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Ukraine

Your Linesman

Oleksii Burlachenko

I was born in Kyiv in 1987 and raised on tales of both grandpas riding old Urals and WW2 BMWs. Trail riding was always a huge dream, which started to become a reality after relocating to the Czech Republic in the late 2000’s. But you can’t resist the call of the ancestors, so every now and then riding east is a must. What tool could be better to discover the unbeaten paths than the Adventure bike?

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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

May-October (much depends on snow)
Kroscienko (PL) - Smil'nytsya (UA)
Solotvyno (UA) - Sighetu Marmației (RO)
Ukrainian
UAH (Ukrainian hryvnia) 1 EUR = 25-27 UAH
112 (firefighters - 101, police - 102, medics - 103)
Permitted, if not sure or too close to inhabited area just ask locals - 99,9% no one cares or can even invite you inside
Permitted, but pay attention when close to border area, and always carry originals of your papers (Passport, driving license, bike registration document and bike insurance/"green card")
Every year at the end of August, 3 classes (tourist, extreme and ATV): enduro.moto.cv.ua

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The TET UA is currently under revision following significant damage to road infrastructure with storms. There is no GPX to download currently.
When it does come back online it will allow you to visit the glorious Carpathian high alpine meadows, old villages which remain stuck in the old days and to meet the friendly local people. Accommodation is very cheap, traditional food is different and one of the best on the continent - don't bother carrying all the cookware and unnecessary camping gear, better save place for handmade souvenirs.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Don't miss simple homemade food

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