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Aprilia FV2 Concept Bike
It's naked, it's nasty and we like it! The Aprilia FV2 Concept was unveiled at this month's EICMA show in Milan. The Apriila DOHC V-Twin gets bored out to 1200cc to full SBK Superbike specs and gets hung from a minimalist frame connecting the front and rear wheels. Up front are carbon fibre front struts like the Confederate Wraith with a cantiilever suspended monoshock, and out back is a Monoshock suspended carbon fibre swinagrm. We say Aprilia should quit wasting their time in the MotoGP 250cc class and take this sucker World Superbike racing! Dig the open megaphones to blow Harleys off the road and emit lots of hydrocarbons.

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65th International Motorcycle Exhibition, Milan

More New Bikes from the
2007 Milan International Motorcycle Show

Milan, Italy Nov. 6-11th 2007 - The entire world of motorcycling is in attendance at the 65th edition of the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan from November 6th - 11th. New bikes, new accessories and newapparel from al the top manufacturers around the world were shown. Continuing from Pit Lane News Last Week, Here a look at more of the new bikes unveiled at the Show.

New KTM RC8 sponsored by red bull will race in 2008 SBK 1000 Superstock Championship

KTM 1190 RC8
It's been an extaordinary long wait since the origional KTM RC8 concept bike was premiered at EICMA four years ago and left our mouths watering. The final production bike shown here goes on sale this spring with a larger 1148cc watercooled V-75 DOHC 4-Valve Twin ready for SBK World Championship homologation.

In fact, Red Bull will be sponsoring a factory bike to compete in the 2008 SBK European Superstock 1000cc Championship. This production bike does look a little more cluttered from the origional, much cleaner looking prototype, but nothing some simple parts removal like the passenger pegs can't rectify. We welcome the KTM to the V-twin Superbike category to keep Ducati company among the same old Japanese inline 4s. For real world street bike riding this might be the toast of the class.

Our only real concern is how competitve the bike will be on the track or in the market place with a claimed wet, but empty fuel tank weight of 188kg / 414lbs. and putting out just 140hp through a wet clutch. The RC8 will be going up against this year's 1000cc Superstock Champion the 1098 Ducati which is about 20 lbs lighter with 160hp from 1088cc. If the new 1198cc Ducati R with 186hp gets homolograted for the Superstock class, then the RC8 is burnt toast. The proof is in the riding. The RC8 even has its own website www.KTM-RC8.net

2008 KTM 1190 RC8 Milan Motorcycle Show

Above: KTM RC8 functionality. Below: Japanese naked bike unfunctionality.

2008 Honda CB1000R Milan Motorcycle Show 2007The Honda CB1000R is overly stylized and tasteless like the majority of Japanese naked sportbikes. Inside, the usual detuned superbike engine are smaller valves, lower compression and milder cams "to improve torque for the street." Then the engie is placed in flexi-flyer chassis with bargain basement suspension components. Can we expect this new CB to be any better? Why does the CB get a single sided swimgarm when its sportbike CBR1000 counterpart didn't? Is there a reason you don't see many of these type bikes on the road after 4 years old? Have they've all been crashed and destroyed? Sorry to be so negative, but we owned the just discontinued Honda 900 when it first came out 5 years ago and hated it - replacing it with a Ducati Multistrada, our FastDates.com Bike of the Year which has remained the best overall multi purpose streetbike in this class ever since.

FireBlade-based Honda CB1000R to replaces Honda Hornet 900
The CB1000R may appear closely related to the Hornet 600, but the CB1000R is only related in its basic styling – the clue is in the name. The current 600 is called a CB600F Hornet – the ‘F’ denoting the bikes softer, more friendly attitude. The ‘R’ in the CB1000R’s title hints that Honda has made the bike a much harder-edged machine, and the decision to drop the ‘Hornet’ title shows that the firm is keen to distance the two differently-focused machines. Based on the 2007-spec FireBlade engine, it’s the most hardcore naked bike the firm has ever made.

The CB1000R is powered by a detuned version of the 2007 Fireblade’s 998cc inline four, set up for low and midrange power. The fuel injector bodies are considerably smaller at 36mm (the Fireblade has 46mm bodies), and each cylinder’s independent ignition and fuel setup is tailored for low and mid-range torque as well as a linear delivery.

