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Not a standard ride report
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:35:53 AM »
I love autumn. I love the smell of the earth being tilled in the fields. I love the sound of the leaves scattering in the wind or crunching underfoot. I love the way that the sun hits the forests and illuminates the turning leaves as though they were on fire.

This fall we've had excellent weather. A little warm, but the trees are doing their thing and the dryness meant that I could get out and fully enjoy the last days before winter. Two of those days are captured here: one is a short ride to St Ursanne with a friend who wants to learn to ride, and the other is an indirect ride to drop off my motorcycle for service. I've combined them into one page, because they are basically the same thing spread across two days. I hope that you enjoy the photos!

Day 1: Basel to St Ursanne

Potatoes!
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Or are they? Nope! They are sugar beets
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Approaching Metzerlen
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We ended up following this guy for a while
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St Ursanne
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Looking for the shifter
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Lucelle
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"Just following the GPS, officer!
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Day 2: Basel to Oberentfelden

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Hiking group gathered to enjoy the day
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It was a little hazy this morning
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Fog in a distant valley
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I love the roads in the Jura! Empty and smooth
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Traipsing through the farmland
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Came around the bend to this sight: the Alps!
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Too bad I didn't have my good camera with me
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Free range chickens!
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The horses were all lined up along one fence - the grass must truly be greener on the other side!
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I left the F800 GSA at the shop for its 30,000 km service and rode home on this little gem: a new 1200 GS. I have been very curious about how it would compare to my 800, so I retraced my route on the same roads and through the same mountains and fields.

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The sun came out for the return ride
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I think that's the last of the fall photo opportunities. They are forecasting rain, but we'll see if they know what they're talking about, as the forecast keeps changing. It was fun to show my friend more about motorcycles, and it was fun to try a new bike. Oh, and as for the 1200 - it really pulls when I roll on throttle! But I don't think that it is anything that I "need" to have any time soon. I still love my F800...

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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 09:37:33 AM »
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That's a nice loaner (well photo'd)!

How'd you like the 1200 vs your 800?  Did they increase an itch to change or solidify the I like what I have?
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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 10:11:19 AM »
How'd you like the 1200 vs your 800?  Did they increase an itch to change or solidify the I like what I have?

Both Dan and I agree that we like our 800s better. The 1200 was "ok" to me, but I found myself looking forward to getting back onto my own bike. Plus, the 1200 has just too many "gadgets". I just want a bike, dammit, not a computer with wheels!

Dan said that he did not like the 1200 at all, and if he "had to buy a new bike tomorrow", it would probably be the KTM 1090 Adventure that he rode a couple of weeks ago (I love that our dealer gives us loaner bikes, and usually we can request the one we want)

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This was another loaner bike; it let Dan know that he does not like sport bikes as much as he thought he did  ;D

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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2017, 05:12:08 PM »
Just wow Colleen, you and Dan are so blessed to have that area to explore on two wheels. I feel like a piker posting my dribble in comparison. Many thanks for sharing.

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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 06:22:40 AM »
Just wow Colleen, you and Dan are so blessed to have that area to explore on two wheels. I feel like a piker posting my dribble in comparison.

Awwwww - its not a competition! Every area has its benefits and every ride has its own soul  :bigok:



That being said, it is awesome riding around here! I just took the service loaner back and discovered some new roads on the way home :banana:
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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 08:24:16 AM »
I added some more pictures from today's ride after returning the loaner bike.  8)



Day 3: Oberentfelden to Basel

When one borrows a service loaner bike, one must also return it. The day's forecast was for rain but it was drier than I expected. I also did not expect to take any photos, so I missed a really cool section of road on the return before I finally got around to getting out the camera. Here's what I did see along the way...

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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2017, 06:23:35 AM »
 :inlove: loaner bikes!
I can see  liking the F over the R,  but you are not inseam challenged. Had I had been blessed with more inseam,  I can see going F or KTM.
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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2017, 11:18:32 AM »
Dan loves the KTM. If/when he gets a new bike, I have little doubt that he'll go orange  8)
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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 06:30:46 PM »
KTMs are like the lead guitar of a band while BMWs are like the bass.  I can't blame him for liking the Ktom. 


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Re: Not a standard ride report
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2017, 02:16:55 AM »
Nice analogy!
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2017, 05:48:10 AM »
KTMs are like the lead guitar of a band while BMWs are like the bass.  I can't blame him for liking the Ktom. 


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Makes sense. One of my bucket list items is learning how to play the bass. So...BMW it is.
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