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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 12:14 AM
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Whoa! The front tires on (the photo of) the Burgmans at the gas station look nothing like the one on my 2008.

Are those car tires?

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Yo Foxyrei, So how many border crossings did you make on your trip? Is it not a big problem? Do you need a visa for each country or just a passport?

Your route map looks very interesting. And someone rode from Vladivostok to Rome!!! Far out!
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Actually I crossed 2 borders: Moldova - Romania and Romania - Hungary on my way to Finland and back where I used to have passport and customs control. There are no borders inside Schengen zone, so you just passing it without stop.

I don't need visa to cross EU, however the only issue is that on Moldova-Romania border you can easily stay 3-4 hours in a row with cars, waiting for your queue

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however the only issue is that on Moldova-Romania border you can easily stay 3-4 hours in a row with cars, waiting for your queue
Can't you just filter the traffic? ;

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Can't you just filter the traffic? ;
Yes, but there is a chance that customs workers will send you to the tail of queue (it happened with me once on ukrainian border)

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They won't if you grease the appropriate part.

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They won't if you grease the appropriate part.
LOL. if we ride together in the US wanna see you do that in the US border and take it on video. LOL
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amazing ride @Foxyrhei congratulations. you need to share some more pics with us to see all the whereabouts of your trip! ride on my friend.

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LOL. if we ride together in the US wanna see you do that in the US border and take it on video. LOL
In the States different policies apply. Your start doing . The whole country was conquered with this some time ago.
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amazing ride @Foxyrhei congratulations. you need to share some more pics with us to see all the whereabouts of your trip! ride on my friend.
Thanks @fernando , I was inspired by your videos, especially route to MotoGP Argentina

Here is small gallery from my Trip to Finland: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0X5oqs3qXUxLL

I was riding to my friend in Finland and I combined meeting with Kory @Colchicine and Tibi @tibosee from Bucharest

It took me 6 days to get to Tampere (5 of them were riding 12-16 hours under the rain)
Way back took me 5 days including 1 day of staying in Riga and with much better weather.



My plans screwed up with reality, so I used to cancel all my bookings on a third day and just ride as much as I can and at 8 PM each day book a hotel on a gas station via mobile bbooking.com and then check-in.

Also I was staying for a first time in a "biker" hotel "Two wheels" in Riga. Really nice place, but expensive.







During this trip I've discovered few things about european trips and trips on a bike in general:
- 200 km doesn't take you 2 hours to ride. Even 2.5 except it's not a highway. In western europe most roads are local with really heavy traffic and lots of villages with 50 km/h speed limit
- Riding 12-16 hours is sucks.
- AirHawk worth it's money for sure
- Better ride without saddlebags in western europe
- Poland sucks
- It's really worth involving your passenger to trip planning. Also in such trips is really hard to stay calm and avoid conflicts with your passenger
- Intercom is must have feature in such trips
- Termoscud really worth buying it
- I was riding in temperatures from +30 to +10 during this trip. Good rain gear - must. Good thermal gear is also must
- Zumo GPS is great thing even when I forgot to load my route to it. I was using cellular only as backup option, but Zumo worth buying it, it simply works in any weather with no stress
- Speeding in Europe is F%cking expensive
- you can do 2-up touring in Europe on Burgman 400
- Fully loaded top speed during truck pass was 140-150 km/h. Highway speed - 120. All other roads - up to 100 km/h
- Metzeller Feel Free on rear is good during all conditions, including wet mountain twisties with sand, wet tram rails and wet paving stones
- Is it possible to fall asleep riding bike. Not only for passenger, but even for rider
- I will never want to ride ever again 100 km/h on twisties in a romanian forest at night with no signs, no markup, no traffic, no gas stations for a few hours. Just you, start and small light from GPS
- I want Denalis D2
- 3/4 is not best helmet for such long trips
- ear plugs is good thing probably, but test them before your trip. After few hours it's REALLY painful to get helmet off from your head
- B400 L5 consumed ~ 300 ml of oil during this trip, so 0.5 l of oil is must have to carry
- B400 can ride 7500+ rpms for hours no stress, I confirm. But it start consuming oil on that RPM's
- Average consumption for me including mountain passes and high ways fully loaded and with 16 Pulleys was .... 3.9L/100 km!
- I will never do such trip again, but I want more

Feel free to ask your questions

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Route to Finland: https://goo.gl/maps/yfxy7jU7kcp

Route back: https://goo.gl/maps/bNzp1rC1ANn
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