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Old 16 Jul 2014
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RTW, first step: Italy and the alps

Dear all:

some may have read about our plans of doing a RTW trip with my girlfriend in a KLR650:

here our plan:
Voy y Vuelvo en Moto: La Ruta en Moto alrededor del Mundo

So now we are heading to South of Germany, Austria, Check Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia... then Russia.

We already took a ferry from Barcelona to a port near Rome, we didn't have time to check all the equipment before departing and the bike was too too heavy, even the rear tire had a "burning rubber smell" after some Kms in the highway in Italy, so in Rome we changed the heavy aluminium panniers for soft ones, and we send a package to some friend in Spain with the spare drive train (chain and sprockets), with the lighter bike we rode without problems from Rome to Winterthur (near Zurich), tomorrow we ride to Germany or Austria.

But the bike is still not at easy with the weight, so yesterday we bought better springs for the rear and front suspensions (in USA, online shopping).
We hope to change them before getting into Russia. We will look for a help exchange meanwhile we wait for the parts, the idea is to let time pass and do not spend money. and do not deviate too much from our original plan, as we are in a hurry to cross Russia before autumn.

And everybody here loves our huge Safary Tank and our Chilean number plate

Here some pics:

The bike at the beginning:

The Pope at Vatican City:

KLaRa with her new luggage:

What I like the most about Italy: the scooters (the worrd reminds me the word hooters)

Alps in italy, simply beautiful

Stelvio Pass, Italian Alps (the Stelvio bike get her name from here): It is really AWESOME!! and there lots of bikers

In this Facebook album we have more pics

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Way to go! I was just through the Alps. Just amazing. My girlfriend was not so comfortable on such passes. I'm in Krakow, Poland (Awsome City) now about to cross northern Ukraine this weekend and to Russia and Mongolia. Ill look for you guys on the road!!
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Cool... It would be great to met you somewhere, probably in Russia...our bike has a huge white translucid tanks... How is your bike?? Are you two up too??
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