Ive been thinking of touring Europe a bit next summer.
As this had been on my mind recently, I thought I might as well make a thread here mostly for people to share experiences across Europe and for locals to give good tips on how things work where you are at.
Also if you know "No go zones" for motorcycles, especially with foregin plates (especially regarding theft), you are more than welcome to post them
Ill start off with some tips on Finland (as if anyone would be mad enough to visit here by choice )
Around mid-summer its fantastic to ride. Its rarely so hot that you wouldnt want to wear your gear. Daylight is very long, the sunsets are very relaxing, and even when the sun has set its still quite bright out for a while.
Crime is low, no need to worry about someone stealing your pride and joy or robbing you.
Id suggest to stick to the archipelago, the forests dont change in how they look the further you go. You can take small ferries and work your way along the islands in south west Finland all the way to Åland.
Filtering is a grey area (rarely needed though), and for your own safety, unless its a full on jam, its suggested to not do it. If you decide to anyway (i do in "larger" cities) be aware that some cars will try to block you and there are horror stories of people opening their door to knock a filtering biker off. Keep speed slow and remember to focus.
There are no tolls whatsoever, so no need to worry about what route to take. Be aware that speeding fines are harsh, and if you are speeding more than 20 km/h, the fine is based off of your income.
Otherwise, apart from animals crossing the roads, traffic in general is very safe and predictable.
I am from Istanbul and I have traveled most of Europe with my Mt10 Sp . Bulgaria and Romania are the no go zones of Europe ..I dint trans-pass them with motorcycle , even our insurance companies dont pay over those two countries in case of theft or robbery ... Always park in a guarded place , even pay for it if your hotel doesn't have a locked parking lot.Because of uncontrolled borders stolen bikes move across Europe to Romania,Bulgaria even to Moldavia and Ukraine .
Germany, Italy,Austria,Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia,Greece and Turkey is safe as I seen (but beware of traffic in Turkey) . I didn't feel comfortable in some places in France and Albania . The best places I enjoyed was Italian Alps and Croatian coastline .Most welcoming people are in Italy,Serbia , Greece and Turkey. As a Turkish guy I am shocked at Albania ,border police didn't like us much whatever the reason was. My most concern was Serbian border , but we are more than welcomed there . And Greece the place where it feels like home to me ..
I will definitely be locking my bike up anywhere i can, and i will haul a lockable cover with me so potential thieves maybe are more tempted by another nearby bike which they dont have to figure out what it is first.
Most of my nights will likely be spent camping.
Good to hear, my destinations are most likely through germany to the austrian alps, down to the italian alps and down to Napoli, then back up to the french alps (going to see the european grand canyon) and from there if i have time and energy through the alps and maybe (a very sceptical maybe) trough poland and the baltics back again.
I know german so Germany, Swizerland and Austria is most likely where ill be the most comfortable. I have plenty of experience with spannish traffic so hope that prepares me for most situations.