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Discussion in 'New Members - G'Day!' started by Mel, Dec 31, 2009.

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    ...in a couple of days :)
    I am actually not there yet, but it's only a matter of days.
    I am NOT sure, wether this is the right part of the forum to say so, but
    I do hope it :helllo

    A short intro to myself:
    32, have ridden several different bikes for at least 12 years now, somewhere
    in between road and offroad - loads of road, but not much offroad experience.
    I probably cannot afford a motorcycle soon (again), but I'll see for that, if I can, I'll
    head for something like an XT600, KLR 650 or - if dreams would come
    true, a KTM LC4 640 Adventure - the best fun for me ;)

    I'll spent at least 8 month here and I usually don't mind weather that is
    not ideal, but I don't like icy roads (nor salt on them, but I'm not sure wether
    there is some in Canberra).
    I'm a German girl, will be working at the ANU and enjoy travelling.
    I love Australie since I crossed the continent on a KLR 650 Tengai
    back in 1999 and keep coming back ever since ;)

    Iam not a person to ride at the back of a bike, but I still like the company of meetings, even though I
    might not be able to take part in an actual ride around Canberra.
    Hope dies last, so I will keep hoping :)


    Cheers for now
    Melanie
     
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    Welcome alonmg Mel - good to have you around!
    Try and make it to coffee sometime!
     
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    Willkommen!! :helllo
     
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    Welcome Melanie.

    Make yourself known, get to meet a few of us at coffee - you never know. Someone may even sell you a dirt bike at a very good price! :)

    it never hurts to have connections. We like people to come to coffee, because then you're more than a username on a computer.
     
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    Hi there!

    Thanks for the warm welcome!
    I will certainly try to come around - I don't quite find my way around
    here all that quickly, where could I find where to find you and when?

    @ Lurch (I think - if not the one who did ;) )
    Thanks for moving this thread to the right place and the welcome :)

    @ Dids

    A dirt bike would be a good thing - I'll rather do with a small thing than
    with nothing @ all *lol*
    Are there a lot of Dirt-Roads in the area?
    When I came through Canberra, I only passed through quickly and on
    bitumen, so I have no idea, but if opportunity comes, I'd like to try them ;)

    @ Taco_Lad
    Seems you picked up some flawless German - where from?

    Cheers Mel...
     
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    Welcome Mel to our little part of the world....
     
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    Coffee is here
    Ich bin nicht fließend, aber Ich kenn ein bisschen Deutsch. Wir können Kaffee und Kuchen am Montag haben!
    Ich lebte in Deutschland für 3 Jahre. (als ich 16 bis 18 war)
     
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    Hi Mel, Welcome! If you get the bike I will probably be spotting you around ANU :welcome!:
     
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    welcome mel,


    Canberra while it does get very cool during winter, the roads don't tned to ice up that much, some parts do get a little bit of black ice, and no noone salts the roads in canberra
     
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    Welcome mel! :helllo
     
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    hi mel, welcome!!

    The good news is, we don't salt our roads... it makes it too hard to drift!
     
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    @ Wildpig
    I'd like to pick up drifting - I just recently found out how to do a "stoppie"
    It happened accidently, it's not that difficult, but as I only started motorcycling as a
    grown up and none of my friends did it, I did it the dare-not-too-much way...
    I wouldn't say I am slow, but I am missing a few of those cool things...
    I'm OK on normal road though I'd say...

    @ Patrick
    Nice Bike *cough-want-it-want-it-want-it* ;

    Haven't been riding for around *think* 3 month now. Awful. I rented a Duke for the weekend 3 month ago, from
    the money I got from the insurance for the 2nd stolen bike (in France - hell there are some
    really nice French, but some are bastards)...
    600ks in 2 days - is not too much, but you should see the roads in the Vosges (France) - great
    stuff, windy, eat tires, but stick like hell (there's some offroad, but I did not do that).

    @QBNSpeedFreak
    Thought so, but it's always good to hear from locals - ice kills your bones (and we do have the black one as well) and
    the bloody salt kills the bike, so no riding under 4 degrees C for me. ;)

    @ Yonex
    Would be great :)
    Is there any place in Canberra one can get a decent bike (technically, the looks does not matter)
    like a KLR 650 for a tiny little woozy bit of money?
    I would do with an old one - preferably the Tengai with the big tank - I know
    I have my wishes, but getting to a petrol station every 200ks just kills my nerves after a while ;)
    What possibilities are there anyway? I mean - not that I do have a budget yet to spent, but to
    get an idea. I only bought a bike once in Oz and that was in Melbourne.

