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Ilpo On The Road
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2010 2:03 AM
My nice idea was to go around Moldavia and enter Romania from north, but that all ended up in disaster.

First everything looked nice, I was driving and enjoying life! After driving 35 km I took this picture:


Who can put better mileage on BMW R1200GS Adventure? I challenge you!

But then all hell broke loose.

First Zumo guided me into slippery unpaved roads which I first did not believe, but I decided to continue anyhow and it turned worse and worse. At the end there was one van coming same road opposite direction and it was stuck in a big hole. I just gave it a try and got passed that spot and to the bigger road again.

And then it hit. Thunderstorm. I had seen that coming and had already switched my gore-tex...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2010 9:48 AM
At 16:00 on 26.6.2010 it all started from Espoo.

First legs plan was to drive from Espoo through Russian to Kiev/Ukraine.

Harri came to escort me all the way to Vaalimaa border after which I continued it alone.

At Finnish side of the border everything went smoothly as before, on Russian side I had to write the forms twice before I got everything in order. Those typing mistakes are really hard when you don’t have a delete button in the paper to correct them…

Eventually I made through, didn’t take that long.

Next I continued toward Vyborg and then to St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg it all started. I had done one stop before that to fix my gears since it looked like its going to be raining a bit. Well, it started 10pm and rain did not stop at all until 6am… this was going to be a wet one!

I found the ring road around St. Petersburg and followed it to my next one M20 to south.

Driving through Russian was not really a big issue for me, I had updated to my Zumo the...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2010 8:59 AM

Second refill, 1330 km behind,27.87658

28.6.2010 6:59:12

Rain finally stopped,27.87658

28.6.2010 7:09:16

Todays first stop, bottle of juice and one litre water.,27.72942

28.6.2010 14:49:57

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2010 5:26 AM

First stop for fuel in russia after driving 550 km,,27.87658

27.6.2010 3:26:48

And it rains even more...,27.87658

27.6.2010 7:27:11

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2010 8:45 PM

Last stop on finnish side, next is russian,27.87658

26.6.2010 18:45:57

Harri who escorted me to the border will now start driving back home to Turkish and sauna

26.6.2010 18:56:01

Quick stop to drink and fix gear,27.87658

26.6.2010 21:16:15

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2010 7:03 PM

One more night and the it begins!

25.6.2010 17:03:45

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2010 3:11 PM

Last inspections done, some packing still waiting after mid summer and then it is GO!

24.6.2010 13:11:22

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/23/2010 7:07 PM

Three more days to go!

23.6.2010 17:07:41

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2010 9:57 PM

To see where Team 1, Team 2 and Team 3 are going, just go to this site:

All there teams have SPOT devices activated and their location delayed by 24h is seen on this page.

Team 1 is already in Mongolia, Team 2 is starting their journey on 10th July and Team 3 is on the way by 26th of June.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2010 9:39 PM

Just testing if sms gateway is still working. I will send updates from the trip through here.

6/22/2010 7:39:32 PM

By Ilpo Juvander on 5/10/2010 9:05 PM
I had been missing of an helmet lock which I could operate with the same key as rest of the locks.

After doing some searching for an helmet lock for my GSA, I found an piece of information that helped a lot!

In BMW R1150GS they have a helmet lock and it is with the same key hole as new R1200GSA. So in I went and ordered an helmet lock with the BMW part number 51252313472 which is just the body of the helmet lock without the lock cylinder.

So I needed also that which apparently was part number 51257698204!

With these two I finally got the product together, after making my key to be the only one to open this lock which took about one hour to figure how this lock works!

This is how the lock looks like:


By Ilpo Juvander on 5/8/2010 3:57 PM

I had some map created by Power Commander Auto Tune during the dyno session and now after the BB3000 Gold it was time to look at them again.

And this was what I found now after accepting Auto Tune tables:


When comparing these to the one after dyno session, one can clearly see difference, more cells now in use because of this extensive 48 hour session with maximum allowed speed!

By Ilpo Juvander on 4/30/2010 8:21 PM

Now in Turku, waiting ferry to Stockholm

4/30/2010 6:21:54 PM

By Ilpo Juvander on 4/29/2010 10:44 AM

Goldrush is starting tomorrow!

4/29/2010 8:44:29 AM

By Ilpo Juvander on 4/21/2010 9:17 PM
I’m attending for the second time for Gold Rush 2010 (Kultaryntäys) event which is organized by IBA Finland ry.

Gold Rush is all about driving long days and kilometres with the motorbike. This year there will be 16 participants who will be driving either 1500 miles/2414km in 24h or 3000 miles/4827 km in 48h.

These are known as BB1500 Gold / Bun Burner 1500 Gold and BB3000 Gold / Bun Burner 3000 Gold. BB3000 Gold is considered to be an extreme drive.

If you calculate plain average speed it gives you little over 100km/h without any breaks! So driving 24h this speed. In real life we will be driving faster than that and fewer hours. Average planned speed is going to be 116km/h and on the BB3000 Gold which I will be taking we are planning to sleep some 4 hours between the days.

We start driving on 1st of May from Stockholm / Sweden where we will also end this after 48 hours later.

This time I will be driving with my BMW R1200GSA...
By Ilpo Juvander on 4/12/2010 4:42 PM
I installed during the winter Power Commander V and AutoTune module for it and been now experimenting with it.

After some cruising with zero map AutoTune suggested these changes into the base map:


After that I took the bike to dyno run to see what the actual power and torque really is.

We made 5 runs and after each run there was significant changes to the power and torque.

This is now the map that AutoTune made after these 5 full runs:


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.

image image...
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