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My wife and I are hoping to tour Europe with several other couples and are trying to determine the best approach - shipping our Wings or renting Wings once we arrive. Initial estimates for shipping are very high ($4000+), so renting is looking pretty good right now.

Does anyone know if Wings can be rented in Europe, and if so, where? So far, my searches on the internet have not turned up anything.

Thanks in advance.

Paul
 
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We toured Italy, Austria, Germany & Switzerland

We have toured Italy twice (2001 and 2003). You can rent Goldwings in Milan (1800's I believe) and older models in Munich. My wife and I rented a GS1150 BMW (which I highly recommend in you are going to do the Passes such as Stelvio Pass (120 tournantes/hairpin turns). However my nephew and niece rented a nice 1500 with low miles on it because that was what they were used to riding in Wisconsin. All the rest of our group rented BMW's and loved them. Riding in Italy, etc is much different than then in the US, from lane splitting (it's an art form there) to narrow mountain roads to parking a bike in the very "middle" of town (cars are excluded usually), a smaller more nimble bike is far handier. We saw only 2 Harley's during 10 days of driving. And only 6 Goldwings. The rest were crotch rockets and BMW's, Aprilia's, Yamaha's, etc. We rented our bikes from Bosenburg rentals (check out their website). Your going to love it. It's the ultimate motorbike (what Europeans call motorcycles) culture. Dancer
 

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Thanks for the info ...

Great feedback Canyon Dancer. I agree that a lighter bike is definitely safer in Europe. Some of my friends want to stick with 1800's because they're so used to them. Plus we hope to spend 4 weeks on the road and could use the extra storage space. But, we'll make do with whatever bike we end up riding, and having a great time too.

Thanks again for the helpful info.
 

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Hi paul

If you think to rent a bike in Italy will be usefull to visit these links where you can find many info about:
http://www.biancoblu.com/eng/index.html they are specialized in Bmw bike,
http://rent.motonline.com/en/ service provided by a famous italian motorcycle web site, http://www.vipernolo.com/indexing.html Rent company in Milan, I suggested this company to others Americans that rented a bike in Italy, n they told me later that the service was good, http://www.boninimoto.it/ , http://www.lucianomoto.com/index.htm these are motorcyle dealers that has the rent service too.
This is a Search site with others rent companyhttp://guide.supereva.it/motociclismo/noleggio/ .
Remember that rent in italian translation is "noleggio" .
Sorry, but I don't know company that rent GW in Italy.
If you plan to rent in Italy, and you may need any other help or suggestion, or if you still have any others problem, don't hesitate to contact by mail directly from this forum.
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Re: Check out some of pictures and stories from the trip....

Canyon Dancer in Colorado said:
My wife and I are on the yellow GS1150 BMW and have the yellow rain gear on in some of the photos. Some of my thoughts and an article by my wife (as a passenger) are listed under Don Riedel and Julie Riedel under "sidebars" :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

http://www.hemkosys.com/italylow/index.htm

downloaded the slide show....very nice Canyon! good background music, excellent photos
 
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We were disappointed with BiancoBlu bike rental....

They promised us a new RT1150 in 2001 and when we got there, the new RT1150 was setting in the rental bay but they insisted that we couldn't have it and gave us an older RT1100 that (we found out later in the trip) had been wrecked before by another rider. Steering was off kilter the whole trip, it barely started some mornings, etc. It did make the whole trip but it certainly wasn't what we were promised over the internet. We think the owner/operator of the franchise wanted the new RT for his vacation travel which we understood he took right after we picked up our bikes. I highly recommend Bosenberg bike rentals (try www.bosenberg.com) as they provided exactly what we paid for during our 2003 trip, no arguing, no hastle. With BiancoBlu in our 2001 trip, the operator/owner didn't care to speak in English (I understand that was his perogative) and we couldn't understand Italian so we were pretty much stuck with what they gave us as we were in a strange city with our luggage at our feet. It was either "make do" with what they gave us or cancel the rest of the trip. I have lots of other thoughts, advice and help on routes with websites to review if you are interested. Canyon Dancer in Colorado
 
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