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Old 22.09.2009, 20:27
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Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

I don't know if this belongs here or somewhere else but it great countryside ound here ...
Just looking for others to go out with to make it more social ...
I take it there isn't a motorcyle section as such?
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Old 22.09.2009, 20:40
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

I would love to eat a few alpine passes with a group. I live in St Gallen and plan on taking the Stelvio pass this weekend, anybody game?
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Old 22.09.2009, 21:03
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

Sunday morning I opened a bloodshot eye, the sun was streaming in my face mocking me, teasing me, in my head the Wehrmacht was marching to Warsaw again complete with tanks, stukas and a brass band, Slammer had dabbled in brewing ginger ale. I had imagined a light refreshing gentle carbonated beverage.
My mind had me languishing on the balcony, ipod in ear, skin soaking in the suns ray´s and a pitcher of ice cold ginger ale complete with ice cubes and decorated with a sprig of mint on the table.
Something had gone horribly, horribly wrong, the alkohol content was off the scale.
Saturday had rained and I had decided that a afternoon on the couch watching Startrek TNG and drinking Ginger ale was the in thing to do.
Now it was Sunday and the sun quite persistent in waking me up, the only thing to do now was jam the beemer under my butt and head into the mountains, I looked around the flat there was work to do but sod it. Slammer´s flat is a typical male, single mans abode, the washing was doing it´s best to climb out of it´s basket, I call it affectionally "the blob" and treat is almost like a pet, I feed it a sock every now and then, on the bathroom shelf male grooming products fight for space with shell Helix plus engine oil,
....in the fridge there are things that growl and snap.
Time to flee.
I looked in my wallet and found a few Euros lurking among the Franks and decided to visit the dark side (Austria).
by 12.00 I was on the motorway heading down towards Lichtenstein, turning off below Feldkirch towards the Montafon.

http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/rhinevalley jpg
My home, the high Rhine valley, just off the motorway near Lichtenstein


Ripped of from Wikipedia:
Montafon is a valley in Austria that extends from the city of Bludenz to the Silvretta mountain range. It is also known in the local dialect as Muntafu.
The Stand Montafon is the association of the ten valley villages. The main village is Schruns.
A number of celebrities have stayed in the valley, such as Ernest Hemingway and Erich Kästner; The noted opera singer Elisabeth Schwarzkopf spent her last years in Schruns, where she died on 2 August, 2006.
Montafon is famous for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. There are two 9-hole golf courses, one in Tschagguns and one in Partenen.
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/railwaybridge2 jpg
Past Bludenz, a castle stuck on a mountain, Duh not another one:-)

I rode through Bludenz and decided it was a really beautiful town, maybe in Winter I will take a train there and go skiing. (Ha ha ha! No seriously, the thought of Slammer hurtling uncontrolled down a mountain side is just too horrible, just imagine the comic ball of snow with legs and skis sticking out)

I went up the Silvretta, a magical place, the haunting music to the legend of the glass mountain could have been composed just for this place.
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/lakemilkofmagnesia jpg
A lake of milk of magnesia at 2032 meters, cheap digital cameras just do not do the glaciers justice.
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/silverettelake jpg
A small boat taking hikers to the other side of the lake


Close curves, hairpins, turns and serpentines, the ride up had me standing in the stirrups, the bike gripped the asphalt and I was able to take the curves at a deep angle.
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/mountainkings jpg
Mountain kings.
All too soon at 2032 meters the Pass was reached, it was nice and cool and the glaciers reflected the sun like diamonds, this is the land of the blue mountains, lakes with water the color of milk

http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/siverettadam jpg
can you hear the score to "the legend of the glass mountain?"

