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    Germany, Motorcycle Tours?

    Has anyone here taken a rental motorcycle tour in Germany?

    If so, I would be interested to hear a bit about the experiences and the rental providers/costs etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Has anyone here taken a rental motorcycle tour in Germany?

    If so, I would be interested to hear a bit about the experiences and the rental providers/costs etc?
    I have several friends who have used this agency. He (Stephan Knopf) is usually at the National Rally


    http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Rental.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubick View Post
    I have several friends who have used this agency. He (Stephan Knopf) is usually at the National Rally

    http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Rental.html
    +1, Gunny on Stefan Knopf. We AZ Beemers MOA Club #89 use Knopf Motorrad Reisen when we ride the Alps and Dolomites. We also stay at his Hostel.

    Here I"m packing up my rental R1150RT before our AZB Group heads to Austria. One of the best values Stef has: His fleet of K75's, perfect for solo riders.

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    Interesting, thanks

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    Beach's Motorcycle Adventures does rentals out of Munich. http://www.bmca.com/rental/gerpric.htm

    Low mileage current model year stuff.

    Beach's are big MOA supporters, and do tours too. BTW Starting in Germany is OK, but best riding is NOT in Germany.
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    Never rented a bike in Germany, but I lived and rode there for six years. I recommend Knopf in Handschuhsheim. Right across the Necker River from Heidleberg, a great town to visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    BTW Starting in Germany is OK, but best riding is NOT in Germany.
    Since I have not been to Europe since I was a kid in the mid 1960's so my memories are from a long time ago and not from a riders perspective, I am interested to know why that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Since I have not been to Europe since I was a kid in the mid 1960's so my memories are from a long time ago and not from a riders perspective, I am interested to know why that is.
    I suspect he is suggesting that the greater riding is in the Alps. SW France, Switzerland, Austria, Northern Italy and southern Bavaria all have a lot to offer in my opinion. I like Normandy as well, but not riding thru much of France that it takes to get there. Scotland is a great place as well. I never made it to Spain, Portugal or the former Soviet block counteries. There are folks on the forum that ride in Europe regularly that I imagine will chime in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Since I have not been to Europe since I was a kid in the mid 1960's so my memories are from a long time ago and not from a riders perspective, I am interested to know why that is.
    I assume you are going for mountains, and twisty roads. Germany has a few around the borders, but the northern edge of the Alps is at the South end of Germany. Black forest has nice roads but similar to the Appalachians, Central Germany is rolling farm land, not unlike across the border in WNY

    If my assumptions are wrong and you just want to check out the countryside there is plenty of that, but if you are going that far to ride, you might as well ride roads you can't find in N America, and scenery that only the Alps has. When I go from Munich, I make a bee line for Austria, and Italy.

    Latest ride report, in progress here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1003462

    Ride across the border sometime and buy me a cup of coffee, and you can pick my brain about Europe touring.
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    Thanks for the info.

    I was more interested in checking out the countryside, in regards to mountains, I really am acrophobic, so I am not sure how that would work for me anyway

    I am just "kicking tires" for a future wish list.

    we have had a lot of expenditures this year so for the interim, I will likely content myself with running some of our more scenic roads around here and coming home and cooking up some schnitzel and washing it down with some http://thebeerlist.ca/holsten-premium/

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    Oktoberfest is in season too, and my local beer store has 20+ different ones to sample. Goose Island is my favorite Marzen so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    Oktoberfest is in season too.
    I just about forgot that, too

    Just realized I should have mentioned, so as not to give the wrong impression, I do have a strictly "beer after the ride" policy for myself. For me, beer impairs functioning and removes some inhibitions, not a good combination for me on a bike.

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    DId All of Europe on a rental by myself, want to do it again, Want to Go??

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Has anyone here taken a rental motorcycle tour in Germany?

    If so, I would be interested to hear a bit about the experiences and the rental providers/costs etc?
    OK, went last year, for 35 days including Eastern Europe and Turkey... WONDERFUL.. Have bee there about 5 times or more with tour groups.

    I wish to go again o, come with me, I did it for low dollars, I speak some German, stay in Gasthaus and small hotel. Whole thing was cheap..

    I intend to ship my R1200RETover this time. Or maybe you wish to buy it when I return in July? ... Call me at 570 815 6294 if your seriously going

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    I did Rob Beach's "Oktoberfest Olio" many years ago... LOVED it! I posted a blog and some pictures at http://www.geocities.ws/rtpaul2000/index-2.html There are some pictures with the text, but most are accessed thru the "Click here" link at the top left of the page. Sorry one page is a duplicate of another, and i wasn't allotted enough space for "all" of them (hundreds!), but the site was free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Has anyone here taken a rental motorcycle tour in Germany?

    If so, I would be interested to hear a bit about the experiences and the rental providers/costs etc?
    Nope, not an organized tour but I have been riding there quite a bit, as in the last 20 years in a row.

    If you are looking for a rental, there is Knopf and many others, but a local friend of mine who has come along 4 out of the last 5 years rents from Motorrad Maier in Landshut. The service is excellent.

    Munich is a great airport to fly into with plenty of sights (BMW Museum) to see while you recover from jet lag the first couple of days. Then a short train ride to the rental agency where you will be picked up and also where you can store your luggage.

    If you go to the Toronto Motorcycle Show, we could meet and I could fill you in on countless details.

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