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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TenCats, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Darren

    Darren Member

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    Welcome. Im considering getting ferry to the netherlands in July and touring for a bit before heading into Germany and possibly Czech Republic.
    What is Holland like for biking? any must see places or to avoid?
     
  2. TenCats

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    Ah thanks. Not just around the corner, but maybe I'll have a look this week.
     
  3. TenCats

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    Hi Darren.

    Sorry it took a while, but here's my answer.
    In principle it's great fun to ride a bike in The Netherlands, but you'll have to get used to the many speed bumps, roundabouts, people on bicycles and speed limitations including camera's. Popular areas are the province of North-Holland (north of Amsterdam) , the so-called Green Hart of the Netherlands which can be found in the triangel of Rotterdam - The Hague and Utrecht and my favorite, the east part of The Netherlands called the "Achterhoek". Other parts like the Veluwe, the northern provinces Drenthe and Friesland are also very popular but perhaps a bit too crowded in summertime. Main question is what kind of biker you are, as I don't live in a country where you can race your bike. If you want to enjoy the scenery, that's fine.
     
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  4. TenCats

    TenCats Member

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    Although I still haven't received or even seen my 2018 RS Exclusive, we did purchase another one. It's a 2018 RS Sport for the wife. Full options on both including hill assist.
    2018 will be a wonderful year with several trips to Germany, France, Italy and possibly many others. The picture shows the future content of my garage. :)
     

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  5. Leon.P.

    Leon.P. Well-Known Member

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    Ten Out Of Ten Mr Cat.:):)
     
  6. TenCats

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    Sorry, but I haven't stopped at ten:
    1)Kawasaki S1 250cc 3-cylinder 2-stroke 1972 (Stolen twice, second time definitely )
    2)Suzuki GT750 3-cylinder-stroke (drum brakes)
    3)Suzuki GT750 now having disc brakes (stolen after 1 week!)
    4)Kawasaki Z750 2-cylinder 4-stroke.
    5)Honda Goldwing 1000cc 4-cylinder First ever boxer
    6)Yamaha XS750 3-cylinder / shaft drive
    7)Kawasaki ST1000 4-cylinder / shaft drive
    8)Honda Bol D'or 900cc 4-cylinder
    9)Suzuki GS1000 4-cylinder
    10)Moto Guzzi LeMans II 850 cc V-twin
    11)Laverda Jota 1000cc 3-cylinder
    12)Suzuki GS1000 4-cylinder
    13)Kawasaki GPz1100 4-cylinder
    14)Yamaha XJ650 4-cylinder / shaft drive (stolen after 1 month!)
    15)Yamaha XJ650 4-cylinder / shaft drive
    16)Yamaha TR1 1000cc V-twin
    17)Yamaha XS400 2-cylinder
    18)Yamaha XV1000 V-twin (commuting bike)
    19)Yamaha Diversion 600 viercilinder (commuting bike)
    20)Suzuki GSX750F 4-cylinder (commuting bike)
    21)Yamaha XV1100 Dragstar V-twin (mistake)
    22)Suzuki Bandit 1200S 4-cylinder (commuting bike)
    23)Suzuki SV1000S V-twin
    24)Honda VTR1000SP2 V-twin
    25)BMW R1200S boxer twin
    26)Yamaha XJ600S Diversion (commuting bike)
    27)Suzuki DL650AT V-Strom V-twin (rip, 2009)
    28)Suzuki DL650AT V-Strom V-twin (2009)
    29)BMW F800S (rip, 2009) 2-cylinder
    30)BMW F800S (2009) 2-cylinder
    31)BMW R1200GS (2007) boxer twin
    32)BMW K75 3-cylinder (1990) (commuting bike)
    33)BMW R1200GS (2012) boxer twin
    34)BMW R1200GS LC (2014) boxer twin
    35)Suzuki SV650N (2008) V-twin
    36)BMW R1200GS LC (2013) boxer twin
    37)BMW F650Funduro (1996) single-cylinder [​IMG]
    38)BMW R1200GS LC (2016) boxer twin
    39)BMW R1200RS LC (2018) boxer twin [​IMG]

    Maybe I'll get to 40 bikes but that will take a few years. It is getting quite a list. :rolleyes: but I only have 2 in my garage.
    And I could add up the bikes of my wife and my kids but then we reached more then 50 already.
     
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  7. Darren

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    impressive list! thanks for the info. Im more of a relaxed biker, enjoying the scenery, a bit of music, warm weather. Of course i enjoy the twisties as much as the next man but in general i like to take it easy and enjoy the ride
     
  8. Aussie Import

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    TenCats, quite a collection! I had the Goldwing, GS 1000, TR1, XS750. Basically ended up with BMW after being really loyal to Yamaha.
     
  9. TenCats

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    Somehow I should have kept some of them, but my problem is that the current bike was never as good as the next one. And I always had arguments with the local dealer about mileage. I used to ride about 30 to 40.000 km each year (now it's a bit less, approx. 25000) so they accused me of trading in a bike they couldn't sell at a proper price, especially in the "old days". In the seventies nobody wanted a bike that had run more then 20/25K . As a "solution" I bought a new bike every year and now it's every other year. Mainly to stay within the BMW's 2 years warranty which can't be extended in Holland.

    And the bike I should have kept? That would be the Moto Guzzi LeMans II but after 36K in 7 months, I really wanted the Laverda Jota. :cool:
     
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  10. TenCats

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    Finally, our brand new, full option RS's have arrived at my dealer's shop. Now only the salt has to wash away so we'll start riding our bikes.
     

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  11. Martien

    Martien Active Member

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    Nice looking pair! :cool:

    So only waiting now for spring to arrive, know the feeling... ;)
     
  12. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to RS world!
    Good to see the understated blue bike in back of showroom, here's another one in Eindhoven Parklaan, near the central railway station.

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  13. TenCats

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    Fully packed I see. World tour?
     
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  14. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    Was this for me?
    It's my "no need to wash clothes, touring pack and tent, which never got used (Norwegian hyttes are so available) all but the kitchen sink"
    That was 2016 tour on 2015RS but used same place last year on the new RS to stay overnight at start and finish of holiday.
    Take more clothes than I need, throw away when dirty, bike gets lighter. Also take food in the bag as it helped in Norway, very expensive but still worth it for empty roads and best place for the RS.
    Still planning another four week trip June/July this year.
     
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  15. Dudis

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    You have two really nice looking bikes there Mr Cats! I saw a bronze bike for the first last weekend in Northampton and very nice it looked too...
     
  16. TenCats

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    Thanks fellow Dutchman

    Thanks, tomorrow I finally see my new RS in real life. The gray/red sport version goes to the wife which leaves me the bronze/black version.


    Indeed it was. We also love going to Norway, we did the tour to the North Cape in 2011 and spend the nights in the "Hyttes" as well. But you do have a good tip regarding the dirty laundry although I do believe my wife won't agree.
     
  17. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    Dave said:
    Was this for me?
    Indeed it was. We also love going to Norway, we did the tour to the North Cape in 2011 and spend the nights in the "Hyttes" as well. But you do have a good tip regarding the dirty laundry although I do believe my wife won't agree.

    "lost in translation?"
    Should have said I only take my own clothes to throw away as I also doubt my wife would let me wear her clothes. I think her size 8 are to small for me anyway!

    This is Fasetbru camping, lovely hytte near Tynset alongside the Rv3

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  18. TenCats

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    We finally have them...


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  20. Dudis

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    Two beautiful bikes there... Enjoy!
     
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