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Kreeeee & Arfoll's romp in the forests

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Kreeeee, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Kreeeee

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    Arfoll and I are going to spend 2 days in The Vosges and 2 days in the Black Forest and I thought I'd start a thread about it.

    Is there anywhere in The Vosges/Black Forest that you trecommend or that we have missed out in our plans?

    I'll update this thread with photos and videos once we do the trip.

    Day 01 - The Vosges
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    Day 02 - The Vosges to Black Forest
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    Day 03 - The Black Forest
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    Day 04 - Black Forest to Home
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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
  2. arfoll

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    I'm sitting here at work going "Vroooom, Vroooom"...
     
  3. Kreeeee

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    How do you think I feel looking at street and satellite views as I plan these routes?

    I even leaned on my chair subconsciously at one point...
     
  4. Drangueos

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    Good luck Arfoll, you are gonna need it! :D
     
  5. arfoll

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    Oh dear - should I be worried?
     
  6. Kreeeee

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    If you're taller than 4 feet then you're fine.
     
  7. Snaggle

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    Given the roads i personally think its abit far in a day . I think to enjoy the roads and scenery and to make the most of it i would add a day and drop the mileage abit . But looks like a fantastic trip . Look forward to the updates
     
  8. Kreeeee

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    There's not a lot of scenery in the area, it's mostly forests. The last day is long because I have a 2 your motorway trip to get back.

    So you really consider 300km/200 mile per day average really a lot?
     
  9. Begbie

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    Averaging 100mph, it's only 2 hours of riding :p
     
  10. Kreeeee

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    I normally ride 350-550km per day (~6 hours) on tour but I was wondering if this was too much for most people and if I need to be considering that I'm some form of super human :p
     
  11. arfoll

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    If that's the bar, then I should be ok :)

    That's about what I've done in the past in Austria, well maybe 450 max having a look at my routes, never done as much as 550. If I'm honest I don't realyl focus on the distance much or usually follow my own routes much ahaha.
     
  12. Drangueos

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    ow yeah, you better be :D:D
     
  13. Snaggle

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    Ah sorry keep forgetting its in Km not miles
     
  14. Kreeeee

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    Good Lord I'd be dead after that many miles!
     
  15. Kreeeee

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    Top box is installed ready for packing tomorrow morning. It looks like we'll be lucky with the weather except potentially for the ride home.

    Before you all have a fit I'm not willing to risk breaking my spine with a backpack (#1 cause of spine injuries for motorcyclists is wearing a backpack), and it's only temporary for 4 day+ trips.
     
  16. Luke

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    We appear to be missing photos and a ride report...
     
  17. arfoll

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    Thread has been a bit quiet since initial excitement... I will try to write a ride report and entertain all of you :D

    So I left from Germany for my 3.5hrs trip to Colmar, I've just been moving house/city so I was pretty shattered generally and decided to just cheat and autobahn most of the way there. Obviously it's the autobahn so many traffic jams ensued and I made it in ~4hrs. Kreeeee only had 2hrs or so, ended up a bit early so he went for a little mountain pass on his own. Being a swiss he's not allowed EU roaming and his whatsapp was super delayed so we got a bit confused as to where we where. Steak was had, found out Kreeeee is not manly enough to drink beer - much sadness.

    Next morning we messed around tyring to get my Cardo Packtalk with Kreeeee's Sena 20S, what a pain in the ***. I'm not sure who was at fault, Kreeeee suggested I'm **** with tech, that could be correct. Got the camera working and off we went, first off on a little pass, where we discovered the MT-10 was actually in stealth mode and I couldn't hear it. I dominated in all further tunnel tests much to Kreeeee's pain. We carried on the loop, had our actually pretty mediocre sandwhich and a coffee and kept going.

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    So whilst I am technologically challenged, Kreeeee's sat nav decided we must have dual sports and started recommending the dodgiest routes I've ever done. There is a video of us doing some off roading that Kreeeee will hopefully upload soon because it was just hilarious. Seriously I thought my garmin was sucky but that tomtom...

    And then we where getting a bit tired, it'd been a long day so we decided to just chill and go back to the hotel via a nice little pass, and Kreeeee honed in on some gravel that was just being cleaned up by the rather unhelpful roadside crew:

    All in quite scary, as we really where well within the speed limits and what I would call perfectly sensible riding and I honestly can't really think what poor Kreeeee did wrong. Some damage pics I hope Kreeeee doesn't mind I put up!

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    Expensive frame slider!
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    Obviously not german quality metal!
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    Some expensive scratches....

    So after a little bit of sadness staring at the slightly leaky MT-10 that had been propped up by some fellow bikers, recovery guy turned up after lots of odd and unorganised french/swiss people and I gave Kreeeee a lift back to the hotel, where we drowned our sorrows in steak because we both knew the trip was kinda over. Not wanting to finish on my own, I decided to give up and just rode home to finish my move (meh :/) and went through the black forest. Not as fun as I'd expected since there where still loads of closed roads (i guess due to snow? didn't seem to be any though so I'm confused) which meant I got lost alot as garmin reroutes like an idiot. Still no dirt paths so I call it a win for garmin! Google had no idea on half these road closures so it was a bit useless too :/

    All in, it was actually a great day of riding with Kreeeee and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm sure we'll meet up again once he's bike ready, maybe this time he'll have ditched his policeman helmet and have found a bike that I can hear. I hope I changed his mind about onesie wearing bmw riders who don't wave.
     
  18. Snaggle

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    If thats all the damage i would not even tell my insurance company .. a few hundred euros in parts and you will be good to go
     
  19. Kreeeee

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    Thank you so much for the incredible update! I must admit I have lost all motivation having face planted into the tarmac.

    On my end: The bike arrived at the garage on Wednesday and Thursday was a public holiday. It was reviewed on Friday but I forgot to call yesterday to find out the damage, I guess I'll find out on Monday.

    In terms of clothing I'll put up some pictures tomorrow if I remember (remind me via whatsapp if you remember and I don't), but I have already bought a new set of FLM summer textiles and a black Schuberth C3 Pro helmet. The boots are fine apart from the squeak and I had already bought new gloves.

    If the bike isn't written off I will be keeping it and getting that stupidly expensive Akrapovic exhaust. If it is written off I will probably get either a Street Triple 765 RS or 675 R depending on what the best bargain I can find is. The Duke 390 and MT-09 are still on my radar so you never really know what I'll end up with.

    We will definitely be meeting up this summer to finish our trip, but on the Swiss roads that are meticulously maintained! P.S. I'm sorry if I made your wife worry.

    Edit: My wife came to pick me up and we ended up having a really nice unplanned 2 day holiday with the family. We were all together when my daughter took her first steps (and then elbowed me in the balls people's elbow style) so there's a silver lining for that cloud.

    That swingarm is painfully expensive!

    I have protection on my insurance so I can have one accident per year without affecting my premium. It's a good job given my track record!
     
  20. Snaggle

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