Allebas, Don't let'em rag you too hard about going with an organized tour. I rode with Edelweiss last Fall in the Dolomites and found them to provide an excellent value for the money. They're a first-class outfit in my personal opinion. If you're over there all the time you might venture off on such a trip by yourself and enjoy the scenery, but the logistics of organizing a multiple country trip, meals, hotels, etc. are considerable, and you would be lucky to have any time left to ride.
It doesn't happen often they claim, but we had a guy in our group of eight crash hard and suffer severe injuries late afternoon of our first day in the Dolomites. A long downhill sweeper diving into an Alpine forest and he and his brand-new GS suddenly went into the guardrail. Our all-knowing guide Thomas had an ambulance on site within 12 minutes, it carried him to an evacuation helicopter waiting at a clearing a short distance away. Thomas reviewed our remaining day's route with us, then raced to the hospital to check on him and square things away. Think about what it might have been like if he had been alone.
I sure envy you the trip. I have my patch from the Grossglockner in Austria and wouldn't take any amount for it. As you can see from the photo, even an ordinary gas stop becomes a memorable experience.
Last edited by K_Biker_Bill; Jun 18th, 2006 at 2:00 pm.