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Ilpo On The Road
By Ilpo Juvander on 2/2/2010 10:00 PM
So the plan is, that three teams which go a bit different route will meet in Kyrgyzstan sometime in July 2010 and head through Pamir Highway back to Finland.

Here’s how it roughly looks:


FIN2PAMIR Team 1 consists of four people, Team 2 is three people and Team 3 is not really a team, but only me!

By Ilpo Juvander on 1/25/2010 8:15 PM

After having weekend meeting with couple of guys who are planning trip to same area, I’m now thinking of including Pamir Highway to the trip as well. This just means taking two extra countries to the list, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan…

So something like this:


This also means extra 2-3 thousand kilometres driving, but it should be worth it!

By Ilpo Juvander on 1/20/2010 1:47 PM
This coming summer the adventure will be one of a kind. Nothing like the journeys before to Spain and Creek.

This journey is called ‘Around Black and Caspian Sea 2010’.

Plan is to drive from Finland through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria to Turkey where there will be a stop for two weeks when my family is flying in there.

From Turkey journey continues through Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia back to Finland.

Here is a rough map of the journey:


My original plan was to drive only around Black Sea, but as Georgia and Russia have not opened the border for foreigners, I had to include Caspian Sea to the trip as well!

Trip planning is fully on...
By Ilpo Juvander on 1/17/2010 6:20 PM
My BMW R1200GS Adventure is 2009 model which I got end of August 2009.

It came preinstalled with these:

Enduro packet 2 (ESA, computer, fog lights, led lights, chrome exhaust pipes) BMW Alarm Enduro gear Side and top cases with inner bags image image

After this I have been adding following into:

Autocom Super Pro Automatic with 4 bluetooth connections (Mobile phone, GSP, IPod) and support for pmr radiophone with tangent (Chainspeed) Autocom Super Pro Automatic ...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/5/2009 12:26 PM
Just end of last week I rode an SS2000 ride (2,000 documented miles in under 48 hours) when coming from Germany to home.

Did all the paperwork during the weekend and send them over for approval into IBA Finland on Monday and was really surprised when I got mail this morning telling that the ride was accepted!


Good work even though it is most busiest time for checking these rides.

So, this was no my 9th accepted Iron Butt ride with the motorcycle. Right now I have 3 * SS1000, 1 * SS1000K, 2 * BB1500, 1 * SS2000K, 1 * SS2000 and 1 * BB1500GOLD accepted.

By Ilpo Juvander on 8/2/2009 1:49 PM
On the morning I checked out from the hotel and dropped all the luggage into reception before leaving to work.

We had successful day and managed to get everything done by 14:00 so this meant early start for my planned SS2000 and final home coming trip.

Just quick walk to the hotel to get all my stuff, Gore-Tex on, luggage's to the bike which was still waiting at the hotel garage and then towards first gas station which was only few hundred meters from the hotel.

At 14:31 I was all set to go, tank full of gas and TomTom had all directions loaded up.

Drive through Germany was really pleasant, no big traffic jams on the way, just some road works which did not really slow down at all. Just driving and filling up tank.

I started seeing that after driving ~1200 kilometers I started being in Copenhagen and was planning to catch a hotel in there. I had nothing reserved so I planned to get into Clarion Hotel Copenhagen...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/2/2009 1:04 PM
On the morning I just relaxed at the hotel and read e-mails, I had a scheduled meeting at 11:30 with a customer so this was not a fully vacation day anymore…

At 11:00 I checked out from the Hotel Mennicken in Würselen near Aachen, which was a very nice small hotel. Had some issues on getting the wireless network connection working, which turned out not to be there, but instead I had to buy some 2 euro wired network connection which worked just nicely after I got it.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2009 8:36 PM
This day had lazy start. Plan was to start driving SS1000 Iron Butt ride from Split / Croatia to Aachen / Germany.

Same time at the breakfast room there was a group of Swedish people and they were really hard on discussing the one Finnish bike out on the hotel’s parking… but they did not dare to ask anything on that.

Everything was ready by 10:30 at Hotel Zvonimir, so I decided to starting preparing for the ride.

Hotel Zvonimir image

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2009 11:53 PM
This was just excellent day! What a drive!

Day started at 10:00 local time by leaving the hotel at Montenegro and heading towards Split / Croatia. Soon after I left from hotel TomTom made it to the map and started showing directions.

My bike ready to go in Hotel WGrand parking place in Montenegro Hotel WGrand in Montenegro...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2009 11:51 AM
Today’s plan was to drive from Ioannina / Greece to Petrovac / Montenegro.

Day started ~09:00 and since it was only 21 degrees out, I decided to drive with all Gore-Tex clothes and take them out if it becomes too hot.

