Archive | March 2013

MC fair at Lillestrøm – the tale of a kid in a candystore

3 days, a couple of hundred exzibits… what’s not to like?

What a fantastic weekend! The first day was spent getting a rough overview. Where the different exzibits where placed. Discovering that KTM, BMW and Touratech was placed right next to each other (YAY). Then walking around talking to people, testing a couple of the favourite bikes, pestering the nice sales reps from BMW and Touratech with questions..

I think it may be love at first sight, and it felt mutual
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I do admit that I was biased towards the BMW before I came to Lillestrøm, but I had decided to look around with an open mind. Had I missed any details? Maybe one of the other bikes where a more comfortable fit both in height, ground clearance, seat comfort etc. So I shopped around a little bit. And I kept coming back to the BMW and Touratech stand pestering them with new questions, or just to try to compare other bikes with what for me turned out to be the benchmark.

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The last little Honda, although an offroad capable little maching, is more in the category “Liferaft”. I may concider putting this in one of my paniers. Seems like a good idea, no?

Final choices

But, after all is said and done, there is no doubt in my mind or my heart that the BMW R 1200 GSA  is the way to go for my 15 month adventure around the world. The pros and cons I have earlier stated in this post http://lostbiker.net/2012/09/01/bmw-or-ktm-trying-to-choose/
However again having tested and prodded and poked and gawked at all the likely and unlikely competitors, I am now firm in my decision.

Now, I’m not trying to pick a fight over which bike is better, I  only now feel very strongly about which bike is best for me.
May all riders, male and female alike, pick and choose wisely for their own needs, unencumbered by any kind of external pressure.

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Earfoon
Walkin around on the last day of the fair, we stumbled upon EARfoon’s stand. It took very little convincing for me to order and have custom molded earplugs for the MC-riding. Tom, my mate and photograher on the fair, found the moulding-process picture worthy.. Anyone seen Shreck?
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Offroad Cource

Lastly, a big milestone for me was getting in touch with a very helpful Offroad Instructor from Touratech, Torgrim. So nice to get hints and tips form people who have actually made fairly long trips. There are plenty of people who have strong oppinion on stuff they know very little about. But here was someone who knew what he was talking about.
Anyway, as an end note to my meeting the nice guys at Touratech, I booked a 2 day basic offroad / gravel cource in Sweeden at the end of may 2013. Here I’ll get som proper training on a rented BMW R1200 GSA.

Chrck it out: http://offroadschool.se/vad-lar-jag-mig/

I can hardly wait! Looking forward to it so much that I added a new countdown widget on the front page right side. Awsome days to come!