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Paulbde
25-02-08, 10:33
This thread is for posting of general communications, questions etc which are not specifc to other threads within the Italia 08 section.

Paulbde
28-02-08, 10:49
Gents, please find below info on vignettes for Switzerland.

web site for booking ( Austria we will pick up at the border for £ 4)

http://www.switzerlandtravelcentre.co.uk/vignette.html?gclid=CPqMzerY5pECFQ8ZQgodSW22fQ

stolzy
29-02-08, 10:33
We'll need vignettes before Basel since after the border the road goes directly onto the Swiss motorway system. You can buy them at the border and they will take Euros (but not GBP AFAIK). There is a £3.50 supplement for buying them on the web.

Since I will be at the border before you lot, I can buy them in advance for those who want - save a lot of messing about with change and credit cards.

Another tip for a smooth passage - Swiss plod take a dim view of noisy bikes, so if you've got an Akropovic, best keep it down ;-)

pablo666
01-03-08, 19:12
Stolzy, can you put me down for one please?

Major Gadget
15-04-08, 12:10
Hi Gents, I noticed on the Getgeared site they say that Bikers have to wear HiVis Waistcoats on Italian Motorways, does anyone know if this is true?

Cheers Ken.

Navigator
17-04-08, 17:10
Or however it is spelt.
It is not compulsury to wear them but cars are supposed to carry them. I presume for in the event of a breakdown. I guess it would be recommended to carry oney but as a lot of motorcycle suits have reflective built into them then I don't think it is an issue. It is like most things. If you get pulled and they want to nail you they will find something even it is wearing size 10 boots on size 9 feet. But in reality politeness and not the traditional English way of speaking to foreigners (loud and slowly) will help and they will waggle a well groomed finger at you and tell you to sod off..... Hopefully.
Alternativelly you can do what a friend of mine did when stopped for speeding. Cry. Mind you she was blonde and looked like the fallen madonna with the biga boobies. So she used it to good advantage. Perhaps not an ideal solution for a bloke..........?:rolleyes:

THE DOCTOR
17-04-08, 17:43
Or however it is spelt.
It is not compulsury to wear them but cars are supposed to carry them. I presume for in the event of a breakdown. I guess it would be recommended to carry oney but as a lot of motorcycle suits have reflective built into them then I don't think it is an issue.

I've got 2 spare if anyone wants one on the day.
XL, fit my bod OK over my jacket.
I picked up a few from work when our new factory was being built. Not ideal for bikes 'cos they're just lightweight cotton, sleeveless, with a single velcro fastening. Should be OK for warm weather riding though.
If you want one, remind me before we go & I'll pack them.

Stevo
17-04-08, 18:05
I've got 2 spare if anyone wants one on the day.
XL, fit my bod OK over my jacket.
I picked up a few from work when our new factory was being built. Not ideal for bikes 'cos they're just lightweight cotton, sleeveless, with a single velcro fastening. Should be OK for warm weather riding though.
If you want one, remind me before we go & I'll pack them.

Hi Panzer.
It would be great if i could first dibs one of those please:thumb2 - obviously for a pint in Italy:beer:
You're a handy bloke to know - the earplugs worked a treat after the last meeting:thumb
If anyone else is in greater need, no probs, i'll do my best to source another.
ATB
Stevo:beerjug:

THE DOCTOR
03-05-08, 16:08
For the past 4 or 5 years I've been chatting to a guy on another forum from Italy. I told him I'd be passing his gaff this year & I posted our route to him.

He said & I quote.. 'avoid the E45 like the plague. It's one the worst paved, most dangerous roads in Italy and it's also full of speed cameras & as usual I am available for tip-top tips!'.

I see we do actually use the E45 on our way from Rome to Rimini for 46 miles.
Be warned, be carefull.

He lives in Cellatica which is slap bang in the middle of our route (between Milan & Venice.)
If anyone wants to ask him any questions regarding the area, feel free & I'll fwd it to him.
If there's enough interest I'm sure he'll pop over & post here himself.

Major Gadget
14-05-08, 10:26
Oh Look it's the 14th..























of May....only 4 more weeks.

Navigator
14-05-08, 11:46
[QUOTE=Major Gadget;1407714]Oh Look it's the 14th..