The CB1000R’s aluminium backbone frame is a development of the 2007 Hornet 600’s, but the rest of the chassis parts are considerably higher spec than the budget-priced 600. The upside-down forks are taken from the 2008 Fireblade. Four-piston radially-mounted Tokico calipers grabbing 310mm discs are standard, but there’s an ABS version which has three-piston Nissin calipers and Honda’s Combined Braking System.

Bimota launch stunning DB7 superbike
Bimota has launched it's latest superbike, the DB7, at the Milan show and the stunning bike is finally powered by a current generation Ducati 1098 Superbike engine. For about $20,000 more than the price of a Ducati you'll be the ony one at Bike Night.

All the pretty billet pieces.....
Check out the video below to see the motorcycle on the Bimota stand at the Milan show

Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro
The Maxi Supermoto Wars are on and we're loving it! Aprilia's counter attack to Ducati's low-tech 2-valve air cooled 1080cc V-twin Hypermotard is this hot new high tech 4-valve DOHC watercooled 750cc V-twin installed in a lightweight, agile frame. Add a streamlined design, wide handlebars and prestige components. This is the explosive cocktail just created by Aprilia’s R&D department and unveiled this week at IECMA.

Once again Aprilia has amazed the motorcycling world with another highly innovative design, destined to dominate the maxi motard segment. The Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO is not just another twin cylinder motard, but a motorcycle that embodies all of Aprilia’s vast experience in competitive supermotard racing, a speciality in which Aprilia has so often dominated the competition. The Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO is the ultimate mix of incredible agility, sports performance, essential styling and quality build, and combines features taken from the worlds of supersport and supermotard motorcycles (including top competition machines).

A riding position carefully calculated to deliver total control, a mighty 95 horsepower engine and an amazingly agile chassis are the distinctive features of the Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO.
No bland machine for the masses, but a true thoroughbred that only expert riders can really appreciate, the SMV 750 DORSODURO carries you into a world of high performance and even higher emotions that very few other motorcycles can enter. Graced with the agile handling of all motards, the SMV 750 DORSODURO adds a level of power normally only found on road-going supersports.

An advanced engine and an exceptional chassis (typical of all Aprilia motorcycles) are the trump cards of the SMV 750 DORSODURO, which also boasts sporting looks and a level of agility never before experienced on a twin.

Lightweight, agile, and powerful, the SMV 750 DORSODURO benefits from a new generation of engine and some of the most advanced technical solutions found on any motard. Thanks to advanced electronics, its compact 90° V twin engine delivers power that rivals or exceeds that of many larger twins. And as Aprilia traditions demand, the chassis is simply unrivalled. Developed to deadly effect on the super-specialist SXV, this mixed steel trellis and aluminium frame has become the hallmark of Aprilia motards. With technical specifications far in advance of the competition, this frame sets new standards for rigidity and agility.

But ‘essential’ certainly does not mean ‘basic’ on the Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO. Components and performance are prestigious and the level of finish is worthy of a true flagship model. Radial calipers, hydraulic clutch, ride-by-wire engine control, wave discs, and matrix instrumentation with on board computer all combine to make the SMV 750 DORSODURO unique.

With a power to weight ratio of a pure sports bike, the Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO can thrill even the most performance-hungry rider. Let’s look at the features of the Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO in greater detail:

* 90° V twin engine with four-valve heads, double overhead cam and liquid cooling
* Ride-by-wire controls
* Electronic fuel injection with the latest generation of injectors
* Mixed gear and chain timing drive
* Three way catalytic converter with Lambda probe
* Compound steel trellis and aluminium alloy frame for extremely light weight and high torsional rigidity
* Aluminium alloy swingarm with offset monoshock
* Fully adjustable 43 mm upside down fork
* Racing brakes with radial front calipers

This, above, is the Aprilia Shiver 750cc introduced a few months earlier at the Paris International Motorcycle Show, a more street oriented naked bike version of the hard core Dorsoduro above. We think Aprilia has the right idea when it comes to launching their "Naked Passion" ad campaign.

Team Sterilgarda Go Eleven and Max Biaggi Reach Agreement

Nov 1st - Team Sterilgarda Go Eleven reached agreement yesterday, 30th October, with Max Biaggi for the 2008 World Superbike Championship season. The Roman rider will pilot the new Ducati 1200 twin, riding alongside the now confirmed Ruben Xaus to form a team able to run at the highest level.

The first test in Sterilgarda Go Eleven colours for Biaggi will probably be in December on a track yet to be announced. With the signing of Biaggi - four times 250 World Champion and third in the 2007 World Superbike Championship – Sterilgarda Go Eleven are making a real step up in the technical and image stakes, taking a front running role in next season’s races.

