As things are tightening up and the first serious$$ are put aside for the Euro-Alps ride in 2007, there's been another pike-out. 7 fixed and there's one spot to round the number to 8 (for various logistical reasons). In short: 6 weeks, 8500km on hire-BMWs (650s-1200s), early Sept to late Oct. There's 3 in the group who speak the major lingoes needed, and 2 who know the Alps intimately enough to put together a true ride-of-a-lifetime. Apart from the 6 weeks off-work, there's also about $12k needed, total all up. This ride needs major prepping, so....it's now or never I guess.