2 week tour through europe.

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2 week tour through europe.

#1 Post by samuel » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:23 pm

Hi all,

I am planning on going on a 2 week tour next June/July 2018. I plan to get the ferry in Southampton over to Granville in France. i will visit, Switzerland. Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany and Holland.
This will include Le mans. the alps, and the Nurburgring track.
The plan is to do a days riding with a day or two in each destination for sight seeing and I will be looking at B&B's as I like my hot showers at night and in the morning.

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#2 Post by Pie man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:17 pm

Wonderful. I hope it all works out for you. Any reason for going all the way to Southampton instead of Hull to Rotterdam :?

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#3 Post by samuel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:27 pm

Hi Pieman,

the main reason to go from Southampton is for the overnight ferry, I can then have a good sleep ready for the first leg of the tour. :o

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#4 Post by Tankbag » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:34 pm

Have a great trip Samuel, have a look at the touring section for tips 🖒
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#5 Post by Stu » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:13 pm

samuel wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:27 pm
Hi Pieman,

the main reason to go from Southampton is for the overnight ferry, I can then have a good sleep ready for the first leg of the tour. :o
Hull to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge is an overnight ferry too :wink:
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#6 Post by Pie man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:19 pm

Hi Samuel

The Hull to Rotterdam is an overnighter and it's only about an hour and a half ride. Once at Rotterdam you can be in the Rhineland in just over 3hrs.

Just saying :thumb:

Edit: As stu says :D

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#7 Post by samuel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:44 pm

Thanks guys and gals, This trip is a first for me so any advice will be welcome. I am going to make a holiday of it as well as a sight seeing tour (hence the two weeks). And maybe make some friends if I can get a group of people to join me :cheers: . and although I consider myself a responsible and safe rider I also have an alter ego who is a Barry Sheen wannabe. (fist to heart)

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#8 Post by Pie man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:07 pm

Good on yer Samuel. However when in the Alps you will do well to average 35mph :D On the B500 you will do well to do 90kph without the gestapo sneaking up on you astride his Bavarian fun stopper :cry: My advice is enjoy it and be careful :thumb:

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#9 Post by samuel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:15 pm

thanks pie man. The general idea is to have a fun time as well as get home safely, are there any places where i have to be careful of bike theft or mad drivers etc. and what about filtering???
I have heard that some countries take a dim view of it.

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#10 Post by samuel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:20 pm

Hi Stu, I was thinking of starting and finishing in France but either way is as good. I am not great on geography but hull is possibly a little nearer... so that may be a good alternative :thumb:

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#11 Post by Pie man » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:50 pm

I'm sure there will be plenty on here that will be along and offer good advice. Have a look at www.ride.co.uk for ideas on routes for starters. Good Luck :D

IMO I have found that our European neighbours are more biker friendly and are more aware of bikers; however you still have to be vigilant and have your wits about you :shock: They usually expect you to pass, so they move over slightly :D . Saying that the luftwaffe or Bundespolizei will have you for filtering :roll: Priorite a droit isn't as popular but still exists out in the sticks of France, only last week coming back from Sarlat I came across plenty of them.

People will say Google is your friend, well not when route planning over the winter months trying to create routes for your summer trip over the alps :x

We have always found secure parking :)

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#12 Post by samuel » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:50 pm

excellent and thanks. As far as the luftwaffe goes My dad ,god rest his soul, :angel12: was in the good old RCT and was stationed in Germany for quite a few years and I was born In RAF Wegberg, My sister was born in munster. i hope this will pull some heart strings... maybe :lol:

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#13 Post by samuel » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:17 am

Hi Guys and Girls,

I have finally managed to set my route and timetable, All i need to do is find out if anyone else want to join me and a couple of friends. We are getting the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre at 10;30 pm 23rd of June 2018 and will be going through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, germany, Holland, Luxembourg and finally back to L Havre for the ferry home on the 06th July.

Please message me if you are interested in Tagging along part or all the way. and I will give you the destination and time details.

Ride Safe.

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#14 Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:33 pm

I too like a good nights sleep before a long days riding... my strategy is to book a room at either the Travelodge or Premier Inn at Eureka park (Ashford) which is just over 12 miles from the channel tunnel.

Have everyone arrive there in the early evening then a group meal.. usually at the Beefeater. then a relatively early night and up in the morning and away... a short ride to the Tunnel and across within an hour or so. https://goo.gl/maps/2tUhnbmT7n82

Booked in advance the hotel room was £48 this year for a twin.. so £24 each. and the crossing was £79 for a return. I prefer to pay a little more (than a ferry) for the flexibilty of the Tunnel... so if Im a few hours early.. or arrive a few hours late this is never a problem. Im just put on the next available shuttle. Occasionally this means a bit of a wait... but thats no real hardship.

I'm not really a fan of the Pays du Calais area of France... and so using the tunnel means I can be well away from it quickly... for instance the Ardenne mountains are less than 200 (toll free) miles away and the border with Luxembourg just a little further... and from then it just gets better.
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#15 Post by Pie man » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:22 pm

samuel wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:17 am
Hi Guys and Girls,

I have finally managed to set my route and timetable, All i need to do is find out if anyone else want to join me and a couple of friends. We are getting the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre at 10;30 pm 23rd of June 2018 and will be going through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, germany, Holland, Luxembourg and finally back to L Havre for the ferry home on the 06th July.

Please message me if you are interested in Tagging along part or all the way. and I will give you the destination and time details.

Ride Safe.
WoW that was quick working that one out :shock: Enjoy your trip and hope it all goes well.

Not for me sorry I'm off down the RDGA next year. :)

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