2008 Roadracing Rider and Team Line Ups
Here's a look at the rider seat changes and confirmed lineup of teams and riders in World SBK and AMA Superbike and MotoGP for 2008. We will be add more teams and riders weekly as they confirm:

Guandalini enter SBK with Jakub Smrz and Ducati 1200
Team Guandalini will enter the World Superbike Championship next season, with Czech rider Jakub Smrz and the new Ducati 1200 twin. The Bologna team is also looking into entering the FIM Superstock World Cup and will continue to participate in the Italian CIV series with Norino Brignola.

2007 World Superbike
Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Lorenzo Lanzi
Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus

Honda Ten Kate
: James Toseland, Roberto Rolfo
Honda D.F.X. Corse: Luca Morelli, Michel Fabrizio

Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Suzuki Alstare: Yukio Kagayama, Bax Biaggi
Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Fonsi Nieto

Suzuki Germany: Max Neukirchner

2007 MotoGP
Ducati Corse: Loris Capirossi, Casey Stoner
Ducati d'Antin: Alex Barros, Aex Hoffman
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards
Yamaha Tech 3: Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, John Hopkins

Kawasaki Japan:
Randy de Puniet, Anthony West
Honda Japan: Nicky Hayden, Dani Padrosa
Honda Minolta:
Shinya Nakano
Honda Gresini: Tony Elias
Honda LCR: Carlos Checa
Honda Roberts:
Kurtis Roberts

2007 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Honda American: Miguel DuHammel, Jake Zemke

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:

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2008 World Superbike
Ducati Corse: Troy Bayliss, Michel Fabrizio

Ducati Sterilgarda: Ruben Xaus, Max Biaggi
Ducati Guandalini: Jakub Smrz
Ducati RG:
Lorenzo Lanzi
Honda Ten Kate
: Kent Sofulguo, Carlos Checa, Ryuichi Kiyonari
Honda Paul Bird:
Yamaha Italy
: Noriyuki Haga, Troy Corser

Suzuki Alstare: Fonsi Nieto (?), Max Neukircher (?)
Kawasaki PSG-1: Regis Laconi, Ayrton Badovini
Suzuki Germany: ?

2008 MotoGP

Ducati Corse: Casey Stoner
, Marco Melandri
Ducati d'Antin: Tony Elias, Sylvain Guintoli
Yamaha Japan: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha Tech 3: James Toseland, Colin Edwards
Suzuki Japan: Chris Vermeulen, Loris Capirossi,
   and non'conflicting AMA races with Ben Spies

Kawasaki Japan: John Hopkins
Honda Japan
: Nicky Hayden (?), Dani Padrosa

Honda Minolta:
Honda Gresini:
Shinya Nakano, Alex de Angelis
Honda LCR: Randy de Puniet
Honda Roberts: Discontinued ?

2008 AMA Superbike
Suzuki Yoshimura: Matt Mladin, Ben Spies
Honda American: Miguel DuHammel, Neil Hodgson

Yamaha USA: Eric Bostrom, Jason DiSalvo
Kawasaki USA:

MV Agusta Ferracci:

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Ad Campaign with New FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Carrie Ann Stroup

Nov. 1st - Mikuni American is the manufacturer of the industry's leading high-performance carburetors for American V-Twin engines, the HSR 42/45/48. Mikuni is also a long time sponsor of the Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendar and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show produced by Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis Design, the advertising agency for Mikuni 's Aftermarket Carburetor Division. Working with Mikuni Vice President Lee Chapin, Jim has brought back the sexy Mikuni HSR "Explicit Performance Advisory" ad campaign which ran in 2004. It featured Iron & Lace calendar model Andra Cobb sitting behind a Mikuni HSR carb equipped V-Twin engine.

Mikuni is bringing back for its 2008 ad campaign a new "Explicit Performance Advisory" ad photographed by Jim Gianatsis features beautiful FastDates.com Iron & Lace Calendar Kitten Carrie Stroup. Carrie is shown posing with her hands holding a polished Mikuni HSR carburetor and a wrench and screwdriver. The picture is titled "V-Twins Have Fantasies too" suggesting bikers dream about beautiful girls like Carrie, while their bikes dream about the bolt-on performance. Mikuni HSR Carburetors bolt up with simple hand tools to deliver up to a 25% improvement in power and throttle response.

