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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 43 – A Day at the Spa

8 September, 2011

At noon I prepared myself for the short journey to the local BMW dealer. I was pretty sure I was booked in but there was only one way to find out.

What to wear? Could be a few hours sitting around waiting so I didn’t really want to wear all my kit. And it was only about 4 miles to get there from the hotel.

I’d been sweating like a pig all morning. So much so I could have won the wet t-shirt competition, had one been underway, when I got to the museum. The walk there was no more than 3km. And there were no Solo Man impersonations with the two bottles of water I gulped down on the way. And it was barely 10am.

Against my usual strict conditions for riding a motorcycle I went in shorts, t-shirt and walking shoes. No motorcycle boots but I still pulled on my gloves and helmet.

If I’d gone completely native I would have worn thongs (flip flops), no gloves and a cap. Then I would have really fit in with the local standards.

It was sort of liberating, riding the short distance to the BMW shop in my version of motorcycle touring nudity. But I was quite timid all the same. For me, having the full kit provides me with so much riding confidence.


On my arrival the usual langauge barriers led to a more drawn out checking in process than would normally be the case. Initially they told me the workshop was full but they would see if they could fit me in. After much checking they finally worked out it was me who had booked the Family Truckster in for the afternoon. I’m not sure what they were looking under. I wrote down my name, the model and the registration number. Perhaps they have a different booking/indexing system, one that I’m not familiar with. Not to worry, within 30 minutes it was being taken into the workshop.

A couple of hours later they told me the rear brake pads needed to be replaced. Sure I said, go ahead.

But they were not in stock and it would take 3 days to get them in. We ascertained the current pads would be good for another 1,000km but I should take it easy. Can do.

I’ll get them done at the dealer up the road in Izmir. So I emailed them and put them on notice. They have already replied confirming they have them in stock so this should be no problem. I’ll let them know when I work out what day I’ll be passing through.

At about 1730 the Family Truckster was ready, The afternoon at the BMW Spa had done it the world of good. As usual it was washed, and sparkling in the afternoon sun. Riding it back to the hotel it felt different too, it felt newer. Seemed tighter and happier in the traffic, no signs of overheating, although it was cooler at only 30 degrees.

It was almost the same effect that my visit to the Hamam had on me yesterday afternoon.

I can’t wait to get back on the highway tomorrow to continue my Turkey motorcycle tour.


Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 42-44 – Antalya


7-9 September 2011 I didn’t really want to spend too much time in Antalya as I continued west along the coast on my Turkey motorcycle tour.  I wanted to stay another day in Side.  I’m not really sure why now. It’s probably because I had no choice about Antalya.  This was where I had to […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 41 – Kizkalesi to Side


6 September 2011 Today’s mileage was not huge. About 218 miles (351 km) to be precise.  My journey west along the Turquoise Coast continued.  But today the tourist towns, high rise developments and sandy beaches were scarce.  So was the traffic for that matter.  But what there was of my fellow motorists today really got […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 40 – The Turquoise Coast


5 September 2011 Shortly after the hot air balloon touched down the Family Truckster was loaded and I was on the road again.  South now, headed for the Mediterranean coast.  Was a good ride too.  An interesting combination of motorway and A roads.  Scenic too.  I enjoyed it. I was headed for Tarsus.  To a […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 40 – Cappadocia Balloon Flight


5 September 2011 I enjoy writing this blog.  Helps to keep me from becoming a total recluse.  Connects me with people while I’m away.  It’s nice to receive your feedback. Makes me want to write more about my adventures.  It’s nice that so many people I care about are interested in my adventure. Most nights […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 39 – Cappadocia Fairy Chimney Tour


4 September 2011 I didn’t sleep well Saturday night.  Not sure if it was because I was in a cave?  When I woke up Sunday morning I was tired and ached all over.  Every now and then my stomach would tie itself in another knot. I’m not sure what brought this on.  I’d hardly eaten […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 38 – Cappadocia


3 September 2011 This place is well known. Although if you asked me where/what Cappadocia is before I arrived in Turkey I’m not sure what I would have told you. And it covers a much larger area than I’d expected. I’d decided to stay in Göreme based on the info in the Lonely Planet guidebook. Once again […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 38 – Gaziantep to Göreme


3 September 2011 Dining in many parts of Turkey is a vastly different experience for me. The food is great and the service most attentive. Great value for money. I’ve had some wonderful soups, mezze platters and kebaps. But there is a different emphasis on the dining experience. My experiences have made me wonder if […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 37 – Gaziantep


2 September 2011 This is a big call but this could be the best place I’ve stayed yet. The hotel I mean. I’m in Turkey’s pistachio central where baclava flourishes and calories are not counted. Need more clues? I’m in Gaziantep, the sixth largest city in Turkey and the home to some 180 pastry shops. […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 36 – Mardin to Şanliurfa


1 September 2011 My touring friends, the coastal breeze and high altitude, are no longer with me. I’m on my own now. As a loaded the Family Truckster at 0930 this morning it was already over 30 degrees in the shade. As I got onto the highway to Şanliurfa it was 35 degrees and even at […]

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