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Hi all, I returned home from this year's Dutch organised International Transalp Treffen late on Saturday night.

The event was truly superb.

Set in a beautiful location, a hotel with good facilities and excellent standard of food & service.
Everybody was so friendly and welcoming, the whole meeting felt like a big family get-together :p with members attending from about nine European countries in total and over 160 participents

Now for some pic's (I'll base this thread on just the ITT and post another for the rest of my trip)

On arrival at the hotel Jagerhof, most of us resembled drowned rats, many traveling through horrendous rain for hours on end, some even encountering snow!
The arrivals continued late into the evening.


The dry room soon turned into a 'wet' room, with drenched motorcycle kit!




After the meal on Thursday evening, time for a little socialising, then the Greek members treated us to some traditional Greek music & dancing.







Soon to be turned into drunken malarkey!




The following day (Friday), after breakfast, time for more chatter and a look around the bike park!
Bright sunshine today.



Which showed quite a variety of bikes (and some in varying states of disrepair!)

Obviously there were numerous Transalps of various ages, specification and condition.....

Here's a very nice Greek owned late model 600 Alp in black




A very well used early '90s 600 owned by one of the Dutch Transalp club ITT crew




There were two XLV750 R's, one owned by one of the Dutch Transalp club ITT crew, the other owned (I think) by his wife.
The 1987 Alp next to it is another bike from the Netherlands and covered in excess of 180,000 kms - I believe, and in exceptional condition.




An Italian couple two up on the Aprillia Capo (Giamarco & Benedetta) - but we can excuse them this once!
Sign in the screen say's "My little sister is at home" awww.




Sign O' the Times!




Another well used & abused Alp, this time a pre '90s drum brake model




A totally immaculate Norton




A lady owned VFR 750 from Germany, again immaculate. Hubby had a 650 Alp




A rather nice KTM 640 Super Moto




An early '90s 600 with a Ural sidecar attached and the German owner, the Border Collie looked at home!



There were three Alp, sidecar outfits at the meet.
Along with Africa Twins, Varadero's, KTM's, various BMW's and a couple of Goldwings!


More to follow!

Phil
 

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Friday had the option of a rideout or whitewater rafting on the river Inn, about 18 of us chose to go rafting. Much fun was had by all!

These two from Greece prepared for the off!




Safely back to dry land.




After the rafting two of us head for the hills, a beautiful day and beautiful scenery.




A dirt side track had us side tracked!
It ended after about 100 yards....
Here's Arjen an XRV 750 rider from the netherlands




That evening, we were treated to a BBQ outside the hotel, more socialising, bike talk, travel talk, drink and music!





Oh and dancing!




And yet more drinking - this is to celebrate Ralfs birthday - well, it'd be rude not too!




yet more to follow!

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Saturday, after another fabulous eat as much as you like breakfast was a ride up to the Kauntertal glacier, pretty much everyone attended this run out, which was spectacular in every respect.

We had a police escort, roads were blocked to let us through and a seemingly endless stream of bikes making the trip!

Here, preparing to leave the hotel.




Queing up for the toll.




A break, part way up.




Water levels are suprisingly low.







The road according to Satnav :D




Biking, skiing, snowboarding....





After the ride to the galcier, a few of us had a play in the local stone quarry, a few scarry moments but fortunately all plastics remained unscathed!



Yet more to follow....

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Saturday evening, the last evening of the meet :(

The final speeches were made, as the Greek members had to head off early on Sunday morning :salute:

Unfortunately I have no pics of this moment.....

The Greek Transalp club gave a proposal to hold next years ITT - May 2008, a talk and slideshow were given, what a fantastic trip that will be. I believe they are working on the event already.


Later that night, while sat at the bar I was chatting to Maurizio, an Italian member and talking all things Transalp & beyond, as i was intending heading to the Dolomites for a couple of days after the ITT, Maurizio gave some pointers of where to head and suggested I travelled with the Italian guy's (& gal!) to Bolzano, a kind offer. Agreed!

