I thought I'd post a few lines and photos of my last year trip (by plane, not bike) on The Canary Islands with my girlfriend. There is a special reason for that. It was the first time I got to ride a V!
We were there for twelve days, stayed in some friends' house on Tenerife. It was great, lots of things to see and, believe it or not, we didn't get to the beach at all. There was no urge, I guess. Well, maybe because we live by the coast anyway...
On a very lovely day, we decided to rent a motorbike. At first, I wanted to get a Honda Transalp. But (luckily!!!) it was unavailable due to maintenance. The second choice was the Suzuki V-strom, but (luckily again!!!) it was already rented. So we went for some strange looking bike, called Kawasaki Versys... And, honestly, the right feeling was immediate. From the very first minute, it felt and drove like it was my own. It made a great first impression.
We drove all day long, visited new places, enjoyed the bike, and especially the twisty local roads. The rented V (a green one) performed really well. Even fully loaded it never felt underpowered, and there were some serious slopes. I was also impressed by the engine flexibility. Even on very twisty roads, I could easily keep in a lower gear, there wasn't the urge to shift gears like a maniac.
Here are some pics of local roads. Very entertaining!
And following are some photos of the very different sites on the island.
Of course, there are lots of lovely sandy beaches.
But the inland of the island is pretty high, so pretty soon we began to rise above sea level.
Quickly, we were above 2000 meters. And above the the clouds as well. The scenery turned pretty unreal. It was like being on another planet. The colors were so saturated, it was beautiful.
We passed by an astronomical observatory (Observatorio del Teide). That defenitely felt like on another planet...
The Mount Teide (El Teide, El Pico del Teide) is 3718 meters high. Actually, it is the higher Spanish mountain (even if geographically outside Europe), and the highest point in the Atlantic Ocean.
Of course, there are also some lovely towns, like La Orotava...
...and large cities, such as Santa Cruz de Tenerife. And I, being an architect, was particularly interested in Santiago Calatrava's Auditorium, basically a giant wave made of concrete and located by the sea.
Too bad I haven't got pictures of the rented bike itself. But here's a short video, recorded until the memory card was full (and that was pretty soon...).
It was really a great trip, even if the motorbike portion of it lasted for only a day. But the rented Versys made such a great impression, that after some six months, I ended buying one. And now describing the whole story. Hope you enjoyed it.