Suzuki 1200 Bandit
The 1200 Bandit was bought in November 2015 to do a trip to the Isle of Man TT races plus a spin around Southern Europe in 2016. The Isle of Man is a small Island between the U.K. and Ireland where street races are held for almost a hundred years.
It all started with a call from my brother Rob as he looked for a buddy to go to the Isle of Man TT. Sure no problem I said and here we go. Buying a bike and all the gear.
And as I was doing so I thought well if I fly over there might as well make good use of the bike and go for a little ride around the pond.
In the end it was 15,000 kilometers in the summer of 2016 and a two part trip. First to the Isle of Man with my brother starting in Germany through Holland, England, Isle of Man, France, Belgium and back to Germany, my base.
The second part took me alone from Germany to Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro back to Italy Sicily, Sardinia and France, Corsica back into the Alps of France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and Germany passing through Czech Republic and Poland before going back to Germany. Awesome trip.
In the summer of 2017 I went on three bike trips in Europe, loops or circuits all starting in Wolfsburg, Germany culminating in 25.000 km solo riding.
The 1st loop was to the Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps and on to Tuscanny in Italy. Loving the Alps with good road surfaces and stunning scenery.
The 2nd loop went through Poland, the Baltic States, Kaliningrad Russian Federation, up north to the Barents Sea and the Nordkapp and Lofoten Islands in Norway. Crazy beautiful in particular up North. Stunning !.
The third loop went to the Balkan Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosinia Herzegovina, Hungary and then some. Incredible how far some of these countries are from mainstream Europe and still part of Europe. Whow !!.
In the summer of 2018 I went on three trips to visit first the Iberian Peninsula on the way to Morocco. In France passing through the Ardeche and the Pyrenees, passing Andorra through Spain and making a quick stop in Lisbon, Portugal before venturing into Morocco. Morocco was extremely beautiful riding solo through the Atlas Mountains and to the edge of the Sahara. On the way back to Germany, my base, I took a brake from riding taking the ferry from Tangier, Morocco to Genova, Italy. The Alps where visited again in Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Austria.
On the second trip I went to the border region and area of the Elbe river of the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Czech Republic is so beautiful. Whow.
The third trip lead me from Northern Germany through Czech Republic once more to Austria and Italy where I spend some time cruising the Alps region of Northern Italy, Southern Austia, Slovenia and Croatia culminating over 18,000 km. Loving it.
I bought the Bandit with 24,000 km on the clock and it has now over 86,000 km. Ride on !