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I love motor biking, since I am 18 years old. - My first bike was a 1954 PUCH 250 with the famous twin-cylinder 2-stroke engine. I repaired and upgraded it myself, and I made my mother crazy by using the oven in our kitchen to take in and out the bearings of the gear block. (Imagine the cookies smelling and tasting like motor oil!). The largest tour I did with this bike was a 2500 km trip from Austria through Germany up to the island of Sylt (north of Hamburg/Germany).
After having used street bikes like the Suzuki GS-600 and GSX-R 750 for many years, I changed to enduro bikes. My first enduro was a second hand Yamaha XT-500 with the well known silver tank. I continued with Honda. I started with a 600cc "Dominator", and later on bought an 750cc Africa Twin. I sold those bikes when they showed 50,000 km on the odometer. But I bought back the Africa Twin, at 70,00 km, from a friend, and it now shows more than 110,000 km, without any problems.
Today I ride a Yamaha TT-600 (above 55,00 km), and my old AT (above 1210,00 km). The Yamaha sometimes needs some special care, but it is very light, has an electric starter (good for lazy people like me), and it was cheap. As an Austrian I recommend to buy a KTM. But if you want to save money, the TT-600 also will do it. The Honda AT is perfect for any extended tours, with a lot of luggage. And it runs, and runs, and runs, ...
When I have time, I ride my bikes for 15,000 to 25,000 km ach year, and I use the bike even for some business trips.
But what I love most is to ride on the small roads and passes in our mountains, in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Slovenia. If you want to know about my tours in the Dolomites (South Tyrol), around Lake Garda, and the off road tours near Torino and at the Italian/French border, just contact me.
On this site I want to share my impressions on some bike tours in the European Alps. If you know other good places and routes, I appreciate to share it on the "fun pages" of my web site.
Late October 2001 around Lake Garda, Passo Croce Domini and Passo Gavia/Bormio:
A bike tour -Early October 2002 in Austria, at the high valley at GERLOS pass in Tyrol.
A tour in June 2001, starting in Switzerland, to France, jumping between the Italian and French border, staying a few days in the enduro paradise west of Torino, and following the Grant Route de Alps.