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Poland

Your Linesman

Mirek Antoniewicz

I have been riding motorcycles since the early 90’s and for many years rode a Boxer motorcycle with a sidecar. I have travelled in several countries including Ukraine, Romania, Montenegro, Albania, Russia and Tunisia. Besides adventure motorcycling, I love camping, sitting by a fire and gazing at beautiful views.

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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

From spring to autumn. The motorcycle season in Poland starts in May when the temperatures are around 15 degrees Celsius during the day. The end of the season is the September/October.
Polish. Younger people speak some Engllish and/or German
Polish zloty - 1 euro -it is about 4.2 zł (PLN)
112 997 - Police 998 fire brigade 999 - emergency medical services
Wild camping in the forest is illegal, but if you stop in a wild place, do not leave rubbish and in the morning you move on - it should be a OK.
All roads outside forests are usually legal and in the eastern part of the country there are many legal unpaved forest roads. If you do ride in the forests illegally, you may come across Forest Guards. The fine is about Euro 125.
In this region of Poland there are no regular rallies or enduro events

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The south of the country is mountainous, but there are hardly any legal unpaved routes. The central part of Poland is large plains and river backwaters with many old villages filled with thatched houses. The northern part of the route winds among the beautiful glacial lakes and hills.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

The route leads through many attractions such as:
Disused bunkers and military bases
Hand powered ferries
Historic castles
Nature reserves
Bison reserve