Mikuni plans to have this "HSR Fantasies" ad campaign available as a poster to hand out at major bike events including Cincinnati V-Twin Dealer Show, Daytona, Laughlin, the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and Sturgis. For additional information on Mikuni Performance Carburetors contact your local dealer or go to www.Mikuni.com

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No other motorcycle (other than argueably the Ducati Desmosedici RR MotoGP street bike) has been waited on for so long, with so much anticipation, than the newly released 2008 model Ducati 1080 Hypermotard. Ducati has a way of teasing us years in advance by giving us a preview of their latest prototype concept at bike shows and in the media, and then making us wait 3 years as they guage opinion, decide, design and tool up for production.

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EICMA Attendance Sets New Record - 500,00!
Nov 16, 2007- EICMA officials announced the annual motorcycle show held in Milan, Italy, drew more than 500,000 visitors in 2007, which according to officials is a new record.

Interest in the show was so great, in fact, that Milan's police force had to shut down access roads to the show because of excessive traffic congestion.

For the first two days of the show, which weren’t open to the public, EICMA drew 45,000 trade visitors, including more than 2,000 journalists from across the globe.

Dates for next year’s show are set for Nov. 4-9, and the velodrome track racing also will be held during those same dates.

MotoGP Season Ending Test at Valencia

Wednesday Nov 7 - The top MotoGP Teams concluded a two-day test at Valencia after the fianl Season race with Ducati's World Champion Casey Stoner continuing to dominate with his impressive pace and new team-mate Marco Melandri getting to grips with his Desmosedici V4.

Casey Stoner, best lap 1m 32.095s (55 laps) - "We found something extra during these tests. Straight away yesterday, second lap out, we went a lot quicker than we did in the race on Sunday and we just kept going from there. Today we kept getting faster and faster. We weren't really trying to do that, we had a lot of tyres and things to test, so we weren't out there trying to do lap times, but everything just seemed to come to us quite easily. It's been a fantastic season for us and it's really good to end this test with some positives and some more information which the Ducati technicians can take back to Bologna, knowing that we've got something more to work with and knowing the right direction in which to head."

Marco Melandri, best lap 1m 33.835s (87 laps) - "Today we worked a lot on the engine and electronics, to understand how the bike reacts to every kind of change. It's been demanding because the throttle feeling is very different to what I'm used to. This afternoon we started working on the chassis, making some important, if not radical, changes. During the last half hour of the day I could feel we were improving and that we were starting to go in the right direction for my riding style. It was maybe too late to better my lap time but the sensation was really encouraging. Generally I'm very happy because I'm beginning to understand this bike's huge potential. All I've got to do is work hard to get it set up for my style."

Stoner 1'32.095 (55 giri)
Hayden 1'32.434 (92)
De Puniet 1'32.625 (83)
Pedrosa 1'32.718 (88)
Vermeulen 1'32.979 (88)
Hopkins 1'33.058 (59)
Capirossi 1'33.163 (64)
Elias 1'33.294 (74)
Nakano 1'33.465 (92)
Guintoli 1'33. 571 (80)
Lorenzo 1'33.588 (69)
West 1'33.695 (99)
Melandri 1'33.835 (87)
Dovizioso 1'33.991 (82)
De Angelis 1'34.060 (84)
Aoki 1'35.043 (61)
Guareschi 1'35.840 (59

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Milan, 8 Nov. - During the EICMA show Pirelli presented the brand new Pirelli DIABLO ROSSO.
This tyre sets the point representing a new tyre generation, thanks to the new approach Pirelli adopted to design this new product for the SUPERSPORT segment and thanks to the new EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology) Pirelli patent.

Diablo Rosso finds its full description in a new section of Pirelli tyre website thanks to a video which represents its world and 'personality' together with a page with the product features.

Soon each country will have its own DIABLO ROSSO area in its proper language, now you can see the preview in the corporate website with a very SEXY VIDEO.
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Alstare Suzuki Tests with
Nieto and Neukirchner
for 2008 World Superbike

Valencia, Italy, Nov 9th - Spaniard Fonsi Nieto and German rider Max Neukirchner have tested the 2007 Alstare Suzukis at the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the first time. Both riders made many changes to the positions of the bars, footpegs and levers so that they could start to get comfortable with the bike, before beginning to push hard. The weather for the tests was generally good and Fonsi, Max and the team were able to to do a lot of good groundwork and gather useful information. Both riders put in a considerable number of laps (over 70 for Neukirchner and over 80 for Nieto) and managed to go under the lap record - on regular race rubber. Nieto posted a best time of 1:35.5 and Neukirchner a time of 1:35.00. Neukirchner’s quick lap is faster than Biaggi’s best race lap earlier this season.