Where all the kit, will the radio work, how big are the holes in the ground sheet will I fit the extra lights in time...WWWAAAAAUGH why did you have to remind me.:eek::eek:

Major Gadget
22-05-08, 14:04
Hi Gents, Does anybody know of a company that does single trip insurance for the Italia 2008 trip,with the GS as the only form of transport.

Cheers Ken. :thumb2

Colins
22-05-08, 15:15
Just got my travel insurance for Italy. £51.00 for my wife and I from Carole Nash. Used them before always quick service documents arived the next day.

Navigator
22-05-08, 15:53
When I have looked into travel insurance before I have found that a yearly policy is just slightly more expensive than a single trip policy.
Navman

THE DOCTOR
22-05-08, 17:44
Hi Gents, Does anybody know of a company that does single trip insurance for the Italia 2008 trip,with the GS as the only form of transport.

Cheers Ken. :thumb2

Ken, I went on-line & got cover for the dates we're away from the AA for £14.79.

http://www.aatravelinsurance.com/travel-insurance/single-trip-travel-insurance.asp

Major Gadget
22-05-08, 20:31
Ken, I went on-line & got cover for the dates we're away from the AA for £14.79.

http://www.aatravelinsurance.com/travel-insurance/single-trip-travel-insurance.asp

Thanks Phil :thumb

Navigator
22-05-08, 21:15
Thanks Phil :thumb

ok it wasn't that cheap.

zero
24-05-08, 16:31
I've lived in Italy a couple of times - including the last year & NEVER seen a biker with a hi-viz vest. If I do, I'll know it's one of you guys. I'll be overseas at work when you're in-country, otherwise I'd see about meeting up.
My nearest off was on a roundabout - I foolishly assumed I had right of way as I was on the roundabout. The car driver was obviously a local, and knew the road before the roundabout was built - giving him priority over any newcomers - that's how driving/riding is here - no point in arguing with it. The further south you get, the less predictable it is.
Caeful on zebra crossings - if you stop, expect to get rear-ended or overtaken.

Watch out for scooters - they get everywhere & only see you as another obstacle - legal from age 14. The standard lessons include discussion on why the pavement should not be used for overtaking, hazards of smoking while riding & why riders really should stop after making contact with another vehicle.

Generally just be more aware - it really isn't that unusual to see people going the wrong way in one-way streets - sometimes on the back wheel.

Blue lights on police, Carabinieri etc. means the vehicle is occupied - they'll let you know if they need you to pull over.

Let me know if I can help.

GSmonkey
31-05-08, 16:25
Just come back from a tour of Italy - found some absolutely fantastic roads. Hope you have a good time :thumb2

THE DOCTOR
31-05-08, 16:45
Just come back from a tour of Italy - found some absolutely fantastic roads. Hope you have a good time :thumb2

Where did you go? Got any photos?

I've been watching the Giro Italia & Moto GP on Eurosport, did you get caught in any of the recent bad weather?

:cool:

GSmonkey
01-06-08, 11:34
Didn't take too many photos in Italy. Started in Bilbao, then down the Pyrenees, over at Andorra then made our way across to Cinque Terre, where we had a couple of days. Then to Pisa (for the obligatory photos) then picked up some good roads to Lake Bolsena, then across to just E of Spolento. Then finally a big day up to Lake Garda, where we found some of the best roads we've ever ridden.

Cracking whether as well - warm, but overcast to stop it getting too hot. Dry.

Only downer was that the Stelvio was shut, but we kind of knew that would be the case going in May. Still quite a bit of fun razzing up and down the open passes with 10' of snow piled up at the side.

Deleted Member I
01-06-08, 20:00
Think this might be useful ..

All the accommodation addresses in one place.

Deleted Member I
01-06-08, 21:32
And this ...

THE DOCTOR
02-06-08, 16:59
Some kit at Aldi from Sunday 8th that may be usefull..

Folding camping chair £5.99
Wet wipes 99p
Self inflating mat £9.99
and more.

http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/offers_week24sunday08.htm

Gippo
02-06-08, 17:06
Some kit at Aldi from Sunday 8th that may be usefull..

