Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Moscow, , Russia
Our trip to the Alps - part I
Just returned from that fantastic trip - 10 days, 7000 km, 5 alpine roads and a lot of fun!
Left Moscow on the 29th of April - air t=+2C, snow flake blinking on the screen of my GT, snow flakes around in the air. Called at Auchan megastore and bought a can of black caviar - did not know why:-)) Traffic police officer was shocked when heard where we were going. The aim was - high Alpine passes in Austria.
8 hours later we were entering Brest, Belorussian-Polish border, 1050 km west from Moscow. Experienced a heavy "fish-tail" movement of the bike on dry road at speed above 160 km/h. Related it to the new set of tyres. Bypassed the queue of cars and got stuck at the check-point: 1 hour waited till the Belorussian guards shift changed then 1 hour the same with Polish side. Like 15 years ago.
Entered Poland around 9 p.m., managed some 100 km and dropped at a small hotel with the bikes locked in garage. Air t was +4C. Can't compare the new F800ST with F650CS. We do not need extra stops for refuelling and I do not even think about it before overtakes - that bike is same fast as KGT when ridden solo. The next day crossed Poland and came to Germany near Dresden - stopped in the city. With the help of my Navigator III found a small hotel. Navi works! Beer was good!
Day 3. The 1st of May. We headed direction Munich and reached it amazingly fast - the autobahns were empty. A lot of bikers - there was day off and the weather was sunny and warm. Decided to proceed forward till Garmisch-Paterkirchen. Stopped there, booked a room in the same hotel for the 6-8th of July for BMW days fest. That was really good luck - the last call:-)) The next day spent in BMW Motorrad Zentrum, Munich. The personnel was very friendly and they accepted my bike into service without prior appointment, checked it for that fish behavior(found nothing), up-dated the software at no cost(v.8.0.1) and changed the oil in the rear drive(EUR 48,-). The first 3 gears now shift better even I did not complain before the update. Same with power delivery at low rpm. Thanks a lot, BMW! We left Munich a little bit late and reached Berchtesgaden-the beginning of RossfeldStrasse. This is a high alpine road in Germany near Austrian border. So the next day we started the main part of our adventure. Hopefully the summer season has not yet started so the roads(and hotels) were empty. We enjoyed it! Never booked rooms in advance, just started riding and looked for a lodging in the evening. The dark side of it was that not all of the hotels were open. But we always had a choice. Did Rossfeld twice that day and came into Austria, had stuck vigniettes on the screen. Used highway Salzburg-Villach, took exit Spittal - Lienz and rode through picturesque valley. Had a stop for lunch and continued. Lienz met us with rain. We turned towards Grossglockner and hesitated should we do it or was it better to postpone it till next day. Stopped to take some pics at the waterfall and met Polish bikers - one VFR800, a young man with his wife. They were going to do it and we joined them. But when the roads began climbing we overtook him because we were solo and much faster in the kerbs. At the top of Grossglockner was -1C but sunny/mixed clouds and only 6 bikes- 3 Dutch, 2 Russian, 1 Polish. Then an Ukranian car appeared. The Dutch guys took pics of our reg plates - there friends would not believe them that they met Russian bikes on the top.:-)) And everybody everywhere asked the same first question: Are you from Russia? And Did you come here by the bikes or transported them by truck?:-)) Then we went to the Edelweisespitze and went down to the nothern side as the night was coming. It was impressive but the hairpins(more than 60) were easy and wide and with profile(positive chamber). Touristic. We founf a hotel at Fusch, in the beginning of Grossglockner road on nothern side and next day did it again. But not completely as the top was covered by clouds and visibility was 10 metres maybe so we returned to bikers' point and left it. It's a must-to-do. Will see how many bikes will be there in summer time.
To be continued...
'06 K1200GT Blue (sold)
'09 F800GS Grey
'07 F800ST Blue - wife's(sold)
'09 F650GS Blue - wife's