This was a test, aka rider tryout, for both the riders and the Alstare team to get to know each other better. It obvioulsy came out well, and we expect they are in 2008 contract negotiations at this time with a possible official announcement sometime soon.

Fonsi Nieto -
"This test was all about me getting comfortable with the bike, so we did a lot of work with the handlebars, levers, footpegs etc. My initial feeling is that the bike is very good and I have a lot to learn. I started with the Biaggi settings, but I didn’t get on with them, so we’ve changed them quite a lot - more in the Kagayama direction I guess. The Alstare Suzuki feels more of a racebike than my bike of last year and it has a lot of potential. I am not thinking about lap times at this test, because I want to learn this bike first. The Alstare team are great to work with and everybody is very friendly. I am getting to know them all very quickly and already we have a very good relationship. The World Superbike Championship is not an easy race series by any means, but I am really looking forward to this new challenge."

Max Neukirchner -
"I know I’ve ridden the Alstare Suzuki before, but this is a different situation for me here. We spent most of the time getting the bike right for me. That meant changes to the riding position, bars, levers , footpegs etc. I enjoyed riding the bike in the last race of the year, but now it’s time to get the bike dialled in for me properly. There is a lot to do, but we are all working well and making good progress, so we are all pretty happy at this stage. I know most the Alstare guys from before, but I am working with some different mechanics this time, so I have to get used to them and they have to get used to me. I’m already enjoying myself with the team and I think we will leave Valencia in a positive frame of mind."

Paul Bird Takes British Team To World Superbike on Honda
Nov 8th - Following on from discussions with his team?s current sponsors this week, double BSB winning team owner Paul Bird will make an audacious bid to land the World Superbike Championship next season.

Paul Bird has lost both his 2007 riders, Shane Byrne and Tom Sykes to Airwaves Ducati and Rizla Suzuki this week which prompted tough action for the future.

Paul Bird said: “I’ve always said that at some point in time, I’d like to do the World Championship and in the situation we have found ourselves in, now is the ideal opportunity.

“I have a duty to my team to provide them with the very best riders to work with and it is just what we need. We have all felt like a pair of discarded Y Fronts over the past few days but it just goes to prove that a team like mine can bounce back and we are all very excited by the prospect.

The double British Superbike winning team owner will remain with his current backers for the next season with help from the HRC factory.

Paul Bird added: “I’m sad to be leaving BSB as we’ve had some great times there and I wish Tom and Shakey all the best on their season with their respective teams in the UK.”

Paul Bird will officially announce his rider line-up for 2008 soon with the rumour mill suggesting the out of ride Gregorio Lavilla as a likely candidate to join the team in World Superbikes.

World Champions Colin Edwards and James Toseland join forces with Yamaha Tech 3 Team
Nov 12th - It is with great pleasure that the Yamaha Tech 3 team wishes to announce the signing of two world champions to contest the 2008 MotoGP World Championship.

American rider Colin Edwards, will be joined by Brit, James Toseland with both riders bringing a wealth of riding experience to the Yamaha Tech 3 Team.

Texan Edwards, after four years in the elite class and winning two World Superbike Championships in 2000 and 2002, possesses an invaluable amount of development knowledge while Toseland is the recently crowned 2007 world superbike champion after first claiming his first world title in 2004.

In another exciting development for the vastly experienced French team both riders will compete on Michelin tyres as well as commencing the season on the latest version of the Yamaha M1.

The entire Tech 3 team is very happy to welcome these two great riders with their first outing at the next winter test this week at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia (15-16-17th November). The team will then head to Jerez in Spain from the 27th to 29th of November for the next stop of the hectic winter schedule before the December test ban comes into effect.

Colin Edwards quotes:
“I’m honestly really excited about coming to Tech 3. I think the overall package that Yamaha has put together for next year – four good bikes and four World Champions and four different crews giving Yamaha a whole lot of information means we will be on the pace from the start and it’s pretty exciting. I’ve known Herve well and I know that Tech 3 is a very good outfit and I’m also really looking forward to sharing a garage with James. I’m positive that it’s going to be a great team.”

