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Re: Take airhead to Europe?

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:18 am
by SteveD
Yeah, mates have hired in Germany and ridden to the IoM.

Ensure you have a good lock and park it smartly.

Re: Take airhead to Europe?

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:46 pm
by Ridercam
Its a go. Check is sent to pay for the shipping from Los Angeles! I will be riding it down on Presidents day from the San Francisco Bay Area. The bike is being readied. I will do a valve adjustment and change the fluids one more time. I decided to go with the hepco bags. The Krauser's latches are sucky comparatively. it will be a minimalist set up. adding a few tools to the bike. Inside the bags I am placing a leather riding suit, a warm fleece, a rain suit, a high visibility vest, helmet and 2 sets of gloves. The bike arrives in early may in germany.

as of today - I planning on flying in with a light backpack containing a 3 underwear, 4 socks, 3 tee shirts, a padded bicycle riding shorts, 2 jeans, fleece leggings and a shave kit along with a decent camera, a roam adventure camera and an ipad pro. The goal is to ride the bike in late May in Heidelberg and returning it back to Heidelburg for a flight out via Frankfurt. I plan on doing 8 days then. It is my desire to return back to Europe for three weeks in September and ride to Provence via Italy doing hotels and camping along the way.

As you can tell I am excited taking my own bike there. It will be civilized with good food, sightseeing and a pace that fits the days. In the end - it is the reason I have had the bike for over 30 years - to take me to great places to meet new people and see the world on my own terms.

Re: Take airhead to Europe?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:57 am
by SteveD
Great plan. I'm sure we're all jealous, I know I am, and look forward to pictures from places like the Stelvio pass etc.

Re: Take airhead to Europe?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:36 am
by Zombie Master
That sound wonderful! Keep us posted!

Re: Take airhead to Europe?

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:19 pm
by Ridercam
Prepping the bike for a cold ride down to LA on Monday or early Tuesday morning. Washed to get a visible inspection of things. Oil and filter was changed 300 miles ago. Added New tires a week and a half ago. Have a new pair of fork socks to put on and still tweaking the panniers a bit. Will adjust the valves and recheck again torrow. I am trying for a minimalist tour and want to be light. A small sleeping bag and tent will be added. Everything will fit in the Hepco cases and out of sight to most people. Truthfully I am a bit nervous about sending the bike but when riding solo - she will be like an old friend.

https://youtu.be/o5KkZcc-UUg