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Offline Bernie

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(Old) Swiss Guy
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:10:26 PM »
Dear all

So ....
I already wrote two messages, so I guess it's time to present myself.

My name is Bernhard (Bernie), living in the greater Zurich area of Switzerland.
I am 55 years old, actively biking since 1996 (1996 - 1999 Honda Transalp, 1999 until 2012 Honda Varadero). I was riding the latter one for almost 100'000 kms.
As an IT team lead I am working in the city of Zurich.

As you see, I started biking quite late, which was - perhaps - good for my life expectation ....
My older hobbies include Karate, 300m rifle contests and parashooting.

I am enjoying long rides into almost all regions of Switzerland, many times together with my wife as my sozia.
Normally we are doing two to three weeks of vacation with the bike. So we visited the Mediterranean sea from the South up to Southern Sweden in the North and from the Atlantic ocean in the west to the eastern Dolomites. So we have seen and enjoyed quite a lot of regions. This year we'll visit the region of Prague during a three week trip.

I am very happy to still be able to bike long tours.
Back in 2006 I was laying for one month in a hospital with a lumbar disc herniation, needed a wheelchair for almost four weeks. Still now I have back pains during several months a year.
Beginning of April I had to undergo my fifth knee operation, 10 OPs in total. All coupled with the wrong box of genes, I "choose" back in '57   :087: :087:, no single accident involved.

Riding the bike is for me something of the best I can do. I guess my back muscle's have to work nearly all the time when I am riding. So it's better than a physiotherapy (don't tell my therapist  :020:).

And the most important: IT IS FUN  :152: :152: :152: :152:

Why did I chose the CT ?
The Varadero is a great bike, which we enjoyed very, very much. But ..... Loaded with full luggage and my wife (uuuups ...  wrong order) the center of gravity is quite high. This caused me some problems from time to time, taking the machine up from the side stand or when the best pillion of all boarded or unboarded.

At a big bike fair, I saw the CT, sat onto it and was happy with the seat position and the center of gravity.
With some magic words I convinced my wife to seat onto it and she was happy. So we tried it out for three hours and the decision was made.
After this ride she was so happy, that she spontaneously decided to pay a part of the bikes price.   :062:  :028: :062:

Since May 12 I am the proud owner of a CT in silver (manual clutch, I like to change the gears !). Now I am waiting for a larger windshield (MRA) and the support for the luggage (Givi, 45l boxes).

And to be honest:
I am also active in the German CT forum.

I am looking forward to have much fun with all you ladies and gentlemen.

Best regards, Bernie

No I am not feeling old, just used this as a teaser to read  :164: :164:

« Last Edit: May 28, 2012, 09:13:35 PM by Bernie »

Offline Doc

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 09:19:47 PM »
Bernie,  :400:  to the 'International' Crosstourer Forum, I'm sure you will enjoy all the posts; they are getting better all the time, with lots of great information and some great pictures and reports.

Glad to see that you have not let your back get the better of you - well done mate. Enjoy the Crosstourer - and don't forget to vote here:

...we need some more silver bikes  :164:

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 09:21:12 PM »
Hey Bernie a big  :400: from central Switzerland  :305: ... i am almost sure we are not far from meeting us sometimes  :062:
Around the world and back ... driven Honda motorbikes all over Europe, Australia, NewZealand, Japan, Russia .....
my latest trip: http://www.austral.omania.ch/index.html

Offline Eltar

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 09:34:54 PM »
 :400: sir!
average on my VFR1200X

Bikes owned: CBF250 - '08 V-Strom DL650 - '09 ST1300 Pan European - '13 VFR1200X - '14 Fazer 8

Offline Mister B

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 10:13:42 PM »
 :400:   From England :305: :305:

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 02:34:42 AM »
Hi Bernie -  :400: from Australia  :018:
2012 VFR1200X CrossTourer - April 2012 - http://crosstourer.tumblr.com/

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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 04:32:17 AM »
 :400: Good Sir to our humble community... Nah, not old... Its 55 years young  :037: :020: and in sure you feel much younger the more you ride the CT. Im not an owner yet but comments from the guys here are most outstanding  :152: :046: :047:. CT is a happy bike.........  :028:


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Re: (Old) Swiss Guy
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2012, 04:45:57 AM »
Hi Bernie,

Welcome to the forum from down under... :038: