Category: Long Distance Riding

The 2018 motorbiking review

Another motorbiking year gone, time to look back. It was a good year with many new impressions. It started with my new bike, the new K1600GT. A true monster bike. There’s plenty of everything. At the end of the year, it has 38.000 km…

Going North 2018 – days 21 to 25. The “European Tour 2018” rally.

In the rider meeting, it turned out that this rally had a certain twist. In addition to the usual bonus points and some extra points for combos, there were also extra points for time spent on ferries and there were additional points for so-called…

Going North 2018 – days 18-20

At night, I played around with my camera until I had an acceptable night picture of the Geiranger Fjord. Could be improved still, but the necessary lens would cost more than the whole trip. The view in the morning was breathtaking again. What a…

Going North 2018 – days 16-17

Thanks to the drying room and the Austrian drying/ozonator device, our gear AND helmets were perfectly dry in the morning. Very well, because it started to drizzle again. After our breakfast we said good-bye to this time capsule of the fifties. We headed north…

Going North 2018 – days 13 to 15. Bergen to Sognefjord, Nigardsbreen and….rain???

We arrived in Bergen at lunchtime, but had to wait until 2:30 p.m. until we could finally leave the ship. As everything else, this very well organised. We rode the 2 km to the Hotel right next to the main highlight in old Bergen:…

Going North 2018 – Days 10-12

Going with a Hurtigruten boat is very relaxing. It is basically constant eating, interrupted by sightseeing, taking pictures, cultural and other lectures and excursions. On the third day on the boat, we entered the Vesterålen, a large group of islands north of the Lofoten….

Going North 2018 day 9 – Midnight sun and Hammerfest

I had hoped to see the midnight sun and was already disappointed that despite the good weather, there were a lot of clouds on the horizon. When I arrived 25 years ago at the Nordkapp with my little Honda XBR500 after a long trip,…

Going North 2018 – day 7 and 8. Luleå to Kirkenes, cruising and midnight sun?

I kind of overslept this morning, but this was not a problem. I had found out that a rain front would pass by so the later I would leave, the less rain I would see. This guess turned out to be correct. I had…

Going North 2018 – day 6

This morning I got up early and had the bike ready to go when I went to the breakfast at 7 a.m. The good selection reconciled me a bit with the dinner experience yesterday. I sat on the terrace and started to sweat already…

Going North 2018 – day 5

This morning I got up before the wake-up call and had breakfast with a view. The announcement to go to the vehicles surprised me a bit so I was the last to exit the ship from my deck (everybody else seemed to know). It…

Going North 2018 – days 1 to 4

On Friday I went to the Eurotunnel train to meet Gerhard. Together we embarked on the train (without delay) and went northwards towards the Midlands. On the way to Stoke-on-Trent we made a little detour to pick one of John Young’s Triumph Trident 50-50…

Going north 2018

Tomorrow it will be time for some real, relaxing summer vacations. I think it’ll be some 12.000 km on the BMW and some 3.000 km by boat. Wait a minute – did you say “boat”??? Yes, it will be relaxing motorbiking and a relaxing…

This went well (1st place)

Just a quick message before I set off back home. My eighth Brit Butt Rally was tricky. I started it without enough data volume on my phone to send the pictures, but this was resolved after 2 hours, so that’s why you couldn’t see…

No Spot?

Some last words….if I can’t find a solution, I probably can’t activate the spot track today. I am short of data volume and need to save the data volume for the pictures I have to send. My provider had technical issues and I can’t…

The puzzle

So the technical inspection and the odo ride went well. After that I filled up the bike with 40 litres of petrol and returned to rally HQ. I hadn’t checked the tyre pressure! The built-in pressure sensor indicated only 2.6 instead 2.9 bar. The…

At the start of the 2018 rally season – the Brit Butt Rally with the new K1600GT

It is quite a while since I last published something. It’s not that there was no material, oh no, quite the contrary. It is just that publishing means a lot of work. Writing a report of the Iron Butt Rally 2017, for example. But…

Iron Butt Rally 2017 – the results

The ceremony is over…as predicted, it was a very special event with many stories and stunning performances at the bottom, middle and top of the standings. As already mentioned, I had a lot of issues and did not ride the rally in a competitive,…

So, this is me signing off ……

…… as once he’s scored Robert will be able to post on here again. Thank you all for reading all of my “stuff” over the past 11 days. Thank you all of your comments and I hope you have enjoyed my (admittedly) light hearted…

He’s there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…….. and it was most definitely a limp across the line but who gives a flying f*ck ? I of course have given him one last piece of advice ………. Check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check and check one last time all…

51 kms to go …..

…. and that was 50 minutes ago. He is still riding because I have just tried to call him, but he must be very close now …..