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Ilpo On The Road
By Ilpo Juvander on 3/30/2008 7:58 PM
Our plan for the summer 2008 is getting clearer, way down to Spain, Rota is now pretty much planned.

We have now reserved an evening ship on Wednesday 2nd of July at 21:30 to Tallinn, will be arriving there before midnight and start driving immediately from there.

Our first stop will be Budapest, Hungary on Thursday evening which is ~1700 kilometers from Tallinn and we will get on the way one SS1000 Iron Butt ride. This will be our sixth ride.

From Budapest we start taking it slowly and drive via the Alps so that we have 4-5 days time for that before taking the last bit and drive down to Rota.

Few things to see on the Alps St. Moritz (to see World of Whisky) and La Bonette. Other...
By Ilpo Juvander on 2/28/2008 1:56 PM
Now that I finally got everything working, there is some interesting *features* in this card.

If you push the antenna into the card, it will start asking to install drivers:


The thing in here is that the driver is not the same as it uses the antenna out! Here's what it installs when the antenna is out:


If I take the antenna out again, it does not find any drivers either... looks like an totally...
By Ilpo Juvander on 2/26/2008 8:18 PM
After my not so successful trial with GlobeTrotter GT MAX "7.2 Ready" on my Vista64, I finally received a new card: GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA.

Once plugged onto my laptop, it started installing drivers and software and after a while I saw this:

By Ilpo Juvander on 2/13/2008 1:13 AM
As I'm almost all the time On-The-Road and thus using wireless access with my laptop I started searching for another data access than my Nokia E90. It has served well for this purpose, but is very limited on battery when connected to 3G network. It lasts only 2-3 hours and after that need to be plugged into the power source. And if you do not do that on time, next time somebody is calling you, the battery is dead...

One limiting factor I also have is Vista64 support, that is a must.

After spending few good moments searching for alternatives, I found a perfect one: GlobeTrotter GT MAX "7.2 Ready". It is promising all the goods, Vista64 support for their software portfolio among all the other goodies:

By Ilpo Juvander on 11/18/2007 12:30 PM
Noh, johan se taas alkoi: tarve saada laadukas saksalainen BMW merkkinen auto huoltoon! Ja Espoossa ei vieläkään ole kuin yksi (!) ainoa vaihtoehto mihin viedä...

Ja eikun varaamaan aikaa.

Autotalo Laakkosen sivuilta löytyi muutaman klikkauksen jälkeen tarvittava puhelinnumero:


Numerosta vastasi sangen nopeasti Helsingin (!) toimipisteen henkilö ja pienen keskustelun jälkeen selvisi, ettei hän näe Espoon huollon tilannetta, pitäisi suoraan soittaa Espooseen. Hän antoikin numeron 050 5024010 johon soittamalla pitäisi saada...
By Ilpo Juvander on 11/12/2007 12:31 AM

Again - this time in good time - The Plan is now out there: We will head towards Rota, Spain at early July. On 10th of July we will have to be there on site and we will be heading back on 24th of July.

This time we are planning and one stop strategy for the going and coming back: Take 2 * BB1500 IronButt rides on both ways. So driving 36 hours + 12 hours sleep + 36 hours will take us one way on four days!

But, we still have few good months to plan this, so these ideas might change also for a direction or another. We will come back on this.

By Ilpo Juvander on 9/4/2007 6:59 PM
Our trip to Jänkhällä Jytisee 2007 had been quite successfull and we were convinced to do the same next year until now: Today was a surprise waiting in my mailbox: Saariselän Keskusvaraamo is trying to charge from us cleaning which was not done on our apartment! We did not want this to happen as we are totally capable of cleaning our own stuff!

Here's a note from the e-mail I got (sorry, only in finnish):

 Hei Ilpo!

Outapailakasta oli viety roskat lattialta pois sekä tyhjennetty roskikset, lattia oli imuroitu ja pyyhitty, pölyt pyyhitty, jääkaapista tyhjennetty...
By Ilpo Juvander on 9/2/2007 6:36 PM

Just saw this on the IBA Finland pages:


So our latest Iron Butt Ride is now officially accepted! We managed to drive 2066 kilometers in less than 24 hours!

Now we have driven SS1000, BB1500 (*2), SS1600K and SS2000K rides.

Just can wait to get another one, but it will most likely have to wait until next summer...

By Ilpo Juvander on 8/21/2007 11:11 PM
As planned, we started our latest 16th of August 2007 from Espoo with our minds filled that we will be driving Iron Butt SS2000K (2000 kilometers in 24 hours) on the way to Jänkhällä Jytisee 2007.

Start of the journey was 9:21 from Mikkelä Esso, Espoo where we filled all the forms.

First stop was at 12:06 in ABC Vaajakoski. From there we continued to Tampere, where we took short stop at ABC Lahdesjärvi to change the batteries to our PMR radiophones and continued to Raisio where it started raining.

In Raisio Kari switched on rain equipment as his motorcycle outfit was no longer waterproof and it started raining.

