UK to Greece ride May 2022.

Treeman

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I am from North Wales and I am going on a ride down to Greece in May 2023.I plan to go France.Switzland.Italy.Austria.Slovenia.Croatia.Montenegreo.Albania.Greece.Then ride up to Moldova.Bulgaria.Romania.back towards Albania and back through the Balkans for home.I can ride up to 700 miles a day in the boring bits from North Wales to Switzerland but only want to be doing 300 miles a day in the interesting bits.The furthest I have been east is Slovenia on a bike.and these countries I'm going to. have been on my wish list to visit for some time now.I am 59 soon and want to get there before I'm to old to do it.Has anyone ridden down to Greece on a super tenere and how many days did it take them to get there? I have been warned about the Police in Macedonia stopping you for speeding when you clearly have not.then wanting cash or your bike is impounded.Any advice on visiting the countries mentioned would be appreciated.
 

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If you're in Italy at weekend I will be more than happy to show you around...
I live up on the north east, not far from Dolomites, if you plan to pass by let me know and I will do my best to ride with you.
 

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Not sure if you are interested but...
My two favourite passes (?) in Switzerland are Furka and the less famous Fluela ones....
Passo del San Gottardo is also worth to be driven - seen if you were to come that way...
Here a couple of pictures taken oIMG_20221211_161851.jpgIMG_20221211_161730.jpgn internet
 

Treeman

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I plan to ride the roads around the Dolomites on the trip.Your bike is the same colour as mine.same top box and pannier rack too.I have seen some stunning You Tube videos of Albania and Montenegro.and it is a place I have wanted to ride to for about 2 years now.Are all the roads around The Dolomites open in May? (Snow)
 

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Usually yes but it obviously depends on the weather...
But as far as I can remember you may find the snow beside the roads but the road itself it is fine .
 

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As far as I remember, I always paid the fuel with my credit card (Visa), first the fuel, then go inside and pay. No troubles with the police at all, the way around, they were friendly to me. Drive carefully and in a defensive manner. The roads are narrow and they drive like crazy. Be careful when it rains, the asphalt is smooth and slippery. Be careful with the wind in the Croatian coast. As I use to say, "I survived the Balkans" But it is a very worthy trip.
 

Treeman

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As far as I remember, I always paid the fuel with my credit card (Visa), first the fuel, then go inside and pay. No troubles with the police at all, the way around, they were friendly to me. Drive carefully and in a defensive manner. The roads are narrow and they drive like crazy. Be careful when it rains, the asphalt is smooth and slippery. Be careful with the wind in the Croatian coast. As I use to say, "I survived the Balkans" But it is a very worthy trip.
Here in England and Wales we have thousands of fuel station's.Your not likely to run out of fuel on a motorcycle here.I found fuel stations were scarce in Norway.and never rode with less than 160km in the tank.Were there any countries on your route where fuel stations were rarely seen?
 

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No, it is plenty of stations. As a funny note, you will find Russian petrol brands like Gazprom and Lukoil. I found funny to stop in those Russian stations and fill the tank up there. The fuel is like any other else, it burns and the bike goes. These are small countries, you do 100 km and you change the country. I paid with the card whenever possible and I also changed some pocket money. So, if the petrol is cheap, it is cheap in some countries, others not, fill up the tank before leaving. They all have their own currencies, almost all of them, there are one or two who are using euros, but they don't trust in the neighbour`s currency. This means that you won't be able to change your pocket money when you are in another country because the banks won't take it. Go to a supermarket and buy something to expend your last coins in a given currency before exiting. Currencies there are a mess. The banks change dollars, euros and I guess UK pounds with no trouble. The ATMs will give you some local money too.
 

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If you haven't seen it already, check out the UKGSer forum travel section - S10 owners welcome.

One of the guys undertook a very similar trip back in the summer & detailed the whole experience.

This little jog is around 4500 miles, with around 3000 miles of slab riding to get the miles done in a timely fashion; 3 weeks ideally. Double that for any meandering/sightseeing.

PS: Here is the Athens trip report I mentioned .... https://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/581193-Athens-and-Back-the-Trip-Report
 
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AlanSmith7

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Sounds so much thrilling. So how’s your tour going? How much time did it take you to ride the motorcycle? I am sure it's so much cool and full of adventure.
 
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