Folding camping chair £5.99
Wet wipes 99p
Self inflating mat £9.99
and more.

http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/offers_week24sunday08.htm

Lidl are selling sachets of Necafe coffee (enough for 1 cup) with whitener and with or without sugar.....pack of 10 for 99p

Saves carring jars of stuff aound...doesn't taste that bad either!!

stolzy
03-06-08, 09:33
I'm going to Switzerland tomorrow, if anyone wants me to get their vignette in advance let me know. I can hand them over just before the border on Sunday.

stolzy
04-06-08, 05:40
Guess where this is :bounce1

pablo666
04-06-08, 18:25
stolzy, me please for the vignette, I think we already spoke about this?

pablo

Bryn
04-06-08, 19:23
Guess where this is :bounce1

I'll guess at the same place as this :bounce1

Navigator
05-06-08, 21:15
I'll guess at the same place as this :bounce1

Isn't it a real shame the way they spoil the roads by putting bends in them;)

stolzy
06-06-08, 08:26
A question for those stating in lodges/mobile homes - I'm working on the assumption that linen will be provided - is that true?

Stevo
06-06-08, 14:57
A question for those stating in lodges/mobile homes - I'm working on the assumption that linen will be provided - is that true?

Not 100% sure.:nenau

Anyone have this info?

Paulbde
06-06-08, 18:48
Not 100% sure.:nenau

Anyone have this info?

the lodges are the same level of service as B&B - but check the websites - via the accom thread.

Paul

Deleted Member I
06-06-08, 18:53
I'll guess at the same place as this :bounce1

Do we really have to ride that. Looks like a shit road to me ... it isn't straight :D

Bryn
06-06-08, 19:10
Do we really have to ride that. Looks like a shit road to me ... it isn't straight :D


It'll be even shitter if the weather's bad :eek:

THE DOCTOR
06-06-08, 19:11
It'll be even shitter if the weather's bad :eek:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/west_europe/index.shtml

Click the fwd arrow.

Does blue mean nice ambient temperatures, lavender scented air, local women smiling & waving as we ride past, low fuel costs, traffic free roads or is it just rain on our entire route from Calais to Rome?

I don't care!
Just be prepared for a bit of wet weather & treat it like the holiday we've all been waiting for!

If the weather's bad we can just re-route to 'fastest route' & get leathered at the campsites. :)

Deleted Member I
06-06-08, 19:15
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/west_europe/index.shtml

Click the fwd arrow.

Does blue mean nice ambient temperatures & lavender scented air?

:( bollox to rain

THE DOCTOR
06-06-08, 19:23
:( bollox to rain

Agreed, there's nothing we can do except dress accordingly.

It rained non-stop when I toured Ireland & I had a great time (in the evenings) :D

Besides, dirty GS's make great photographs!

Navigator
06-06-08, 21:35
Agreed, there's nothing we can do except dress accordingly.

It rained non-stop when I toured Ireland & I had a great time (in the evenings) :D

Besides, dirty GS's make great photographs!

THEY LET YOU INTO IRELAND:blast WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING.

Anyway the weather has been approved for next next Friday. Dull and overcast in France but getting fine aas we go into Italy. I have a friend in Milan. I will be getting daily weather reports from him. If it rains then da boyz in da blue suitz with da violin cases will be payin him a visita

THE DOCTOR
06-06-08, 21:47
THEY LET YOU INTO IRELAND:blast WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING.


My Mum was a Kelly so they had to let me in! ;)

Outstanding memory was stumbling into a bar in Killarney & asking the band if they knew any Neil Young, straight away they banged out Heart Of Gold. :aidan

The best band in the world (for that night)
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x247/Panzerphil/Ireland2006006Small.jpg

Navigator
06-06-08, 21:56
Excellent photo. A true expression of a night on the p155. As an aside I used to deliver a van load of baps to one Restaurant every 2 days during the Rose of Tralee. Something like 145 dozen baps if memory serves.

:topic:topic:topic:topic:topic

stolzy
07-06-08, 05:56
It'll be even shitter if the weather's bad :eek:
Then you won't want me to tell you that (at least here on the French/Swiss border) its been raining felines and canines for the past week - currently 11C.
I looked at the webcam at the stelvio yesterday and the road was covered in fresh snow and foggy.

This will all change of course, forecast suggests an improvement next week. I'm crossing everything I've got a pair of :thumb

pablo666
07-06-08, 09:11
I'm crossing everything I've got a pair of :thumb


:eek::eek::eek:
That must be painful. How do you sit down?:confused:

THE DOCTOR
07-06-08, 15:56
I looked at the webcam at the stelvio yesterday and the road was covered in fresh snow and foggy.

