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I've just got back from Sicily (coach, not bike). I saw a few Guzzis while I was there, including that unicorn of bikes, the V9. BMWs were the most common, followed by Hondas, then Guzzis. I only spotted three Ducatis (four if you count the postman's electric four wheeler).
They're shooting two new episodes of Inspector Montelbano in and around Ragusa. Keep your eyes open for locations if you're down that way.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2017 at 08:25
I'm envious too, Sicily is somewhere I want to go. Twice I've tried but never managed it: last September I ended up on Corsica (for 3 weeks) instead, this year I ended up just north of Rome (Castiglione Della Pescaia, for 4 weeks). Corsica I took 1200 Sport & wife flew in, Castiglione was car not bike, shame but there were granchildren & cots involved, plus wife deserved a holiday she could bring back loads souvenirs.
 
Next year we're compromising: driving down but towing Guzzi on trailer for use at destination.
 
How do you cope with June heat in Sicily? We left Castiglione, north of Rome, last Saturday and the heat was already oppressive. About 29C and sweating crazily in shorts & t-shirt. Yesterday spent evening near Grenoble and it's even hotter, even in shade it's too hot to be borne even in shorts & sandals.
 
In Castiglione in May I notice biking gear is already t- shirt & shorts for most, trainers, open face helmet & no gloves. A hardy few wear full textiles, commonly N. European bikes, and they look seriously uncomfortable. What's your hot weather kit??
 
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Lightweight textile jacket, Levi 501's, thin leather gloves and bloody great heavy long boots.The boots prevent overheating of the shins.Davida open face helmet that I wear all year round (can't stand full face helmets.)and often a bandana of some sort loosely worn around the neck and soaked in water as often as possible.This cools the carotid artery in the neck and wards off heat-induced headaches.At least that's the theory but it seems to help.
Many years ago when riding in Spain, wearing jeans and a tee-shirt (naughty naughty.)I would stop in village squares where there would often be a fountain and dunk the tee-shirt. put it back on and continue on my way.The relief would last about ten minutes by which time the shirt would be bone dry.
Whatever the discomforts it's better than riding in the cold and rain.

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Then again, the options are myriad.

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One Man Caravan- that must be the best motorcycle adventure book ever!  I think it's better than Jupiter's travels - and that sets the bar high.

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Originally posted by Glawster Glawster wrote:

One Man Caravan- that must be the best motorcycle adventure book ever!  I think it's better than Jupiter's travels - and that sets the bar high.


Agree. Fascinating book, the world was much safer then, bizarrely.
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Quote One Man Caravan- that must be the best motorcycle adventure book ever!  
 
Something to add to my Kindle then.
 
Somehow I doubt our hero had to contend with a Mothercare travel cot (3 foot long weighs a ton), 40 nappies, a rucksack of toys for one year old, cot mattress 4ftx2ft, and the hero's wife + all her "essentials". {Sigh}
 
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Serviced the 850GT today.Gathered together the tools, spare cables, relay and other bits and bobs.Finally got around to adjusting the gear change linkage for a better down change and got a new front tyre fitted.I'm not going 'till Friday but as I usually leave everything to the last minute I thought I'd try to be better organised this time.
I wonder what I've forgotten ??

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Ride safe Dave and enjoy.I also practice the art of dunking my scarves and T shirts in the fountain of youth on hot days in the saddle,makes you feel so much younger and cool.
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In Erice 2000ft up

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Sunset in Palermo

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Dustbowl blues.Sunburn protection,38c in the shade,if any could be found.
NO,that isn't me !!!

Edited by Dave P. - 28 Jun 2017 at 23:59

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Where shall we go for lunch?

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For fans of the Godfather. The fatal Opera House steps.

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At "Camping Moto" Parc de Vercors France.
The GT never missed a beat.She used a little less than a half litre of oil in three thousand miles and Lord knows how much petrol.

Edited by Dave P. - 28 Jun 2017 at 23:54

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