The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I've been scouring around for info on riding the passes in the Alps during May. I plan on spending a month riding across as many Alpine passes as I can fit in from Andorra to Austria. The smaller, more gravelly and less travelled, the better. I was last over there in 1974 but that was June and a few high passes were just barely open at that time. Now with climate change, I am wondering if most will be passable. I will be camping for the majority of time. Anyone game to join me for some portions? I'll be heading out from Rotterdam on an 1150GS. Any suggestions for "not to be missed passes" are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance...
May isn't my favorite month in the Alps. It's a transition time between winter and summer with everything looking miserable after six months under snow. Most of the ski resorts don't close until the end of April and there's usually plenty of snow around during May. Where we are, south of Grenoble in France, most of the cols that are not designated as essential routes won't be passable in May. The "gravelly and less travelled" ones will be blocked until well into June. You might be lucky with 2010 being a year when everything melts early but who can tell this far in advance.
The last week of May 2009 and the first week of June we spent doing as many mountain passes as possible. All of the routes we did were sealed but on the edges of the roads there was still very deep snow on the tops of the passes and often anywhere above 2200.. As the time progressed the snow was reduced significantly..
One thing to note is that it varies year to year based on how cold or warm the winter is. Some years you will have clear mountain passes mid May others it won't be until late may early june. Although the sealed roads are often cleared from set dates which can sometimes be found in european road atlases.
Thanks guys, obviously very good info--especially the AlpineRoads site. Guess I should seriously look nto postponing it a month. In 1974, I did some high ones in mid-June and there were still 8' high walls along the edges of the road near the summits. I was hoping to combine a visit to the tulip fields in Holland in April with the family with some quality time with the bike following that. Either have to convince them to head over in May, or forget about the passes. Hmmmm, what to do.
Hello stubdetoe, I confirm what they already told you: if you want to ride on the best passes, you must wait june.
My favourites are:
- the well known Passo dello Stelvio (Stilfserjoch), better in the Trafoi-Bormio direction. You can follow the snow situation thanks to this webcam WebCam - Banca Popolare di Sondrio (not online this period).
- the also well known Passo Gavia, between Bormio and Ponte di Legno, where snow can fall also in june
- the less known Passo del Rombo (Timmelsjoch) between San Leonardo in Passiria and Sölden (Austria). It's wonderfoul, but it's open only 3 months every year and during daylight
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