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Old 02-19-2011, 02:16 AM   #1
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TransIberica Spain - Portugal

One more year, and this will be the 4th edition, we are ready to live a new Transiberica adventure. Last year we had a break for several reasons but we are coming back full of energy with a larger group (12) than the previous years, which is the best sign to show how the interest for this adventure is growing.
For the 2011 edition the route will start in Cape San Vicente in the west bottom of Portugal, heading north and crossing all Portugal, entering in Spain and arriving at Finisterre Cape in the west coast of Galicia in Spain. We will be riding for more than 2300 kms during 8 days, almost all in off road trails.
As per the previous editions, almost all the motorbikes will be riding BMW R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, BMW HP2 and one KTM 950 SE. As you know these are heavy but fantastic motorbikes for this kind of long adventures and they are reliable and comfortable motorbikes in any kind of trail or off road tracks. We will not be assisted for any other vehicle, so we need to carry with us all the tools, equipment, pharmacy and cloths for 8 days.
We hope you will enjoy with our adventure starting may the 6th and finishing may the 14th.

Have a look to our new web site in you want to learn more about our previous adventures. www.transiberica.info

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:45 AM   #2
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Hello All,


It all started in 2007 when a group of friends started talking about crossing the Iberian Peninsula from Seville to Barcelona. The idea was to try and avoid tarmac roads and use, where possible, unknown roads with our BMW-GS, affectionately known as our ‘cows’. All this without assistance and carrying all our equipment and spare parts on the motorbikes. We never imagined that what had started as a one week off road adventure would leave such a mark on us: the Transiberia was born.

With time this travel has become a classic, followed by many lovers of off road trips via our chronicles in various magazines and internet forums. The most frequent comment? They must be mad, these bikes are not for that, but what a great time they’re all having!

On this occasion we decided to set off again from Seville to Portugal, arriving at the Cape of Sao Vicente via the interior of the Algarve and to cross Portugal from the south to the north finishing in the Cape of Finisterre in Galicia, Spain. A total of 2,300 km off road divided into 7 stages, giving us a daily average of around 300 km.

As in other Transiberia crossings, our objectives were clear: to explore trails, unknown countryside and have fun with friends and riding our motorbikes. All that with the added incentive of riding unknown tracks and not knowing whether or not our large, heavy motorbikes would make it. Would we be able to reach our goal?


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Old 06-04-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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Crossing the Guadalquivir with a "barcaza"...

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Old 06-04-2011, 02:57 AM   #4
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I wish to see that pics soon!!
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:09 AM   #5
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Following in the el paso del quema in oue way to El Rocio.

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:12 AM   #6
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First day

New blood

The 2011 edition began one Saturday morning in January around a lunch (the way we like to start things). A few of the older members of the group had already started to get things together and everything was beginning to move forward quickly. We decided that in this edition we wanted to cross Portugal, passing through the most uninhabited and unknown parts of the country.

Then something happened. Five new components came knocking at the door, hoping to become Transiberians. We had to make it clear that this is not some Sunday outing; 300 km every day on mountain trails riding our ‘cows’ for around 10 hours per day is not for the faint hearted. And not only this, but for this type of trip it is essential that the various participants are all made of the same raw material for the group to work. We needn’t have worried, the five new components proved to be a great success during the day on the bikes, during the night, once we had arrived at the hotel and, especially, when things got difficult, which is the real test, when you really get to know the new cow boy. Conclusion: five new Transiberians.

The preparations.

As always, we arrange things so that everyone has a task. The planning is almost as exciting as the trip itself: finding sponsors, making lists of tools and parts, getting the bikes ready, where to put the equipment, defining the route, booking hotels, the transport of the bikes and the riders, stickers and shirts with the sponsors’ logos, the website …. Here we drew on the many talents and experience of the various members of the group.

One day we got some really good news: as with the previous Transiberia crossing, REV’IT would give us the jackets and trousers. In this case the new Defender GTX. There was great excitement the day we went to try them on. We looked so professional, all dressed the same!

Finally, one of the most important aspects of the trip was defined: the route. After weeks of work with maps, internet, advice from friends who knew the terrain, we had the final route which we put into our satnavs. From Seville we would travel west passing inland through the Algarve to the Cape of Sao Vicente, then northeast crossing the Alentejo. From there we would ride northward, bordering the frontier between Spain and Portugal, passing through Galicia and finishing up in Finisterre, the end of the earth, as it was believed in the past.

The GREAT DAY arrives.

Friday the 6th of May finally arrives. We meet up at the airport in Barcelona, twelve guys with the same shirt with our sponsors’ logos, as excited as kids. We arrive in Seville around 3 pm from where we are to travel to Rocío to spend the first night before the real adventure begins.

We go to a storeroom where our ‘cows’ are waiting for us and put on our brand new super elegant REV’IT suits and we’re on our way, finally on the bikes!
As we ride through small sleepy villages, everyone looks up: 12 big motorbikes, all fully equipped with the same suits, quite a sight! Suddenly we realize that we are not 12 but 13! An internet follower of the Transiberia has seen us pass, closed his shop and come to join us. We stop and have a coffee together and continue on our way. Soon the news is on the internet that the Trans is in Andalucia.

Finally we arrive in Rocio, a village famous for its pilgrims who arrive every year to worship the Virgin of Rocio. It’s a strange place and perfect for our bikes with their off road tyres, we feel like we are in the Wild West with its dirt roads.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:19 AM   #8
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Another stop in the top of a pick near the Douro.

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Nice shot of Jordi Pifa riding his cow.....

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Old 06-05-2011, 09:22 AM   #10
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:26 AM   #11
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Some Repairs

We had to start doing some repairs when we had a fall with a big rock on the lef side boxer cilynder. We had to fix it with "Patex".
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #12
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Day 2: Saturday 7th May

We wake to rain. We have to take the direction to Huelva where we plan to cross the frontier into Portugal. The rain is torrential but our REV’IT Gore Tex suits keep us completely dry.

To speed things up we have decided to split into 2 groups of 6 riders which we will vary every day. As we start on the dirt tracks, which are perfect after the rain, the real fun begins. The bikes are heavy with luggage but with the new tyres they glide over the tracks and the views are fantastic, the temperature perfect. As we start to warm up and the pace speeds up … which leads to our first frights, a couple of unimportant falls. We pass reservoirs and cross rivers, many very full. In one of the rivers the second group starts to have problems, one of the bikes has fallen into the river and is completely submerged in the water. They try everything but nothing works. Finally they decide to pull the bike to Faro where both the bike and the rider will have to wait until Monday for the repair. We all hope the bike can be repaired; so many days of waiting and planning only to do 150km!


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Albert G also crossing a little river..

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Jaume in action in a narrow path...

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