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TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:45 am
by ArnePatrick

my name is Arne. I am from Germany and 27 years old.

First of all, sorry for my bad English some times. Hopefully everybody gets what I try to say  :D 

I am riding a BMW F650GS Twin and got my driving license since two years. I have had only one small crash so I do not have a long motorcycle history.

So without any off-road experience and the urge to make them I decided to travel to Sweden this year. I was fascinated by the TET-Project and just wanted to give it a try. Actually it was always a big dream to visit Sweden.
The first problem was that I did not have any luggage-system and really don't have the money for it at the moment. So I decided to build it by myself. It worked really well and only cost me round about 100€ to build some soft-panniers. If some younger people without money are interested I can give you some pictures and a description. 

I think I will skip the part about the German autobahn and my route through Denmark. So my starting point was Ystad. My plan was to travel up the east-coast. First to see a bit of Sweden and second to make some first moves on gravel roads. And I think it was the right decision not to start on the TET. I just wanted to make sure that I am able to control my bike, getting used to the environment and see a bit of Sweden than just the woods :P

And it worked pretty well. The first two days I was obviously a bit shaky and exhausted because it was brutally hot in Sweden and I was afraid of every single tiny rock in front me. But it really didn't take so long and I felt really good on my heavy bike. (please always remember, you really need to drink water all the time)
So for the next days my goal was to keep standing on the bike two learn to use my clutch while standing and to find the right standing position. I am quite tall and the F650GS is not the best bike for being in a standing position. Now I have learned it doesn't matter. Its just some kind of exercising I think. I´m pretty sure it feels much better on one of those perfect enduro bikes, but as long as it works, it doesn't matter what bike you got.
And that is maybe the biggest lesson I have learned on the trip.

So lets jump to the TET. I have had 4 days for section 2 and 1. I traveled backwards. So I started with section two and I really have to say it was the most incredible and fun thing I have ever made. From day 1 I was totally in it. I think the mixture of tracks was perfect for a beginner and the parts on normal streets are still really beautiful. On the Track are really small parts which are kind of tricky for a beginner but I never had the feeling that its too much. Of course some times you are really exhausted but it is so much fun so you really don't care. You only have to watch yourself that you drink enough. I have learned my lesson the other day.

Most of the time you are on gravel roads but every time when you aren't expecting it you find yourself in the middle of the woods on a small trail. And I have had my first tree laying on the streets. I was super pumped to push my bike over the tree like a real trail-rider but I had to learn that I am not. So I just passed it :D I knew I was alone and didn't want to take any risks.

The next lesson I had to learn was that the locals are much faster than me and they don't expect you on there local streets. Especially not on those gravel roads in the middle of the woods. So I had to learn to stay on my side of the road which is some times not that easy because in the corners is all the lose stuff of the road which is really slippery. But in the next days I did not had any problems with cars or anything. Most of the time you are alone which is really enjoyable. 

One scary Part was a small bridge. I wasn’t too sure if I can ride above it because it looks a bit old. But pulling the throttle and take it was the a good decision. The bridge is much more stabile than I have thought.

So everyday I recognized that I was getting faster on the gravel roads. And when it came to the small trail sections I really had the most fun. 
Thats why I was really sad when I realized that I am almost in Malmö.
The last part, or maybe the first part of the first section is obviously not that exciting. As closer as you get to Malmö there are less and less gravel roads.

I could write a lot more of my trip because I am so excited about it. But I think most of the guys in this forum already had this experience so I don’t want to annoy you with my beginners story :P
But if there is any beginner with any questions, I would be happy if you ask.

So I really have learned my lessons in this short time and I am already planning my next trip. But on my next trip I definitely bring more time.

Last but not least some pictures of the Trail...and me :P

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Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:14 pm
by Storno
Hey Mate,

Did the same Path like you with my 690 just started at Malmö and ended over Mora / Stocky / Kalmar / ystad

I gues if i wasnt drinking so much Coffee all day we had meat us on the Gravel!

chears, Simon

Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:14 pm
by ArnePatrick
Next Time :) :handgestures-thumbup:

Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:19 pm
by spinnak3r
Hi, Arne!

Well done and thank you for sharing this experience along with good suggestions :handgestures-thumbup:
I live quite close to Lund (Sweden), next time you will be around let's have a quick chat and see if we can take a ride around the TET together.

All the best and safe rides :-)

Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:09 pm
by ArnePatrick
Thank you. That would be awesome. To be honest i am already planning a trip to Norway next year xD

Maybe there will be a chance to ride a part together. That would be really cool.

Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:00 am
by Boxertouring
Hi Arne.

Thanks for sharing your first trip on the TET. In this case we are at the same level. I am Danish. This is my first day as a member of this forum, and this is my first year with an offroad type of bike, an old BMW R100T now with a twist of a "GS". Next year I am planning to do my first ride on the TET, in Sweden and maybe the southern part of Norway too. It depends of how many days I can get in total. My experience is from paved roads all around Europe since 1981. Thanks again for a beginners tale :-) And your English is excellent I think!!
Boxertouring - Bjørn Høj Kristensen

Re: TET SWEDEN - A beginners story

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:05 pm
by ArnePatrick
Thank you. Wish you a lot of fun for your first TET-Ride. Hope to see your report after the trip. :)