Sunday came, hands shaken, backs slapped, email address's exchanged and everyone headed in their own directions.

I headed out of Austria with the friendly company of 6 Italians, roads and scenery were beyond words.







A group photo, from left to right;
Giampaolo, myself, Maurizio, Ruggero, Ricciolo, Giammarco & Benedetta (hope I've got them all right!)





I never said anyone could borow my car while away....




The Italian side of the pass was even more spectacular




Until disaster strook, you know that horrible sick/sinking feeling in your heart when bikes are parked by the side of the road.....







Fortunately the rider - Ruggero, suffered only a couple of scratches.

Here, looking quite cheerful alongside his recovered bike!




A steady ride followed as we headed to Forst, a town with a brewery of the same name, we found an outdoor cafe for some food & drink, the place was busy, quite a few bikers there & the Moto GP from LeMans was played on big screens.




From there we all headed off in our own directions.

I would like to thank the Italian group for being so friendly and accomodating for a lonesome Brit.


The 2007 ITT was a resounding success, everybody is so friendly and accomodating, the whole event felt like one big extended family!

Organisational wise the Dutch Transalp club have made a fantastic job of this years meet.

Next year the ITT is to be held in Greece! Yes Greece is a long way from the UK, but this promisises to be the trip of a lifetime, next May is a long way off but I for one will be doing everything possible to attend.

Anyone else up for it???

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Great report Phil

Can I book my passout now :D :D :D

Well if I get the bike fixed :( .

IanS
 

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Looks like it was a great meet. Where abouts in Greece will next year's be held? I'd love to come - probably won't when it comes to it (time, money etc.), but it would help to know for planning ahead...
 

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Looks like more fun than being here. V jealous.
 

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Looks like it was a great meet. Where abouts in Greece will next year's be held? I'd love to come - probably won't when it comes to it (time, money etc.), but it would help to know for planning ahead...
The ITT is held on Assencion(?) weekend, next year we believe that it will be sometime around the beginning of May.

Next years event is being worked on as we speak, the finer details will be confirmed around Christmas time.

The nearest port to where the event is to be held is Patra, the event itself a village called Parga (I think!).

There are several options to get there;

* Ride the full distance, through the former Yougoslavia, a very long way, two Greek guys rode to Zams that way & it was 2500kms.

* Ride to Venice and get a 24 hour ferry to the port of Patra.

* Ride to Brindisi in Italy, overnight ferry to Corfu there are several options to get from there to the mainland.

I'm sure that there are more options but these seem the most obvious.
The Greek Transalp club will also try to work some discounts with the ferry companies, to ease the financial cost a little.

There was a mention that some of the German group are looking into filling a container with bikes to transport them to Greece to reduce saddle time.

As a ballpark figure viamichelin & my satnav suggested just over 1000 miles & 16 hours from Northern England to Zams Austria (but I went the scenic way ;) ).

I believe the trip would be do-able in two weeks but would need a couple of dedicated days riding - there & back.

Chris, passed through Lewisham on may way back on Saturday, feel bad for not popping in for a cuppa but was on a mission looking at a couple of ebay bikes for Becky, one not far from you, the other near Chelmsford (hence the 11.30 return home... - good job I enjoy riding the bike!)
 

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Chris, passed through Lewisham on may way back on Saturday, feel bad for not popping in for a cuppa but was on a mission looking at a couple of ebay bikes for Becky, one not far from you, the other near Chelmsford (hence the 11.30 return home... - good job I enjoy riding the bike!)
If you need the one near me looking after there is room in my garage for two.
 

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If you need the one near me looking after there is room in my garage for two.
Cheers for the offer Chris but just done a deal on this

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290116633442&rd=1&rd=1

Hope fully it will last a bit longer in Becky's hands than the Ducati.....

