Vårsleppet 2014

Posted: 30th July 2014 by Edgar in Adventure Photos
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For the 24th time, Jæren MC again threw a party for all bikers in the Stavanger region on May 1st when the traditional and possibly largest motorcycle gathering in Norway took place. Approximately 1500 bikers are believed to have taken part in the ride going from Bryne, via Sandnes and Stavanger, to Egersund and back to Bryne.

This year, equipped with both my two GoPro HD Hero 3, I was well set up to document the ride both forward (on my helmet) and backward (on my top case). The shot of the day was most definitely a well documented crash by a wheely idiot right behind me. With thousands of people along the road, and 1500 fellow bikers on the road, 1st of May is a terribly wrong day for wheely training! 🙂

Enjoy more of my photos on the Photos page!

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Shot of the day! Wheely crash.

For the 23rd time, Jæren MC again threw a party for all bikers in the Stavanger region on May 1st when the traditional and possibly largest motorcycle gathering in Norway took place. This year, blessed with no rain at least, somewhere between 1000 and 1500 bikers are believed to have taken part in the ride going from Bryne, via Sandnes and Stavanger, to Egersund and back to Bryne.

Equipped with both my Canon EOS 7D and the GoPro HD Hero 2, I was well set up to document the ride. Below are some samples. Please make sure you visit the Videos page for a video I put together of all the still photos shot with my GoPro!

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Photo galleries from My 2012 Summer GS Adventure are now out! Check out the Photos page for all photos – below you will find some samples.

It was indeed a memorable trip – although shortened somewhat due to bad weather. I did however achieve my main goal for the trip, to visit Jotunheimen and climb the majestic Galdhøpiggen at 2469 metres. We were indeed very lucky with the weather on Thursday June 26th – sunshine from a blue sky, no wind and t-shirt and shorts temperatures. I had never been to this region of Norway before, and I must say, being a tourist in my own country is underestimated. It is simply a beautiful country with postcard sceneries across every turn. And for bikers, I can hardly imagine anywhere more suited for bike riding with all the curvy and narrow roads.

Be inspired, get out riding, and ride safe folks! 🙂

A short stop at the scenic Suldalsvatnet

A short stop at the scenic Suldalsvatnet

 

Snow in summer

Snow in summer

 

Night scenery in Jotunheimen

Night scenery in Jotunheimen

 

Postcard scenery from Jotunheimen not far from Galdhøpiggen

Postcard scenery from Jotunheimen not far from Galdhøpiggen

 

Geirangerfjorden

Geirangerfjorden

 

Crossing the glacier towards Galdhøpiggen

Crossing the glacier towards Galdhøpiggen

 

On the top of the world! Well, at least on the tallest peak in Norway.

On the top of the world! Well, at least on the tallest peak in Norway.

I have replied to numerous e-mails, declined several meetings, and finally closed down the lid of my work laptop. I’m on vacation! 🙂 To keep it short, I have planned to go for a ride, and without going into the details, here’s an outline of where I plan to go.

My 2012 summer trip itenerary

My 2012 summer trip itenerary

It’s a plan. The only thing true about plans is that they will change. So stay tuned for some actual updates!

After riding the brilliant Continental TKC 80 tires for 13 months, 22nd of June 2012 it was finally time to switch to a new set of rubber on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. A year ago, I opted for the TKC 80 mainly because I was attending Adventure Days 2011 in Sweden where I would be doing a lot of off-road riding. The switch from factory fit road tires to the TKC 80 was a noticeable one, for sure. The obvious difference is the lack of grip and increased breaking distance, but of you study the tires, that should not come as a surprise to you!

Continental TKC 80 - After 13 months

Continental TKC 80 – After 13 months

 

Continental TKC 80 - After 13 months

Continental TKC 80 – After 13 months

One year of riding, 99% of which on paved roads, was enough for the TKC 80 rear tire, and it had to come off. I decided to try a new type, and after browsing the web for some good input, I came across the MICHELIN Anakee 2 which was recommended by many as a dual-purpose tire perfectly fit for the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure bike. Big thanks to the excellent team at Dekkmann Stavanger for their great service and affordable pricing (NOK 3.112,-)) of these tires compared to Stahlen MC (NOK 4.800,-). I have ridden the bike with the new tires for a couple of days now, back and forth to work, and I definitely love this setup. The grip is noticeable improved, and only now do I realize how “unstable” the TKC 80 actually felt on normal, paved roads.

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Brand new!

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Brand new!

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Ready to go on the bike

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Ready to go on the bike

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Dual purpose tire

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Dual purpose tire

Tomorrow (June 27th) I will be taking off for the summer’s first lengthy ride, packing my tent and sleeping bag and see where my GS Adventure leads me. With this new set of tires, I feel ready for anything; wet, slippery roads, high speed and take-overs, easy cruising – and the optional off-road adventure!

Please stay tuned to this website for further updates and reviews after more miles of riding experiences.

A taste for adventure?

Well, time will show. At least this is what the Michelin website promises:

No need to choose between grip and durability: MICHELIN Anakee 2 delivers both, with a minimum tyre life gain of 29% over its direct rivals for the same standard of grip performance in the wet! Michelin has achieved this by incorporating ingredients until now only used in the world of competition.

Product Benefits:

  • 29% longer tread life 1
  • No compromise on wet grip
  • Genuine competiton technology

For more details, see: http://www.michelin.co.uk/motorcycles/michelin-anakee-2