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Re: Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas

Brilliant read, loved the "Baltic Times" comment haha.
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Re: Day 9 and 10 Bug Spray and New Boots

I just read all of your threads and thoroughly enjoyed your writings. You have a knack for it!

I'm doing my first European trip to Le Mans next week - only a short jaunt by comparison but I'm looking even more forward to it now having read your posts!
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I just read all of your threads and thoroughly enjoyed your writings. You have a knack for it!

I'm doing my first European trip to Le Mans next week - only a short jaunt by comparison but I'm looking even more forward to it now having read your posts!
Be careful of the speed traps within 50km of the ferry ports
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Re: Day 7 and 8 Travelling by bike on the high seas

class experience and you share it well ,thanks for takin the time ,,safe journey
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Two weeks ago a car knocked me off the cb500. Three moths ago my fzx750 was stolen and burnt out.

I just read your posts from start to finish. Until now I didn't know if I was ever going to get a bike again. Thanks to your posts I remember why I started to ride. Must go shopping.
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Two weeks ago a car knocked me off the cb500. Three moths ago my fzx750 was stolen and burnt out.

I just read your posts from start to finish. Until now I didn't know if I was ever going to get a bike again. Thanks to your posts I remember why I started to ride. Must go shopping.
Thank you for your comments, I am sorry to hear of your luck but glad you are inspired, we are young and healthy for a short time so we have to make the most of it.

Go out and buy another bike and girls will be calling you daily ... "take me, take me" they will shout as you ride your new bike.
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Cracking trip report,very enjoyable read
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Re: Day 9 and 10 Bug Spray and New Boots

Brilliant stuff, thank you for lighting up my evenings,

By the way, tha EMW is an east german bike, started by making copies of BMWs.
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Brilliant and wrote in no nonsense bulls**t , great read and enjoyed it all
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I've stickied all your reports for a while so more can read/see them.
Excellent threads and its wot biking is all about
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Nice to see the post of us AMIGO PILOTS!!

We made it to London and got back home yesterday. We had two flat tyres and a bush from the rear wheel has worn out. So we had to look for a lathe and they made for us a new bush. For the rest everything went well.

Enjoy your riding!

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Yay for Amigo Pilots and Irishtwin - great report and pics!

Why is ther no 'ride reports' thread on this site? Aren't we supposed to be great storytellers an all?

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Just read all your posts together, can't wait for your next trip
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Read every post, and thoroughly enjoyed the lot! Nearly felt like I was on the trip with you!

Kinda disappointed now that you're done. Any more trips planned?
We need more of this!
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I really enjoyed reading about your trip. I haven't gone on a good long spin in ages, so it's great to read about what other people are up to. Next year, god willing. Fair play to ya!
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Days 1 - 11 Summary of trip

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Day 1 - 11 Summary of trip
Distances, Costs, Fuel Consumption and Maps


Lads, this is just a summary of the recent trip with some stats for ye, and some comments. Feel free to add any wisdom from your own trips and any advice for everyone planning their summer trips at the moment.




Total KMs ridden: 4,257

Total Costs: 1,600
Total Spent on beer:Not Documented




Number of times I was rude: 0
Number of times I almost was rude: 1




Reason for almost being rude
I was having a coffee outside a services near Birmingham in my new green 300 Hein Gerike hi-vis, hi-tech, hi-fashion jacket. A middle aged English lady came up to me and asked if it was ok to let her pets out of the cage to play in the flower beds. Without saying what I really wanted to say, and me just remaining quiet, she then looked at my facial expression and followed up with "Oh, I am so sorry, I thought your were one of the staff"



Things I brought with me that were useful
Two piece rain gear
GPS,
Two sets of gloves,
On-bike USB charger for phone,
Smartphone with camera
Chain Lube
Laptop / Charger / Euro adapter
Small jar of Tiger Balm for when feet were smelly
Oxford Products plastic clip on cruise control
90 degree connector for tyre air pressure (not used but good to have)
Jumper
Honda Toolkit on the bike - not used
Breakdown details - not used


Things I brought that I did not need or use
Mits for handle bars
Ear Phones
Music on the GPS unit
2 pairs of socks and jocks
2 TeeShirts
1 pair of trousers
Black Sacks and double bagging of gear (Honda Panniers were water proof)
Notebook and pen
Polish Currency - Zlotys - credit card was ok
Garmin Blank Cover

What things should we all bring that I have not mentioned?