First trick on the day was to get TomTom to guide me to the border of Greece and Albania since they are on separate map, you cannot directly point it to the other country and I had to choose one village closest to the border and drive there and then switch the map and continue.

On the Greece Albanian border Greece side had no issues letting me go out of the country, but on Albanian side I had to present all the motorcycle papers along with passport and at the customs I even got an certificate that I had the bike with me when entering Albania!

Albanian side was excellent ride. Although the road that I choose was at first not at its best, the views were excellent and since I was riding only 50-60 km/h, this road condition did not really matter.

In Albania I did only...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/22/2009 10:22 PM
We started at 11:00 from our Arkadia Hotel at Zakynthos, escorted by family to the airport and looked that they got through the check-in.

After that headed to the ferry from Zakynthos to Killini, ferry was about to leave at 13:00.

All ready to roll, my TomTom had direct co-ordinates to the next hotel which was Dovitel Boutique Hotel at Perama near Ioannina.

I started at Killini harbor at 14:30 and ended up in hotel after driving ~400 kilometers. Some detours on the way and some happy surprises as TomTom did not know all of the roads ahead…

Also the hotel POI that TomTom knew was about one kilometer too early, but lucky for me I found an German speaking lady who guided me to the right direction.

Hotel is very nice, quite new and only drawback is that air conditioning is not working. But that was known issue as the hotel manager called day before after I made the reservation and let me know about this.

This was the route that I actually drove, straight out from TomTom (click...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/21/2009 7:11 PM
Day 1 Our first driving day started with SS1000 ride which we started from Tallinn at 00:36. Then just heading down Via Baltica to Riga, Kaunas, Bialystok, Lublin, Svidnik, Debrecen and Oradea.

Did not have much surprises on the way except the fact that driving through eastern Europe is a pain. Way too little roads and too many turns.

This lead us into timing issue on our SS1000 ride and we needed to take the plan B instead of original plan.

I had already checked an earliest possible ending spot which we gained easily and filled our tanks, but decided to continue to the next one just in case. Next gas station we found some 30 kilometers further towards Oradea/Romania where we made then our final ending for our SS1000 Iron Butt ride. This was just few minutes before the time ended.

After this we continued to our hotel which was Hotel Maxim in Oradea. Had some issues on finding the hotel as TomTom did not have any clue on Romanian streets… Arto fell with his bike while it was on...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/10/2009 7:47 PM
As before, we will escape from cold and rainy Finnish summer and head for the southern Europe.

We have reserved ferry tickets from Helsinki to Tallinn on the evening 2nd of July and start driving as soon the ferry is in Tallinn.

This time our trip will take us to Zakynthos, Greece.

We start driving from Tallinn, Estonia and our first night will be in Oradea, Romania. Target is to drive one Iron Butt SS1000 (=1000 miles, 1609 km) on the way in less than 24 hours.

From Oradea we continue to Pitesti, Romania for our next night, then to Sofia, Bulgaria and Larissa, Greece. From there we should then head to our Kyllini, Greece where we take a ferry to our...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/2/2009 2:52 PM

Finally saw our BB1500 Gold Ride as accepted:

BB1500 Gold Result

So this ride was 8th Iron Butt Ride!

By Ilpo Juvander on 5/17/2009 11:23 AM
Tulipa sitten 16.5.2009 käytyä läpi ensimmäinen moottoripyörän käsittelyä koskeva kurssi.

Tämä oli Motiimin järjestämä päivän mittainen tapahtuma Joutsan Seudun Ratakeskuksessa.

Päivä alkoi Espoosta 7:30 startilla kohti Joutsaa, 10:00 piti olla perillä. Pienen sompailun jälkeen saapuminen sinne oli 9:55, jossa homma lähti liikkeelle kahvin ja pullan voimin.

Kahvi ja ruokailu paikka Omapyöräkin löytyi kuvaan

By Ilpo Juvander on 5/3/2009 10:07 PM
During our Iron Butt rides I have usually left TomTom Bluetooth connector home since it has some big limiting factors:

Too short usage time, works usually only few hours Cannot be recharged and used at the same time I decided to open up the Bluetooth dongle and see if something can be done for this.

This is what I found:

IMG_0134  IMG_0135 Internal battery labeled as AE501647P...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/3/2009 2:13 PM
Our target was to ride 1500 miles (=2414 km) in less than 24 hours.

We started from Stockholm on 1.5.2009 at 6:52 in a group of 4 people.

There were other groups starting a the same time, driving different rides than us.

