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Old Oct 11th 2014, 08:03 AM   #151
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Very happy to see that your OK from the spill.

Good luck with the rest of the trip and I trust this is the only spill you will have on your trip.
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Old Oct 11th 2014, 08:18 AM   #152
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I spent a lot of time on the SPs--and even in awful conditions (icicles on the dash, ice crystals in helmet, pouring rain) they performed surprisingly well. But I'll agree with you, there must be a better alternative. Being that I'll be in the UK over the winter I think it behooves me to find something that increases my life expectancy. Could also use a rain suit that doesn't have dental floss holding the seams together....and maybe a long sleeve shirt wouldn't be a bad idea.

? is--what winter tire works best w/the Panigale's ABS and TC sensors?
North Face always worked well on missions for me. Medium priced.

Arc'teryx is where its at. They make the best shit. Find a store there that sells it, they make both breathable and heavier stuff with double waterproof taped seams.

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Old Oct 13th 2014, 05:07 AM   #153
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Leaving Austria was fairly non-eventful on my way into Germany--except for the speed traps on the Austrian side. And then these guys rolled up behind me, I moved over, they moved over and followed.



They were police, but due to their very special car I don't think they were your average rookies. And they definitely didn't look friendly. I needed to pull over anyways, so I darted into a rest stop and, of course, they followed.

Other than some suspicious glances, nothing happened. But I have to say I'm very pleased this wasn't 1989. I can imagine the awful, unstoppable, illicit injustice that could be inflicted on anyone at anytime for any reason, but I have a difficult time fathoming how many millions of people throughout not-just-recent history have been subjugated by the forces that are meant to protect them.
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Old Oct 13th 2014, 05:27 AM   #154
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I landed at an interesting property in a rural agricultural/industrial area.


Had been claimed to be a castle of some sort, but it looked 100% commune compound to me.


In its present state it houses a collective of artists and musicians, very few of whom were actually there, which was a great relief. Being awoken by sentimental German folk ballads dedicated of the 'Hoff might had made for a good story, but wouldn't have made for a very pleasant morning.

As per usual, when I landed I hadn't had anything to eat and I was probably 10 miles from any store. But gotta give these hippies some credit--they were running a bakery right onsite.



Attached to the bakery was a small shop selling honey, jam, quilting books and shit like that. But bless their hemp-sandal wearing souls for having the foresight to carry wine!

One fresh roll, one open can of tuna and a three corkscrew twists later a Proper European dinner was served.

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Old Oct 13th 2014, 06:58 AM   #155
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Gecko: your girlfriend is either awesome cause she's humoring you or she's awesome because she actually likes bikes and road trips. Marry her!
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Lol, she's both.
Marrying her is a very good ideal!

I'm very glad that you're well and nothing serious happened to you and your bike. There's a saying, it's "10% for the devil". It means you've paid now with a little bit of misfortune, but from now onwards the luck stays with you, 'cause you already paid
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I spent a lot of time on the SPs--and even in awful conditions (icicles on the dash, ice crystals in helmet, pouring rain) they performed surprisingly well. But I'll agree with you, there must be a better alternative. Being that I'll be in the UK over the winter I think it behooves me to find something that increases my life expectancy. Could also use a rain suit that doesn't have dental floss holding the seams together....and maybe a long sleeve shirt wouldn't be a bad idea.

? is--what winter tire works best w/the Panigale's ABS and TC sensors?
Will have to get some more time on them and report back, but I just mounted a set of PP3's for the off season. Picked them primarily due to their reviews for cool/wet running, and figured they might be a good "seasonally appropriate" tire. Only have a couple of days on em so far, mostly in damp to wet conditions during a rain-plagued jaunt up to Robbinsville for the Panigale meetup. Pretty surprised so far at the lack of TC intervention, even in sport mode with the TC on 2. More to come as I get some dry running on 'em...
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Old Oct 23rd 2014, 09:44 AM   #157
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So made it to Dresden, which has some spectacular sights.



Unfortunately, I didn't get to see much of it hence the stolen stock-pic above. I was on my way to see a guy from ADVRider who'd offered me a bed, shower, hot meal and a garage for my bike.

On the way:











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Old Oct 23rd 2014, 09:50 AM   #158
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Got a little distracted by some 'back roads' while en route:









A road trip without submitting to distraction is just a commute.
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As I'd mentioned, I had a bed, dinner and a garage waiting for me in Northern Germany. The hosts of this episode run a networking business (netzperten) out of their home and sometimes cater to guys just wandering around the planet for no good reason.

Now, when I said Bernd had offered me a bed, I had no idea it came unassembled. They'd taken to renovating some space in their house and the day I arrived happened to coincide with the birth of a new Ikea bed. The house and surrounding area were so lovely I honestly would have slept like a baby on the floor (or in my tent outside), but when it comes down to it, I love putting shit together, so it was kind of a treat to get to deal with, what turned out to be, the most complicated Ikea product I ever set hands on.



Bernd, being German, could have assembled it with a blindfold on.



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Now, I've posted pictures of wiener-schnitzel. But there's Wiener-schnitzel, and then there's fookin' WIENER-SCHNITZEL and I had landed in what was the equivalent of Wolfgang-Puck's house of it.











Being that I hadn't really eaten much in a very long time, I was in veal heaven. And I kind of felt like a pig for how much I ate, but damn it was good.

Dessert wasn't too bad, either.



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