ITT '99 took place from May, 13th - 16th in Tienhove, a little village in the near of Utrecht/The Netherlands. This year it has been organized by our Dutch friends from TACN. The theme was - matching the venue - the Wild West. This included - besides "Transalp Town" - a "Saloon", "horses' stable", line dancing and bullriding in the evening, and of course some rides ... ;-) And, we learnt to know a guy having ridden around the world. Not with a TA, AT, BMW, Tenere or whatever bike you and I would choose for such a trip - no. He had a CBR 900 RR Fireblade. Wanna read it one more time? CBR 900 RR Fireblade ...
Here are my pics ...
The journey there
|Carsten (left) and I picked up our Polish friends Maciek (middle), Bogdan (right) and Michal (not on the picture, guess, he is at the "Pommesbude" ;-) )||We visited "Drügen Pütt", one of the famous meeting points of the Ruhr region. The weather was not as fine, thus there were not as many people there|
|"Transalp Town"||"boot hill"||In the background: the "saloon"|
|Transalp barbecue on Saturday evening. In the middle of the circle: The mechanical bull.||And this is - believe me or not - Carlo jumping (actually falling ;-) ) off the bull|
|One of the typical Dutch folding bridges||One of the typical Dutch windmills||One of the typical Dutch dirt tracks. Oops - no TA on this pic? Of course not, they already have passed this section ;-)|
During the 2nd ride, we once decided to shorten the prescribed route, and that was one of the best ideas, because we stumbled into a vintage race through downtown Groot Almers. Yes indeed, they cordoned off half of the main street and some other streets completely, and raced with their old irons on a 3 km track.
|...and off we go... First curve after start||Yes, there was a small hill ...||250cc MZ|
|500cc Moto Guzzi Falcone||BSA||Beemer|
On Saturday afternoon, sw-motech came up with two redesigned bikes, an Africa Twin and a Transalp. Here's some more about the motech-TA.
|Left: Africa Twin, right: Transalp||TA left side||TA front||TA cockpit|
That's it ...
Hey Dutchies ;-), it's been a great party, and we had one hell of fun!