We had planned the ride stop by stop and also attached timetable for it and it looked like this:

Stop Time Place Exit number Km Distance from last planned stop 0 7:00 Start: OKQ8   0   1 9:31 Statoil, Jönköping 104 280 280 2 12:14 Rastplats Glumslöv   558 278 3 15:00 Q8, Vissenbjerg 53 828 270 4 16:48 Huttener Berge 7 1020 192 5 18:49 Back - BP 50 1237 217 6 20:45 Huttener Berge 7 1453 216 7 22:40 Shell Vissenbjerg 53 1646 193 8 1:26 Rastplats Glumslöv   1917 271 9 4:13 Statoil, Jönköping 104 2194 277 10 6:56 Finish:OKQ8   2474 280 This was distributed to all our team members, showing the time, place, exit number and kilometers, both cumulative and from the last planned...
By Ilpo Juvander on 3/9/2009 12:44 PM
As summer is getting closer, it is time to start planning for the first motorcycle trips.

Now with brand new Öhlins suspensions installed on my BMW K1200LT can't wait to get On the Road!

First trip is going to be fun one: We start on May Day Eve 30th of April from Turku with a ferry and once arrived in Stockholm on Labor Day morning, we head straight out to selected starting point.

Our goal is to drive BB1500 Gold Iron Butt ride which means in our case 2469 km driving in 24 hours or less.

We drive from Stockholm via Denmark to Hannover Germany and back.

This is how the route will look:

By Ilpo Juvander on 8/1/2008 12:59 PM
After getting out from the ferry in the morning at the Turku harbor, police was waiting everybody who was driving out from the ferry and they measured alcohol level for all the drivers. No issues for us so just heading towards Espoo and home using the fastest route.

Only 150 kilometers to drive which took us 1½ hours. Back home at 9:30 in the morning! Strange feeling to drive again in Finland, we had been over 4 weeks now On the Road...

This the route we took:


No stops on the way, just driving.

Once I got back to home, just took all the stuff out and went directly to local...
By Ilpo Juvander on 8/1/2008 12:38 PM
In the morning I took a taxi to local BMW dealer where I left my bike yesterday evening to pick it up. They did not really find anything on it, so the journey continues.

Driving through Oresund Bridge from Denmark to Sweden is quite nice experience. Driving through Sweden to Stockholm using the fastest route is really boring, but we had no choice as our starting was closer to 11:00 because of my bike fixing.

We had ~650 kilometers driving for this day and we arrived in Stockholm Viking Line ferry terminal just before 19:00, ferry was leaving 20:10.

Here's the route we took:

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/29/2008 11:47 AM
Hamburg morning was pretty hot already when we started packing our stuff in the morning and while driving through the city we got really swetty in all our gears.

Our next stop was Copenhagen, Denmark and a hotel which was already familiar to me as I had been many times in there during my business trips to Copenhagen.

Only incident during the trip was a talk with a Danish police which stopped us because passing a car from the right. In Denmark - the police said - from this they normally tear driving license, but in our case this motorbike police did not do that and left us go just after talking to us! What a nice guy...

Also my rear wheel drive started keeping the same noise again as when arriving to Rota and I looked up an local BMW dealer in Copenhagen and drove my bike in there. After taking the rear wheel of and checking it, they did not really find any issue with it, which was pretty strange since it was keeping this same scratching...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/29/2008 10:58 AM
From Amsterdam we set our goal to drive to Hamburg, not very long trip, just a short 500 kilometer drive.

We stopped few times and once we got to Germany side I started asking after BMW Motorrad services.

Got one address for a local dealer in Oldenburg where we headed to show my BMW K1200LT's issue with hydraulic center stand, it was not working after driving if temperature was over 27 Celsius. On this shop they had not came across this kind of issue and due to our schedules they guided us directly to BMW Bremen.

In here they had seen this kind of issues couple of times and message was that the whole center stand hydraulic system needs a change. It's build is such that it cannot be repaired. I thanked very helpful stuff (we got even cold drinks while waiting) in there and we got back to road and to Hamburg, where I called BMW dealer in Finland to order the given part. Not just have wait for them to come back when the part has been delivered to Finland.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/28/2008 10:55 AM
We started again a bit after 09:00 our driving day, long way ahead of us.

First 150 kilometers was really slow small roads running through villages, but eventually we got to a faster tracks and got the speed up.

We had no other destination marked in TomTom but Amsterdam, Holland and just needed to find a hotel in there with a working Internet connection.

When starting the day weather looked just fine, 19 degrees and eventually it got up to 31 degrees once we got out from France and entered Belgium. In Belgium we stopped once to fix our PMR phones.

We came to Amsterdam city center and drove around it twice looking after hotel with possible good parking spot for our bikes but after couple of trials on these center hotels found out that no Internet connection and parking was really hard we decided to get out of it. We found once hotel just outside which was full, but they gave another address to try and in there we got a room after...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/28/2008 10:43 AM
We started right after 09:00 from Angouleme after having breakfast at the hotel. Hotel stuff really excellent, guided us to good food places in the evening without even asking for it!

