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    Intersting you say that. Having just installed 4 inch apex risers there is a definite learning curve again on lean vs counter steer vs speed to learn again. The relationship does change. But the incresed comfort factor wins out for me.
    [/QUOTE] I'm back! Made the Dolomites myself, wonderful area.

    One thing I did notice is that the Birds riding position makes 'V' hairpins bl..dy difficult, my neck just won't turn far enough.
    Sacrilege I know on this forum but I wondered if a more upright riding position would make my life easier if I insist on finding tiny mountain passes.
    I even tried out a possibility in Stockach (Nr lake Constance) just before hitting the B500 where the Bird was in its element.

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    Re: Off across Europe again

    Random photos

    300 miles into day one (all major roads) and it is starting to get interesting
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    Switzerland into Italy
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    Italy heading for Austria on the way back
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    Re: Off across Europe again

    Random large pass in Italy (no stopping places on the small naggery routes that we mainly took)
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    One of the largest (an highest) passes from Italy into Austria, the Timmelsjoch Hochalpenstrasse, this was our descent into Austria.
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    Re: Off across Europe again

    When you have spent all day riding up and down hairpins what you need is a bikers hotel on a hairpin!
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    Whilst there was another Bird there (German) I didn't find out who owned it.

    There were a couple of other interesting bikes there. The 900ss was pulled apart when we left the next morning!
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    Random view taken on one of the smaller roads we rode, you can just make out the route.
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    Re: Off across Europe again

    Just into Germany and we met the police who were pulling all bikers, there must have been 50 bikes in the lay by. We were 'lucky', seen quickly and in a friendly manner (none of the sarcasm you usually meet in the UK). Quick look at our bikes and documents. Others were not so lucky. The noise meter was used on all bikes with non OE exhausts. In the quarter of an hour we were 'held up' we saw 2 bikers (both Germans) being driven off in police vehicles.

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    Well that's it, a memorable trip. Whilst I haven't included any photos of Croatia and Slovenia* this year only reinforced my views from last year, wonderful people and beautiful countries with great roads if anybody is thinking of going, just do it!

    As to my 'hairpin issue' that I mentioned a few posts ago, the trip showed up a couple of issues with my Bird. Heavily loaded it is very hard work even with the slight bar raise that I have, less weight and a shorter wheel base is what's needed, my wife on her Fazer had a much easier time. With a lot of the mountain roads only being 1.5 car widths wide, blind with dodgy surfaces I really wanted to be able to look round the corner, my seating position does not allow this to the extent that is needed. (other nationalities didn't seem to worry, very fast often on the wrong side of the bend )

    The other thing I noticed was that Daily Bird is really 'lumpy' down low 2.5-3.0K rpm. I never notice this at home since I never see those revs. Combination of first gen injection and possibly throttle bodies being slightly out.
    What this meant was that on entering hairpins (usually about 30 degrees incline up or down) the motor seemed to die and then kick in. This often gave me a small slide at the rear tyre, something that my wife commented on.
    Not a nice experience. I tried everything, 2nd instead of 1st, clutching the bike but nothing seemed to make me totally comfortable.

    Hey ho, small price to pay for a wonderful trip …………. now where to next.

    *vids to sort at my leisure.
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    Re: Off across Europe again

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDuck View Post
    Just into Germany and we met the police who were pulling all bikers, there must have been 50 bikes in the lay by. We were 'lucky', seen quickly and in a friendly manner (none of the sarcasm you usually meet in the UK). Quick look at our bikes and documents. Others were not so lucky. The noise meter was used on all bikes with non OE exhausts. In the quarter of an hour we were 'held up' we saw 2 bikers (both Germans) being driven off in police vehicles.

    IMG_2162.JPG IMG_2161.JPG

    Well that's it, a memorable trip. Whilst I haven't included any photos of Croatia and Slovenia* this year only reinforced my views from last year, wonderful people and beautiful countries with great roads if anybody is thinking of going, just do it!

    As to my 'hairpin issue' that I mentioned a few posts ago, the trip showed up a couple of issues with my Bird. Heavily loaded it is very hard work even with the slight bar raise that I have, less weight and a shorter wheel base is what's needed, my wife on her Fazer had a much easier time. With a lot of the mountain roads only being 1.5 car widths wide, blind with dodgy surfaces I really wanted to be able to look round the corner, my seating position does not allow this to the extent that is needed. (other nationalities didn't seem to worry, very fast often on the wrong side of the bend )

    The other thing I noticed was that Daily Bird is really 'lumpy' down low 2.5-3.0K rpm. I never notice this at home since I never see those revs. Combination of first gen injection and possibly throttle bodies being slightly out.
    What this meant was that on entering hairpins (usually about 30 degrees incline up or down) the motor seemed to die and then kick in. This often gave me a small slide at the rear tyre, something that my wife commented on.
    Not a nice experience. I tried everything, 2nd instead of 1st, clutching the bike but nothing seemed to make me totally comfortable.

    Hey ho, small price to pay for a wonderful trip …………. now where to next.

    *vids to sort at my leisure.

    Australia next Duck.
    The bird would love the wide open spaces

    Cheers
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    Re: Off across Europe again

    Well done mr and mrs duck.
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