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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Well, late summer. Yours truly is in the black jacket with the white horizontal stripe...

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Tom that is so fricken cool. How did you get picked to ride something like this? Also did yourent a bike or where they given to you to use?
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Tom that is so fricken cool. How did you get picked to ride something like this? Also did yourent a bike or where they given to you to use?

They had an article in an issue last spring saying to fill out an application as to why you should be picked as a guest road tester for the magazine for this Naked Bike Road Test in Europe, and then they'd pick a "Lucky Seven" to go.

The way it worked when we got there was you'd switch bikes a couple times/day. That way you'd get to ride all the bikes (9 in all) at least a couple times over the course of the trip. Bikes included the BMW S1000R, KTM Superduke, Ducati Street fighter, Triumph Speed Triple, Honda, Kawasaki, and on. There is a big article on the trip in the December issue of Motorcyclist, if you're interested.

You still racing? Or track riding?

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Yeah still racing. Supermoto not big bikes. Raced Pikes Peak this year on a Aprilia SXV 550.

Out of all the bikes which one did you like the best?
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Yeah still racing. Supermoto not big bikes. Raced Pikes Peak this year on a Aprilia SXV 550.

Out of all the bikes which one did you like the best?


Pikes Peak? Very cool. I'd like to do that. Maybe we can discuss it over a beer or 3 sometime.

Best bike: The BMW S1000R. Superbike performance in a comfortable package you can ride all day.


My top 3 were:
1) BMW S1000R
2) Triumph Speed Triple
3) KTM Superduke

The consensus winner was the S1000. Then, a lot of guys liked the Superduke, but I think they're drinking the Kool Aid. Comfortable bike with great torque, but still has the abrupt on/off throttle response that is particularly annoying in the hairpin switchbacks (of which there are plenty if the Alps)

I never considered the Speed Triple, until I rode it on this trip. If BMW didn't produce the S1000R, I'd have one in my garage right now.

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Yeah still racing. Supermoto not big bikes. Raced Pikes Peak this year on a Aprilia SXV 550.

Out of all the bikes which one did you like the best?



BTW: Here is the official link for the video: (The other was an early release one)

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/vi...ss-reader-tour


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Awesome - Hats off to you good sir

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That must have been an awesome experience .


It was great fun. Riding all the top bikes back to back on the best roads is in itself remarkable. When you combine that with the fact people over there know how to drive makes it riding Nirvana. When you come up on someone in a car on the mountain passes (or anywhere, actually) they get out of the way. They're courteous and move over to let bikes pass. Imagine people doing that here.

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Awesome - Hats off to you good sir


Thanks, Bug. You still doing Supermoto?

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Thanks, Bug. You still doing Supermoto?
No Sir - my last crash with the ribs and back put me over the edge - Sold the lot of my crap and became even older and slower - Now I just roll the Harley and talk loudly among those who do not know me about how bad ass and fast i use to be

It pains me to see you took my beloved SuperDuke as #3 - Was it the 1290r? - I have not watched the full vid yet as stupid work keeps interupting

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that's an awesome video! you look like the tallest guy in the group!
did anyone call you Fritz Kling (RIP) by mistake?

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No Sir - my last crash with the ribs and back put me over the edge - Sold the lot of my crap and became even older and slower - Now I just roll the Harley and talk loudly among those who do not know me about how bad ass and fast i use to be

It pains me to see you took my beloved SuperDuke as #3 - Was it the 1290r? - I have not watched the full vid yet as stupid work keeps interupting


Yes, it was the new Superduke (actually, we had two of them) Comfortable, big power, a couple guys liked it better than the S1000. It's probably just a matter of personal preference. The thing is, the S1000 is comfortable, has just as much power, but with no snatchy throttle response at low speed. Plus heated grips, a quick shifter and cruise control (don't laugh, it's nice to have on a 300+ mile day, if only just to let your right hand rest for 15 seconds)

Sorry to hear about your crash. I too, found that a fall from a supermoto bike is a longer fall to the ground than when low siding from a sport bike. As a matter of fact, since getting the S1000, I've done a couple track days (Had to stop racing/track riding years ago due to knees, hip. Can't fold this old frame into a sportbike crouch anymore) Anyway, it's allowed me to at least get out on the track a couple times a year and mix it up a little (I had to move down into Intermediate because I don't safety wire my bike but that's fine, I'm slow now anyway. But it makes you feel fast though, when you're a big fish riding in a small pond) Haha

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that's an awesome video! you look like the tallest guy in the group!
did anyone call you Fritz Kling (RIP) by mistake?

edelweiss tour is on my bucket list.... has been since the 90s.


Haha. Thanks. But no, no one mistook me for Fritz. I recommend taking the Edelweiss trip, but realize it's better if you go with the Motorcyclist group or something similar. Reason being, the riders tend to be more skilled/faster than on an ordinary Edelweiss trip. On the normal trips, you tend to get older, extra cautious (read: slower) riders. Still fun, but the guides loved us on this tour because they get to go fast instead of plodding along so everyone can keep up.

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Sorry, just learned how to embed a video. This should make it easier to view.

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LOL at the Mobile Plank at 5:40. hahahahah!
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LOL at the Mobile Plank at 5:40. hahahahah!


Hah. Yes, that's Aaron Frank. The Editor at Large for Motorcyclist. We were droning along on the Autobahn towards Italy at about 95 mph, bored out of our minds, and then Aaron comes by doing his best Rollie Free imitation on the woefully under-powered Moto Guzzi trying to get it to go over 100. Funniest guy I've ever ridden with.


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