I’m back. For the last two weeks, I have been traveling with friends through the Vosges, French Alps and Tuscany. Lot’s of great things seen, great ridden and lots of fun. Stay tuned for more.

In the mean time, you can preview the photos at my SmugMug.

Short trip, new tires

We went playing in Luxembourg for our annual Ascension Day weekend, and we had a blast. Weather was ok: mostly dry, but a bit chilly. Only really had some rain on the way home. The other times we had some rain, we were having a break and were able to sit inside.

I didn’t do much photography this time. I have been there so many times, it’s like being at home. But I do have one here for you from the hotel we were staying at, down in Kautenbach.

Before the trip, I had to replace my tires. I went with the Bridgestone BT016 Pro front and rear, and I have to say I like these tires. Very grippy, even in the wet, clear feedback and very easy handling. They’re also very cheap - about 100 euro’s cheaper than the S20 for a set.

Spring is here

Well, Spring is finally here and as usual I am not updating my blog.

A few random things have happened since the last post.

- My clutch is working great. No thanks to BMW, but hopefully my fix will prove to be as resilient as BMW’s refusal acknowledge there was a problem.
- I have mounted a Dynojet Quickshifter to the bike and hooked up to the PowerCommander V. The QS is so cool. Clutch-less shifts in just a few milliseconds while keeping the throttle wide open. It does take a bit of getting used to. Dynojet claims the QS requires a 40lbs load to activate, but I find just brushing against the lever will make it activate. So the trick is to not touch the shifter until you are ready to go, and then in one smooth move pull the shifter all the way up. You cannot allow yourself to shift sloppy as that risks it trying to go in between gears, which results in lots of noise you do not want to hear.
- Coming weekend, I will be going on our annual Ascension Day Weekend Tour to the Eifel region. This time we are staying in Luxembourg and doing most of our riding there as well.
- The routes for the big trip are done and finalized. It is going to be a great trip through the French Alps down to the Mediterranean, then along the coast to Cinque Terre and La Spezia. Into the hills of Tuscany towards Firenze (Florance) and through more of Tuscany towards Bologna where we will visit the Ducati factory. Then it is up into the Dolomites, Austria and Switzerland before heading back home through Germany’s Black Forrest. It is going to be fun! Happy
- After 5000km the Bridgestone BT016 are toast. Unfortunately, the Dunlop SportSmart I still have sitting with a good bit of life in it turned out to have a nail in the rear. So I will instead put a brand new set of Bridgestone BT016 Pro’s on the bike. They will not last long enough to include the summer trip, so I will take them off and replace then with a new set before that trip and afterwards put them back on to replace the (then) worn set after the trip.
- The D800 is really nice. I am so stoked about this camera, so of course I will be lugging it along on all my trips. Even if that forces me to use a tank bag which I really don’t like to use. Hopefully I can get a UWA lens before the big trip, as that will be quite nice on those big mountain vistas.
- I quit smoking and started vaping. It’s amazing the things you can smell when you don’t smoke anymore. Of course this means nothing to any of you that don’t smoke, but to me it does. For those interested, after trying a few different options I now vape using the Vamo APV V2 and Kanger ProTank. This is a really nice combination with great taste.

That’s it for now. I will post some pictures after the trip.

Oh yeah! Finally done!

FINALLY! Yes, it has been a while but I finally managed to put my travel report of my motorcycle trip to Scotland online. You can read all about it here! Enjoy. Happy

Scotland Trip Report Coming Soon

No updates of yet, but the trip was great, the photos came out great and I will be putting up the full trip report up as soon as possible!

Scotland Route

Not a lot of updates lately, but I have something for you: the planned route for my Scotland trip. Enjoy!


Family visit

I have been visiting family in Austria with my dad for a few days, and we went over there on the bikes. Didn’t do much riding, but I did manage to make some video’s.

They are made on Gabel Pass, near Graz on the B77 from Köflach to Weißkirchen. First one is going up, second one going down on the other side. It is not my usual love of tight and technical, but it is a great deal of fun to ride this road. Hope you enjoy.

Ascension Day ride

Just got back from the annual Ascension Day ride a few of my friends and I have each year. Didn’t take much photo’s and haven’t had a chance to look at what I have, but I did manage to put together a short little video from our ride.

It’s Ramon aka BugBoy on his 2004-2005 Boxercup replica R1100S riding the N27 in Luxembourg. Great road with perfectly smooth surface, most of the way and so nice turns. Not too tight and technical, but fun nonetheless.

Out playing

Last weekend, weather was absolutely gorgious, so I went out playing in the Eifel. Jumped the highway at home, crossing the border on to the German Autonahn towards Bonn. Let her stretch her legs a bit, though I didn't get over 220kph due to weekend traffic. Still nice to legally run this fast. Near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler of the Autobahn and heading to Altenahr, Adenau, Gerolstein, Manderscheid and Wittlich to spend the night in Bitburg. Next day, it was of to Diekirch, Kautenback, Wiltz, Houffalize, La Roche-en-Ardenne and back home through Belgium. Clocked up about 1000km over little bitty twistie roads having loads of fun listening to the sound of the Akra and intakes.

Just a little back road.

Burg Manderscheid, Manderscheid.

A little church in the middle of nowhere.

The Beast. Glamour shot. Happy

Chateau Bourscheid, Bourscheid (Lux.).

All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to waste away a weekend. Happy