    @Jules & Dough
    Thanks :)

    @ Taco_lad
    Das ist SUPER :) Wenn Du möchtest, dann können wir ein wenig auf Deutsch reden.
    Es ist immer wieder schön, wenn jemand eine fremde Sprache lernt.
    Ich versuche gerade mein Französisch auf den Stand von meinem English zu bringen,
    aber ich glaube das ist noch ein langer Weg!!!
    Looks it is possible for me to pass by to get a coffee and have a chat with you, even though I have no idea how long it
    actually takes to get there from my not-yet-found-room to that part of Canberra with a bicycle.
    (And I will definitely have one of those - no way getting around that spread out town
    without, after what I remember from it)

    You are some early-up folks :)

    Cheers Mel...

    P.S. BTW I am not yet in Canberra and the time around here hits midnight soon and tomorrow
    is an early-up morning, so I am wishing you all the best for New-Year's and I hope to see
    one or two of you then!!! I'll certainly read/write more here before though!
     
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    G'day Mel and welcome,

    The only salt on the road is if someone dropped their $5 worth of chips from the local taleaway.

    I hope you find what you are looking for in a bike
     
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    Getting up early means more time on the bike. :biggrin

    corvus2606 is heading to Deutschland soon, and would probably relish the chance to practice his German as well. :up
    I can understand French too, but I've not spoken that in oh, 20 years or more, so I'm a bit rusty.

    On the topic of room: how much are you looking at paying, and when do you want to get it? (my sister wants a place around the 28th -but could do sooner, she speaks fluent German and French, is about your age, is looking at getting her bike licence soon and is a neat freak) :)
     
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    now thats what I call making someone feel welcome kudos to you Jase :up
     
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    welcome Mel :hello:
    you sound like a very interesting person who has lead a very interesting life :up
    I'm expecting to hear some great stories at coffee
    and we already have a Mel (ricecooker) who is a legend so I'm going to call you Mel 2 or Melt for short (say it quick you'll understand), much easier than "Oh so your the other Mel!" kinda thing ;-)
     
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    +1

    Which part of Deutschland do you hail from?

    Ill be heading over and staying in Bonn and Köln for the most part as of may. But my grasp of the German language is minimal at best, mainly planning to pick it up over there with a little help from my partner and her uncle who we will be staying with.

    hope to see you at coffee sometime. :up
     
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    Hi there!

    Now this is neat - in my other (German) motorcycle-forum, I am referred to as "mel" but actually
    have the user-name onlycookie.
    So why not handle it here the other way 'round - my nikname is cookie, so if there's no other
    cookie to interfere with, I would suggest that.
    Mel2 is a little creepy ;)
    What do you think?

    @ corvus
    Well, I am actually originally from the region (cologne) :)
    In Australian terms I'd say it's around the corner (about an hour east of cologne). Let's just chat
    about it once I am in Canberra - I can tell you a bit about it, but take rain-proof gear - a drizabone
    should be appropriate (usually it only rains once a year - from January to December *cough*) ;)
    Not in cologne - just in my area though :)
    If you like lakes, you should go to the Sauerland (my area) - there's plenty of them.
    If you want to visit Nurnberg (east bavaria, in the south east of Germany),
    there's a friend of mine of which I am sure he would love
    to show you around. I am not sure if he's got a car right now though - I've got to contact him
    if you are planning that.
    I do have some friends in Freiburg (Black forest, in the south west of Germany).
    Even one who has spent some time at the ANU in Canberra, so she might like to talk to
    people from here and show you around!
    Freiburg is "the gate" to the black forest from the rhine-valley, a really old and beautiful city,
    with the oldest tavern/guesthouse which has been running for near to ever (oh gee - gotta look it up, but long, wait: 1120 it started serving, so this IS a weird feeling-even for us, being used to old things)
    really old beautiful city, with modern buildings somehow intergrated - some better, some less well done ;) )
    Here a link - if you can guess a bit of German try the German page of it:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum_Roten_B%C3%A4ren
    But there's tons of the same type of building around - just 'round the corner a really old-fashioned brewery
    in a modern building - the beer is EXCELLENT :)
    Try the German bread - it really is for keeping the teeth in your mouth - and you'll understand why
    I've been looking for real-healthy bread all over the place and only found "toast" ;)
    I think Germans and Swiss are the most fussiest people in the world concerning bread *lol*
    By the way - Freiburg is not far from the French and Swiss border...
    I could not stop - sorry - I'll better get on once I am in Canberra ;)

