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Romania

Your Linesman

Jon Florea

Architect/Designer. In 2010 I unplugged from my career for a 14 month tour of Africa by motorcycle. In 2013 I traveled along the Silk Road to Mongolia and back with a solo stint into Siberia on the infamous Western BAM. Other overland trips include China and SE Asia by MTB, cycling from Lake Victoria (Uganda) to Indian Ocean (Tanzania) and a 3000km enduro loop in Oman.

I’ve planned and led two 4×4 adventure safaris in Southern Africa and write about my trips at www.intotheworld.eu and National Geographic Traveller Romania.

I was 2016 Romanian & EE Rally Raid Champion (+450cmc) and in 2015 I launched KIT690 – currently the most comprehensive adventure kit for the KTM 690 Enduro R, built with OEM Factory Rally parts.

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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

April - October
- rainy spring (muddy)
- hot summer (perfect high in the mountains)
- mild autumn (can get chilly)
Sighetul Marmației
Romanian
RON (Romanian Leu )
Wild Camping is legal.

Permission should be asked before camping on private land which 99% of the time is fenced. People are friendly and the worst that can happen is to get invited for a meal.

There are a multitude of bed and breakfasts and pubs dotted around the TET. Youth hostels and independent hostels can be found in big cities.
Romania is the last wild "west" in Europe, known for gnarly Hard Enduro races like Romaniacs and the freedom to ride anywhere. Things are starting to change and unfortunately, although the regulations are designed with conservation in mind, in reality it's a facade for the illegal loggers which most of the time are spotted/reported by enduro riders.

Riding is legal on public roads and forest roads unless marked otherwise.
HUBB Romania, Red Bull Romaniacs, Romanian Baja, Transcarpatic Rally

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The route covers the Carpathian Mountains and it's designed to stay away from tarred roads as much as possible. Plenty of forest/fire roads - some in great shape, some pretty demanding - that climb up all the way to alpine areas for amazing views.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Detours from TET in the heart of medieval cities of Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu for some sight seeing and a great atmosphere during the weekends.