This one near you had a suspiciously lot of wear on the frame, grips, pegs and brake disks for 7000kms!!!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=230132716059&rd=1&rd=1http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=290116633442&rd=1&rd=1


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The ITT is held on Assencion(?) weekend, next year we believe that it will be sometime around the beginning of May.

Next years event is being worked on as we speak, the finer details will be confirmed around Christmas time.

The nearest port to where the event is to be held is Patra, the event itself a village called Parga (I think!).

There are several options to get there;

* Ride the full distance, through the former Yougoslavia, a very long way, two Greek guys rode to Zams that way & it was 2500kms.

* Ride to Venice and get a 24 hour ferry to the port of Patra.

* Ride to Brindisi in Italy, overnight ferry to Corfu there are several options to get from there to the mainland.

I'm sure that there are more options but these seem the most obvious.
The Greek Transalp club will also try to work some discounts with the ferry companies, to ease the financial cost a little.

There was a mention that some of the German group are looking into filling a container with bikes to transport them to Greece to reduce saddle time.

As a ballpark figure viamichelin & my satnav suggested just over 1000 miles & 16 hours from Northern England to Zams Austria (but I went the scenic way ;) ).

I believe the trip would be do-able in two weeks but would need a couple of dedicated days riding - there & back.

Chris, passed through Lewisham on may way back on Saturday, feel bad for not popping in for a cuppa but was on a mission looking at a couple of ebay bikes for Becky, one not far from you, the other near Chelmsford (hence the 11.30 return home... - good job I enjoy riding the bike!)
Hi to all forum members.
I'm Kostas , the guy that had the "difficult" :rolleyes: part of presenting the ITT2008 invitation in Zams.
It came to my attention this forum conversation.As part of the organization team who i am, I would like to give some details and answers.
Later this information‘ll be more accurate and timely at the official ITT2008 website (www.itt2008.com) (still working the program).

1. The days the next ITT2008 will be held is 1-4 May 2008
2. The place is Parga , in the northern-west part of Greece
3. The nearest international port is Igoumenitsa (less than 50kms, 30min)
This ferry route is the easiest way to come. Catch the ferry from Ancona or Venice or Bari and depart directly to Igoumenitsa. 30 min easy ride and you are to Parga's beach hotel
4. Another interesting route to come ,is through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Fyrom, Florina (Greece), Ioannina (greece), Parga (paradise….)
This route we followed 16 motorbikes (22 persons) to Austria this year
(not 2 guys...but 20+ guys !). Very interesting route, but 2500kms from Zams.
5. The days schedule is not ready yet but we are working on it. Soon it‘ll be announced to www.itt2008.com
6.Ferry Discount is already arranged.
7. At least in the first days of September we'll start providing detailed information and booking participants, maybe sooner.

That’s all for now.
I have to mention that all the Hellas Transalp Club members are very proud and excited in the idea of hosting the next ITT. We are working for the best possible schedule and
To keep the participation fee as low as possible.
Stay tuned to www.itt2008.com as the next days it ll be up and running.

Ps. Piguglyshandydrinker : Thank you very much for providing details about itt2008
 

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Hi mate, looks like a great trip you had there. I'm off to europe myself in august, heading across to poland, down to slovenia and back along the alps. It's my first time doing anything like this on the bike so I have a few questions. Do you mind if I PM you with a couple of questions ?.

(We did actually meet briefly at the BEE at eyetees place in february)


Thanks.

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Hi mate, looks like a great trip you had there. I'm off to europe myself in august, heading across to poland, down to slovenia and back along the alps. It's my first time doing anything like this on the bike so I have a few questions. Do you mind if I PM you with a couple of questions ?.

(We did actually meet briefly at the BEE at eyetees place in february)


Thanks.

Paul
Hiya there, how's things?
Sounds like quite a trip you have palanned there - of course I'm not envious :rolleyes:

Sure, feel free to pm me, I'll help where I can but I'm sure there are many on this forum with much more experience of such trips than me, it may be worth starting a general thread if you require info on the places you intend to visit.

Phil
 
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