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Old 18 Oct 2012
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Hi, no prob.
This is mostly German but the links to videos are worth a look.
Bundesverband der Motorradfahrer e.V.: Elefantentreffen

Did a google translate on this for ya.
Dave.

The elephant Meeting 2012 is over and it was great: great atmosphere, great people, auction and prize puzzle.

The BVDM thanks 6070 visitors, the 56th Elefantentreffen
come (4070 motorcyclists and 2000 daily visitors) are.

If you want to see what's the elephant meeting, or who want to see what he has missed the elephant meeting must necessarily Movies of Elefantentreffen reporter Amadeus watch on youtube. An hour Elefantentreffen pure:

We look forward to our Next, elephants meeting that from 1 to 3 February will be held again in 2013 in the cauldron of Loh and invite all of you now to attend.

Additional information about the elephant in the meeting, get BVDM office.
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There are a couple of us that have booked into the Etap hotel in Regensburg on the 31st of Jan.
Good place to meet up for the Friday ride into the rally, especially if there is lots of snow.
Anyone else fancy a meet up?
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I went elephant rally this year great time very cold at nite and it was a mild compared to previous years ! I stayed in mcdreams hotel regensburg Good parking lots of shops restaurants walking distance so good to eat and stock up on food etc for rally ! Went on my own and didn't quite no what too expect ? So here's a few tips from my experience ! The rally is on a hillside so not to much level ground . Take a good spade as you will need to dig out the frozen snow for your tent . Take a axe for firewood . Firewood and bails of hay are for sale at the main entrance put plenty of hay under your tent before putting it up . If you got a bigger bike park on the road it's easier . Try and put boundrys with the snow around your tent as by Friday every inch of ground gets taken up ! Get a grill for over the campfire to cook on it's easier ! Hope this helps and might even go again next year il keep you informed !
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I'm planning on going to the Solla version (isn't there another one at the Nurburgring a couple of weeks later?)

Unless you're planning on walking there though the bike I'm using is likely to be the slowest thing on the road - my schedule is 2 1/2 days each way and that's being optimistic. Might be worth keeping in touch so you can give me a tow when you see me at the side of the road


How are plans coming along for this trip, I still can't commit as yet but if we decide to 'hook up' at least I have an idea of where and when you may be at.
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2013 elephanting

Hello all on this thread who are actually going in feb. I am organising a small posse of riders to head out there also, all first timers so input on here very important. One basic Q is do we have any booking to do to actually attend the rally or is it just a case of "if your stupid enough to turn up your most welcome to pitch up"....???
Spade and axe already sorted thnx..
Would be good to hook up with fellow brits on the thurs eve at one of the hotels mentioned and have some pre rally s etc

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No booking needed just turn up and pay your €20 ! just make sure u get there early on the Friday as it does get busy .I would still advise you to park your bikes on the road .and if you do when u book in just take you tent and spade no point struggling with all your gear on the ice until you've found a pitch !
I'm still debating on going again ? If I do il let you know and catch up with your guys on the Thursday
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I'm going! See you there!

Hi, everyone!

I'm going to the 2013 Elefant (1st time) and have just booked my travel/accomodation;

I'm catching the 18:00 Dover - Dunkerque ferry on Wed 30th & staying that night in the nearby Premiere Classe Dunkerque Loon Plage.

Doing the 650 miles or so to Solla on Thur 31st and staying in the Panoramahotel Schollnach. (Only a few miles from the Rally and only 30 euros a night)

Getting there early Friday morning & camping Fri & Sat nights before going back to Dunkerque Sun, staying at the same place & catching the 12:00 ferry home on Mon.

I'll be riding a black 1200gs so it would be really great to meet up with some like-minded adventurers to help me pick it up in the snow!! Let me know if you want to meet along the way.

Cheers! Ben
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Hi MEZ.
Just FYI, a couple of us will be at the Etap in Regensberg on Thurs 31st and leaving on the morning.

Adress:Junkersstrasse 1
93055 REGENSBURG
GERMANY

It's just off exit 101, E56.
Cheap and cheerful Formula 1 type thing @£30 a room.
Do a few fancy a meet there and a ride in together?
Could make our way to the
Panoramahotel in Schollnach en-route to catch up with Mad King Soup (love it)?
What do you think?
Depending on conditions I wouldn't mind getting off early just to book in and grab a bale of hay before they're sold out and sort out a good spot.

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Hi Dave,

This sounds good to me, Schollnach appears to be between the rally site and the E56 (exit 112 Iggensbach) along the St2322. I'm guessing this is the route most people will take?

