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Discussion in 'Triumph General Discussion' started by Sam Holmes, Apr 10, 2019.

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  1. Sam Holmes

    Sam Holmes Well-Known Member

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    I’m starting this thread to document my journey across Europe. With my wife as a pillion on my Explorer 1200, we’ll be visiting 14 countries in a total of 18 weeks.

    I’ll try my best to document the highs and hopefully little lows of the trip.

    Starting April 23rd from Leeds, UK.

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  2. Smilinjack

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    Good on yer mate. Have a great time. :)
     
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  3. Bikerman

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    Touring for me, is one of the best things that you can do with your bike.
    Have a fantastic, and safe trip
     
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  4. Sam Holmes

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    Fully loaded test run from Leeds up to Glasgow taking the scenic route on the A76 calling in at Drumlanrig Castle on the way.

    First time riding twos up with all the luggage felt surprisingly good

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  5. Sam Holmes

    Sam Holmes Well-Known Member

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    Thank you
     
  6. Dougie D

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    18 weeks! Sounds like it will be brilliant,remember to post plenty of photos..have a great time!
     
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  7. Tiglet

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    Have you done a long trip like this before.

    How far north,south and east are you planning on going
     
  8. Sam Holmes

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    Nope, this is my first.

    We plan on going as Far East as Bosnia and all way to southern Spain but no further north than Poland.
     
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  9. Tiglet

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    This trip of yours sounds like a great adventure Sam.

    As said plenty of photos :)
     
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    I may give up living vicariously through @MrOrange and follow you. Have a great trip.
     
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    Have a good and safe trip. Keep us posted.
     
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  12. Sam Holmes

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    A very rough guide to our route through Europe...
    Any recommendations on places to visit please drop them in here ???

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  13. Sam Holmes

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    The red indicates the route to Portugal where we have a wedding in August then heading home from there via the blue line
     
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  14. In my own world

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    Now, Sam, that's my kind of tour. Last year i toured Russia for a month then to Latvia and so on. Total of 2.5 months. Funnily Henry Coles greatest motorcycle rides are showing most of the route i took in Russia on TV at the moment.
     
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  15. Bikerman

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    Auschwitz in Poland if you get the chance. Go to the museum first and book a guide, they take you to both camps. Well worth the time if you can spare it, sadly for all the wrong reasons. http://auschwitz.org/en/
    Gorges du Verdon in France https://about-france.com/tourism/verdon-gorge.htm
    Colditz castle http://www.schloss-colditz.com/information/Information.html
    Dresden https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-dresden-germany/
    Tatra mountains http://www.krakow-info.com/1tatry.htm
    If you can make it this is a must https://www.grossglockner.at/gg/en/index
    Will look forward to some great pictures in the months to come.
     
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  16. Sam Holmes

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    Thanks for the tips mate
     
  17. Sam Holmes

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    Invested in some Rok Straps for the extra luggage on top of my panniers. Drove 5 hours to Scotland with them and they worked absolutely perfect. Really easy to attach to the bike as well. I would definitely recommend at just £10 a pair instead of using normal bungy cords.

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  18. Craig Dale

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    Hi Sam,I did a similar trip 3 years ago,city's id recommend are Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina,Dubrovnik in Croatia and Seville in Spain,Austria was
    Fantastic to ride through and a definite do not miss would be Pico's De Europa mountain roads in Northern Spain, stunning roads and scenery
     
  19. Sam Holmes

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    Brilliant, cheers Craig
     
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