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Motorcycle Touring - Germany

Ride the Harz Mountains, Black Forest, the roads around the Nürburgring, the Mosel Valley or along the Rhine this really is biking nirvana. It's one of the few places in Europe where you can ride a Hayabusa flat out on public roads and not go to jail. The roads out towards the east tend to be less busy and offer some
amazing experiences. Most Germans aged less than forty speak perfect English. Roads are maintained with teutonic efficiency and even in German the road signs and numbers are easy to follow.

AUTOBAHN (Out-oh-barn)
There are speed limits on some stretches of motorway and roadworks
can be strictly policed by radar and cameras. Germans are good drivers and obey speed limits. If there is no speed limit on the autobahn you can go as fast
as you like. Wahey!

Filtering on motorways and undertaking is illegal and they don't like you doing it…
Be aware of tailgating andUSE YOUR MIRRORS. Remember to use lane
discipline!

Polizei drive green vans and silver/green saloons, speak English and are very
courteous and polite.

ROAD SIGNS
Motorway signs are green, ordinary road signs are yellow with the road number
in a black box.

Written signs include Rollsplitt (loose chippings), Strassenschaden (uneven
road and temporary surface), Einbahnstrasse (one way street), Umleitung
(diversion) Ausfahrt (exit).

Unleaded Petrol (Bleifrei) Regular or Benzin is only 91octane not
good enough. Use Super Unleaded (recommended) 95 or 98 octane.

Useful phrases (Phonetic)

  • Motorcycle - MOTOR-RAT
  • I've run out of petrol - ISH HARBOUR KYNE BENT-SCENE MAYOR
  • I need a repair garage - ISH BROW-KER EYE-NUMB VERK-SHTAT
  • Could you fix MY TYRE - KERR-NUN SEA DANE RAY-FUN RAPPA-REAR-UN?
  • Radiator - DARE COOH-LAIR
  • Exhaust - DASS HOUSE-POOF-ROAR
  • Carburettor - DARE FAIR-GAY-SIR
  • Battery - DEE BATTEREE
  • Petrol Tank - DARE BENT-SCENE-TANK
  • Ignition - DEE SOON-DUNG
  • Fan - DARE VENTILATOR
  • Fuel pump - DEE TRIPE-STUFF-PUMPER
  • Brake Disc - DEE BRUMS-SHY-BEAR
  • Starter Motor - DARE START-MOATER
  • Indicator - DARE BLINKER
  • Oil Pump - DEE OOH-WELL-PUMPER
  • Oil Filter - DASS OOH-WELL-FILTER
  • It's Broken - ESS IST CARPUTT
  • Police POLE - ITS - EYE
  • 60, 80, 100 - ZEK-CIG, AKT-CIG, HUNDIRT
  • Do you speak English? SHPREKEN ZEE ENGLISH
  • Please/Pardon BITTER
  • Thank you DANKER SHURN

 

 

 

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