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Author Topic: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5  (Read 795 times)

Finnrider

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The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« on: October 13, 2013, 03:17:40 PM »
I've just returned back home to Finland from my road trip from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean with my C5.

The route took me from the Baltic Sea coast of Germany to Malaga in Spain, a total of 1600 miles in 15 days. I was mostly driving on the smaller roads, avoiding the highways and basically any road with a speed limit over 55 mph.

Along the way were some of the very best riding locations in Europe: the Harz mountain range, Thuringian Forest and Black Forest in Germany, through Switzerland from Lake Konstanz to the valley of the river Rhone. In France from Chamonix near Mont Blanc to the Perenees, and the Spanish east coast with its mountainous wine-growing region, all the way to Costa del Sol, almost at Gibraltar.

The Bullet Classic EFI C5 is a solid road bike even for long distance driving. I had no technical problems at all, and all the attention I got was positive. I had about 50 pounds of stuff with me, in the side panniers and on the rear carrier. The average fuel consumption was 65 mpg.

The bike is a 2012 model. When I started my trip it had already 4750 miles on it.  For this trip I replaced the original headlight, indicators, brake disc, brake pads and brake shoes. All those parts ordered from Hitchcocks in Britain.

The bike will stay the winter in Spain. Next spring I'll bring it back, this time taking the more easterly route via Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and the small Baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

I genuinely recommend Royal Enfield with the UCE engine for long road trips. I don't see how the trip would have been any better with a modern touring bike, like BMW or Triumph, probably less interesting in fact.
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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 01:06:08 AM »
Wow, that sounds like one fun ride with some beautiful views.  Thanks for sharing!  Do you happen to have any more pics to share?   :D

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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 02:49:01 AM »
Sounds like an awesome trip.  You should put together a ride report with some pics.


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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 09:17:40 AM »
Yes, please!  Most of us must live vicariously through you guys who are able to do some proper long-distance rides...

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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 03:03:33 AM »
beautiful story, ride and bike... envy. cannot wait to do these trips.. and yes, post more photos please!
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Finnrider

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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2013, 03:45:46 PM »
More pics from Winding roads of Europe:


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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2013, 06:59:49 PM »
Beautiful!  I don't know how I'd stay on the road - I'd be looking everywhere but where I was going!

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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 12:59:33 AM »
Finnrider: Thanks for the pics, I miss the beauty of Europe...Looks like great riding ahead. Looks like that bike is working out for you...
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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 01:37:41 AM »
Finnrider,
Thanks for the pics, looks and sound like a great ride. And thanks for the endorsement of the bike for a sustained trip. Some of us are thinking of a long haul and it's good to hear of successful runs with few or no problems.
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Re: The Winding Road through Europe with a C5
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2013, 03:41:08 AM »
Those views look absolutely breath taking, thanks for sharing those.  That must have been one memorable adventure. 

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