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2008 Metzeler Touring the Alps Photo Gallery

We survived our epic two-day 300-plus mile motorcycle journey despite, at times, treacherous stretches of road, and rain. A journey we won't be forgetting any time soon..

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Yamaha's XT660Z Ténéré is at home on or off-road.
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Exquisitely kept small mountain towns are sprinkled all along the D902 roadway which heads northeast towards Italy. These picturesque locales provide plenty of opportunities for fueling both machine and rider.
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Parts of the road we tackled, were about as tight as a road can get without being classified a sidewalk.
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the Alps has the finest, most well kept roads we've ever experienced period.
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After a few shots of espresso, our Metzeler Experts on the Road crew standstill long enough for a photo outside Ristorante Le Savoye enroute through France's Vanoise National Park.
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Smashing bugs with the 2008 Metzeler Experts on the Road crew.
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All smiles after a fabulous lunch at Ristorante Lo Riondet.
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Metzeler's Kevin Allen and your truely are seriously over caffeinated, hence the weird facial expressions.
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Ristorante Bivouac Napolean is another great place to take break as you head towards Gstaad, Switzerland.
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Just about everything in Europe has some sort of storied past, but Little St. Bernard Pass is perhaps one of the most history-rich along our route.
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Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen
Nestled deep inside a valley, the Steigenberger Hotel is a popular resort choice for Europeans looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Given that it’s a popular destination for travelers around the world, employees speak English and cater to the service-oriented visitor.
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2008 Metzeler Touring the Alps.
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Lake Lucerne greeted us to our left as we near our destination in Luzern, Switzerland.
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Yamaha's XT660Z Ténéré is that much better with Metzeler's Tourance rubber.
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The Fiat Lingotto automobile factory was once the largest auto manufacturing facility in Europe complete with a test track on the roof. It has since been closed and a wing renovated into the Hotel Le Meridien Lingotto in which we stayed.
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No lies, this was the view outside of our room at the Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen.
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The mild Indian summer weather meant we'd be sharing the road with all types of cyclists both motorized and non. Not a problem as the roads through the Alps are all wide-open and well marked.
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We spent the last night in Zurich, Switzerland before flying back home to the U.S.
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(From right to left) Jun [TK], our guide Joan Marti Utset, myself, and Metzeler's Kevin Allen at the end of the line in Luzern, Switzerland.
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Ski resorts lined our route through the Alps and made us wonder how much better this trip would have been in the winter?
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Metzeler's Roadtec Z6 Interact tires just beg for more lean.
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The 2008 Metzeler Experts on the Road crew stop for a group photo at Sustenpass.
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One of the greatest attributes of Metzeler's Roadtec Z6 Interact tire is how versatile it is.
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This is the view outside of my hotel room at the Steinberger Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland. Note the airport runway in the background. Gstaad is a popular destination for euro elite looking to escape the daily grind.
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Icy-white glaciers and crystal clear lakes surround you near Sustenpass. The scenery during this leg of our journey was simply gorgeous.