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Old 09-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Croatia - sure do. What's your plans??
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:04 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Well I'm still working on a route - putting some rather good planning into this one rather than winging it with the tomtom...
But in a nutshell im thinking France, belguim, across to Berlin, Dresden, czech republic, austria, solvenia, croatia

and on the way back, solvenia italy austria switzland france, germany, luxembourg, belgium and france

Last 2 weeks of may first week of june... avoiding motorways for the most part

Got some awesome ideas for stop offs/stuff to do but ive just started the planning process so it's going to be a while yet before anything is firm... but that's the basic idea..
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:53 AM   #23 (permalink)
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and on the way back, solvenia italy austria switerzland france, germany, luxembourg, belgium and france
Be warned, the Swiss police do not like motorcycles, especially with UK plates. So when you go through Switzerland do NOT do any of the following:
Exceed the speed limit.
Cross solid white lines (single or double).
Filter (Illegal in Switzerland).
Go through Switzerland.
You will get a heavy on the spot cash fine if they catch you. So either ride like a nun or take bundles of Swiss Francs.

Also note that drivers will often pull out (with no intention of overtaking themselves) with no warning when you try to overtake them. Just to stop ypu overtaking. If you do get a car that moves over to let you pass, you can guarantee that they are NOT Swiss.

Germany (like Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy), however, is very biker friendly. I see that you mention Dresden ! not far from there (to the SW) is the Black forest and the wonderful B500, you must do it if you are in the area.

I have also heard (while on a recent trip to the Continent) that Slovinia is good for biking too.

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Thanks for the advice Del boy

I'll be sure to incorporate the B500 into the route. Black forest was already a must

I've ridden Luxembourg, Germany and Belguim before - very biker friendly indeed both in terms of police and the roads!

For anyone thinking of touring as well, I highly suggest you check out "www.bestbikingroads.com" if you're not aware of it already - its a fantastic resource!
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Also if you in the area of France (SE) there is the N85 (Route Napoleon) which runs from Grenoble to Antibes. I have done the stretch from Digne les bans to Cannes several times and it is a great biking road.
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Late to the thread here. But if you're going to Croatia check out Motorail or the German Equivalent. Get on the train with bike in Dusseldorf and wake up in Croatia. Then you can spend three weeks exploring the area by bike instead of sitting on a motorway for most of the trip! We did it for our Honeymoon. Me on a D1200 she on an SV650. We went to the Dolomites. Two weeks in the South Tyrol with no boring motorway slogs either end.
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