This will all change of course, forecast suggests an improvement next week.


http://webcam.popso.it/stelvio.php?CAMERE_PASSO

Navigator
07-06-08, 16:26
There was a lot more people there the last time I was up it 2 years ago. Darn that is depressing/:thedummy.

But nancy looks dry at the moment:aidan

Navigator
07-06-08, 16:26
http://www.nancy.fr/document/html/webcam/webcambd.html

THE DOCTOR
07-06-08, 17:57
Lake Como (http://www.meteocomo.it/meteo/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14:webcam&catid=7&Itemid=35)

Pisa (http://webcam-orologio.comune.pisa.it/diretta.php)

Rome (http://81.208.34.15/dynamicindex/camera.html)

Rimini (http://www.riminibeach.it/webcam/webcam-live-rimini-2)

Venice (http://www.veniceword.com/webcam.html)

Paulbde
07-06-08, 21:53
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/west_europe/index.shtml

Click the fwd arrow.

Does blue mean nice ambient temperatures, lavender scented air, local women smiling & waving as we ride past, low fuel costs, traffic free roads or is it just rain on our entire route from Calais to Rome?

I don't care!
Just be prepared for a bit of wet weather & treat it like the holiday we've all been waiting for!

If the weather's bad we can just re-route to 'fastest route' & get leathered at the campsites. :)

You can check the MSN site for Italy's 10 day forecast here:

http://weather.msn.com/tenday.aspx?wealocations=wc:USTX0647

I'm sure that when we have crossed the alps it will be sunny and warm, but we always knew that if we were going to get it, it would be Calais to Nancy - so no surprises there then!

Still, think positive, you could be at work instead of riding your bike on an adventure through Europe :beerjug:

Paul

THE DOCTOR
08-06-08, 11:52
Any Valentino Rossi fans?

If anyone's interested we pass Rossi's home town, Tavullia, on our way to Rimini.
If the weather's OK I may pop in for a photo by the town's signpost if anyone wants to join me. It's a 40 minute diversion on our route to the Rimini campsite or it's an hours ride (each way) from the campsite.

:thumb2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tavullia

stolzy
08-06-08, 14:47
You can check the MSN site for Italy's 10 day forecast here:

http://weather.msn.com/tenday.aspx?wealocations=wc:USTX0647

I'm sure that when we have crossed the alps it will be sunny and warm, but we always knew that if we were going to get it, it would be Calais to Nancy - so no surprises there then!

Still, think positive, you could be at work instead of riding your bike on an adventure through Europe :beerjug:

Paul

Paul,
Interesting forecast, but wrong continent - that's Italy, texas, USA:blast
Which ferry did you book? :D

THE DOCTOR
08-06-08, 14:53
Paul,
Interesting forecast, but wrong continent - that's Italy, texas, USA:blast
Which ferry did you book? :D

:D:D

Try this...

Friday, Dover (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Dover-UKXX0042?dayNum=5)

Saturday, Nancy (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Nancy/Essey-FRXX0115?dayNum=6)

Sunday, Como (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Como-ITXX0024?dayNum=7)

Monday, Pisa (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Pisa-ITXX0059?dayNum=8)

Tuesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)

It's only a forecast though.
This morning Nancy was forecast rain, now it's forecast sun.
Do your worst, here we come! :)

Paulbde
08-06-08, 16:07
Paul,
Interesting forecast, but wrong continent - that's Italy, texas, USA:blast
Which ferry did you book? :D

Is there 2 Italy's?

I thought it was a long ferry ride at 2 weeks! DOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

THE DOCTOR
08-06-08, 17:58
If anyone's interested we pass Rossi's home town, Tavullia, on our way to Rimini.
If the weather's OK I may pop in for a photo by the town's signpost if anyone wants to join me. It's a 40 minute diversion on our route to the Rimini campsite or it's an hours ride (each way) from the campsite.



Also, :augie

60 miles from the Grainau campsite is the BMW Museum. :rolleyes:

This may be a non starter 'cos it's going to be a loooong day to get to Grainau but the idea's there.

