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    Swiss Alps

    It does not look like you plan to leave Switzerland so do not bother with cash in Euros. They use Swiss Francs and this will be more welcome than Euros (plus you will get a really bad exchange rate). On the day you go to Andermatt, make sure you take a different route from Meiringen on the way there to the way back. Susten pass in one direction, Grimsel & Furka on the way back. Or vice versa. Meiringen itself is a pleasant town with a Sherlock Holmes museum as it is close to the Reichenback Falls. The RT will be a bit of a bus on the high passes. The corners on the eastern side of the Susten pass are quite tight (although I was riding the day after they opened the pass so had 30 foot banks of snow the made the effect more pronounced. The F800GT would be easier (but check the seat height before you commit). The R1200RS is closest to the FJ09 and a cracking bike (I would say that as I changed from Tracer to RS). Make sure you understand the road signs for "motorways" that need a Vignette. The roads are not necessarily dual carriageway. Your hire bike might already have one fitted as they are annual stickers that stay with the vehicle. They cost 40CHF for 12 months and there is no tourist pass for 2 weeks like Austria. Big fines if caught on a motorway without one. There are sections around Thun & Interlaken. Details with map: Motorways/Autobahn of Switzerland: Vignette / Toll WWW.AUTOBAHNEN.CH Autobahnen.CH the page about the Swiss motorways. Here you will find further information regarding, toll/vignette, service areas, webcams, expansions and more than 1500 pictures and many more. When in June are you going? Sometimes the high passes aren't open until mid-June so have some back-up plans for alternative trips. One would be go to Giswil just north of Meiringen and ride the Panoramastrasse to Fluhli then return via Marbach and the Honegg mountain - only 1200m altitude rather than 2500m. A nice little loop of 85 miles or so. I tend to string 3 or 4 of these together for a leisurely ride in the Alps as I don't do the walking & flower pressing side of touring.
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    Business trip on the FJ

    Things I do when commuting to an office: Wear a 2 piece suit - so much easier to get into and out of. Wear a standard fleece jacket under the outer jacket instead of the thermal liner. The fleece can be used as a casual jacket. Only add electric waistcoat in very cold weather. Wear short Daytona Rainbow boots that look like plain black shoes. Look fairly "normal" worn with jeans over them. I also keep a pair of casual shoes under my desk for warmer weather as the Daytona can get hot in summer. Use a topbox - if not going to the office, my helmet & jacket will fit inside when parked. My laptop and bag fit inside when travelling. Overtrousers could go in side case which also has sportswear bag. Other side case for daytime clothing.
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    Riding suit

    Clothing with a Goretex liner will have a DWR coating which will help prevent wet crap contaminating the outer layer. This does wear off but I find a wash once, maybe twice, a year with something like Nikwax Tech wash and then treatment with Nikwax TX Direct cleans and refreshes the DWR coating. I do this in a washing machine - Tech wash in the soap drawer and TX Direct where you put the fabric conditioner so it is added with the final rinse. My goto brand is Rukka. I try to buy their products on closeout. Not sure if you get them in the US but they have a reputation in Europe on the level with Klim.
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    East European Bike Tour

    How long are you going for? I'd want a month to give that list any justice
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  6. UK: Shoei Neotec in white only £300 https://www.mandp.co.uk/clearance/shoei-neotec-flip-front-helmet.html
  7. For UK riders, M&P have a batch of the original Shoei Neotec in white for £300 - modular flip helmet with drop down visor. Hurry before they go. https://www.mandp.co.uk/clearance/shoei-neotec-flip-front-helmet.html I bought an anthracite one when they had the last batch. Great helmet for the price.
  8. I've been using my Tucano muffs on various bikes since 2009. Always leave them on the bike, even when parked on a street. These come with security wires and drilled metal straps so you could use a small padlock if you wanted. I don't bother, just use a zip tie to keep them in place.
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    Best heated gear

    Insoles: I just use one controller for jacket and insoles. I do not insert the controller in the pocket as instructed. I just leave the lead connected in the pocket and forget it exists. I then put the controller on the end of the lead coming from the bike. I connect the insoles into the base of the jacket. With the way I have it wired the controller is now limiting the current into both jacket & insoles. Disadvantage is that you have to have both at the same setting. Also, the controller is now exposed to the weather and it has got upset at least twice in torrential downpours. I think water goes in through the rubber gaiter on the wiring so I have sealed it with self amalgamating tape. Seems to have worked. I find I very rarely need the controller on anything other than the lowest setting, even though the current is split through more circuits. Perhaps the circuit is voltage regulated not current regulated so work out okay. If this is the case then probably wise not to use the high setting as the controller might not like the extra current drawn. Sleeves: yes, heated sleeves might be better as I might need fewer layers on my arms. Not sure I would like a heated collar. I have a very short neck and feel a bit restricted even with a thin neck tube.
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    Best heated gear

    Another Keis fan - I use a heated vest and insoles. as the poster above says, you can plug the insoles into the jacket to reduce the leads. I have also bought a pair of Gerbing G12 gloves which are very comfy and warm but not tested long enough to give a strong recommendation. Say they are waterproof but not tested this feature yet.
  12. I fitted KTM handguards to my Tracer and then added Tucano Urbano R319 bar muffs. With the OEM heated grips these kept my hands warm & dry using summer or autumn gloves. Cold wet hands make commuting miserable. I also have a Keis heated waistcoat. My commute is shorter but I might use my heated insoles for 30 miles in cold weather, zip-tying the wiring into my overtrousers. I use a Goretex/cordura jacket made by Hein Gericke. I don't use the winter liner provided with the jacket but layer with a regular fleece as this can be worn as a casual jacket if going for a walk at lunchtime. Trousers: I use overtrousers. Unlined nylon in summer if wet or Held insulated ones in winter. If you are ATTGATT you may want something more armoured. I keep a pair of casual shoes in the office under my desk and take my gear off in the time my thin client desktop connects to the mainframe. I usually have time to make coffee before the connection is established as well. A Pinlock is good and my Shoei helmet comes with one. If you have not used one make sure you can cope with the extra reflections as these can be a bit disorientating to begin with (although better since the UK has moved away from sodium street lights to whiter LEDs). For the bike, I added a Tutoro auto-oiler.
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    Pants/trousers hangers?

    both pairs of trousers I use (one Rukka, one BMW Airider) have loops inside the waistband like a skirt. I use a wooden hanger that has notches for these loops
  14. When I had a desk job I was commuting by MT09 Tracer. I rode in most weathers and only bailed out if it was colder than -5C which is when rock salt stops working. The best accessory for the bike, especially for winter commuting is an auto-oiler for the chain like the Tutoro one. For the rider, heated jacket, heated grips and bar muffs.
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    Any riding shoes advise?

    I use short Daytona boots - I have 2 pairs, both with Goretex. I prefer the plainer looking Rainbow model as I can get away wearing them at work without anyone realising they are bike boots. The Journey has posher XCR Goretex which is more breathable apparently but they look very much like bike boots. The lining seems to wick moisture away from your feet and the evaporation through the Goretex will dissipate heat. The only problem with short boots is that you have no shin protection if the front wheel kicks up a stone.
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