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Just got back from Italy, and did not see any V's, but did see some Ninja's and VStroms. Lots of Guzzi's, BMW's and Ducos, a few Triumphs and Aprillas, and many more HD's than I would have thought. However, there has to be 500 scooters for every MC in the bigger cities. You would not believe the type of land splitting going on at stopped intersections, low and high speeds. Some of the time it was a young to middle aged woman in a designer dress and 6" spiked platform shoes.

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Yep, that's the Italy I remember. Wonderful isn't it? Does take some getting used to though.

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I am about to get stationed over there in September. Will be living in northern Italy. I am curious about how the riding is over there and if it is more or less dangerous that riding in the U.S.? I have lived over there many years ago and remember there are not really any shoulders on the roads and that speeds are typically higher.
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I am about to get stationed over there in September. Will be living in northern Italy. I am curious about how the riding is over there and if it is more or less dangerous that riding in the U.S.? I have lived over there many years ago and remember there are not really any shoulders on the roads and that speeds are typically higher.
Where are you headed, Aviano? It's been many, many years since I've was there but it was a favorite place. Spent a lot of time TDY there and enjoyed it immensely.

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The expressways and L/A roads are much like ours, but with minimal shoulders, and occasional turnout lanes. Most driving pretty normal. Out of the major cities driving seemed fairly normal with MC's usually passing cars wherever they could. The crazy stuff is in the larger cities where MC's and scooters race or snake up to the stop lights, then it's really off to the races. The cars seem to accept the constant cut-ins, and I think the most danger is from other 2 wheelers or cutting it too close with the buses and trucks. Have fun. Ciao!

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