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Old 10-03-2018, 02:48 PM   #16
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What are some favorite non-North American riding destinations around the world? Extra bonus points for places that have a riding season still during the last two weeks of October.
I've only ever gone to Canada a couple of times, and not the end of October, although Victoria/Vancouver area would probably be doable.

Europe would be my next choice, and I will do it some day, particularly the Alps area of France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
There is a big Harley rally on the Fakkensee (a lake) in Austria every year. It would be fun to go. Based on pictures I've seen, there is a lot of crazy stuff to photograph. It's a European Sturgis.

Don't forget Portugal and Spain. A lot of press introductions of new motorcycles are done there every year. The weather is generally warm.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:51 PM   #17
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Peter's company specializes in serving Dutch riders, and everything is done in Dutch, so they are probably not your best bet.

John Hermann's book, Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond contains a section on riding in the Pyrenees and Picos, and that book is the bible for alpine touring. You might start there. That said, late October would be a little late for the Pyrenees, and I would consider aiming further south, like Andalucia. It's quite common for moto manufacturers to have their new product introductions on the roads there because they can have clean, dry roads in mid-winter.
Don't write off the Dutch option! All Netherlanders speak perfect English!
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:58 PM   #18
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:32 PM   #19
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Japan has some nice roads and mountains. Going to try and do a Hokaido trip before I die.

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Old 10-03-2018, 03:56 PM   #20
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Has anybody mentioned Costa Rica yet?

Get a good dual sport there and you'll have weeks of good riding. It's rare to see anything bigger than a 250 there, which would probably be good enough.
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:59 PM   #21
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personally, I have had some of my best rides around the alps. Did a "ride around switzerland" tour a few years back...on the outside (meaning germany, france, italy, and austria). dolomites are awesome. Great roads, and beautiful.

Switzerland is "awful" because the police take themselves too seriously. in France and Italy, no one bothers motorcycles...they don't mind if you split (help you actually) and don't mind if you speed. Of course, switzerland is beautiful with great roads...but i like to go faster than 50 kph.

2019, I'm going to ride down to sicily on the italian side and back up on the croatian side...will let you know...!
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Switzerland is "awful" because the police take themselves too seriously. in France and Italy, no one bothers motorcycles...they don't mind if you split (help you actually) and don't mind if you speed. Of course, switzerland is beautiful with great roads...but i like to go faster than 50 kph.
I know this will upset some folks, but I agree with this. Switzerland is beautiful, but Italy and France are far more fun.
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I know this will upset some folks, but I agree with this. Switzerland is beautiful, but Italy and France are far more fun.
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I've ridden in about a dozen countries, and my favorite riding so far has been in the French Alps, however late October would be pushing it. My friend, Peter is a tour guide with a Dutch touring company, and he's ridden all over with them. Peter swears that the best riding in Europe is in Spain (I haven't ridden there yet), and there are lots of parts of Spain that would have great riding in late October.
Yeah. Peter pointed me to a great place to stay in the Pyrenees. Unfortunately they seem to have closed down. IMT Bike moto rental out of Barcelona was awesome as were the roads (we stayed a few days on the north end)
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Ended up on a 2ish week ride with Mellowtonin in Portugal/Spain/Sardinia. The riding out there was great! And the off road riding in Portugal with a few crazy Brits was pretty amazing too haha. We'll probably do a ride report at some point.
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We've got a few BARF salute pictures along the way

We'll post up a ride report with more pictures eventually
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