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Old 10-10-2010, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Riding on Terceira Island, Azores?

I have orders to Lajes Field, Azores, anyone ridden there? I have a some reservations on bringing my softail Custom over there. Is it worth bringing it over? How is the support? Ie mechanic's, shops, and laws?

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Old 10-10-2010, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe see if the command there has a website, or call your new unit's DSN? Have the base cops where you are look up the base cops' DSN there? Do you have a PoC there?

I'm just trying to throw some ideas out in case you don't get anything better. I had about a 2 hour layover there on my way to Kuwait once. It's real pretty.

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You would run out of new places to ride to pretty quickly. Road laws are the same as for mainland Portugal. You'll find mechanics, I doubt many (if any) have seen a Harley, but they should be able to keep any bike on the road.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe see if the command there has a website, or call your new unit's DSN? Have the base cops where you are look up the base cops' DSN there? Do you have a PoC there?

I'm just trying to throw some ideas out in case you don't get anything better. I had about a 2 hour layover there on my way to Kuwait once. It's real pretty.

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Yes I have a sponsor and have looked on line and talked to people that have been stationed there but no one I have talked to is a rider. I wanted to get a point of view from some one that has ridden there.
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Yes I have a sponsor and have looked on line and talked to people that have been stationed there but no one I have talked to is a rider. I wanted to get a point of view from some one that has ridden there.
What the harm in taking it? I just wouldn't ride it with straight pipes over there. I was stationed in Spain and again in Italy in the 90's and the best thing I ever did was bring my bike. Maybe you can take leave and ship it to Portugal and ride Europe!
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I have orders to Lajes Field, Azores, anyone ridden there? I have a some reservations on bringing my softail Custom over there. Is it worth bringing it over? How is the support? Ie mechanic's, shops, and laws?

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I spent 20+ yrs in the Air Force with lots of assignments. Never stationed at Lajes though. My advice is...if it's a nice bike and something you want to keep looking nice then don't ship it over there. I've known guys that did ship bikes to places like that and they were pretty beat up by the time they got there and back. You can expect a few broken/dented parts by the time it gets there. Then you have to deal with claims and trying to get parts to fix it...not to mention local laws for tag, insurance, etc. Either put it in storage or sell it before you go. If you want to ride then buy a local beater while you are there. You'll be able to enjoy the island experience better without worrying about your bike. The island probably has a lot of unpaved roads so i'd probably lean towards an enduro type bike.
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