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    Fabulous!!

    Yep, you probably cost us a vacation, but what a great way and place to go! Very nicely done with both still's and video. Great job.

    Pete

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    Thumbs up

    Holy Cow With those great videos of the passes of the Alps this really is one of the great ride reports. Thank you, thank you. You have just given me a plan for a week in the Alps. I went out and got a map of Switzerland and will be making plans this winter. Just loved the vids. (Just bought a MiniDV, too.) Choice of music is excellent as well. I was leanin' into every turn, keeping my eyes on the road until I thought, hey, wait, I can LOOK at the scenery

    Two questions: what is the music track for alp1.wmv? (Great violins).

    Is it possible to get to the Dolomites from Andermatt, tour them, and get back in LESS than 20 hours? May need to plan another hotel in Bolzano or sumpin'

    And where did you rent your bike? (Okay, that's three).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munchy
    Is it possible to get to the Dolomites from Andermatt, tour them, and get back in LESS than 20 hours? May need to plan another hotel in Bolzano or sumpin'
    Yes, you can get there and back, but you won't be doing any touring in the Dolomites. You'll be able to say you were there, thats about it.

    Your best plan would be to take a hotel in Arabba, Corvara or Agordo and take day trips from there.

    The Dolomites area isn't all that big...in fact its very small, but the roads and passes take time to cover. That area also offers the highest concentration of passes if that is what you are after.

    You'll want more maps...some links to what to get can be found on the Alps Motorcycle Tours - Priced Right thread...scroll down a few posts to get to the maps and accomodations links.

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    Priceless!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this incredible experience.

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    Munchy, Voni... thanks. I sometimes re-read and re-live the ride, examining the images, watching the vids again. It was a great experience.

    Choice of music is excellent as well. I was leanin' into every turn, keeping my eyes on the road until I thought, hey, wait, I can LOOK at the scenery
    I do the same!... make the turn, make the turn... oh wait! I have a keyboard in front of me, not handlebars!

    Two questions: what is the music track for alp1.wmv? (Great violins)

    Is it possible to get to the Dolomites from Andermatt, tour them, and get back in LESS than 20 hours? May need to plan another hotel in Bolzano or sumpin'

    And where did you rent your bike? (Okay, that's three)
    - The track for video #1 is "Lotus", by the Norwegian husband/wife artist - The Secret Garden. Have had quite a few requests for that track.

    - Yes, one can make it to the Dolomites from Andermatt and back in less than 20 hours. I took my time, I got lost, I took pics, I sat and looked at lakes, I sat in Sunday traffic in small towns, I went up a pass I didn't intend to do, I saw a bunch, etc. But I also didn't have a leisurely lunch. Still, it is a very do-able day ride.

    - Rented from Ad-Mo in Geneva. Found them via Google. They offer BMW's and Honda's.

    As I note in the report, a self-guided tour was great. I saw what I wanted to see when I wanted to see it. I bought a map of the Alps from a bookstore as my guide. I saved a bundle of $$$, and I had an adventure. Looking forward to returning and seeing a different area. Ask if any questions.

    Steve

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    Thumbs up So Nice!!!!

    Thanks for the vids and memories Europe is quite small and a lot of territory can be covered in a short time. The only problem with that is there is a TON to see!!. Colorado and Montana are a close match for scenery though, so if one can't get to Europe then the US has some alternatives to offer.

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    Absolutely amazing.
    Thanks for sharing the pics and report!!

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    Alex:
    Thanks for the link to the free maps. I grabbed them all and have been pouring over them for days... which will stretch into weeks as I plan this trip. Your tips and links have been invaluable, a great service.

    I have heard an ugly rumor somewhere that in order to rent a decent bike, e.g., a BMW, one must reserve the bike a year in advance. This makes my planning a bit difficult, since I usually plan about as far ahead as my next meal. Has anyone heard anything similar? Just curious. Renting from Knopf is a $300 deposit, of which $100 is all that is refundable for cancellation before 30 days out. And it is already December. I'm thinking that a flight to Frankfurt, rental from Knopf, and traveling the twisties to the Interlaken area would be a great start. Want to see the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau, just because (my last name is Moench) and do as many of the roads as possible, as shown on the ADAC maps, in a week to 10 days

    Merry Christmas, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munchy
    Alex:
    Thanks for the link to the free maps. I grabbed them all and have been pouring over them for days... which will stretch into weeks as I plan this trip. Your tips and links have been invaluable, a great service.
    Well for some of us, thats part of the fun that we get by organizing our own tour. I love browsing over maps and dreaming.

    BTW, if you get to an ADAC office, and there is one near the Franfurt airport, you can pick up full sized maps of those downloads. I can't say for sure, but being an AAA member might get you privaledges at the ADAC. I believe most auto clubs have agreements.

    Quote Originally Posted by Munchy
    I have heard an ugly rumor somewhere that in order to rent a decent bike, e.g., a BMW, one must reserve the bike a year in advance.
    Cripes! Its a conspiracy by the organized tour operators. They want you to take one of their overpriced tours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Munchy
    Renting from Knopf is a $300 deposit, of which $100 is all that is refundable for cancellation before 30 days out. And it is already December.
    I haven't dealt with any of the rental agencies, but I have always heard good things about Knopf and usually recommend them and a few others.

    If you're worried about having to cancel for work related reasons, I always get my vacation leave approved before I pay for my airline tickets, etc. If they want to cancel my leave, they're left with the cost of the airline ticket, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Munchy
    I'm thinking that a flight to Frankfurt, rental from Knopf, and traveling the twisties to the Interlaken area would be a great start. Want to see the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau, just because (my last name is Moench) and do as many of the roads as possible, as shown on the ADAC maps, in a week to 10 days.
    For a first time, thats a good plan as its an easy run down the A5 into Switzerland. There is plenty to ride there and since you only have 7 to 10 days, why rush it. Make sure you have a Swiss and/or Austrian autobahn vignette if you are going to take any of them. Rentals will usually have the autobahn vignettes stuck to the bike somewhere. And isn't it spelled M?Ânch?

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    Yes it is spelled with the oomlat but a) I don't know how to make that in a posting and b) somewhere along the line, we changed it to "oe" when my great grandfather emigrated to the US. Weird as it is, my clan pronounces it so it rhymes with "lunch." My Dad tells us that his father was called "pink mink" with the more appropriate German pronunciation. And of course, we have the ruddy complexion so it fits.

    My vacation plans have been screwed up several times before, due to the profession I am in where trials, settlement meetings etc., involving many lawyers from all over the country get cast in stone and I'm stuck. I work on the grand tobacco litigation for a state attorney general's office and that's what messed things up last time, though that was several years ago. But the tobacco litigation is rearing its ugly head again.

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    wow!

    p.s. interesting music choices

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    What great memories

    I was taken back to so many great rides. Here is a picture of me and my newly purchased R1100RS. I picked up the bike in Munchen and rode the alps for the first time that summer of '00.

    Cheers,

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    Great snaps and wonderful videos! Makes me want to book a trip now. Many thanks!

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    Thank you very much Steve. The winter will be more bearable now. I'll just take a ride through the Alps from time to time. Superb.

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    Somehow I'd not yet seen these videos in the sfarson collection. Wow! Great videos. My wife heard the music and came to see what was playing and we ended up watching quite a few of the vidz.

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing your ride experiences!

    Sfarson's taste in music seems similar to mine (at lease insofar as the tracks accompanying the vidz). I'd really like to know the songs / artist / album for the various alps series.

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