Oh, time is so short, for know, only a teaser
The program of the Rally week:
Oh, time is so short, for know, only a teaser
The program of the Rally week:
Esztergom, where the heck is it?
Such, or similar, was my big question, as I heart the first time from the WIMA Rally in one of our winter meetings.
Wima Rally? Yes, once a year all WIMA clubs worldwide, gather together at one location somewhere at this globe and celebrate, talk and ride their (rented) motorbikes.
And, this year our hungarian WIMA Collegues honoured us with their invitation to Esztergom for the Rally 2016.
As the distance between Vienna and Esztergom, especially via highway, is only an 2 1/2 hour drive, something different has to be found. Driving through the hungarian puszta isn’t chilling, too, so?
Finally the hungarian prime minister helped us with his temporary closure of the border to hungary, thus meaning, that a direct border crossing wasn’t recommended at all, so we decided to enter Hungary via Slovakia. And, fortunately so we found the perfect alternative route:
We started in Aspern (the site of the one and only victory of the austrian army
over Napoleons army, crossing the danube), at 10 am
from there we rode to Malacky and further on into the little Charpathian Mountains (Maly Karpaty) –
quite similar to our Kalte Kuchl – a famous motorbike meeting and show-off point in Austria.
from there via Senec to Galanta.
Unfortunately my Smartphone overheated during the long drive in the hot and sunny weather, so the screen blackened, and the backup map wasn’t quite clear at one point, so we endend in the middle of nowhere close to the little danube (Maly Dunaj)
A really nice and pleasant place, but unfortunately only with a rowboat the right way. But, with our bikes, we had to head back for a short period and then circle to the right side in direction to Galanta.
After Galanta we headed south, along the Waag river to Komarno at the Danube. Now we had to decide, which side we would choose for our further approach to Esztergom. Should we stay on the slovakian side and cross the danube at Sturovo? Or should we cross the danube and head to Esztergom along the danube, or over the hills via Tata, Bajna and Tat?
As all of us where more or less dehydrated (despite constant drinking water) we decided for the assumed easier way along the danube.
But unfortunately, village after village, a lot of sunday tourist car drivers, made the last 35km to Esztergom an unpleasant and boring ride.
Approx. 6 hours riding time was calculated, finally -with some interruptions – 8 hours driving was the result.
My camel back had helped, and so we started to assemble our austrian camp, after the first welcome rounds.
As Lily and Birgit will arrive tomorrow with their transporter van and the big tipi , we decided to make kind of a circle with our tents, below some shady trees.
I did errect my tent too, despite the fact that I will have to drive back in an hour, or so, to vienna, as I had changed my job only a week ago and therfore lost all my vacation for the time beeing . :-/
But I’ll be back – on friday afternoon – for sure.
At 8:30 pm I started the engine again, and headed to Tatabanya, the closest highway driveway, I found a pleasant, challenging road with no traffic, so I arrived at the highway only half an our later, and from there headed back to vienna into the black night.
Finally, at 10:45pm I arrived at Vienna. Tired after a 13,5 hours tour, and 11 hours ride, but looking forward to friday.! 😉
What a weekend!
OMG, what a weekend! Like heaven! At saturday enduro riding under beautiful weather conditions, and on sunday the big event: The austrians motorcycle magazines Ladies Camp!
The organizers were really brave to risk such an event without any former experience how many girls would join such a call. But we all got surprised. The official review (only in german) can you find here: LadiesCamp Report at the Motorrad Magazin.
200 girls followed the call und enjoyed the 2 days full program at the Wachauring in lower Austria.
The event covered
As different, as all the bikes were, each of them had something to experience. Especially the Superduke 1290 was quite an unusal bike for me. Driving a bike, in 2nd gear, over open roads, slightly with overspeed, was some kind of experience. ;-).
For the Yamaha MT 09 and the Suzuki SV , all of them showed an agile performance on the road and were a pleasure to ride . As for the Husquarna 701 SM, I must confess, it was kind of agressive in the bends, I really got afraid to probe more than necessary.
An opposite experience would be the Honda African Twin, like a sofa during the ride and easy to handle even standing on the footpegs.
The KTM Duke 690 had no great surprises, it was a fitting road for her, so we went along the round trip in a “pleasant” way.
I never thought, that I would like to race on a track, but this was kind of real fun! I wonder, how low I could really go with the Versys? 😉
And, unfortunatelly Margot had been in a different group, so, we still do not know ……. 😉
As you can See, the Husquarna 01 Sm, is quite a different bike on the track. With more trust in the tarmac, its quite more fun to drive along. It’s hard to stop after some rounds and change the bike….
At least, I had some experience here already. So this was the relaxing part.
The whole event was in such a pleasant mood , the 9 hours we spent there went by as one. It was and still is a real gem.
Thanks to the very positiveafterwards response, the organizers already announced that the event will be repeated in 2017! 🙂
For me, as I wasn’t shure if I would like to race, I experiences so much fun at thr track, I certainly will go for a race training again. 🙂
For the way back home I choose the route through the Wachau valley and as the weather was fine in the evening too, it was a really plesant finish of this splendid weekend.
Photo copyright with : Anna-Larissa Redinger, Herwig Peuker und Versya
A beautiful, hot day, and my only summer holiday day for this year, as it seems. Naturally, I wnated to make the best of it and decided to make a short training round with my EXC.
The whole day was hot and sticky as we fetched the bikes from the garage. In the instant i noticed an empty rear tire on my exc.
No, not now! 🙁
I had planned to change the gear oil, but now this, thats to bad.
So I started to drain the gear oil, and unmounted the rear tire.
I tried to remove the valve hood and found the problem.
I do not know, how this could have happen, as I did arrive home the last time safely?
Luckily I did have a spare inner tube (thx to the EBR prepreparations), so, dismantle the tire, change the inner hose, remount the tire, pressurise the hose and mount the tire back to the bike, ready! I have gotten really fast in the meantime 🙂
Refilling the oil was easily done, so I could give it a try to start the bike. Already sweating heavily i was pleased, that the engine came to live with the second kick. As it seems, the long time in the sun, did help 😉
As always, the journey to the training site was unspectacular, the ground itself was in a lushious green, as it seems the rain and the sun had helped the lot to let the bushes grow heavily.
We proceeded with our training and had an really good session ther, so we didn’t notice the black rain clouds coming closer. until it was to late. We got really wet, and as the rain was mixed with tiny hail it stung like thousand needles, as we only wore our mesh protector wests.Ouch.
Droven away by the rain, we arrived at home totally wet, we drained our boots and hung up our gear to let it try ove rthe next days.
But, it was a really succesfull training, and the best: We got a cooling off right to the end, perfect! 🙂