I'm more than happy to hang around somewhere obvious in Schollnach & then tag along with your's and Mez's group!

It definitely looks like getting there early on the Friday is worthwhile.

What will you be riding & how many of you are there?

Cheers!

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Hi Ben.
Sounds like a good plan mate.
I'm on a GS too.
Will keep in touch with meet up times ect, as more folks might jump on board the "HU Elephant weekend" lol.
Take care.
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Hi all, Im hoping to attempt this on a Honda C90 and would appreciate a bit of company. Obviously I will be going slowly as thats pretty much all I can do, as I reckon my flat on tank top speed will be somewhere around 50mph with luggage, so no GS's please unless your prepared to stay in 1st gear all the way
Im ok with the camping as I have some gear but i dont mind a mix of cheap ibis/etap depending on your plans. I have no idea how to get there how long it will take or even if a 90cc is allowed on the main roads / motorways to get there. I would like to stay in the ibis Regensburg on the 31st to meet up with others as it sounds like it could be a good but when I tried to book it earlier it wont let me (possibly because my credit card expires on that day and the system wont allow it) I cant get a newly dated CC until 6 weeks before that date so does anyone think there will still be spaces there then ?

I am in North London.

Any help or advice is appreciated, and if your interested in joining me on this madness please pm me and we can have a chat.

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Hi Andy I am still contemplating going, if I do it will be on either a 500 Enfield or 125 Yam(ybr). I think running at 50mph with gear etc is a little ambitious, I don't mind what speed I travel at as long as I am having a laugh, I dont know what others think but I would allow 3-4 days on a small bike in freezing conditions to get there. and BTW to HU.
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Thanks for the reply, it would be great to have some company, even if it is just someone to laugh at me !!! lol

Having taken the bike out for a test ride last night in the cold and the only way i got up to 50 was downhill with a tailwind, I think once the winter luggage and my 14 stone are on the bike it may struggle with 30 so I think your 3 - 4 days estimate is a good one.

Do you think its a good idea to pre-book places or just book as you go in case of running into any problems and not being able to make it to destinations on time ?

Also anyone know where to get knobblies for a C90 ?
or is that not needed ?

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I'm only planning on 50mph on my 120cc Suzuki so I'd have thought 40mph would be closer to what a C90 would run at - and probably less on the hills. I did it (many) years ago on a C50 and that was awful - 25 to 30mph on a good road was about as much as it would do under its own power. Three of us went on totally mismatched bikes - a 750cc Triumph, an XL250 Honda and the c50 and it was impossible to stay together- the Triumph was still in first gear when the c50 was flat out.

I have camped on the outward and return legs of the journey on two Elephants but it's not that easy as all the campsites are shut so you have to find the corner of a field or something and that can be a bit tricky in the dark. Also, if the weather is nasty early on and you get frozen or soaked it can be hard to dry out or warm up in a tent knowing you've got to do it all again every day for the next week (on a C90 anyway). At least on a bike with a decent electrical output you can run heated clothing but my 6v Suzuki won't run anything other than a candle in the headlamp so I'm looking at hotels en route on the basis that prevention is better than cure.

My (rough) schedule is to leave the UK Wednesday morning and arrive at the site Friday lunchtime, so two overnight stops. Coming back I'll probably leave late morning on Sunday and try for mid afternoon Tuesday ferry / tunnel (nothing booked yet).

I've done the first part of the motorway route from Calais (as far as Brussels) twice in the last month or so in a car and concluded it's not going to be easy on a small bike doing less than the 90kph that the trucks run at. It really is wall to wall trucks and with half of the drivers watching DVDs or reading books as they go (according to the recent shock horror tv programme anyway ) it could be difficult riding on a slow bike.
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Thanks for the reply, it would be great to have some company, even if it is just someone to laugh at me !!! lol

Having taken the bike out for a test ride last night in the cold and the only way i got up to 50 was downhill with a tailwind, I think once the winter luggage and my 14 stone are on the bike it may struggle with 30 so I think your 3 - 4 days estimate is a good one.

Do you think its a good idea to pre-book places or just book as you go in case of running into any problems and not being able to make it to destinations on time ?

Also anyone know where to get knobblies for a C90 ?
or is that not needed ?

Cheers.
. Don't think you will need knobblies being such light bikes ! Get some bar muffs if your on 6 volt . I used them and put some pocket warmers in each one and rode all the way in just summer gloves
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