• Piz Linard 3411m (11,201 feet)
• Fluchthorn 3399m (11,165 feet)
• Piz Buin 3312m (10,880 feet)
• Verstanclahorn 3301m (10,831 feet)
• Piz Fliana 3284m (10,775 feet)
• Silvrettahorn 3244m (10,657 feet)
• Augstenberg 3228m (10,611 feet)
• Plattenhörner 3221m (10,568 feet)
• Dreiländerspitze 3212m (10,539 feet)
• Piz Tasna 3183m (10,443 feet)
• Gross Seehorn 3123m (10,247 feet)
• Gross Litzner 3111m (10,207 feet)
• Flüela Wisshorn 3088m(10,132 feet)
• Piz Minschun 3072m(10,079 feet)
• Piz Faschalba 3051m(10,010 feet)
• Piz Davo Lais 3027m
• Pischahorn 2982m (9784 feet)
• Hohes Rad 2912m (9554 feet)
• Plattenpspitze 2880m (9449 feet)
• Sattelkopf 2863m
• Vermuntkopf 2851m
• Kromerspitze 2830m
• Hochmaderer 2823m
• Valgraggeskopf 2820m
• Vallüla 2813m
The range of mountains you can see is breathtaking, just read the list and tell me you do not want to grab a backpack, get your walking sticks and go rambling.
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/justthethingtocooloff jpg
Mountain river
On the way down it started to get hot I decided to cool off, a nice river would be just the job, it was, the males among you readers will know what I mean when I say: "the water was 1 inch cold"
http //i27 photobucket com/albums/c152/yar999/coolwater jpg
One inch water.

It was a eight hour run all in all and I got back home as it was getting dark
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

Keep me in mind - can't do this weekend, as I have stiches in a sensitive area !!
But may early Oct

I need to get the bikes registered here in CH
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

Ok early October it is, lets not leave it too long as the pass closes end of October.
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Old 22.09.2009, 22:40
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

Slammer - The links to the pictures don't work.
Also it is the same text in your post that appears that appears in the

lancashire telegraph.

and the

Burnley & Pendle Citizen

and the
Asian Image - the UK's leading Asian news website

See
http://www.google.com/search?q=http+...hl=en&filter=0

Weird - how is that happening?
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Old 22.09.2009, 22:47
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

Wow it has gotten around a bit, I live mostly on the LET forum and have posted it there along with some other stories, it got good critics so I wanted to share here as well.
As for the links copy and paste and do not forget the : and the . in the empty spaces.
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Wow it has gotten around a bit, I live mostly on the LET forum and have posted it there along with some other stories, it got good critics so I wanted to share here as well.
As for the links copy and paste and do not forget the : and the . in the empty spaces.
LET Forum?
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Lancashire evening telegraph, Slammer is a Blackburn lad slammer is.
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Never mind , could be worse , you could be Man (we can't tell the time)Yoo fan!
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

I would suggest to check out the Greifensee area.. it is only 15-20kms from Zurich city center but has beautiful view..
I was driving with the car and happened to drive thru an amazing forest road (loads of curves and up/down) to end up in Greifensee..

Unfortunately I cannot recommend anything else since I am only here since late August
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I would suggest to check out the Greifensee area.. it is only 15-20kms from Zurich city center but has beautiful view..
I was driving with the car and happened to drive thru an amazing forest road (loads of curves and up/down) to end up in Greifensee..

Unfortunately I cannot recommend anything else since I am only here since late August
I, in turn, a litle further afield would suggest the Klausen, Grimsel, Furka and St Gotthards passes ... along with Stevlio, Ofen, Fuela, Gt Std Bernard, Pte St Bernard ...

In my previous stint here , I lived not far from the Griefensee, so know it well ...

I just want some buddies to hoon around with !!
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Re: Motorcycle ride-outs in the Zurich area ...

resurrecting this long-dormant thread - I'll be bringing my bike over in the 2021 spring.

Is anyone aware of any groups around Zurich or Zug, or would be interested in meeting up once the spring weather arrives next year?
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resurrecting this long-dormant thread - I'll be bringing my bike over in the 2021 spring.

Is anyone aware of any groups around Zurich or Zug, or would be interested in meeting up once the spring weather arrives next year?
The general advice is to get on facebook and find the International Motorcycle Club Switzerland. Mixed bunch with plenty of rides. I've been along a few times but I often prefer my solo exploration.
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The general advice is to get on facebook and find the International Motorcycle Club Switzerland. Mixed bunch with plenty of rides. I've been along a few times but I often prefer my solo exploration.
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