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post #1 of 24 Old 03-03-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and I are planning a 3 week tour of Italy from mid-September to early October this year. we will start in Milan and for the first part of the trip, will rent a Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V in Mandello de Lario for a 3 day ride through the Alps. We are hoping for good weather and plan to cross Passo de Stelvio and San Leonardo In Passiria. We are also hoping to head over to Cortina d'Ampezzo. I am looking for any suggestions of good roads for 2 up sport tour riding - if the weather is good in the high alps and/or if the weather is not so good, some of the lower elevation roads. We are looking to cover 200-300KM per day. Any suggestions of where to go as well as where to stay away from would be gladly accepted.

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We're going to Torino in late September and wanted to rent a bike and tour the Alps a bit. Do you know what's required to be able to rent a vehicle and drive over seas?
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Drivers license, credit card and experience riding is all that was asked of me. Plus a $2K deposit that is refundable if the bike is returned undamaged. Bike comes with liability coverage. I will work with my insurance to see if they have coverage for damage. I had to give a 20% deposit to hold the bike. Will pay the balance when I pick it up.

We will be riding September 18-20, leaving from Mandello on the East side of Lake Como. We plan to ride East from there across this pass - File:The Stelvio pass.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I sure hope we have good weather.

Where are you planning to ride?

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Staying in Torino. Haven't drawn out a plan yet or did much research but I'm hoping it's feasible to to ride east through the alps and into some of the other countries. I thought there was more required to drive in Europe than your US license. ?
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John Hermann's book, "Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps" will have virtually all the info you will need as far as routing, places to stay, etc..
It is available on Amazon
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond: John Hermann: 9781884313707: Amazon.com: Books

It is a little pricey, but sometimes it goes on sale. I picked one up for $30.00 abiut 6 mnths ago. You might try the used thing as well.

Riding theAlps is the experience of a lifetime. Have a great trip!!

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Thanks Drrod. I will check the book out.

As far as renting a car or bike in Italy, everything I have seen says it is real easy. I will look more just to be sure though.

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Never mind, I guess you just wanted local advice.,

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