    @ MStevo
    Thanks :) Well - I used to say: "everyone can do the normal thing" I am not completely a freak,
    but I like to do things, that are a bit out of the usual track
    Mels seem to tend to become legends *coughcough* ;) What do you think about the "cookie"?
    Looking forward to sipping a coffee about campfire stories, but let me know, when you had enough.
    After my trip to Oz I opened my mouth and never stopped talking for 2 years - I just had to process
    all the experiences and it took a long time... ;)

    @Takamii
    Err - yes it is - totally *reallyreallybigfatmegagrininmyface*
    (what is kudos btw?)

    @ Jase
    I'll give the advice for free - but I would certainly take the coffee (and the KTM - ride *lol*)
    Depending on where you're going (central Europe?) I would LOVE to tell you about what I think
    is the best to see. Cultural/Landscape/Motorcycling/Restaurants?
    I sure don't know everything, but I have an idea about a couple of regions :)
    See what I wrote further up :-D
    Do you like windy roads? If so, I have loads of stuff and maybe the odd person of the other
    forum has time to show you a little bit around, but that depends largely on the area :)
    If you think about renting a KTM one day, I know a tiny little dealer in the black-forest
    area who gives a fair price for the weekend. For the moment I think he's just an EXC (450 or
    something) and the regular Duke, but it's totally worth it - the black forest (and the Vosges on
    the French side) are gorgeous!!!! (Love-love-love-love them for motorcycling-and baguettes)
    Motorcycles are expensive to hire though and buying is a bit more a hassle than it is in
    Australia - at least if you look at Germany. But we get more into detail as soon as
    I'll be there - OK?

    And actually I tried out the KTM950 - the Adventure - right?
    If it is NOT the "S" Version it should work out, even though this is about the limit
    I could go to in height and this is only for road, as I assume offroad I will not be able to
    reach the ground before I tip over, so I'd rather not give it a breaky-go :)
    But for roads - take this BIG smile :cool1!: :yahoo: :dance6
    Would be seriously bloody GREAT!!!

    @ Taco_Lad
    Yeah - you are right ;)
    And the early bird catches the pass without any curve-blocking tourists *coughandsmile* ;)
    We tend to get that often in the alps (not that I have been there each weekend, but
    a couple of times) - the most beautiful roads and after 10a.m. they are jammed
    with mobile-homes in the holiday-season, so early is good :)
    Did you know that comic:
    It is in German, but I assume some pictures do talk for themselves ;)
    http://www.steffen-motorrad.de/images/g ... 11_579.jpg
    http://www.steffen-motorrad.de/images/g ... 22_579.jpg
    It's all about the beginners and advanced pass-riding course for the "Großglockner Höhenstraße"
    a very popular pass road in the holiday season ;)

    For the practice of German (or as much French as I know) - actually I would love to
    do that! For/with the both of you!
    I've been on a trinational uni for the last 2 years and it was a nice to learn from each other.
    Well- sometimes it was a bit nerve-wrecking when you got caught on your every mistake, but
    it helped and actually was fun!
    We can maybe sit down a little and have a chat! I'll talk slowly and you can ask what you want - and
    you'll repeat like a parrot *lol* - but I would like you to help me with my English either - like to
    give it a proper polish!!!

    For the room: I have a limit of 200 AUD per week, preferably including bills,
    but like to stay as much below as possible, especially to safe up money for more
    fun stuff ;)
    I already have some possible rooms on my list, but I haven't seen any of them yet!
    I am rather looking at getting a room as soon as possible, as Backpackers are quite
    expensive in the long run!
    I would like to stay close to Uni - I am the lazy type, so I thought about Turner, O'Connor,
    City, Campbell, Reid, Dickson, Braddon and not too much further away.
    I can only guess from googple maps, but they seemed to be reasonable regarding distance.
    We could maybe have a chat about that the other day? Per private message or via e-mail
    would be good maybe - I got to go to town still to get some things organized, but I'll be back ;)

    @ Riicho
    Hope this doesn't come up to often ;)

    Cheers @ all - it's great to be welcomed like that!!!
    P.S. Happy New Year's 2 all of you!!!
     
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    @ Taco_Lad
    BTW - your written German is already quite good!!!
    It seems you only need some practice :D I am curious about your accent
    when you talk - usually it's quite cute - err - sorry - great to listen too :)

    Cheers Mel...
     
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