From Raisio we continued to Vaasa, short stop at ABC Vaasa, then to Revonlahti, Kuusamo, Pello, Enontekiö, Muonio and Sirkka where we ended our SS2000K.

We drove ~1200 kilometers (from Raisio 15:55 to Pello...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2007 12:27 AM

We are planning attend Jänkhällä Jytisee 2007 and on the way have one more SS1000 Iron Butt ride.

Planned route is this:

Jankhalla Jytisee ja SS1000

Start from Espoo 16th of August 10:00, then to Jyväskylä, Turku, Vaasa, Oulu, Kuusamo and end in Sodankylä where we meet some local bikers and continue to Saariselkä. In Sodankylä we should be sometime between 06:00 and 08:00, latest.

Microsoft AutoRoute 2007 is giving 1696.8 kilometers and driving time 20 hours 26 minutes including 5 breaks, so there is going to be plenty of kilometers and time to ride this.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/17/2007 10:24 AM
Our third driving day started from Duisburg after good night sleep in Hotel Novotel. Our goal was to take it slowly and drive whole day and next night to get to the Viking Line Isabella from Stockholm to Turku.

We finally arrived at 06:00 to the ferry terminal after driving 1486 kilometers using this route:

Route To Home Day 3

After getting to the ferry we went eating breakfast and slept for couple of hours to get some more strength to continue from Turku to home in Espoo, Finland.

Our last piece of driving was *only* 153 kilometers:

Route To Home Day 3_2...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/15/2007 2:39 AM

Second driving day over, we decided to cut some corners and started from Porto, Portugal and drove directly into Duisburg, Germany using this route:

Route To Home Day 2 

This route gave us 2339 kilometers driving and took 35 hours to drive! We just slept quickly for hour or so on the truck stop and then continued rest of the day...

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2007 3:04 AM

First driving day over, we managed to drive 847 kilometers through Spain and Portugal!

Route To Home Day 1

Now we are a bit thinking to replan tomorrow's route, but final decisions will be made on tomorrow morning during the breakfast. Aim is not to do full round through Portugal and Spain, but cut from Porto more directly into France.

But, lets see what will be tomorrows plan!

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/12/2007 12:09 AM
Our rest in Rota, Spain is almost over, tomorrow morning we start the journey back to home. My family will fly home and we start driving rest of our journey back to Espoo, Finland.

Weather in Rota has been excellent, we have been most of our time on the beach swimming and taking it easy.

We managed to get a garage for our bikes - thanks to our hotel Dunas y Luz:

Spain 048

Until now we have been driving 5022 kilometers using route below:

Route to Destination...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2007 1:54 PM
From Almendralejo our only goal was to be in the Jerez de la Frontera airport when my family was arriving at 10:25. We managed to drive the last kilometers with good speed and arrived at the airport 10:15 where we found out that the plane from Finland had arrived earlier and they were already walking out from the airport!

Good timing.

Day 5...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2007 1:51 PM

When leaving Andorra TomTom was telling us that we are going to get lot of kilometers for this day. We decided to take the middle route instead of following the coast line which was our original plan.

Day 4

We drove 978 kilometers during this day from Andorra to Almendralejo, Spain. Only issue during this leg was that there was quite a strong side wind and lots of trucks on the roads.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2007 1:32 PM
From Aubagne we started driving towards Andorra, but on the half way of the trip we started already changing our route a bit, instead of following the original plan we told the TomTom to take us directly to Andorra. This took us to really nice mountain roads with turns that I could hardly drive my bike in there! But it was really worth it.

Day 3

Finally we...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2007 1:26 PM

After a good night sleep we started driving again, this time we decided that we take slowly and move to small roads.

Ended up driving only 534 kilometers during the second day, but especially the first 140 kilometers from Piacenza to Genoa were really nice small roads. From there on the traffic was hurting us badly.

We found an nice hotel in Aubagne to spend the night.

Day 2

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/9/2007 1:24 PM
Time to summarize our day trips.

Me and my bike, Ready to go in Espoo Me and Kari ready to go in Helsinki

Our first day trip was 2656 kilometers according to Microsoft Autoroute 2007, but there is one possible error (point number 4) where our gas station receipt and GPS coordinates are giving us an location...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/3/2007 11:29 AM

Finally got shortly connected and updated some route information.

We left 30.6.2007 7:24 from Tallinn (number 1) and ended up driving a bit more than 2600 kilometers into city called Piacenza (number 13), Italy by 1.7.2007 20:00.

From Piacenza we continued toward France and currently we are in the city of Aubagne (number 20) near Marseille, France.

We now have ~3200 kilometers behind.

Today we will drive to Andorra, Spain and continue even further.

Route Continues 03072007

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2007 11:53 PM

Less than 24 hours to go before the trip begins, almost all stuff packed and everything ready to go!

This is our planned route. Route has changed a bit, but not too much.

Final Route

All the possible checks done to the motorbike, no major issues found so everything ok on that end. Only thing which will need some maintenance work is probably the rear tire. It will not last for 12 000 kilometers, but should not be a big issue during the trip.

