Later, I gained my first experiences with trial motorcycles, riding a 50 ccm Fantic and a Montesa Cota 242. I believe that’s where my incline towards riding off road began to manifest.
My first ride designed for paved roads was a Kawasaki Z1000 J. A huge thing, but back then a “real motorbike” needed to have at least 1000 ccm and weigh 300 kilograms.
A couple years later, I got a Honda Transalp and an Africa Twin and I learned to appreciate dual-sport motorcycles for how versatile and easily controllable they were.
On these two, I ventured along all the gravel road classics in Piemont and the Maritime Alps. Ligurian border crest road, Assietta, Parpallion, Sommeillier, Jaffreau, and of course, King Chaberton, I’ve conquered them all.
When the KTM 950 Adventure first came out in 2003 I knew I had to have her too. I’ve been connected to the KTM two-cylinder community from the start, on the forum www.lc8.info, and so the annual LC8.info meet-up came to life.
In 2008, the event got its current name, “Orange Mountain” – Adventure Bike Summit.
Privately, I like to keep things a little rugged: Off-road tours to Italy, Croatia, Spain and Albania are just some examples. My friends and I explored Bosnia and Bulgaria too over the past couple years.
But don’t fear, with all due love for off road tours: Of course, I also love cruising along our winding, lonesome paved roads. That’s where I take my guests most of the time.
Maybe we can go for a ride together this summer. By the way, in the summer of 2014 I added a BMW R nineT to my collection.