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Old 03-12-2018, 08:48 PM   #1
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Chuck and I are headed to Europe. So begins the journey. I rode the Wing from Houston to Orlando these past two days and now it sits awaiting it's scheduled shipping to Heidelberg, Germany on the 19th of March. Our first trip will take us to Nordkapp, Norway. The furthest rideable north in Europe.



After 133,000 miles here in the US and Canada, it now has the chance to spend the rest of it's life in Europe. I plan to post up my trip information here on TWTex. I need to also get my TWT banner out and start photographing it around the world.

Spoiler Alert … we made it! That's me on the left and Chuck on the right. Behind us is the Arctic Ocean. This location is about 60 miles further north than Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. It was 34 deg F the day this was taken.

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Is Chuck shipping his bike or riding pillon on yours? LOL

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Is Chuck shipping his bike or riding pillon on yours? LOL
Hahaha ... wait! That's not funny. No, he's not riding pillion. Chuck has purchased a Honda Varadero in Ireland. Until he purchased this, I had never heard of it. Looks like a pretty capable adventure bike, although it hasn't been introduced to the US.
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Cool! Don't know if you've been there, but Heidelberg is a spectacularly beautiful town, as is the entire southern half of Germany. Get off the Autobahn & enjoy the secondary roads, which are a blast! If you want a real rider's challenge, ride the tortuous road through the Black Forest. Be sure to head SE and check out Garmisch. Not only the most picturesque town on the planet in my book, but fantastic rider's roads there and through the Alps.
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Sounds like a great trip. Will be looking forward to the stories.
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Hahaha ... wait! That's not funny. No, he's not riding pillion. Chuck has purchased a Honda Varadero in Ireland. Until he purchased this, I had never heard of it. Looks like a pretty capable adventure bike, although it hasn't been introduced to the US.
The Varadero is a great bike, surprisingly capable. It's the big brother to the TransAlp with the VTR1000 motor in it (mostly)
I look forward to reading all about the trip, hope you have more fun than you can write about!
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Cool! Don't know if you've been there, but Heidelberg is a spectacularly beautiful town, as is the entire southern half of Germany. Get off the Autobahn & enjoy the secondary roads, which are a blast! If you want a real rider's challenge, ride the tortuous road through the Black Forest. Be sure to head SE and check out Garmisch. Not only the most picturesque town on the planet in my book, but fantastic rider's roads there and through the Alps.
Thanks Tim, I will need to spend some time in the south of Germany. When I was very young I lived in Darmstadt and Munich. My dad was in the Military. I don't remember much of the country side, but from what I do remember, it was beautiful.
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The Varadero is a great bike, surprisingly capable. It's the big brother to the TransAlp with the VTR1000 motor in it (mostly)
I look forward to reading all about the trip, hope you have more fun than you can write about!
We both are going over a few days early to sort out any logistics, mechanical or paperwork issues that may exist. Hopefully, this will be a trouble free bike, as he will not have had a lot of chance to work with it before we leave.
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Thanks Tim, I will need to spend some time in the south of Germany. When I was very young I lived in Darmstadt and Munich. My dad was in the Military. I don't remember much of the country side, but from what I do remember, it was beautiful.
Cool. I lived in Garmisch & went to high school in Munich, about half century ago. If you really want the skinny, I can put you in touch with a high school classmate who never left, and is now retired in Garmisch. He's a rider & spent the last 10 years on a KTM 990 & VStrom; now riding a Spyder because an arm injury has precluded two-wheeling.
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Cool. I lived in Garmisch & went to high school in Munich, about half century ago. If you really want the skinny, I can put you in touch with a high school classmate who never left, and is now retired in Garmisch. He's a rider & spent the last 10 years on a KTM 990 & VStrom; now riding a Spyder because an arm injury has precluded two-wheeling.
What a great hook up!
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Hahaha ... wait! That's not funny. No, he's not riding pillion. Chuck has purchased a Honda Varadero in Ireland. Until he purchased this, I had never heard of it. Looks like a pretty capable adventure bike, although it hasn't been introduced to the US.
Did Chuck go through https://motofeirme.com/home/ for the purchase of his Varadero? If he did is he storing his bike in Ireland or in Germany?
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Did Chuck go through https://motofeirme.com/home/ for the purchase of his Varadero? If he did is he storing his bike in Ireland or in Germany?
He purchased it directly through Martin (Wheatwacker) from a guy in Arizona, I believe. Although I believe the bike was listed on MotoFeirMe. The bike is registered in Ireland but owned by an American. Ultimately they ended up doing the deal in US rather than European currency. He will be storing the bike in Ireland at Martin's facility, somehow that made sense to him.
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Cool. I lived in Garmisch & went to high school in Munich, about half century ago. If you really want the skinny, I can put you in touch with a high school classmate who never left, and is now retired in Garmisch. He's a rider & spent the last 10 years on a KTM 990 & VStrom; now riding a Spyder because an arm injury has precluded two-wheeling.
Thanks Tim. I will have to get his info from you, and visit if I get the chance.

Chuck and I have a friend, on this forum, Lt Col Tom Urich who sort of started this ball rolling, for me anyway. He has quite a bit of information, and in fact, said that he was looking to ship a bike through Stefan. Unfortunately, he can't make it this visit, but we look forward to him coming over soon.

My wife and I met the nicest couple in Costa Rica last year. They pulled up to a road side coffee stand, where we were, and didn't have Costa Rican currency (colons). So, I paid for their order, probably three or four bucks, no big deal. We struck up a lengthy conversation, at the end, they invited us to their home in Germany. My wife has their info, I may look them up.

Also, having three KTM's myself (one in shambles right now), I thought I might see if I can find their place in Austria.

Lots to do! Thanks again for the contact.
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How did I miss this comment? I'm thinking that buses will need to be watching out for me.
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Also, having three KTM's myself (one in shambles right now), I thought I might see if I can find their place in Austria.

KTM won't be expecting that! How many American owners can show up at KTM's doorstep and say, "Let me tell you about this bike..."

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KTM won't be expecting that! How many American owners can show up at KTM's doorstep and say, "Let me tell you about this bike..."

Awesome!
I probably need to brush up on my German swear words!
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They certainly deserve a good dressing down.

Maybe you could be more like a honeybee; honey in your mouth but a stinger in your tail.
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Cool. I lived in Garmisch & went to high school in Munich, about half century ago. If you really want the skinny, I can put you in touch with a high school classmate who never left, and is now retired in Garmisch. He's a rider & spent the last 10 years on a KTM 990 & VStrom; now riding a Spyder because an arm injury has precluded two-wheeling.
I may be asking for your friend's contact info at some point. I'm in the preliminary stages of planning a fly and ride vacation in 2019 for my wife and I to celebrate our 25th. I wanted to hit Stelvia pass, Lake Como, Southern Germany, etc. I'd want something that can be done in a week and avoid very long days in the saddle.
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I'll contact my friend and see if he'd like to help.
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