Bmw Museum
Am Olympiapark 2
80809 München, MÜNCHEN (STADT)

http://www.bmw-welt.com/web/portal/de/index_highend.html

Daily; not Mon
Cost:€12
Opening Hours:Tue-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-8pm

N48 10.695 E11 33.407

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x247/Panzerphil/welt.jpg

Stevo
08-06-08, 19:29
All ready to hit italy in less than 6 days!!!

Deleted Member I
09-06-08, 06:55
:bounce1:bounce1:bounce1:bounce1

only 5 days of work left until the holiday!

THE DOCTOR
09-06-08, 16:34
:D:D

Try this...

Friday, Dover (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Dover-UKXX0042?dayNum=5)

Saturday, Nancy (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Nancy/Essey-FRXX0115?dayNum=6)

Sunday, Como (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Como-ITXX0024?dayNum=7)

Monday, Pisa (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Pisa-ITXX0059?dayNum=8)

Tuesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)

It's only a forecast though.
This morning Nancy was forecast rain, now it's forecast sun.
Do your worst, here we come! :)

Wednesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)

stolzy
09-06-08, 17:12
Wednesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)
:):):)

Paulbde
09-06-08, 20:27
well having looked at the right continent, it still looks to me that once we have got down into Italy, its going to be mid 20's all the way with an occasional chance of rain - at least it will be warm!

I still think if we are going to get buggered by the weather it will be in France.

Paulbde
09-06-08, 20:30
All ready to hit italy in less than 6 days!!!

as long as its Italy and not my pannier this time :augie

Stevo
09-06-08, 21:16
No worries definately Italy:D::rolleyes::D

Cheers:beerjug:

Stevo

Navigator
09-06-08, 21:18
I still think if we are going to get buggered by the weather it will be in France.[/QUOTE]


Naw it will be on the way to Dover. M25 in the pishin rain. Thats traditional:thumb

THE DOCTOR
10-06-08, 12:42
:D:D

Try this...

Friday, Dover (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Dover-UKXX0042?dayNum=5)

Saturday, Nancy (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Nancy/Essey-FRXX0115?dayNum=6)

Sunday, Como (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Como-ITXX0024?dayNum=7)

Monday, Pisa (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Pisa-ITXX0059?dayNum=8)

Tuesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)

It's only a forecast though.
This morning Nancy was forecast rain, now it's forecast sun.
Do your worst, here we come! :)

Another day nearer, another forecast becomes available..

Wednesday, Rome (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rome-ITXX0067?dayNum=9)

Thursday, Rimini (http://uk.weather.com/weather/dailyDetails-Rimini-ITXX0148?dayNum=9)

Navigator
10-06-08, 15:27
Now I don't wish to seem like the prophet of doom but an email from a friend in Milan today.

I' m sorry to inform you in Italy we had the worst season since 1961 to 1990

with 35% raining day more than usually percentage on 30 years.

actually the wheater is unstable - sun / rain - rain / sun.

Distinti Saluti / Best Regards

:D bring your waterproofs.:thumb
3 days but who is counting.

stolzy
11-06-08, 07:16
http://uk.weather.com/weather/10day-Como-ITXX0024

Navigator
11-06-08, 11:59
http://uk.weather.com/weather/10day-Como-ITXX0024

Only has to be dry when we are there:)

Bryn
13-06-08, 13:40
Stolzy, sent you a PM about a Vignette for Steve Morris :thumb

Cheers Bryn :beerjug:

mario
23-06-08, 12:04
Stolzy, sent you a PM about a Vignette for Steve Morris :thumb

Cheers Bryn :beerjug:

can someone explain what a vignette is! last year we rode from martigny to basel, all motorway without one.
should i send them a belated vignette?:confused:

stolzy
23-06-08, 13:37
can someone explain what a vignette is! last year we rode from martigny to basel, all motorway without one.
should i send them a belated vignette?:confused:
You're supposed to buy a sticker for your vehicle to allow you to use the autoroutes in Switzerland. It costs about 20 quid and is valid for a year(ish)
I don't know what the fine is, but I'm guessing that its significant.
Having used the autoroute without one you could do one of three things:

a) Send them a cheque
b) Throw yourself on the mercy of the Swiss judicial system
c) Nothing.

My money's on (c) :-)

mario
23-06-08, 18:43
thanks for the info, we were going to travel through france and only decided that morning to go through switzerland we knew nothing about vignette's. i guess we got away with it as its been 10 months now, hope all go's well have a good trip.