Day 01 – Munich to Ravensburg (Germany)

11:59 pm Germany, Motorbike/Motorcycle, Travel

Elevation Profile

Arriving at Munich Airport, it isn’t half obvious that this is the home of BMW! This engine grill is in the luggage collection hall.

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Of course for Audi is trying to make an impression too – this is a three story poster outside the arrival hall – the reason I took the picture was because the of the fairly clear sky.

The weather reports for this week were rain all week everywhere I wanted to go, but I feel very blessed to have had GREAT weather.

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Wonderful sunshine as I caught the train from the airport to Marienplatz (in the heart of Munich).

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I went to Marienplatz so that I could find a bakery and buy a pretzel for breakfast!

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And then I caught the subway to collect the motorbike. The subway is a long way down – look at the length of the escalator … and I am already a third of the way down, because that is how long it took me to get my camera out.

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I got to AllRoundRent by about 8:10am, but they don’t open till 9:00am. My experience with them so far is that they are a good business to deal with. I wanted a RAM mount fitted so that I can mount my own Zumo 550, and they ensured that happened. They were also very good in getting the paperwork done. It can take a little while when collecting a bike so don’t (like I did) have a tight schedule and hope to be out of there within 1/2 hour. I spent about 2 hours there, much of it chatting about related things (my choice), and during this time I saw how they deal with a variety of customer issues. From what I have been able to tell, they do deal with people fairly – though they are running a business, and do charge for everything to which they are entitled.

This is the office office of AllRoundRent, and the bikes out the front are weekend returns while they are closed.

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I was grateful to get a bike R1200RT with ESA (because I had never ridden a bike with this feature), and really like the location of the RAM mount. The bike also had heated seats and hand grips – which came in really hand when riding in the snow!

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It did take me a couple of days to really get used to the R1200RT, having ridden a R1200GS extensively. The steering geometry is different – and that is quite noticeable at slow speed. However, it really loves riding on the Autobahn – I loved my ride to Haage (near Berlin) and back. It is a great cruising machine! I particularly liked the fact that you don’t get wet when riding in the rain (except for your feet) – the fairing is designed in such a way that if you are moving, you won’t get wet.

On day one I only rode to Ravensburg, which was good, because I had only little sleep over the previous 56 hours (I had only slept on the plane).

One Response

  1. Axel Leonhardt Says:

    Gee, Ben, where did you hide all those Germans…?? Nobody to see in the firstfew pictures .. or was it 5.00am?

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