It's an event for us anyway!

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machten
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It's an event for us anyway!

Postby machten » Sat May 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Well, it's not an event as such in that it's not a public thing, but it's an event for four of us...

Four of us from Australia are about to embark in a few weeks time on a 5 week singles riding trip in the UK, Italy and France. We'll have a week in the UK for two of us who have our bikes there, followed by a week in the Dolomites of Italy, then a week in north western Italy, and then a week in the French Alps.

Partners have been placated (or bought off - that was expensive) and steeds have been fettled and are as ready as they will ever be.

The line up is a 350 Silver Shotgun, a 175 SS, a 450 Mark 3 and 350 Mark 3. There is a 750 GT as a spare bike if need be.

The 175 SS fitted with with a 125 engine bored to 175...

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My Stock 450 MK3 (fitted with the right Dellorto square slide since this pic)

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The 350 MK3...

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The Silver Shotgun and Spare GT 750...

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Here's hoping the weather will be kind. I'll try to post some pics from over there. One of the guys has a helmet mounted video. I'm hoping we can get some footage of the singles overtaking some modern kit in the mountain switchbacks!

Regards,

Kev
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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby graeme » Sat May 19, 2012 11:33 pm

Hello Kev,
Would one of your fellow travellers be a gent named Graham E ?
And the others from NSW?

Graeme

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby machten » Sun May 20, 2012 3:34 pm

Hi Graeme,

No Grahams on board and the four of us are from Western Australia.

Kev

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby machten » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:04 pm

Some fun in the Dolomites. What a fantistic place to ride singles. Some pics from the top of a few mountain passes around 2000 meters. We've done about 8 passes so far and about 200km per day. Rest day tomrrow for us, thankfully!!


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Kev

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby SubaruPaul » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:20 pm

Not too far from my family. You guys eat rabbit and polenta there yet? Must have atop of Monte Baldo on the eastern shore of Garda.

Enjoy and please add as many pics as possible !!! Ciao!

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby machten » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:54 am

You guys eat rabbit and polenta there yet?


Yes and Yes! Not to mention pork. The photos above are taken in the South Tyrol region around the Bolzano area. The first one is atop Passo Sella between Sella Towers and the Grohmannsptize and i think the second is in Gardena pass, not too far from Sella. They all blur after a while! I'll post some more photos in the right area when I get a chance. We've had one day off riding in the last 2 weeks as the weather has been very kind. We're leaving the village of Graglia near Biella in North Western Italy today for the French Alps after some beautiful lake rides and a few more mountains.

Kev

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby Octane » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:40 am

This looks like an amazing trip! Very jealous guys!

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby JimF » Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:21 pm

These photos are killing me! I grew up in, continue to live in and will probably die in Illinois. It's flat as a pancake and there are no curves, only 90-degree intersections.

Our motorcycle tires wear flat on the bottom while the sides retain the little nibs from when they were manufactured.

I realize you guys have made your own good fortune by planning and preparing for this trip, and paid for it dearly too I am sure. I'm glad you guys are able to treat yourselves.

On a trip that for many of us would be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, it's great that you chose a batch of old Ducatis to make the ride on.

Please post more photos if you can.

Jim

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby Scrambler » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:16 pm

Gotta love the scenery in those pictures. I love the fact that you guys are riding vintage Ducati's with clip on's as well, instead of some cushy Goldwing or Beemer.

Have fun and post LOTS of pictures so we can follow along.

Mike Mc

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Re: It's an event for us anyway!

Postby machten » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:21 pm

Hi Fellas,

These photos are killing me! I grew up in, continue to live in and will probably die in Illinois. It's flat as a pancake and there are no curves, only 90-degree intersections.


Yeah, Jim! Tell me about it! We live in a place with pretty much the same geography unless you go 300km south. But anything we call "Mount" something, woudn't qualify as anything more than a bump in the road here. Flying over here ain't cheap, but once you're in Europe, it's cheaper for us to holiday in Europe than at home. Plus, I bought my Duke over here three years ago. They are much cheaper here than in Aus. I can buy one, ship it back and if if I can bring myself to do it, sell it, and it will have paid for itself and my flights. (of course, I haven't been able to bring myself to sell a motorcycle for 30 years, and that was a kawasaki so that I could by my first Ducati.)

I'm now in a more "wireless internet friendly" environment, and can upload some photos into the pictures area. One question before I do Jim...what is the favoured format for putting pictues in? I notice peoploe variously use thumbnails and pictures. What's the preference?

I love the fact that you guys are riding vintage Ducati's with clip on's as well, instead of some cushy Goldwing or Beemer.


There's sure no shortage of those over here Mike! They are everywhere. But they are no match for a nimble single downhill and the cruisers are no match up hill either, even on the 175 SS. They are all very good about it, and the little Dukes sometimes even receive an ovation at the top the Cols and Passos as we ride in. Regarding the clip-ons, one of the wonderful things about internet forums such as this is that we arranged to meet up with "Craig from France" from this forum and his lovely better half in the French Alps with his 450 Scrambler and those high bars were looking pretty attractive later in the day - plus he was giving nothing away in the sweepers and switchbacks!


Kev


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