Back in the saddle soon

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This is the first winter that I haven’t started the BMW(‘s). Shame on me ! And we did not even HAVE a winter in the sense of cold, ice and snow. Haven’t seen any of it. But since we returned from France last September we have been in some (partly self-inflicted) turmoil, now resulting in […]


Le Tour 2013

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We’ve been riding our 1200GS a lot these past few weeks, visiting many of our favorite alpine passes again, but first let me share our yesterday’s ride to see Stage 19 of the Tour de France 2013. For now I’ll provide you the link to my Facebook Album, but I’ll add a link to my […]


Spring Tour of Holland

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With our customers safely on a plane heading back to Dallas Forth Worth Airport, we can look back on some fun guiding days this month. Nina and I helped our guests tour some of the nice places in the North of our country, including the Windmill Museum in the Schermer, visiting the 400 year old […]


Alpentourer Magazin

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As of today you will spot the image of, and link to, the Alpentourer Magazin in the side bar. Stephan Fennel produces this German language motor touring mag and does a great job at it. Even if you don’t read/speak German it stil lis a great source of photos and routes for ‘anything European Alps’ […]

BMW RT1200 2014

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Some lucky fellow found the new, but camouflaged, RT’s on Teneriffe of all places. Dunno if 2014 will be 2013 even? With all the silly stickers on them, the new form is hard to make out – which is why they do it – but nice to watch nonetheless. We are getting ready for the […]

Dutch Windmill

Next Rides and Activities

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The good news: WINTER IS OVER ! You may think “well, duh!” But really, this winter has been the longest for many decades and although I have been riding our GS in France a few times along snow lined mountain roads, and the RT here in Holland in between frost periods, last week was the […]

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Check out our Twice Daily Motormag !

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Being one of the first users of, the Swiss attempt at making automated, curated on-line newspapers, we have the ‘EuropeRides MotorMag’ appear twice daily. The way it works is that it crawls through many thousands Twitter and Facebook pages and accounts that WE have liked, and picks up the articles on topics we indicate. […]

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Touring Cases? Beware !!

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If you’re not used to riding with a large tour bike and its side cases……. or if you’re just not paying attentin to your riding at all…. THIS is what may happen to your expensive motorbike and your own expensive (??) head !   Chute de moto dans un port – Humour

Hotel Belvédère on the Pt. Saint Bernard Pass road

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On the main connection between France and Italy in the eastern Alps, connecting the French Tarantaise region with the Italian Aosta Valley, lies this wonderfully equipped, motor-friendly hotel ! As you may remember, Nina and I checked them out earlier this year to get them their Motorrad-Tourer certificate of quality. And since we check upon […]

French Rules – for UK Riders

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Via one of our valued contacts we got THIS LINK outlining ‘what’s different’ in France. Well, regarding motoring laws and such…… we could fill 3 entire websites if we’d that that too literally … *grin*. Especially about the breathalysers, ethylotests, alcohol testers or whatever else you may want to call them, be aware that The […]


Vakantietips voor buitenland ritten

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Voor mijn Nederlandse lezers die misschien nog niet van de Motorrrijders Aktie Groep hebben gehoord: op onze site staat een goed overzicht voor motorrijders die naar het buitenland gaan: Een leuk feit bij de debiele Franse wetgeving aangaande de verplichting om TWEE alcoholtesters bij je te hebben:  de Fransen ZELF trekken zich daar niets […]


New use for my smartphone

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Of course you all being smart smartphone users, and I nothing but a rookie, you’ve all found this long time ago! But for me it was a brain wave! As Nina and I also hike the mountain trails in our are, besides riding the BMW, I always pack a lot of ‘ordnance maps’. I collect […]

Overbodige verzekeringen?

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Het is weer vakantietijd en net als wij gaat u straks weer op stap met de (liefst) motor, auto of anders. En u checkt natuurlijk nog even uw verzekeringen. Of niet? Hierbij een stukje van André Janssen over dat onderwerp.   Zijn al die verzekeringen wel echt nodig? door André Janssen Verzekerd op reis gaan […]

First Video Attempt

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I am a photographer and really s**k at making video, but since this is our vacation and I happen to have a copy of Camtasia…. AND a ContourHD helmet camera, I figured I might as well upload my ‘doings’ anyway and share some of the awesome places we ride at! This first little video shows […]

Zomers Reisblog / Summer Travelblog

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    For English, please scroll down a bit ! Een leuk nieuwtje voor onze Nederlandse volgers: we gaan deze zomer wat berichtjes schrijven voor, over onze trips en reizen, en over produkten voor motorrijders.  Eén van die produkten krijgen we mee; een Held Multi Pack rugzak! Kunnen we hopelijk fijn ons Netboekje in […]

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A SECOND motorbike?

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We have more or less decided that we want one. A second motorbike. Used. (Even) more comfortable in the mountains, i.e. steering through the hairpins even easier than our RT. Did I mention ‘used’? We’ve thought about this long and hard and come to the conclusion that I (specifically) would just LOVE to have a […]

Motorbeurs Utrecht

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Wij zijn volgende week donderdag, 23 februari, te vinden op de Motorbeurs Utrecht. Als bezoekers, dat wel, want het loont voor ons niet om daar professioneel te staan. Maar we vinden het leuk om diverse ‘internet kennissen’ te ontmoeten, en uiteraard om het laatste chroom te bewonderen!   Next week Thursday, February 23rd, we’ll be […]


Certified Motorcycle Lodging

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Motorrad-tourer from Berlin, Germany, has started a new service, called ‘Zertifizierte Unterkünfte’, freely translated as Certified Lodges. There are more such ‘groups’ or certifications, providing a sort of guarantee to motorcycle riders and -travelers that they’ll end up at hotels and other lodgings that will actually WELCOME them. Not all hotels do, you see! Note […]