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Old 02-13-2019, 10:30 AM   #16
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Getting married this year and the wife and I are looking to do a two-up tour around June. We're looking for the following:

1. Good riding (twisties, mountains, scenic etc)
2. Smooth'ish roads. The girly doesn't want to be bouncing around on the back for a week.
3. Decent motorcycle for two-up (very objective)
4. Good accommodations. This is her trip as well, we cant be slumming it for a full week.
5. Food, drinks, and fun!

Bonus points:
1. Warm sunny beaches

Right now our top pick is the orient express tour which is through Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Some other places we were thinking, Italy, Mexico/Central America, Argentina/South America, Greece. It doesn't have to be guided and we aren't against riding my bike out from the Bay Area. Who knows the next time we'll be able to do something like this so let's make it epic!
Spain to Greece, follow the coast. Croatia would be killer.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:02 AM   #17
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Leod Escapes put on an incredible tour wherever they go.

The timing might not be right to hit up one of their tours, but I had a blast riding with them through Spain.

For bikes as well as suggested routes, IMT Bike out of Barcelona would be a strong recommendation as well. Ask for Sergi, and tell him Max says Yallah Ramallah.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:17 PM   #18
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Another vote for Spain, great roads, minimal traffic, beautiful and good food.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:19 PM   #19
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Thanks all for the recommendations. Got a ton of research to do. I'll post up when the decision has been made!
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:07 PM   #20
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Try this:

1. Do your riding trip.
2. Short rest
3. Then do something you know would thrill her and that she'd remember the rest of her life. (even if she likes riding and no, not the marrying you thing)

You are a blessed person. Do #3 even if she liked #1 and your blessings will continue for a very long time. You have what every guy with a craigslist ad up selling because "my wife said it has to go" wished they had.
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:06 PM   #21
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Try this:

1. Do your riding trip.
2. Short rest
3. Then do something you know would thrill her and that she'd remember the rest of her life. (even if she likes riding and no, not the marrying you thing)

You are a blessed person. Do #3 even if she liked #1 and your blessings will continue for a very long time. You have what every guy with a craigslist ad up selling because "my wife said it has to go" wished they had.
Good advice and also a possibility. And yes I've been blessed with a SO that supports my riding
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:34 PM   #22
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Another tour company I've used and liked:

https://bmca.com/
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:13 AM   #23
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Lady and you will love it. Catch a moto GP race if time aligns as well.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:24 PM   #24
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Did the Edelweiss tour of NZ but due to weather, they only do Jan or Feb I think and because of the travel distance, it's 2 weeks.
There is a guy on the South Islands that rents bikes , all types, and really , you want to see the South Island anyway if you ask me.
He can guide or plot out a route.
Nicer hotels are easy to find .
The food, roads, people are great.
You just don't want to intrude on the Mauri areas unless they are true "tourist friendly"
Watch for beach areas with signs warn of sand flies. They aren't kidding.
It's life changing, the beauty and laid back pace is the best of the best.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:38 PM   #25
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Pyrenees Loop, France, Spain, side trip to Algave, Portugal

Did the Pyrenees "loop" a few years ago. Rented a BMW RS in Barcelona and 3 weeks later, did a 3 day stop in Algarve, Portugal. Portugal also riddled with main event twisties...
https://www.edelweissbike.com/en/touren/?c=pyt We didn't ride with Edelweiss, but this page shows the basic route.

Roads, food, roads, food, repeat.

Also Scotland is f-ing Amazing. We picked up bike in Glasgow and rode the coastline perimeter of Scotland. A little rain, and riding on the left is very odd for the first day or 2, but Scotland is truly a postcard a minute, and plenty of winding roads, like forever.
We met some riders on this tour https://www.motorrad-tours.com/tours...ands-scotland/ and followed them for most of a day, mostly Scottish guys/gals, and competent riders. They kept up a good pace, too, none of that HarleyStoppingShit all the time.

Next time, we'll do a tour, when youre on your own, it's easy to get out in the middle of bumfuckegypt and not have a clue.
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:12 AM   #26
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Spain to Greece, follow the coast. Croatia would be killer.
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:00 PM   #27
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One, and one more thing.

....if you rent a bike anywhere they drive/ride on left, allow yourself at least one day to get in to the left driving thing.

We arrived in Glasgow in late afternoon on dark, stormy day, at rush hour. I learned to ride on the left over the next 1.5 hours, while riding two up on a strange bike, loaded with gear in side cases, top case and tankbag, in a town I know nothing about, on the Wrong Side Of the Road, with aggressive, impatient Scottish commuters all up our 6. It was 11 miles across town to our hotel, and by the time we got there, I was fully-spent and needed psychiatric emergency care. I recommend taking possession of your rental early in the Day Time if you are in the UK, NZ, Oz, or any place they drive left.

We used these Suggested Rides to help plan our route. We made all our reservations based on about a 3-4 hour riding day, or 300 miles each day. Plenty of time for stopping, eating, chatting or drying out, which is a necessity in the UK just about anytime of year.
Another good resource is this page https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/201...-motorcyclist/
Get familiar with Left Driving around city streets, and secondary roads to really acclimate. My wife was a great help, over the intercom...
"Stay left! You're in the fucking wrong lane!" etc etc She frequently tapped my left shoulder as a reminder, as I did wander to the center of most roads and found that I did gradually ease to the right, even after days riding left.
Study Intl signs, too. So you aren't surprised by them.

Making Right-Hand turns was very daunting at first, since it's the opposite-equivalent of turning left everywhere else.

The next 2 weeks were f-ing awesome, as we did a full circumnavigation of the Scottish Coast/ Highlands and villages. Best, trip, ever. But that first 1.5 hours in Glasgow were a stress-test.
Do this loop at least once in your life. Like the Shoreline Hwy, only it goes on and on and on and on, wonderfully! These roads are more technical so you'll only want to ride about 150-200 miles per day at the most.

We brought our own suits, boots, gloves and helmets, fitted with Sena Intercoms that we are familiar with. Sometimes rental gear is ill-fitting or unfamiliar. I think it's worth the extra cash to bring all your own gear. We packed it up in a large duffel, wrapping our helmets in foam to keep them from getting scuffed or crushed in baggage hold.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:21 PM   #28
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I learned to ride on the left over the next 1.5 hours, while riding two up on a strange bike, loaded with gear in side cases, top case and tankbag, in a town I know nothing about, on the Wrong Side Of the Road, with aggressive, impatient Scottish commuters all up our 6. It was 11 miles across town to our hotel, and by the time we got there, I was fully-spent and needed psychiatric emergency care.
Thankfully, in Scotland, as I understand it, they sell psychiatric emergency care by the liter.

It's supposed to be quite good.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:02 PM   #29
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We did Tours, France down through the Pyrenees, cut west to San Sebastian, back north to Tours. Flew in/out of Paris, but train to/from Tours. Cheaper than renting in Paris and TBH faster to boot. Beware central Spain in the summer is scorching hot!
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:30 PM   #30
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Having spent 40 years in Germany and seen a few places I would recommend the passes in the Alps. Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria. Road surface is always better than CA. Traffic can be heavy at times with flatlanders/ tourists. Also there will be some rain, least in September, it's not CA.
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