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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 21 2012, 12:15

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As the title suggests in a weeks time I'm embarking on my first Euro Tour (yeah we'll call it a tour) and I've found that I'm not the slightest bit prepared.

Apart from notifying my insurance I've done nothing at all in prep for the trip. I plan to get the bike out or a thorough check over of levels pressures and lube this weekend but apart from that and never having ridden in a foreign Country, (not counting Wales Smile ) I really need some help.

What do I need to be aware of, what do I need to take, any laws to bear in mind.

Getting a bit panicky now when I should be excited. Any assistance appreciated chaps Smile
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Jun 25 2012, 22:54

Might be worth letting your bank know where you're going just in case you need to use a card in an emergency. scratch

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Post  Rampers on Mon Jun 25 2012, 23:05

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Post  weasley on Mon Jun 25 2012, 23:25

Puncture repair kit? I take one on long trips, just in case.
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Post  greencat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 00:02

Once you've got

  • what you have to take,
  • what you need to take,
  • yourself and
  • a prostitute

on the bike you might want to consider topping up the tyre pressures?

Just a thought. pmsl Have a great trip!

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Post  MrNutt on Tue Jun 26 2012, 00:05

don't forget to fill the tank up either.....
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Post  Snowcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 00:34

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Puncture repair kit? I take one on long trips, just in case.
One of the other lads has a repair kit but when I had new tyres fitted I paid extra for the tyre seal, it will seal a hole up to 6mm and was £10 a tyre. He had a tyre there and gave me a demo of how it works and I was impressed enough to give it a go.

The demo was inflated to 50psi and had about 25 holes in it where he had demonstrated it by knocking a nail into it and pulling it out. Fingers crossed if I get a puncture it'll do the job
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Post  0ldcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 11:14

Personal Health In-sewer-ants ?
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Post  Snowcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 11:31

PHI? Wouldn't have thought so for this, travel insurance will cover any eventualities
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Post  0ldcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 11:58

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:PHI? Wouldn't have thought so for this, travel insurance will cover any eventualities
S'wat I meant . . . travel ins wink thumb up
Just make sure you're covered (in the small print) to be riding a bike over 125cc Wink
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Post  YZFJohn on Tue Jun 26 2012, 12:09

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Puncture repair kit? I take one on long trips, just in case.
One of the other lads has a repair kit but when I had new tyres fitted I paid extra for the tyre seal, it will seal a hole up to 6mm and was £10 a tyre. He had a tyre there and gave me a demo of how it works and I was impressed enough to give it a go.

The demo was inflated to 50psi and had about 25 holes in it where he had demonstrated it by knocking a nail into it and pulling it out. Fingers crossed if I get a puncture it'll do the job

Just curious, will you know if you have had a puncture if it self seals? Could this be of concern?
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Post  ellie on Tue Jun 26 2012, 12:24

If you drop your bike & break the foot peg or anything else, just remember not to tell the RAC you've had an accident!

Have a great time Steve, ride safely and take loads of pics.

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Post  Snowcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 13:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Have a great time Steve, ride safely and take loads of pics.

Loads of pics and full write up will follow Smile
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Post  kwakkat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 15:10

take your spare set of keys just in case you miss lay the other set or lose them
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Post  Snowcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 17:49

Hi guys really appreciate all of your comments, tips and advice, I was just wondering can anyone tell me categorically if the bulb kit law in Europe or just a suggestion. I'm just thinking that otherwise between the 9 of us there's a lot of glassware making the trip.

A few have said they're not even bothering and I don't know what to do, it's not like we'll be riding at night and I've got spare indicator and tail light bulbs. If the sidelight bulb went I don't think I could change it at roadside, the whole light has to come out doesn't it ??
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Post  0ldcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 18:14

To be honest with you, I've never bothered with spare bulbs when riding abroad Shocked Embarassed for the same reason.
Also IF you get a tug from the politie in Holland it aint gonna be to check if you have spare bulbs Evil or Very Mad However, if they have the arse with you, it'll just be a minor misdemeanor to add insult to injury.
It's up to you though Don\'t Know

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And above all . . . . Chill out, ride safe and have a bloody great time Thumb
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Post  Snowcat on Tue Jun 26 2012, 19:43

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:And above all . . . . Chill out, ride safe and have a bloody great time Thumb

Well thats the only advice I'm taking with me Tel Smile
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Post  littlecat on Wed Jun 27 2012, 08:05

i dont have any advise, but am slightly jealous , lol....have a brilliant time mate
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Post  Snowcat on Wed Jun 27 2012, 08:34

Cheers Cath really looking forward to it and can't wait now Smile
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Post  past-it on Wed Jun 27 2012, 12:05

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Post  Snowcat on Wed Jun 27 2012, 12:15

Already packed but thanks anyway Smile
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Post  kwakkat on Wed Jun 27 2012, 13:54

spare,s i only take what i can change my self other wise its the good old AA & a clean plastic for the bill lol
also the sat nav as they always send you out a differant way from what you went in at the circut
was there in 2002 god 10 years ago
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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 28 2012, 08:23

ASSEN IS HERE!!! Finally after what seams like forever the day has dawned, really excited and after the ahem "meeting" in the pub last night with the lads the anticipation is finally over.

All docs ready, bike just needs cleaning and bag packing, looks like a shitty ride up with the weather but that won't spoil it.

Thanks for all your comments on here chaps and I'll be back in a couple of days with full report.

There's free wifi in the hotel so might sneak a cheeky pic or two on here Smile
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Post  Snowcat on Thu Jun 28 2012, 11:02

After a small scare where ive somehow lost the fixing bolts for the ventura rack, (luckily found some bolts to do the job!!) PHEW Wink She's polished, shiny, tidy and ready to go, now where's me luggage Smile buster the dog looking on Smile

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