We drove a bit less than 600 kilometers on this third day, we should have been driving a bit more to drive through Normandy a bit more, but it started raining so we decided to skip two places and just drive to the hotel and see in the evening if we would do some sightseeing.

Rain was not that hard after all, we arrived at the hotel already before 17:00.

Here's a route we drove:


Roads were excellent on the way, few...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2008 12:43 AM
Our second day started ~9:30 in the morning, this time we decided to skip T-skirt and shorts as driving out fit (yesterday we drove all the way from Rota ~900 kilometers in this outfit...).

We had good roads on the way, some traffic around Bordeaux -area, but once we cleared that everything went smoothly.

Weather was 20 degrees Celsius when when we left and at it's best it was 26 degrees. We almost also got rain when we arrived to Angouleme, France. We found excellent small hotel in here where hotel stuff was extremely helpful on finding our way to restaurant etc.

Here's a route we took on this day, ~600 kilometers drive:

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/25/2008 11:32 AM
After getting our families to bus and on their way to the airport, we started our ride back to home ~09:00 local time in Rota. Our aim was to drive to city Burgos in Spain where we arrived ~19:00 as pretty much planned after driving ~900 kilometers.

Road was excellent on the way, mostly 120 km/h road, some road works on the way but we managed to keep good driving speed all the way.

Again, no toll roads.

Here's the route we took as recorded in TomTom:


For our second driving day we have ~600 kilometers to driving planned so pretty much nothing! We should spend next night in Angouleme, France.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/23/2008 8:53 PM

Tomorrow we start our way back to Finland. Our families are flying with Finnair on tomorrow morning and we start also our driving ~08:30 once we have just packed everything again on our bikes.

Journey back should take no more than 9 driving days and this number also includes small issue with getting ferry from Stockholm to Turku so might be that if we are lucky we get ferry on time and be home 2-3 days earlier than planned.

Our route at this point looks like this:


Our first stop after leaving from Rota is bullet #6, city called Burgos, Spain. There we have our first hotel reserved. Driving for our first day is ~912 kilometers.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/20/2008 12:35 PM
We have now spend lot of days here in Rota, Spain have been quite busy: lot of swimming, sun bathing some trips with our rental car, one longer one to Gibraltar where we planned to a trip last year but never made it.

I also had my bike fixed, it had two bearings broken in the rear which caused rear wheel to get in contact with a rear wheel drive outer shield.

I went to local BMW service in Puerto de Santa Maria at noon on Friday without any prior notice, got my bike in and after 15 minutes the result was that I had to leave my bike in there and took a taxi back to Rota. On Monday I headed back to see if the bike was already fixed (place was only 20 km away from our hotel) and in there it was just under final checks. After waiting for an hour I got my bike all fixed and even washed back.

Washing the bike was really the top thing as it was really...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2008 12:00 PM
This day was just to get to the Jerez de la Frontera airport, wait for our families in there and drive to our hotel.

We did not even put our motorcycle outfit on, drove just with T-skirt and shorts.

Plane was 10 minutes ahead of schedule, we meet our families in there and started driving towards our hotel.

In our hotel we had underground parking where we got our bikes.

Once everything was in, I went to the local BMW service to show my bike. This place in Puerto de la Santa Maria did not show that big, but once looked inside it was really huge place. All the BMW motorcycle models where presented in there and I got my bike under investigations after short waiting.

And the end result was that my bike stayed in there, there was indeed something wrong with it and the guy promised to fix it for next week.

Interesting to hear the final story what had been broken in there! I had to take a taxi back to the hotel, lucky for me it was only 20 kilometers away and I had no use for...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2008 11:59 AM
This would be our final driving day, we had still 600 kilometers driving for this day, but TomTom was suggesting only 6 hours of driving we had no hurry.

In the morning we already booked hotel in Jerez which was the city where our families would be flying into. Hotel was just 10 minutes away from the airport.

When booking the hotel we saw that in the hotel there should be Sauna available, but as we entered the hotel, they said that Sauna was under repair. What a disappointment.

On the nigh after having something to eat we started looking into our bikes and noticed two things:

Suzuki Hayabusa's chains where about to be gone, they were making lot of noise and jumping when driving on low speed. On my BMW K1200LT rear wheel there was some weird scratches inside it and after looking it closer it looked like rear wheel drive shelter was able to make contact it! Had to find a repair shop for it This was the route we took:


By Ilpo Juvander on 7/13/2008 11:59 AM

We woke up early in the morning, quickly ate breakfast and planned route for this day. We ended up driving ~732 kilometers for city called Elche, near Alicante where we found and booked hotel in advance.

Roads were getting much faster to drive on the Spanish side than France, most of the journey we were able to drive 100 km/h so we finished day around 19:00.

Here's the route that we drove:


Again, no toll roads on our way.