Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 43 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 When you are flying, the ground is usually below you—unless you are flying into Innsbruck. I found myself looking up at the white, broken- glass peak of the Hafelekarspitze as we dive-bombed into the airport. Herr Wachter is officially retired from day-to-day duties at Edelweiss, which gives him time to do silly things like pick me up at the airport. I met our touring group that evening at the Hotel Kayser, just up the road from Edelweiss headquarters. We would have three guides: the legendary Christian Preining, who raced the Isle of Man on a CBR1000RR; Andreas Fetzer, a young German supermoto rider; and the lovely Angela de Haan, who could probably have given Christian a good race on the Isle herself. The razor limestone peaks and aerobatic passes make the Italian Dolomites a theme park for everything on wheels, from Ducatis to Ferraris. The 7,336-foot Passo Giau is home to some very aerobic alpine geese.

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