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Alps

Stephan

Finally made it
Hi all,
I live in the swiss Alps and have ridden them quite entirely.
Also the french Alps and about to finished the italians.
Just a little bit of the austrian because it’s much more difficult too find good weather there and I’m a bit chiily.
So if you’re planning a trip here, feel free to ask.

And for those like me, that feel “at home” in this area, don’t forget to share.

A few pics to start this thread nicely:
Here in Valais, my old G/S

Another beemer, don’t remeber exactly where

The same, col de l’Iseran

My loved Scrambler at Stelvio

The day I bought it

Col de la Croix de Coeur (my bike is at right)

Gavia

Somewhere in Dolomites


Col de la Lombarde(F)

Somewhere in Italy

Colle di Sampeyre

Colle del Fauniera

Col du Grand-St-Bernard


Now it’s up to you.
 

PHIL53

Getting there...
Hallo Stephan !

Nice pictures...though it is difficult to get a bad one in the Alps ! :cool:

I would like to have some details on the travel bags fitted on the 350 Classic...do they need some kind of mounting kit ? where did you get them ?

Ciao e grazie !
Philip
 

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Stephan

Finally made it
Hallo Stephan !

Nice pictures...though it is difficult to get a bad one in the Alps ! :cool:

I would like to have some details on the travel bags fitted on the 350 Classic...do they need some kind of mounting kit ? where did you get them ?

Ciao e grazie !
Philip
Hi Phil, a lot of the pics above are taken in Italy.
We planned to come back in the Cuneo area next year but I have to perfect my italian.
Are you very far from me? I’m just quite other side of Sempione.
My bags are the RE ones. I havent used the mounting frame that I find too high and to far from the bike.
Here’s how it works.




Just had to make the front strap longer.
Easy to do with a piece of the carry strap that come with.
Advice, let do an enforcement for the part on the footpeg. After a week of use the fabric was ruined at this point.
And I secure them on the top, at the grab, with a strong velcro.

For the water repelling I mixed half/half (weight) silicone (cheap transparent) and white spirit. Works very well.
Even for gears.
 
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PHIL53

Getting there...
Thanks for reply and useful tips...I do not like the mounting frames either and I think that your solution, using the motorcycle frame bits is very interesting. At the end of the day, if it does not work, one can always add the mounting frames later on...

I live quite far from the French/Swiss border, approx. 100km north/east of Rome but once the running in period will be over I may try and plan some longer trips.
 

Stephan

Finally made it
I live quite far from the French/Swiss border, approx. 100km north/east of Rome but once the running in period will be over I may try and plan some longer trips.
Oh yes, it’s over 700km. So to meet we have to have 3 days, one to join the half way, one to ride together and one to ride back.
Or we join next year in Coni for a week there.😉
 

wspollack

Well travelled
Location
Niskayuna, NY
I second the love of Alps expressed by @Stephan.

Although I live in the northeast of the USA, I got back from riding in the Alps just four weeks ago, having participated in Edelweiss's eight-riding-day Ultimate Alps Tour in July:


I have about two dozen videos (and adding more, as time permits) -- highlight reels, you might call them -- and far too many still photographs of that tour as a gallery on my web site, here:


This was my fifth Edelweiss tour over the past 25 years, so if anyone (particularly in the USA) has any questions about the company and its tours, I'll be glad to attempt to answer them.

By the way, I also participated in their five-riding-day Touring Center Alps (https://www.edelweissbike.com/en/touren/?c=ATC), which had just a tiny bit of overlap with the longer tour that I just completed. That was four years ago, and my new gallery of the Ultimate ... has more and better quality videos, if anyone wants to kill a lot of screen time.

Incidentally, four years ago, on the Touring Center ... trip, I was riding a Yamaha Niken (just to check it out). This recent Ultimate ... trip, I received special dispensation from Edelweiss to ride a C 400 X; it's not normally among the 30 or so bikes that they offer, except on their very few scooter tours, but my wife and I did two weeks on that scooter with Edelweiss last year, and then I bought a C 400 GT of my own back here at home, so I whined about the issue to them last fall (and they relented). I was riding solo this time, and I'm pretty sure that I never held up the group.

These tours aren't free, of course, but memories are forever. Just ask @Stephan.
 

Stephan

Finally made it
I second the love of Alps expressed by @Stephan.

Although I live in the northeast of the USA, I got back from riding in the Alps just four weeks ago, having participated in Edelweiss's eight-riding-day Ultimate Alps Tour in July:


I have about two dozen videos (and adding more, as time permits) -- highlight reels, you might call them -- and far too many still photographs of that tour as a gallery on my web site, here:


This was my fifth Edelweiss tour over the past 25 years, so if anyone (particularly in the USA) has any questions about the company and its tours, I'll be glad to attempt to answer them.

By the way, I also participated in their five-riding-day Touring Center Alps (https://www.edelweissbike.com/en/touren/?c=ATC), which had just a tiny bit of overlap with the longer tour that I just completed. That was four years ago, and my new gallery of the Ultimate ... has more and better quality videos, if anyone wants to kill a lot of screen time.

Incidentally, four years ago, on the Touring Center ... trip, I was riding a Yamaha Niken (just to check it out). This recent Ultimate ... trip, I received special dispensation from Edelweiss to ride a C 400 X; it's not normally among the 30 or so bikes that they offer, except on their very few scooter tours, but my wife and I did two weeks on that scooter with Edelweiss last year, and then I bought a C 400 GT of my own back here at home, so I whined about the issue to them last fall (and they relented). I was riding solo this time, and I'm pretty sure that I never held up the group.

These tours aren't free, of course, but memories are forever. Just ask @Stephan.
You did a nice tour, making the more known passes.
I’ve ridden quite all of them and some others more.
But now, with the web, social media and so, I find the traffic too buzzy on those roads and « too speedy ».
So now I’m rather looking for small lost roads, very narrow passes and so on.

For example Geographic Center of Switzerland


Col de La Croix de Coeur (gravel, my bike is at the right)


Binnthal


In my neighborhood




Val Maggia


somewhere in Emmental, lost the way to this road :cry:

That’s what happen when you play « getting lost ». You discover nice things but don’t always can came back.
 
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