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CasperMike
02-22-2009, 11:56
Just got news of a 24 month unaccompanied jaunt to 1/10. Whats the scoop on the area (barracks, etc.), and is it worth it to bring the Harley??

Stras
02-22-2009, 12:27
Yes it's worth it to bring the bike to Germany (with caveat). You are now subject to the German noise regulations, which means your pipes can be no louder than 92 decibels. Bring your stock pipes if you still have them, or buy a used set off ebay before you come over. Depending on your rank you could be in the barracks, but the majority of the SSG/SFC and above are living in either gov't quarters or on the economy. There are lots of places to choose from. At a minimum you will want a place with an EBK, and a garage for the bike. EBK is the code for a furnished kitchen (stove, sink, etc).

Depending on which company you are assigned to, plan on being away for about 1/2 your tour over there.

Google Boeblingen, Germany on the map program and this will give you an idea of the area around Panzer Kaserne. I lived in Schonaich when I was stationed there the 2nd time, 10 min commute to work.

Before the movers pack out your bike, spray the metal parts down with vegetable oil. this will help prevent corrosion during the move overseas.

Dragbag036
02-23-2009, 19:28
I guess I was the ugly Ami, I took my baffles out as I was told by my German wife that as an American I did not have to follow the German Bike laws. Most of my neighbors loved the sound of the Hawg. Come on Stras, dont be a party pooper.:cool: However I did not remove my baffles until after my TUV inspection.

Stras
02-24-2009, 14:59
I ran straight pipes on my bike the last time I was over there... However, with the German License plates now being issued, it's written in the regs and enforced by the Vehicle Registration Inspection guys.

I'm not saying that you have to keep the stock pipes on the whole time you're there.. just that the "get out of jail and don't impound my bike cuz I'm an american and not subject to the TUV checks" train of thought may not work on the next tour in Germany.

mike-munich
02-27-2009, 04:47
enforced by the Vehicle Registration Inspection guys.



Affirmative. The TÜV people will be on your butt, as well as the local PD. They hunt down Bikers on the weekend, for noise emission violations. I had a HD Sporty with straight pipes but was going really easy around populated areas. I have a AC Schnitzer pipe on my 1200cc BMW now, ain't exactly quiet either, but WTH, loud pipes save lifes.

My Mustang has a nice Magnaflow as well, I always let it roll if I see a Patrolcar somewhere (no professional coutesey here...:( )

Bring your hog to Germany, this place is lots fun to ride. Ride on down to Munich (220 klicks one way) and I show you some nice roads in the Alps.

As for shipping, I spray my bikes with WD-40 when I transport them.:D

CasperMike
03-09-2009, 17:05
Thanks for the info. Looking forward to the ridin! I'll be there in May, but no telling when my bike will show up--I'm guessing a couple of weeks later.

CasperMike
03-10-2009, 17:08
Is it true that if you do an unaccompanied tour, the Army will 'patch your phone' so that when the wifey calls, you won't get charged out the ass? I had heard this from a retired guy--just trying to confirm. I can't find any info elsewhere; didn't know if this was one of those things not openly mentioned, outdated info, or rumor.

Stras
03-11-2009, 07:29
Casper Mike,

Look into Vonnage or Skype type of phone/computer devices. I'm sure there's a better program out there.

I'm currently using Yahoo IM and a web cam with my better half on the other side of the pond currently. But we're talking about upgrading to skype.

When my team went to the sand box, we had a vonnage phone for family type comms. Worked out really well, and very inexpensive.

The trick is finding a time that both of you are free to talk. usually the beginning and ending of the day. this is tricky when you have a 6 or 8 hr time gap. I rush home from work in NC, to try to catch her in Germany before 2300hrs. Morning commo sucks, as I need to be up at 0100 for about 20-30 min commo period before she goes to work.

Hope this helps.

Stras

bost1751
03-11-2009, 10:17
Hey, just .02 but skype with the webcam is the way to go. It is free too. I have been retired for about 15 years now and we could not even use phones or mail more often than not when I was in. I am out of country now, India, and I use skype to communicate all over the States with family. II talked to TS in AZ a few days ago. It is very clear and the webcam really enhances everything. My wife and children and grandkids really appreciate the web cam. Check into it. It make the family happy and helps you too.

Dave

quietstorm3155
04-23-2009, 00:52
I can tell you from experience that if you have Armed Forces plates you will be ticketed for having loud pipes. I had a CBR 900rr Fireblade. As I pass an oncoming patrol car in Wittlich I pulled the cluch in to kill the db some. Apparently not good enough as some Polezi on foot stopped Me, my friend, and German riding partners. My friend and I from base were fined a good bit of money and the German, well his bike was impounded. In regards to all traffic laws and regs it is almost always better to be associated with the base. Our bikes would have been impounded if it weren't for the Armed Forces plates :)

Its funny watching two grown men in there 30's ride 2up on a Ninja. LOL.

Backwoods
06-22-2009, 07:06
We went through TKS on the phone and got a packaged deal where you can select x amount of countries to get a reduced rate. My wife calls her family in the states etc and its really cheap. The Skype and Yahoo web base are also money if you are looking for free; however, with family getting the phone set up for US calls makes life easy.

CasperMike
07-09-2009, 12:50
Thanks for the info, guys! I've been here a few weeks now and am finally able to ride the bike.
Anyone goin' for a ride anytime soon?!

mike-munich
07-15-2009, 03:42
Anyone goin' for a ride anytime soon?!


Heck yes, if those damn t-storms would go away. Ain't no fun at 28 degrees celsius and rain... I'm down here in Munich, so just let me know.

I was up in BB twice the last couple of weeks, but in my black '05 Mustang with Munich plates. I usually hang out at Beckenklinge for some Pizza, right next to the base (across from the housing entrance, may 100 feet down the road).

DocBrad173
07-19-2009, 14:17
If you run V&H pipes like most of us, come by BN MED and I'll hook you up with a set of bolt on baffels for the inspection. HSC also has a set of stock pipes you can ask the 1SG to use.

Avoid the old guy at the inspection station. He has passed me for the last 4 years without baffels, but failed me this year. Never had a problem before.

CHRISTIN
03-20-2010, 12:02
There are two inspectors at Vehicle Reg... an old German guy and a young one. Try to get the younger guy to inspect your scoot... he seems a bit more lenient on the pipes. The older guy is definitely a "by-the-book" hardnose German inspector.

My Heritage Springer is a trifle bit on the loud side, but has always passed using this "method" But, just in case, bring those stockers (as Stras suggested) as "Plan B" :D