Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
'67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '97 F650ST || '00 1150 GS || '07 G650 Xchallenge || '06 HP2e
So will I if I ever have to. Besides, an Aerostich might make a good North Atlantic survival suit if we ever go down.
As for airlines, they must be getting pretty desperate. I was charged $25 for one checked luggage by Continental and US Air while flying stateside. Pi$$ed, I asked if they want to charge me for my shorts and socks too.
They're worried about a 50 pound bag...why don't they worry about overweight passengers. Hey, if they start charging passengers by their weight, it would put those kazillion weight reduction companies out of business.
The Tuscan area has some very nice stuff too, not the views, and breathtaking scenery, but ample corners, for even the hard core corner nut.
My run from Gasthof Winkler in Tr?Āpolach to Foxi di Vallarsa was a mere 438 km (272 miles), yet it took exactly 9 hours to get there.
Route if you want to follow along...
Gasthof Winkler to Sutrio
Sutrio to Ovaro over Monte Zoncolan
Ovaro to Ampezzo
Ampezzo to Navarons - Killer route.
Navarons to Longarone - Killer route to Barcis.
Longarone to Levico Terme via Belluno, Feltre, etc.
Levico Terme to Foxi di Vallarsa over the Kaiserjaegerweg
When I went over, I carried my helmet on with me along with my riding jacket. I was able to stuff several items in my helmet/bag. This helped keep my weight under 50lbs. and the need for a second checked bag. My helmet bag did fit under the seat in front of me.
Not knowing, carrying on these essentials was a blessing because my checked bag landed four hours after I did. Since I had my helmet, gloves, jacket, etc. I was able to go to the shop, check my bike and then ride back to the airport and gather the remainder of my gear later.
Strada Provinciale Paularo - Upper Road
As for those reports of those 500 mile day twisties, yes, all I can do is chuckle.
Thanks for additional info, Alex. You have me thinking again about the run to the Alps. Again thanks guy's for the packing tips. The plan is to take the most important gear in our carry on.
Even after all my years touring there, the thought, "I wish more riders could experience this" constantly floats around in my head. Sure enough, last year a long time friend (along with his wife), who just got back into riding in 2009 after a 30 year break, joined me for two weeks on my 2010 Alps Motorcycle Tour. He and his wife were blown away. Needless to say, he isn't thrilled riding around here anymore; he is joining me on part of my 2011 Alps tour.
Thanks again Alex. I checked out your slide show and maps. Well done! One question,... if you were to rent a bike in Italy would you have a preference?
One-up, a 650 or 800 will do and two-up, I'd want a 1000 or larger. You want a low 1st gear.
You definitely want to be able to flat-foot the motorcycle and have a bit of a bend in your knees. Parking lots are one thing, the sloped roads in the Alps are another.
I have to say that my R1150 GS Adventure is good on most of the roads, except on the very tight uphill hairpins taken on the inside, especially when you are caught off guard and another vehicle is coming down the opposite direction. You need very good low speed control while also being able to handle a tight turn with about a 20+% grade.
Its unfortunate you cannot see what the grade is like, but the inside of the lower road in the pic is as tight as they get. Thats a narrow road shared with cars...
Footing is important and the F800GS is tall, I am 6'1" and would not want to be much shorter to ride one. MY guess is you have a 50/50 chance of dropping the bike at least once, even if you have not dropped one state side in years. There are lots of narrow pull offs, to take pictures, narrow roads that may require stopping suddenly, and just a lot of stops, so chances increase significantly that your footing will be insufficient once or twice.
My wife and I rented a GT out of Munich last summer. We traveled with two checked bags. Both were duffel type. One contained 2 ridings suits and helmets. The other had two GT saddlebag liners and a topcase liner (each packed of course). We wore our riding boots.