The Riders

Chris BMW R1200RT
Nicky BMW F800R

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 F800R 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

The route was reconstructed using GPS tags dug out of the photos.


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 Enzo museum
8 May 5 Thu Modena Ferrari museum → La Sepzia
9 May 6 Fri La Spezia → Algiers France
10 May 7 Sat Algiers → Lyon
11 May 8 Sun Lyon → Limoges
12 May 9 Mon Limoges → 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 MXP→ ZUR → SFO

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