction to the mountains and hairpins. We wound our way over to our hotel which was about 5Km from Kitzbuhel arriving in just in time to neck our first weisbeer, meet the 30odd others and tuck into a meal .... before more weissbeers

Saturday morning and the weather was as perfect as possible. It was clear and sunny and around 24C. Not too hot for riding and plenty warm enough not to worry about wrapping up.

The car park has a variety of bikes and with 36 of us there, we were devided into groups depending on our preference for distance. Of course the Brit contingent opted for the "Long and Fast" group

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After riding through the flat valley floors with their flowing bends but also various small towns we suddenly turned off to head up a narrow winding road where the tight hairpins were almost vartical and some involved crossing small wooden bridges which looked like they would have been "interesting" had it been raining.


The top rewarded us with our first real photo opportunity

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The day was going to be a long one - approx 350Km which on normal roads is quite easy but on roads like this it was gonna take a while. The roads varied from tree lined tight twisties to glorious flowing highspeed bends with some straights to have a play with the performance on offer.

The scenary combined with the weather on top of the superb roads and great surfaces made for grins inside lids

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We went through various tunnels as is the way in the Alps and then in one I noticed it was still going and still going. 5.5Km's after entering we appeared at the toll booth.

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When paying we found we could also buy a ticket for the Grossglockner Pass which saved a few Euros.

After the tunnel it was time for lunch in a scenic and typically Austrian road side stop. Liver dumpings, potatoes and veg and some rehydration and then we were ready for more fun.

After 30 mins or so we got to the Grossglockner National Park and headed up top. It's a lovely ride and being possibly the last good weather of the season there was plenty of bikes but none that got in the way of anyone's fun. I was surprised to find a multistory carpark next to the glacier and even more surprised that it was still 14C. Five days later and it was covered in snow so we were really fortunate.

There were even some custom Harley's up there which huge forks and handle bars. An astounding effort to get them up there

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I was quite surprised to find a multistory car park at the top :

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On the decent we dispatched the custom Harleys (the rode at about 10mph and used every inch of tarmac) and we carried on through the National Park and along this fab road. Probably my fave of the trip. It took us to the Bikers Nest which is perched up high and surrounded by nothing but great views. Access is fun as it's via 6 cobbled tight hairpins.

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and it provides some great views

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The day continued as a dropped down from the highlands in to the valleys and then up and down and left and right (repeat 50 times) until we arrived back at our hotel at 19:15 .... which strangley was just in time for a weissbeer and a shower. The evening followed the previous nights

Sunday morning and I had the same view out of my window as Saturday morning.

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It was time for good bye. Some people were local (only 4 hours to ride), some had 8 hours! We only had to ensure we were back in Munich by 17:00 so we set off on a route which included more passes and interesting roads. We all swapped bikes and hence all had time to experience the differences between the bikes in the group : SMT, SMR, RC8 and Adventure that us Brits had.

Summary of bikes :

SMT - superb for the trip and an excellant all round road bike
SMR - everyone had enough after 30-40 mins due to the seat but all enjoyed the more responsive engine, brakes and handling. A lot of fun but no that comfy.
Adventure - way to soft for my liking. I don't like bikes where when you accelerate the front rides up on the suspension. It was comfy and having a big screen make a change but it was my least favourite.
RC8 - I couldn't have completed the trip on it like my colleague did ... and he did with a ruck sack on. Way too sporty for me for any distance. The 40 mins I had on it were epic though. That engine is truelly a peach.

A couple of drink breaks enroute treated us to more great spots. In this pic the building on the right is the firestation!

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Over a late lunch in a very scenic spot about an hour or so from Munich we started to chill. We had to as everything was slow. The food service and the roads due to everyone being out of a Sunday.

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We'd had our miles of fun so it was wind down time. We settled back on our own bikes and after a few twisties we then settled in for the last 20mins on a motorway (hiss and boo).

We settled up for the bikes which was 300Euro for 800km although they then allowed us off the nearly 200 extra we did on top of the 800.

I've been to the Tirol region before in a car but on a bike it's just so much better. If you get a chance go grab it...oh and the Stelvio is now nowhere near the top of my list any more!

p.s. I noticed that John had a Réveiller Ride going on in the same region at the same time! We were all very lucky with the glorious weather. Three days later and it was snowing on the Grossglockner. There were so many bikes out and about but I didn't notice any UK plates. We were of course on German bikes so were basically incognito ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:35 am 
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Really interesting read Paul , looks like a lot of fun.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:57 am 
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I echo Simons post, thanks for sharing your trip with us Paul, great Pictures...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:58 pm 
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i like the sound of that trip. put it in the club mag for those that dont read the web site. i will of corse want the full details on my tomtom 4 next year if i get time. i will be riding it..

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:51 pm 
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You won't!

It's not paid for by the company but it's strictly employees allowed from the different European offices.

Sorry dude ...... but the "fast crew" were thinking of goign there if you want to go with them on your new faster bike :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:09 pm 
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we will have a chin wag about it wen i c u blue..

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