2. European GPZ-Meeting / Maastricht 2007
pedmail at dbmail.dk
Sun Jun 17 09:17:23 PDT 2007
While our US list members have been heading off for Fandango, a couple
of the European list members have been participating in a European GPZ
meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands the 25 - 28 of May, 2007.
Our Dutch list member, Wouter, who is also a member of a German GPZ 1100
Forum, arranged this year's Meeting for members of this forum. 11 GPZ
1100's, 3 Yamaha GTS 1000 and a ZZR 600 with a total of approximately 22
riders and backseat passengers participated (the number varied a little
bit during the meeting because some arrived late and others had to leave
early). The meeting took place at a small biker hotel, "La Chaussée" in
the village of Sibbe, approximately 10 km (6 miles) east of Maastricht,
the Netherlands. Some participants stayed at this hotel, others at other
hotels nearby or at the local camp site. La Chaussée proved to be an
excellent basis with good facilities, good food and plenty of good Dutch
The participants met at the afternoon of Friday the 25th of May, some
after having covered a considerable distance from the south of German
near Austria or from Denmark (700 km - 435 miles). La Chaussée hosted a
good dinner and plenty of beer at reasonable prizes. Most participants
were from Germany, a few from the Netherlands and two from Denmark.
Language was not a problem; especially not late at night where everybody
basically spoke the same language... ;-)
On Saturday the 26th of May Wouter headed the 15 bikes on a 200 km (124
miles) tour. Lots of curvy and challenging roads in the beautiful parts
of southern Netherlands / eastern Belgium. Among other we visited an
abandoned coal mine in Belgium. Some of the riders had years of
experience holding a group of motorcycles together by making blockades
at road crossings, roundabouts etc. They took turns in stopping other
traffic, join up again, accelerate up front, block traffic again etc.
Not entirely legal in all countries, but very, very effective and very
well carried out. Not once during the two days of tour did the group get
separated. In the evening La Chaussée hosted a barbecue in the garden.
The colored lights in the party tent were mixed with lots of white
flashes due to thunderstorm and the music sometimes drowned in the noise
from heavy rain showers hammering on the tent roof, but food was
excellent and there were generous amounts of beer...
On Sunday the 27th of May Wouter again headed the bikes on a 250 km (155
miles) tour in southern Netherlands, eastern Belgium and a very
beautiful part of Germany known as Eiffel. Among other we made a stop at
the "Dreiländerpunkt" - the point where the borders of the Netherlands,
Belgium and Germany meet. The funny thing is that when you ride on small
country roads in this area you may actually cross a border without
noticing it. Only different license plates on the cars and slightly
different road signs indicate that you may have crossed a border. In the
evening the farewell dinner was held at a Chinese restaurant in Valkenburg.
On Monday the 28th of May some made a stop at Wouter's house for a last
cup of coffee before heading off for home. Comments on the forum and
hundreds of pictures indicate that this was a very successful meeting,
and we're all looking forward to seeing each other next year, probably
somewhere in Germany.
There are a few pictures from the meeting here:
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