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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-04-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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While stationed in Italy and Germany in the early to late 80's I was pissed that I didn't take my bike with me. Now that I have the resources, My wife and I are planning a Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland Alpine motorcycle tour with her brother who lives in Heidelberg. The purpose of this post is to find out if any of our brethren of the shark have attempted this and if so, did you rent or ship your bike? Which rental agency did you use, if rented? And, where did you go? Currently my plan is to fly into Frankfurt, spend the weekend with the brother-in-law, pick up a rented road Glide in Ludwigshafen, then ride to Munich. From there we will run down through Switzerland to the Garda See, then across the southern Dolomites to the Stelvio Pass, Up through Austria and back through Garmisch and back to Heidelberg where we'll drop off the bike and spend another 4-5 days with the family before flying back to the U.S.A. so, Questions:
1. Whose done this?
2. Did you use a tour operator?
3. If so, who?
4. If you live in Germany, Who do you recommend?
5. Who wants to go with us?
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Wow. Awesome trip. When are you planning to take off ? I use eaglerider for my bike rentals in North America but I don’t know wether they have outlets in Europe. The Mrs and I are doing the Canadian war cemetery route next year in France before visiting Scotland and Ireland.


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Awesome to be able to realize that dream.

My wife is in New Zealand right now visiting our son and she tells me there are no straight roads in New Zealand. When I am well enough to tolerate the trip to get there I will definitely be planning to rent a bike for a couple weeks or possibly purchase a used bike in my son's name and then put it up for sale after the two weeks of touring if I my research shows that option will cost me less.


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While stationed in Italy and Germany in the early to late 80's I was pissed that I didn't take my bike with me. Now that I have the resources, My wife and I are planning a Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland Alpine motorcycle tour with her brother who lives in Heidelberg. The purpose of this post is to find out if any of our brethren of the shark have attempted this and if so, did you rent or ship your bike? Which rental agency did you use, if rented? And, where did you go? Currently my plan is to fly into Frankfurt, spend the weekend with the brother-in-law, pick up a rented road Glide in Ludwigshafen, then ride to Munich. From there we will run down through Switzerland to the Garda See, then across the southern Dolomites to the Stelvio Pass, Up through Austria and back through Garmisch and back to Heidelberg where we'll drop off the bike and spend another 4-5 days with the family before flying back to the U.S.A. so, Questions:
1. Whose done this?
2. Did you use a tour operator?
3. If so, who?
4. If you live in Germany, Who do you recommend?
5. Who wants to go with us?
Hi thats gonna be a awsome trip and if you in first week in sep you must go to Europeen bike week in Faaker see
and a tip here i haven´t use this tours but i have heard that they are good.
https://www.edelweissbike.com/en/

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Sounds incredible and best of luck. I'll be monitoring closely since my son and I have talked about touring Ireland at some point in the future.

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My brother bought a new softail many years ago and shipped it to Spain with no miles on it. It was cheaper than shipping a used bike. At the end of the summer he sold it thinking he'd make a mint, but with all the taxes and fee's he didn't make any money. Based on this and other stories of shipping a bike, I'd rent.

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My wife and I did a trip like that in 2015 and it was unbelievable. We took Ayres Adventures ,Bohemian Rhapsody tour that started in Munich and rode to the Czech Republic , Austria, Hungary, Slovenia , Italy , Switzerland , and Liechtenstein.We rode the Stelvio and a lot of the major passes. Ayres Adventures is out of Plano Texas and I can Highly Recommend them as they are a first rate Tour operator. We had such a good time that we used them for a trip to New Zealand in 2017 and my next trip is Iceland later this year. The good thing about using a tour operator is all your hotels and planing is taken care of by someone that knows all the best places to see and stay. The only bad thing is it does cost more than doing it yourself. I can tell you that after you go you will never feel you didn't get your money's worth. However you plan to go I know you will have a great time as the Alps offer some of the best riding in the world.
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My wife and I did a trip like that in 2015 and it was unbelievable. We took Ayres Adventures ,Bohemian Rhapsody tour that started in Munich and rode to the Czech Republic , Austria, Hungary, Slovenia , Italy , Switzerland , and Liechtenstein.We rode the Stelvio and a lot of the major passes. Ayres Adventures is out of Plano Texas and I can Highly Recommend them as they are a first rate Tour operator. We had such a good time that we used them for a trip to New Zealand in 2017 and my next trip is Iceland later this year. The good thing about using a tour operator is all your hotels and planing is taken care of by someone that knows all the best places to see and stay. The only bad thing is it does cost more than doing it yourself. I can tell you that after you go you will never feel you didn't get your money's worth. However you plan to go I know you will have a great time as the Alps offer some of the best riding in the world.


Hi if you are going to Iceland maybe you will meet a lot of Harley riders,they will ride all over the Nordic countries this summer.
http://nordicrun.is/
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That would be cool but looks like the Nordic group is going to Iceland in June and I will be going the end of August after Shark Week VIII.
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Ultra98 I see you are in Sweden. If everything works out I plan to be near you in 2019 or 2020 on a tour of Norway and The North Cape.
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