CRF1000L




Comments on the bike
If I had not brought the stuff not used, I would have had more space in the three panniers. I travelled light but still the panniers were a little cramped, that is a PITA when loading and unloading. In future, I will try to travel even lighter. I thought I would need the mits because the handle bars are not heated but I was anxious they might cause me problems so never used them in the end. Still in two minds as to whether to fit heated grips to the bike.

The touring screen was probably also a great benefit.

I never needed more fuel, so the standard 18.8 liters from Honda is enough in Europe, could be different in Kazakhstan.



Fuel Economy
This is the fuel usage since I got the bike. I had about 1800 KMs on it before the trip.




And for the older men in the audience, watery eyes and a slight hint of a smell of wee, think Percy Sugdeon




Comments on the log



As I mentioned on one of the days posts, this was the first time I did a trip log. Doing it in real time meant that each day, I really felt like I was sharing it with friends. This made each thing I saw a micro-memory to note. The sad thing is that, like photos, if you post everything, then it all becomes drivel. You had to leave out much of the stuff. Things like an interaction with an Aston Martin driver, racing a golf out of the toll bridge, friendly encounters with groups of Latvians, watching a guy playfully threaten to punch his beautiful girlfriend three or four times while buying thousands of cigarettes and tobacco. There are lots of things that you cannot record because it would make the whole thing even more boring that perhaps it already is.

Would I do the log again? Yes.


Comments on the costs


I brought lunch with me on the first day, that avoided some costs. I stayed in cheap hotels when it was convenient. That also avoided some costs. When I did not have the time or inclination, I paid a bit more for hotels, eg 109 per night and did not whinge to myself. On the boats, I always booked either the club lounge for 20, or a commadore room for an extra 100. These extra costs probably added about 400 to the trip. Overall, they added to the experience and on balance, I was happy to mix economy with a little bit of luxury from time to time. Same for the food, some days I fed myself from petrol stations and then when I was in Germany I went to a posh restaurant and dinner was abouy 60 including some wine. Yer man was giving me a few quare looks in my tatty jumper but I had a deadly dinner and he got his sixty quid, so everyone was happy.

I could have skimped on everything but it would still have cost over a grand, so I had a trip with some luxuries and still did not cost a fortune.

PO Ferries Club Class Travel
This beats the dirty channel tunnel I took on the way over. Approx same price but very different way to spend your time.





Maps of each day


Day 1



Day 2



Day 3



Day 4



Day 5



Day 6



Day 7



Day 8



Day 9



Day 10



Day 11





Thank you all for reading this log, it has been mostly my pleasure to write it up.

Thank you also for the kind comments you posted. Not unsurprisingly, that makes a big difference to know that a couple of people are enjoying it.


Click here to read Day 1

Click here to read Day 2 - 3

Click here to read Day 4

Click here to read Day 5

Click here to read Day 6

Click here to read Day 7 - 8

Click here to read Day 9 - 10
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i enjoyed reading your daily reports, good info there,
when you going again
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Fugging brilliant read , thank you,,great to see the maps actually cos im geographically challenged, very tempted to do something similar now, thoroughly entertaining read by the way, just the right mix.
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Brilliant next trip we do your coming to document
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Thanks for posting your trip, it was a good read and always interesting. Your summary stats will be great help to people planning similar trips.
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Wow, now there's detail for ya....
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Some detail there....great thread
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It was a great read and a lot of people struggle to plan day to day costs, so it will help in a big way.
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Great detail and a big help for anyone doing a similar trip, well done
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It was a great idea posting this. Its very interesting to see the real cost of doing something like this and what you need
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Thanks for sharing your trip, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and you have a talent for writing these things. Sounds like you had a blast.
When and where is the next trip?
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Now that's pretty cool!!!

I hope to get to do something similar at some stage. Thanks for the post, it was very well done :)
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With such detail and out of interest....

Can I ask if you don't mind.....if it cost you €1600. How did that fair out?...i mean did it end up over or under budget??

Thank you
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Good man, Enjoyed reading all the updates
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