Mit Locals am Stilfser Joch (Passo delle Stelvio) by Schaaf
Google Street View: http://bit.ly/1iEAu1o
Motorrad: 1994 Honda CB500 PC26
Kamera: GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition / 1080p/50 / SuperView / ProTune OFF
Audio: ZOOM H1
Edit: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 & After Effects CS6
It's sad I have to "officially" announce something like this but since I know how some Internet folks work... I love Italy and Italians. Me calling them crazy actually is a compliment. Just how I like to get called crazy myself. I'm genuinely happy every time I come across other quick riders. Because I know exactly why they do what they do.
general INFO: In August 2015 I rode my bruised Honda CB500 off into Italy. To follow my holy quest of real-world-meeting potentially awesome people whom I know through my Schaaf Social Media pages. The folks I've met were all brilliant by the way.
I obviously tried to capture some RAW videos for you guys while I was there. Unfortunately my bike was not at a 100%. The Little Honda was safe to ride but I simply couldn't afford to repair all the broken bits before I took off. So while riding I had to get used to the following issues:
Steering head bearing age-worn - causing slight issues while slow riding (will replace next season)
Front brake caliper age-worn - I only had about 50% of the bike's usual brake force at disposal (will replace next season)
Rear wheel bearing busted - causing the bike to unexpectedly keep its lean/riding direction while going through slower corners. While riding I thought all the steering issues came from the head bearing. After the trip I discovered the completely dissolved middle bearing of the rear wheel while disassembling the rear wheel in order to change the bike's chain. I had no idea my bike was constantly grinding up the bearing parts inside the back wheel while riding. I thought the metallic clanging noise came from the chain
Stuck chain links - I replaced chain and sprockets after the trip
Broken chain guard / swing arm protection - the thick rubber piece to guide the chain over the bike's swing arm fell apart. Causing the chain to hit the metal swing arm. Which quickly sent the chain into Nirvana.
Adjusting screw for the clutch lever broke - Resulting in me not being able to adjust the clutch's friction point. I had to get used to a completely new friction/biting point which made exact rev-matching while down shifting a lot harder.
Luckily with time I got used to most of the issues and I could almost ride as fast as I wished to. Not quite at this point of the trip yet but you'll see a quicker pace in the later videos.
specific INFO: Welcome to early August 2015. This is me riding down the south-western side of Stelvio. It's much nicer to ride than the iconic north-eastern part of the pass. Some people describe Stelvio pass as the best driving road in the world. Which is complete bullshit. I myself haven't been on a lot of mountain passes but even I've seen a lot of roads which were way more fun to ride than Stelvio. But in my opinion the mountain views you'll get on Stelvio road are simply breathtaking and probably one of the most impressive ones in the whole of the Alps. No wonder there's a lot of traffic going on. The scenery is mind-blowing. In my opinion even the mountainous paradise of Austria - my homecountry - doesn't offer views quite as spectacular as the ones youll get on the iconic Stelvio pass.