James Toseland quotes:
“I am over the moon about coming to MotoGP. It seems to have been a long time coming to get this opportunity but it has come at the right time and is the opportunity of a lifetime. It is a massive transition in my life to make and I am really looking forward to it. I don’t know who was happier as my mum was in tears when we got the news! I am really thankful to Yamaha and I appreciate the chance they have given me and I want to thank everyone for the opportunity they have given me. I have met Herve on a couple of occasions and he is a genuine nice guy and I truly feel the Tech 3 Team will be a good place to start my MotoGP career so it’s nice to be welcomed into the team. It will also be good to be working with Colin again as we have had a 10 year separation. He has said some really nice things in the press as to how he will help me. We get on really well together so I think we should make a good team. I’ve been employed to do a serious job so I am not coming in with the mental attitude that there won’t be any pressure on me; there will be and I want to do the best job possible and be near the front.”

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Edelweiss Introduces Lower Cost Ride-4-Fun European Bike Tours
You know how much we love and recommend the Edelweiss bike tours. For some people, especially with the declinging value of the American dollar , thee tpours might be a little too expensive. But now Edelweiss is lowering their cost with their new, more affordable Rid-4-Fun Tours, Check it out on their website.

When riding on a motorcycle tour away from home, it's always fun and excitement of riding in beautiful Europe on incredible roads that we're after. This is the focus of Edelweiss' new Ride4Fun: Tours that show you exciting scenery, that are fun to ride, and that acquaint you with the way people think and live in the places we are touring.

Our hotels do have local flavour and are not over the top in price and amenities. You ride in a group, with one tour guide on the moto in front. Or you ride in your own little group finding your own secret path; it's up to you! Breakfast and some dinners are part of the package, but we go to different places for lunch and most dinners. You can decide what you eat and drink - budget or high end.

Important to you and to us is s your choice of the best moto for the trip. There is a nice selection of BMWs, Hondas, Suzukis, Ducs and others waiting for you. You must feel good on your steed!

It's a younger group of motorcyclists that joins ride4fun tours. There is a lot to see during the riding day, but the evening is there to be enjoyed as well - local flavour in people, food and more. ride4fun groups are international, so you learn more about motorcycling in other parts as you mingle and make new friends overseas!

During some riding days or after we arrive at our destination, we do other fun things such as rafting, climbing, hiking, roller coasting and many more. It's up to you whether you join, it's all provided as part of the package!

Your one week supply of shirts, socks and tooth brush goes on your moto, it's easy with the luggage cases that are provide. It's a real motorcycle tour!

So how can you be sure ride4fun has that extra kick and is reliable in what will be provided? Here is why: ride4fun tours are a division of Edelweiss Bike Travel, the leading company for guided motorcycle tours world wide. Edelweiss has started operation in 1980, with more than 27000 motorcyclist taking tours on all five continents on over 1200 separate tours. ride4fun draws from that experience and benefits from the recourses Edelweiss provides on all five continents. So all you have to do is make your selection of which tour to join and reserve your place right here on the Web!

Your ride4fun tour guides are ready to ride and have fun together with you!

Austrian Alps and Bavaria! Riding the Alps in 5 days and having nothing but fun along the way, that's what this motorcycle adventure is all about. Starting and ending in Munich, Germany, guarantees that you have a lot of fun before and after if you decide to fly in a day or two early or stay on afterwards.

Italian Alps and Lake Garda! Dolomites and Lago di Garda are two of the most popular touring regions in Europe. The Dolomites are the most dramatic rock formations in the Eastern Alps and offer hundreds of miles of winding roads.

Italy pure! No motorcyclist should miss this tour in the heart of Italy. It will be a tour for the senses, euphoria spiked with cultural, riding and culinary highlights.

Twisties, Beach and Cappuccino! Sun, white beaches, crystal clear water, that's what Sardinia is known for. This Mediterranean island has much more to offer than the glossy tourist brochures can portray. Beautiful small villages settled in an amazing countryside with rolling hills and mountains. Nearly no traffic, small roads, sweepers combined with this beautiful Caribbean like coastline - what else do you need to fell in heaven?

The island of 100.000 curves! Corsica is known as an island of beauty and is a true motorcyclist's paradise. Mountains reminding of the Alps, scenic coastlines and huge forests are only a few of Corsica's treasures. Seldom does a touring region offer such riding fun and countless curves on small roads with nearly no traffic.

More information to these tours is to be found on our web page. Make your choice and ride the world with ride4fun!