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Serbia

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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
2015km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
8-10 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
The riding season here lasts from March to late October, though there can be some leftover snow on higher altitudes even in June. Best conditions for riding are definitely between June and August.
4Entry point into country
Kaluderovo
5Exit point from country
Mokranje
6Language(s)
Serbian. A lot of people, especially younger speak English as well.
7Currency
Dinar
8Emergency telephone number
192 (police), 193 (firefighters), 194 (ambulance), 1987 (road assistance)
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
The Law says wild camping is not allowed. Real life experience, on the other hand, tells us that it is OK to camp pretty much anywhere, as long as you get out of the cities. Use common sense if you have safety concerns and try to at least move out of sight from main roads. Be careful with campfires and take trash with you - respect nature.

There are not a lot of organized campsites in Serbia, especially in remote areas which are the most interesting for adventure riding.

It is possible to find cheap private accommodation (rooms, apartments...) almost everywhere.

11Trail riding and the law
Once again Law and common practice differ. By law, you are only allowed to ride on public roads, regardless of surface type. The good news is that vast majority of roads in TET Serbia are public ones! Private roads are not common here and they would mostly take you nowhere anyway so that is not a concern.

The only areas where care should be taken are Nature Reserves and National Parks. If there is no sign stating that riding/driving is forbidden and there are no locked gates you should be OK. Just use common sense and be respectful of other travelers and the environment.

A registered and insured bike and a valid driver's licence are required to ride legally. Your headlight must be turned on all the time, regardless of time of the day. A helmet and first aid kit are the only mandatory pieces of equipment."
12Bike events on or near the TET
Xross Challenge hard enduro race: late May.

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11 Jan 2017
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ROUTE OVERVIEW

For one reason or the other, Serbia is often overlooked or avoided by the travellers . We hope that this route, which was carefully created to include as much natural beaty and diversity as possible, will draw more and more international riders in coming years.

Entering from Romania, your first contact with Serbia will be in Deliblatska Pescara nature reserve - a large, sandy area criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometres of tracks of which only small portion is included in the TET.

After the thrills (and spills!) of sand riding it’s time to head toward central Serbia and climb the first hills. Gravel roads with some rather tricky rocky climbs provide glimpses into what you can expect. Ridge riding with great views or riding through pine forests definitely doesn’t hurt your overall experience.

Riding further south, it’s time for some mountains. Crossing the Tara Mountains and National park, Zlatibor, Jadovnik, Pester… Riding through lush evergreen forests or over open high plains with lots of good gravel roads and scenic panoramas. This is the perfect place to treat your lungs to some amazingly fresh air.

After getting close to the Montenegro border, the route turns back to the northeast. Kopaonik national park, Goc and Juhor mountains are crossed before reaching the Kucaj mountains in eastern Serbia.

Kucaj is one of the last true wilderness areas with no villages or other signs of civilization other than the great gravel or old rocky roads. This is also the longest off-road section of TET Serbia and a great way to say good bye as you cover the remaining pavement kilometres towards the Bulgarian border.


WHAT NOT TO MISS

Interact with locals in remote areas. They will probably not speak your language but are always happy to help, communicate, offer coffee or other refreshemnts, offer accomodation (be it part of their meadow or perhaps a floor in a shepherd's hut). All that for free, of course. These interactions can easily be a highlight of a trip.

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