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Latvia

DOWNLOAD THE GPX TRACK

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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
835km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
4 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Spring, summer and autumn
4Entry point into country
Blankenfelde
5Exit point from country
Gaujiena
6Language(s)
Latvian is the official language, but people speak Russian, English and German as well.
7Currency
Euro
8Emergency telephone number
112

It’s a good idea to download the “eHealthPoint” app. This app allows you to call the emergency number, while transferring your location data (GPS coordinates) to the emergency medical service dispatchers. It’s especially good when you have no idea about exactly where you are - not unusual when on the trail! We hope you won’t need to use it, but better safe than sorry!
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Wild camping is legal in Latvia. Camping, making campfires (in ready-made places or anywhere else, as long as you prepare the place before making the fire and make sure the fire is completely out by the time you leave the place) and picking berries and mushrooms is allowed. The campfire has to be at least 2m away from any tree. Pay attention though, that the rule about fires doesn’t apply in seaside and dune areas - it is forbidden there and if you get caught you will be fined! Camping and making fires in national parks and restricted areas is only allowed in certain, ready-made places.

In every municipality these laws differ, but, in general, if you don’t put your tent up in the middle of the park and don’t make a 5m high bonfire that can burn down the place, you will be fine.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are out there - it's illegal to drink anything alcoholic or have an open bottle of alcohol on the streets, in parks and, yes, even in forests. Our suggestion - have your beer, but if you are unlucky enough to see a police officer coming your way, don’t wave your drink right in his face - that should do it!

11Trail riding and the law
Trail riding is legal in Latvia, just keep in mind that all the same laws on the trails as they do on the highways.

Trails vary throughout the year. They might be more slippery and wet in spring and autumn so adjust your speed wisely.
12Bike events on or near the TET
AdvEnduro Party by TwoWheels, Zante (July)

Motocross World Championship, Ķegums (May)

Enduro, Enduro Rally, Zante (June)

Kurland Bike Meet, Ventspils

(http://www.latvia.travel/lv/pasakums/motobrauceju-salidojums-kurland-bike-meet) (July)

VBO (“Brothers of the Wind”) MC Party, Saulkrasti (August)

Poker Run by VBO MC, Start in Riga (September)

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ROUTE OVERVIEW

The route we’ve chosen, lets TET motorcyclists see all the natural beauty that there is in Latvia.

We take great pride into our Baltic sea coastline, therefore a part of our route will take you along the seaside.

Although Latvia is rather small, it has a rich history. You’d think that in order to learn more about that, you should visit some of the museums in our capital Riga, but not necessarily. Just get off the highway and see everything yourself! Our route will let you explore forests, meadows, beaches, lakes, rivers, ponds, ruins of former estates and castles as well as renovated historical places.

People in the little villages and towns are very helpful and interesting to talk to. They have stories about how it all looked many years ago (possibly something their parents and grandparents told them) and how that particular place has changed. You know those stories when someone’s bike breaks down somewhere in Africa and the whole village is there to help? Well, don’t be surprised if it happens here as well. Not that we haven’t seen a motorcycle -we’re just extremely helpful!

Don’t be afraid of the small eateries along the way, they are all safe, tasty and local.

The Latvian TET will be like a breath of fresh air for you, both literally and figuratively. Our nature with its greenery, the beautiful smell of the forests, spectacular sunsets and sunrises - so go and enjoy it!

There are so many trails- they’re like blood vessels. Let’s make motorcyclists the ‘blood’ of these vessels- let’s give life to them! The nature around these trails deserves to be seen and the trails themselves- ridden!


WHAT NOT TO MISS

Two Wheels - a cozy, little hotel for motorcyclists and their friends in Riga. Here we have a safe parking place for bikes, a bar, restaurant and always someone there to talk to you and hear everything about your adventures. If you are willing to gather a bigger crowd and tell them about your experience- this is the place to do that! Just let us know couple of days before, so that we could invite our friends and you will have your own story-telling night in Two Wheels! It is the place for adventurers, the ones who seek inspiration and like- minded people. Once you’re here- it is like a home away from home for you and your motorcycle.

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