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post #1 of 7 Old 07-18-2019, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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GSX-S1000 trip from UK to Switzerland

Took the gixxus on a 1900-ish mile trip through Belgium, a surprisingly twisty Luxemburg, down through the Black Forest of Germany, around some incredible twisties in Switzerland, and back up through rural France (no autoroutes) including the rather nice Vosges region.

Bike was fun but hard work. Opening the throttle from a closed position leant over in 1st gear on hairpins was… interesting! And it felt like I had to hold the bars quite sturdily when leant over to hold the bike's line through the corner. I guess you could look at it the other way - the bike is very manoeuvrable mid-corner. Bars were a bit buzzy above 5500rpm especially cruising on low throttle opening.

OEM tyres actually felt quite good when they got very hot after lots of faster bends. It just took them a while to get hot and sticky. The immense B500 in Germany shredded them nicely

First proper ride on this bike – it seemed tough and of course mega fast. It was a like a bullet when accelerating out of corners – I found that was the easiest way to gain ground and pull away from a friend on his Daytona 675.

Kreiga 30L was good and I fitted a Renntech grabrail to fix it to. I found that using the kreiga method with straps on subframe and/or pillion seat was not good enough unless you want everything flopping around and a lot of load pulling up on the seat edges.

The route roughly resembles the Ride magazine 7 day route. I can highly recommend it but if I was doing again I would try to have an extra day in the middle to spend in Switzerland, or delve into the bends of Italy or Austria. But if no time then no worries the route is great as it is!

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Looks like a great trip! I had to visit Switzerland about a month ago for work. I was really wishing I had my MC with me for some of those beautiful roads. Your photos reminded me of how beautiful it was. Thanks for sharing.
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That looks brill. Thanks for sharing.
If you do get a chance to do something like that again I can highly recommend going from Switzerland to Austria ,spending a few days there, and then from there you can either pop down into northern Italy and play in the dolomites or just get some warm weather and take the scenic route back up from southern France.
It's been a while now since I've done it but it's still fresh in my mind

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I shall be leaving on Fri 26th July for a similar trip.
First night stop in France then Interlaken Switzerland, on to St Moritz then to Seefeld in Tirol, Austria Via Stelvio pass.
Next Black Forest Germany from there back to overnight in France and back to Calais on Sat 3rd Aug.
I shall be riding with three couples from California USA, who are relations and friends.
They are flying over and hiring bikes in the UK.
It is a "Bucket List" job for them and is called Grandparents on Bikes Alpine Tour.
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Thanks for replies. Yes I wish we had more time there but we did very well for 7 days I think, as we didn't want to do motorway slogging. Next time....

Enjoy your trip with the yanks dekker - its sounds like an awesome one!
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im envious !, some of your scenery reminds me of a blat around our south island i did last year, im on enforced layup, awaiting further surgery to my wrist, enjoy your trip dekker
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Hey General Bozo,
Great pictures! Sounds (and looks) like you had some great riding and scenery. I'm glad you found a way to keep that Triumph 675 at bay (exit speed rules, lol!) Very surprised you found the OEM tires worked well once heated up enough. I may need to abuse them some more Nice ride report. Now you have us all wanting to take an epic trip somewhere beautiful/fun.
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