Will try to post pictures and maps on the way into this site if I only manage to find some Internet connection from the places we spend the nights.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2007 9:25 AM

Yesterday evening I found nice utility for Nokia Series 60 phones to track and record route while driving: Nokia Sports Tracker.

With this is should be possible to get our route down into mobile phone and exported into Google Earth -format to show the route on map.

Only issue is that I do not currently have compatible phone, but hopefully next week before we start the journey that one is fixed as well.

More information on this tool can be found in here:

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/20/2007 1:45 AM

While browsing through the Internet I found this page:

It has an BMW Motorrad Dealer database which can be downloaded to BMW Navigator, but not to others.

Well, after digging into this for a while I managed to convert this file into tab delimited text file, which can be downloaded from here.

Have Fun.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/17/2007 4:33 PM

We are getting more and more ready on our plan, current route takes us around Europe, we will stay in Southern Spain for a week and then continue western side of Europe back to Espoo, Finland.

Below is the map of our current planned route:

Map of Planned Route

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/12/2007 12:18 AM
Lots of thinking and planning behind, during this and next week I will do two rounds of trial packing to see what I can carry on my bike on our trip to Rota,

Can't wait to get On the Road!

Lot of people I have talked to on this have told that our goal to drive ~1000 kilometers per day and on the same time trying to void major highways is an impossible task, but I'm still optimistic on this and plan to try it. Also some parts of the planned route takes us to roads that we can not really keep the speed up, so we probably need to drive one or two nights through!

That should not really be that bad as long as we just get some sleep on the way as we have practiced this already during the past years while driving Iron Butt rides.

And yes - I did managed to get my flagpole mounted to my bike, will post some more pictures on that during...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/5/2007 1:50 AM
Had not really tried this before, but decided to give it a try, 10 045 kilometers behind. Was not really fitting into my schedules to get the bike for some local BMW dealer for maintenance and so I decided to do it on my own.

And what a fun it was: 10 000 kilometers check. Biggest thing was to change the oil (which I have not done for any machinery in 10+ years...) and of course I had to go and get all the tools for the job. One by one as the work moved on.

First issue was to how would I get the oil drain plug removed. Did not have big enough tools... so to the shop. Price for the tool: 3.95€.

Then the next stop was how would I get the oil filter out? Of course no such tools existing on my toolbox... so to the shop again. Price for the tool: 2.95€.

But after getting these two small tools in place everything was going smoothly. Only issue I discovered was that changing oil filter is a messy job since the structure of the BMW K1200LT, next time I will have to get some more cover to protect...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/27/2007 8:47 PM
Thanks to Ari for idea how to add a flagpole into BMW K1200LT using CB antenna holder that I ordered from the local dealer.

Here's what I got when I started:

And here's how it looks after working two hours (I also added two extra power outlets into top case so that I can charge phone and IPod simultaneously and that they are safely inside the box):


Now i just need to wait a bit to get the antenna...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/24/2007 8:46 PM
As the July gets closer making decisions on which route should we take gets more attention.

So far it looks that we are driving from Espoo to Warsaw and stay the first night somewhere in there. This would mean driving ~1050 kilometers on the first day!

Next day as we continue from Warsaw, drive through Czech Republic and end up somewhere in ...
By Ilpo Juvander on 3/11/2007 6:10 PM
Long waited decision was made today: this summer my motorbike BMW K 1200 LT (2006 model) will be heading from Espoo to the Southern Spain.

By Ilpo Juvander on 3/9/2007 8:31 PM
No nyt on aikoihin eletty! 18:05 tuli soitto Olli Visalta, Mekaanikko, että auto kunnossa!

Ei uskaltaneet nämä surullisen kuuluisat Autotalo Laakkosen nk. "huoltoneuvojat" tulla autoa luovuttamaan, istuivat vaan sisällä ja pulisivat keskenään! Kuten tavallista kun sielläa asioi.

Näihin kavereihin kun saisi vähän vauhtia niin saattaisi homma edes jotenkin lähteä toimimaan...

Ja pienen vonkaamisen jälkeen jopa kaveri suostui siellä sen aikaa odottamaan että ehdin sen hakea.

Auto tuntui taas kummasti paljon paremmalta kun tietokoneet on vakauttamassa ajoa, toivottavasti nyt kestää vähän pidempään kuin 5000 kilometriä, mikä tällaiselle autolle nyt ei vielä ole edes sisäänajo.

Toivottavasti tosiaan kestää, että ei tarvitse hetkeen aikaan viedä autoa pajalle, sen verran traumaattiset kokemukset syntyy jokaisella pajakäynnillä täällä Autotalo Laakkosella!

By Ilpo Juvander on 3/9/2007 7:47 PM

Kello on jo 17:50 ja Autotalo Laakkosen Huoltopalvelut menee kiinni kello 18:00.

Soittoa, että auton saa hakea ei ole vieläkään kuulunut... Näinköhän se sieltä luvastusti valmistuu...