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Offline Alanreg

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« on: March 13, 2018, 09:00:25 PM »
Hi all, new to the site.
Im travelling from Staffordshire to Sucina in Murcia Spain at the end of the month, can't wait.
Its the first long ride i will have done and the first time on a ferry with my Tiger 800 XRX.
Any top tips would be great.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2018, 09:05:44 PM by Alanreg »

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Re: New to the site
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 09:04:54 AM »
Hi &  :401: enjoy  :417: :152: :031:
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Re: New to the site
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2018, 08:03:47 AM »
Hi Alan and welcome,

Hope your journey goes well. Hope the weather stays kind for your trip. :031:
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Re: New to the site
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2018, 08:48:54 AM »
Welcome Alan,

As it is your first long ride the best advice I can think of is-

Don't overdo the daily mileage, and have lots of comfort breaks.
Avoid motorways as much as possible if time allows, but they are useful for getting past bigger towns/cities.
Keep hydrated all the time, especially when you hit the hot weather.
Pack as light as you can, and have stuff for overnight on the ferry in one small bag as it's a trek to the cabins.
Don't stress about tying the bike down on the ferry, Brittany staff do it for you.
You'll have to unlash the bike on arrival, just copy everyone else.
If it is your first time riding in europe, take your time and concentrate extra for the first few hours on the road.

Best advice is -

Relax, enjoy, it's easier than you think.

Have fun.

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Re: New to the site
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018, 10:27:53 AM »
 :401: Alan  :031:

Will you be camping or B&B/Hotel?

I take no more on a 3 week tour than I take for a w/e away.
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Re: New to the site
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018, 10:49:22 AM »
Hi Alan.
Regarding the ferry and tying down.
Make sure you leave the bike on the side stand and in gear.
Lock the front brake as well if you can. Tie wrap/elastic band etc..
Ferry staff don't want your bike to fall over, and as such will strap it really tight. Have something handy to pad their strap. They usually have a pad but extra never hurts to spread the load across your seat.
As everyone has already mentioned. You are on holiday. Relax and enjoy.


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Re: New to the site
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2018, 09:46:18 PM »
Write a list of all the things that you need to take with you, and check that everything on the list is present before you set out. Include things like passports, tickets, and so on, not just toothbrushes and the like.
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Re: New to the site
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2018, 07:21:21 PM »
Hiya Alan.


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Re: New to the site
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2018, 08:57:31 AM »
Welcome to the site :)

As well as the excellent tips already given and expanding on one, the first piece of gear I pack for longer tours ( after the obvious ) is a Camelbak. They are invaluable and even though you won't hit really hot weather, it's still handy to have it you just want a quick quencher.
Doesn't matter where I'm going, getting there on two wheels is always the better option.


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