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Germany

Your Linesman

Marc Collins

Even before I got my driving license, it was clear to me: it must be an enduro and I wanted to dig the dirt.

From the beginning, I had a passion for big heavy enduro bikes. If someone said that it wouldn’t work with that pile of iron, then I tried to prove them wrong!

I’m now 47 years old and it’s become much more than just a hobby for me – riding unpaved roads with a motorcycle has become one of the most important focal points in my life. It is a way of life. It is an elixir of life! It’s a happiness-maker!

In my 20 years of motorcycling, I have led off-road tours in Europe and Africa, organised meetings and photo tours, led workshops, rode competitions and, of course, I’ve travelled by motorcycle. After a break of several years due to cancer, I count myself so lucky to share these amazing experiences with my Hasi, my sweetheart.

Now, with the power of Facebook, I’ve also made it my mission to encourage other motorcyclists, both experienced and newbies into trail riding so that they too can share this wonderful experience and gain acceptance in our society for this unique hobby. My battle cry for that is “VIVA La Endurolution”!
Meanwhile I am a professional tourguide around the world and have my own company for that.

Of course, like so many of us, I am always seeking to optimise my bike for my passion and therefore am for ever adapting by current BMW R1200GS Adventure.

When I heard about the TET, I immediately loved the idea because to travel Europe by the trails must be one of the most beautiful things you can do. Naturally I wanted to help immediately and to contribute my wealth of experience to this great project. I would be delighted to have any kind of help and support that you can offer to realise our goal. Just contact me via the TET forum or via the dedicated email address: D@transeurotrail.org

DOWNLOAD THE GPX TRACK

The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

A: Bunde B: Lütjenburg
A: Puttgarden B: Schwedt/Oder
German ( some English (western part) or Russian(eastern part))
The bottom line is that despite Germany being the home country of so many great motorcycle adventurers and a certain ubiquitous brand of motorcycle, riding on unpaved trails is nigh on impossible. The country abounds with forest trails and farm tracks but all are verboten and with a very strong hunting fraternity, rules are vigorously enforced. So move along and don't stray from the bitumen unless you're on the TET!

ROUTE OVERVIEW

A: The "old" TET Germany is just a liason from Netherlands to the ferry in Puttgarden. Only Tarmac with no unpaved parts.

B: The "new" TET Germany connects to the "old" one in Lütjenburg from where it goes from Schleswig-Holstein to Mecklenburg-Vorpommernand then east to Poland. Round about 30% of the new German TET is unpaved.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

On the new German TET to Poland, don´t miss a visit to Parchim castle which lies not far away from the track! Very beautiful.

RESOURCES

TET Forum Germany, TET Group Facebook