Alpentourer

Finally pulled the trigger and after all these years of buying the wonderful magazine from time to time at the kiosk, I now subscribed. I met the editor once at a motor trade show and I think he has the same mindset I have…. being a northerner with mountaineer blood and motor oil in his veins :-) Together with the first issue of the mag I also received the Tourenplaner 2018 (the thick booklet with the Biker and Betten hotels), the nice Tourenatlas and a ‘tube’ (headscarf). Still a pity there are not many places and tours for France and…

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Riding up Col de l’Iseran

Yesterday Nina and I decided to benefit from more cloudless sky and ride up to the Col de l’Iseran (Iseran Pass) that connects Val d’Isère – the famous posh winter sports resort) and the Maurienne Valley and Modane on the other side. It was HOT in the valleys, up to 30 C, and fresh up on the pass which is up at 2770 m elevation (9087 feet). Not high to US standards, but wait….. the roads up aren’t the same as in the US either *grin*. If you have any doubt about your ability to ride straight while having a…

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One of the Annual Dutch RT meetings

Yesterday was our yearly DUTCH RT Forum meeting and in spite of the bad weather along the way and at some parts of the tour, we had well over 130 bikes turn up for the get-together, subsequent tour and (inside) barbecue. Due to time constraints I only did half of the actual tour and after having a late lunch I returned to the starting point with some of the organizers. Riding back took us through one horrendous hail storm… I was afraid the stones might chip off the paint of my Schuberth !!!   We were just about to pull over…

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Col de la Madeleine

Collected here is a small series of photos of the Col de la Madeleine. The photos were made in 2005 and 2006. Col de la Madeleine is one of the more challenging ‘cols’ (or mountain passes) with rather narrow roads on the east side. The hairpins are not too difficult, but there are quite a few places where there is hardly room for a motorbike AND a car to pass each other. The east side of the pass (we usually go UP on that side) is the steepest and narrowest, climbing up from the valley that connects Albertville with the…

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Our new BMW

Against all odds I (read that as: we) DID buy a brand-new, liquid-cooled, super-duper, all-options-included BMW R1200GS. Yessir….. It turned out to be too complex to ‘import’ my two old BMW’s into Italy, and with help of a friend and the movers company (who carried them back with them for free !!), I sold them both. That certainly wasn’t enough to get me a new one, not even a young used one. But then we also sold our house….. and that made the difference. So in the end, and with some adventurous traveling, we got us a new one. Now,…

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East of Bastardo

Folks…… I checked my activity and it appears that my last Ride Tale was the one of Independence Pass, a year and a half ago, and my active period was up until 2012…… SO MUCH has happened since. Those knowing me more intimately – and running Facebook – know most of it, but I guess there’s a new generation on BMWSportTouring that might not. Or is there? I browsed through the site a lot these past few days and it appears that there is a lot less activity overall…… hey, are you ALL on Facedbook now !!?? Well, lets change…

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