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Ya dancer!!:D

Holidays are in and all I need now is a better set of tyres for the baby.
As I will be covering around 2500 miles of smiles, I do believe I will run out of tyre before I get home!
I will be doing almost 500 miles to dover and then back on return journey and depending on the weather this could be motorway miles - I dont want to square off my tyres!
I used pirrelli Angel ST on my monster and mitchelin road pilot on the KTM RC8 and both these tyres never got squared off… not too sure what ones I can pop on the 899 for the holiday… any ideas? :confused:

Having never rode my bike abroad I am soo excited about this and any hints and tips from you guys is really appreciated!!

My passport will be renewed, and my bike will be ready to play!

Cheers! Just had to share….
 

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Thats some crazy long distance riding. Are you going to take pictures of your trip? I'd love to see that, along with any words on your bike, how well it treats you during this journey.
 

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oh yes! I have just purchased a new camera ( with my money for Santa - ahem!)

I will also have the Contour HD GPS attached to the bike for proof!..or memories… of the road and views.

It will be interesting to find out how well the bike and I bond.
cheers
 

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Great trip plans, Teeny.

But: The rear tyre dimension is 180/60. At the moment there are only 3 or 4 supersport tyres on the market for that. So if you change to normal 180/55, the ABS and the DTC will not work properly.
 

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If you're looking into the Pirelli Angel's, do check out the Angel GT..upgraded version over the ST. Great reviews on'em.
Sounds a good trip your planning. We did the South of France a couple of years back from Manchester and I got through a set of Pilot Power 2CT's, good tyres and lester quite well as we did a lot of motorway miles to get down to the Alps, then back again. Were just starting to sq off by the time we got home to Manchester.

We're planning a trip to the WSBK at Imola this year, but this time we're looking in to shipping the bikes to either Munich of Geneva and flying over. That will cut the boring motorway miles down and give us more time to play in the mountains and through Italy. Cost wise, when you take the cost of fuel, tolls and ferry/tunnel not to mention a set of tyres, it's worth it.

As for riding abroad, take your time at first, the first time you hit a roundabout is fun:eek: Generally, most of the roads are quieter, the A/B roads are the best, the motorways are usually good and fairly quiet, but can be costly in tolls. The Autobahns in Germany are fantastic, not all unrestricted, but when you hit the sections that are keep an eye in your mirrors, a few years back I was plodding along on my GSXR1000 around 150 mph when I saw a set of headlights in the distance in my mirrors, in no time at all I had a Porsche bearing down fast, pulled in and it passed me like I was stationary:eek::eek:

Enjoy it and look forward to seeing some pics when you get back.
 

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Made it from Glasgow Scotland to ashford England. Stayed overnight. Up and over to dover, ferry trip to calais.
Calais to Altenhar. I am getting roughly 140 miles to a tank.
After day four of tight u turn twisty roads with some 'bumps' today I shall be playing around with the suspension. .. :)
I will share photos and some blurb abouy the trip when I get home next monday.
We are off to black forest for a few nights .
Take care all!
 
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