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Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:06 am quote
I thought it's time to show my trusty Trumpet a bit of the Finnish seaside.

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... to get there, you'll of course need to spend some time with fields and forests.

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I chose the direction of the city of Turku, the former capital of Finland and our oldest city. Nearby is for example this lovely seaside town of Naantali.

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Hmmm...boats, that would be another good summer time hobby...

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Further to the labyrinths of archipelago...many nice, small summer cafes / small boat marinas.

Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:35 am quote
As it happens, the second European heat wave was just rising as I started my little ride.

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There would be plenty of roads and places to explore...

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... but while it was cool enough when the bike was moving, but got HOT in photo shoots like this!

Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:50 am quote
Luckily, the Turku river brings sea to you even when its too hot to ride around.

And if riding is out due to too hot weather, all the boats in the pic below are restaurant boats... there are worse places to spend time in a hot summer evening.

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... and kindly enough, you'll get reminded in which city you are.

Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:14 am quote
When riding back, I once again admired my backpack.

I have the ~20+ litre bag behind the seat, plus a ~5 litre chopper tool roll tied at the left side & a dry bag inside... but the 30 litre Kriega R30 backpack is the king here.

If you're ever in need for a motorcycle backpack, give Kriega a try - no advertising, but it is just single handedly the most comfortable motorcycling backpack I've ever had. And I've had a few, including e.g. one from Alpinestars I use for commuting because it has a good laptop pocket.

Kriega feels clumsy without gear, so not for e.g. bicycling, but put a riding jacket on and as the saying goes, the weight just disappears!

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Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:39 am quote
I use only "3 or 4 number" roads, as long as I can.
It's basically a similar numbering system all through Europe, so the more numbers you'll have, the smaller the roads.

Speed limits between 40 kmph / 25 mph (around villages) to max 80 kmph / 50 mph.
Hardly any traffic at all. It's like you owned the roads, most of the time.

Quite easy to find a route with paved roads, but some of them can be rough - the Scrambler version of a Trumpet is just the right tool for these roads, 19" front wheel and adequate chocks to smooth out the progress....that said, all would be doable with a Vespa too, just with even a bit less speed and more attention to the ride line.

I had to ride the last ~30 km on a road with 100 kmph / 60 mph speed limit, within normal traffic and suddenly it all felt like business. Gone was the magic of puttering lone roads... and mayby carving some of the best bits with free ride lines when visibility was good. Once again, I was reminded that for me, traveling with a bike is not about distance - it's about the quality of ride and interesting things to explore and sometimes also people to meet!

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In Turku area, I found a road dedicated to a Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle champion, Jarno Saarinen. To my great disappointment, it was a short road, ment mainly for bicycling and very slow driving/riding....

Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2693
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:18 am quote
Very nice! I've said it before but will say it ag'in -- something about the landscape and light always reminds me of the area around Seattle. Someday I'll need to confirm that in person.

Heat finally hit us -- nearly 100 here and 110 down in the canyons/valleys
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:01 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Very nice! I've said it before but will say it ag'in -- something about the landscape and light always reminds me of the area around Seattle. Someday I'll need to confirm that in person. :
Never been in Seattle, but definitely on the bucket list!

Funnily enough, in the city of Tampere in Finland, we even have a tower that was build having the Space Needle in Seattle as an inspiration

Our's is called "Näsinneula", literally "the needle of Näsi".... and the name "Näsi" refers to the lake near the tower.

When I was a kid, one could go out at the top balcony ( 134m / 440 ft). Sadly that opportunity was misused in various ways, so nowadays it' s inside only.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A4sinneula
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1851
Location: Finland
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:19 pm quote
Small roads
Part of the attraction of selecting small roads is that you'll never know what you'll find.

Well, OK, around here you'll mainly find woods, woods and then some... but sometimes there are places like the one below, that just make you stop in awe.

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...or a road like this - just look at the curves and gentle changes of the altitude, I can almost feel that piece of the road again! And no other traffic....

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