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Germany

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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

1Length of TET in country
407km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
1 day
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Spring to Autumn
4Entry point into country
Leer
5Exit point from country
Puttgarden
6Language(s)
German
7Currency
Euro
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Not allowed
11Trail riding and the law
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!
12Bike events on or near the TET

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11 Jan 2017
No known issues

ROUTE OVERVIEW

We've routed to get as fast from Denmark to The Netherlands in the straightest line as possible but missing the asphalt of the Autobahns. Northern Germany has the attractions of the North Sea coast, Hamburg and small villages for those that want to venture from the straight and narrow.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Beer is cheaper than water - and so so good. Schnitzel und Pommes for the hungry, Bratwurst in a bread roll for a snack or, for the brave, Currywurst!