The Riders

Chris BMW R1200RT
Nicky BMW F700GS

The Bikes

I rented a nearly-new BMW R1200RT from CIMT (Central Italy Motorcycle Tours) in Milan. This was a very good bike for this trip. The heated hand-grips and excellent wind protection helped in the rain and the cruise control was great for the highway slog across France from Le Havre to Basil Switzerland.

Nicky got a BMW F700GS from CIMT in Florence for 2 days. It was a great bike for her. Low seat, light weight, but with good luggage capacity.

The Route

This is going to take a lot of reconstruction effort. I have lots of maps of what I planned, but don't remember well exactly what I did, especially in France.


Nicky was working for C!RCA based in Brisbane Australia. Her shows were traveling through Europe with stops in Italy and France. I found a place to rent a motorcycle in Milan, got some cheap tickets, and went to see the show.

Daily Details and Naration

0 Apr 26—27 Tue—Wed SFO → MXP
1 Apr 28 Thu Milan → Bologna
2 Apr 29 Fri Bologna → Urbino
3 Apr 30 Sat Urbino → Arezzo
4 May 1 Sun Arezzo → Bologna
5 May 2 Mon Bologna → Urbino w/ Nicky
6 May 3 Tue Urbino to Florence and Modena w/Nicky
7 May 4 Wed Modena museums
8 May 5 Thu Modena → xxx France
9 May 6 Fri xxx France → yyy France
10 May 7 Sat yyy → zzz
11 May 8 Sun zzz → qqq
12 May 9 Mon aaa → Le Mans
13 May 10 Tue Le Mans → Le Havre
14 May 11 Wed Le Havre rest day
15 May 12 Thu Le Havre → Basil Switzerland
16 May 13 Fri Basil → Milan, return bike
17 May 14 Sat return flight

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