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Tai-Pan
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I bought a ticket yesterday to the UK in June for a family wedding and have about a week after it to go riding.
I found a place to rent a Fj09 near the crossings over to France and was thinking of seeing if I could make it to Rome and back in 6 days.
Anybody done something like this? Is this dooable in that amount of time? Got any tips,routes or must see poi's?
I was thinking I might like to do the coast from Nice to Rome and maybe come back through Switzerland.
I would be traveling alone and don't speak any other languages.
So I have no idea where to stay or what to do.
 

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Tai-Pan
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Well I think I decided to just fly from the UK over to Italy and rent a bike there,it is only about $300 return.
I don't think trying to ride across 1000k's of french farmland would be all that exciting and Italy is where I really want to ride.
I think a Ducati Hyperstrata might work well.
 

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You don't want to ride to Rome. Stay north of Milan.

Speed camera

You want to ride in northern Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Some of the mountain passes will not yet be open in June (snow)

Don't mess around with the speed camera detection devices. http://www.sixtblog.co.uk/travel-and-leisure/speed-camera-detector-laws/

You might want to buy this book, I would recommend it to you, I met John Herman about 10 years ago at a restaurant set on a nice road just off Highway 8 a few hours West of San Deigo, He is a great guy and his book is first rate

http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Journeys-Through-Alps-Beyond/dp/1884313701/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428892776&sr=8-1&keywords=Motorcycle+Journeys+Through+the+Alps+and+More+(Motorcycle+Journeys)


Looking for suggestions - rent from Stefan Knopf and do a loop out of Heidelberg. A nice wide handlebar Dual Sport will be ideal for the Alps.

http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Welcome.html We keep the KTM at Stefans

More suggestions, ride up and down Stelvio Pass travelling to Bormio stay in one of the Lodges and ride it a few times over two days.

How good is the riding? This video was taken on Stelvio Pass , Susan just held her Canon S95 on my shoulder. No Sound, just wind noise, It was a very nice ride this was about 20% of the Pass

https://youtu.be/sq1DsUwPi70

The riding is very technical in a lot of places, there is the issue with Diesel on the road, and as you can see from the video there is little margin for error.


Consider buying this app and use it to learn the road signs, there are a lot on a single post and you need to process things quickly

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/european-road-signs-guide/id540583843?mt=8


Buy Medjet - your group plan or travel insurance plan will not cover you in the same fashion

https://medjetassist.com

Take lots of pictures and let us know how your trip was
 
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