TET: Romania/Serbia as a beginner

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El Pollo Diablo
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TET: Romania/Serbia as a beginner

Post by El Pollo Diablo » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:48 am

Guys,

New on the forum here. My name is Stephan, 33 years old and i'm from Holland. I'm a motorcycle journalist for a Dutch motorcycle magazine and i ride a KTM 1190 Adventure. As a young kid i was always looking at the world map, so i got infected with the travelling virus, like most of you i assume :D After riding for years through Europe on the tarmac, i want to do some offroading now. This summer i'm planning (hate that word) a 4 week / 8000km trip to Eastern Europe: Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Ukraine, maybe a corner of Russia just to have been there, Moldova, Serbia, Bosnia and back through Croatia and Slovenia. But here's the question:

Perhaps i want to do some offroad trails from the Trans Euro Trail in Serbia and Romania. But i'm not really an experienced offroad rider plus i've got the KTM hard case panniers. I'm going to do an offroad training in advance, but still. Maybe you guys tell me to better pick up the TET route in other counties.

Furthermore, i have a couple of choices regarding tyres, which i get sponsored for a tyre test: Bridgestone AX41, A41 or Dunlop Trailsmart Max. I think my trip will be 70% tarmac and 30% offroad. Any thoughts on this? Thanks so much :8

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Re: TET: Romania/Serbia as a beginner

Post by nordicbiker » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:37 am

There is quite some difference of difficulty level snd terrain between different countries, based on what is legal to ride and what not. I can tell you from my experience last year June, that Romania is one of the tougher countries to ride, where horsepower wont help but a light bike and light packing will! So your bike and riding abilities will exclude some parts of the TET down there. I tried a few pieces of TET in RO on an Africa Twin loaded with camping gear (maybe 20kg?) and quickly gave up, also because it did rain a lot which made the psths very slippy!
My advice: forget RO as a beginner on a heavy bike, come to Sweden instead! ;-)
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Re: TET: Romania/Serbia as a beginner

Post by nordicbiker » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:40 am

PS: I amxonsidering to go back to RO next year on a 790@R, no camping gear, but will then mostly do routes which are designed for big bikes. For the TET RO I’d like to have a 690.
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Re: TET: Romania/Serbia as a beginner

Post by Navrix » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:12 pm

I was in Romania last year. So here will be couple of things what I can I suggest:
If you are not so experienced in off-road (as you wrote), my advice is to not go alone in mountain TET sections. + if you have a bike loaded full with camping gear, then it can transform your ride in mountain sections in nightmare. The roads in the mountains often are washed out by rain, or with deep mud. We were 2 riders and helped each other. In some mountain sections we ran across with wild shepherd dog swarms, which were quite aggressive and tried to bite us. Couldn't imagine to ride there alone.
Regarding tires - from those 3 options - definitely "Bridgestone AX41". No other 2 options!
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