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1. Posted by alicat18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I have purchased and remodelled a little 125 Aprilla scooter in the hopes of completing a trip across Europe next month.
We hope to get the ferry from Ireland to Cherbourg, stop in Paris, go across the Alps (somehow) and do a sort of loop around North Italy (Milan - Lake Garda - Verona - Venice - San Marino - Florence - Pisa) then back over to Nice and back across France to our ferry.
We're hoping to camp (wild or in sites) or cheap hostels and complete our trip in about 2.5 weeks.

We're really not sure what we're getting into, how difficult it will be or anything haha. Whether we fail or succeed, it will be spectacular!
Any and all advice is very much appreciated, especially regarding route and timeline, and wish us luck!!

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 835 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

I assume you realize you are thinking about 200+ kilometers a day to do this trip in 2.5 weeks? You can easily map it on Google Maps, viaMichelin.com or some other map web site. You will have to pack very light but that's a good idea anyhow.

Many places don't allow wild camping so you should do some research on camp sites on the way or look up hostels on the way. There is always https://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/europe for Europe. I'm sure there are others too that I don't know about.

In France most towns have a municipal camp site and they are usually excellent and often have a very nice restaurant in them. You can do a search on town web sites along your route and then click on Accommodations for the municipal campground. You can also just go directly to the tourist office when you arrive at the place you want to stay and ask them for the Municipal Camp Site. Since you will undoubtedly have a small tent, you will be able to get in even if the camp site is filled. At least that has been our experience.

You are also correct; no matter whether you get to do the entire trip or not, it will be spectacular. Just start out and see how far you get. Be sure you allow enough time to get back to the ferry and you'll be fine. If you run into bad weather or construction, change your route. If you have a smart phone along, this is no problem. Any time you get stuck, go to the local Tourist Office and ask for help. These people are fantastic and if they can't help, they will find someone who will.

Good luck and don't forget your camera! :)

3. Posted by alicat18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

Thank you!!

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 506 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

You don't mention which licences you have.
If you only have a provisional licence then check that's legal in the countries you want to visit.
I know that only a couple of years ago that wasn't adequate as a friends son found out when his 125 was confiscated and he had to pay a substantial fine (I think it was in France, but can't remember for certain).

Having been a biker for many years I can tell you that more than an hour on a motorway/autobahn is just a pain, especially on a small bike where you're playing chicken with the trucks (I was on a 200cc one up and that was scary, I'd be terrified to do it 2 up on a 125).
Having said that, I'm not sure that 125cc bikes are even legally allowed to use all the motorways, so check. Assuming they are, try to plan as little time on them as possible.
Also be aware that many Toll Roads do charge for motorcycles, but confusingly not all of them.

Personally I think the journey is far too many miles for only 2 weeks odd time on such a small bike, but some people like the challenge and feel endurance is more important than enjoyment...

Why not try a little run down to Le Touquet (or similar) for 1 week as a trial run, and then try a longer tour next time when you've established how much pain you can endure in a day.
I would suggest Amsterdam but I think that may be a bit far in only a week...;)

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jul-2018, at 17:52 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by alicat18 (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

We both have our full licenses and my boyfriend has his full A licence (he'll be driving)
Hoping to avoid the motorways as much as possible regardless.

Thank you for your reply :)

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