Bike Rental in Romania

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  1. Wallycostanza

    Wallycostanza n00b

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    Anyone familiar with Romania Motorcycle Tours? Or any other rental outfit in Romania? I just put in for a week off in mid-october, looking for a place to fly and ride for a week
    http://www.romaniamotorcycletours.com/
    Thanks!
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  2. MichaelJ

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    Their prices look good. The Transfagarasan may be in my future :D
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    Old thread, stale beer....I know.
    Transfagarasan = Stelvio

    Totally overrated, thoroughly underwhelming.

    Not far away is the The Transalpina, also in Romania
    Now all sealed (BOOOOH!!...but good for biz, methinks).

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  4. MichaelJ

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    Yeah - but it's like being a Catholic in Rome. You've got to visit the Vatican. :D
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    I'm sure the assembled Holinesses love to think that way, too :lol3
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    I was up on Stelvio so early one year that the food vendors hadn't set up for the season yet.

    I was assured that the wurst was yet to come. http://instantrimshot.com/
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    Glitch - coming back to this - My kids and I did 2 weeks in the Alps in 2003. Next year will be the 15th anniversary of that - and I was thinking about a week in Romania. Bucharest - Transfagarasan (Dracula's Castle is in there - yeah - I know) - Sibiu - Transalpina - Bucharest. about 1,000 km or 4-5 days riding. Probably on G650GSes. Maybe do a U-turn after the Transalpina and ride it backwards back to Bucharest.

    I'm retired and have as much time as I want, but they're both in mid-career with families, and so are more constrained.

    Any thoughts as to routing?
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  8. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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    On the third weekend of July there is a bike rally in Turda called the Dracula Rally (or Eastern European Vintage Bike Rally). I don´t know if it´s still going but details should be on the web somewhere. The main street is closed off and there is run what you brung street racing with bikes matched by capacity/power. It is a great atmosphere, some very interesting Russian/E. European bikes and a really nice little town. The local bike club organises rideouts to the best roads surrounding the town (Turda Gorge, Tureni etc) The Dracula Hotel in the centre of town is the best place to stay but there is also a campsite by the mud flats at the top end of town. Easy to reach on well surfaced roads from the N. side of the Tranfagarasan.

    PS: Transfagarasan is a very underwhelming experience if you are used to to Alpine roads. Avoid unless you are determined to get bragging rights. Depending on the road maintenance will either be full of wheel killing potholes or badly over filled repairs that make any fluid riding difficult.
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    Romania topography works like that you have the U-shaped Carpathians with the open part being west and Bucharest being south of the southern rim (if that makes sense). So if you want to stay in the mountains you may want to find a route that follows that U.

    For riding, I would try to avoid Bucharest. Great city, but not for riding with very heavy traffic and at least 3 very hot hours away from the interesting riding stuff. See if you can find a flight to Sibiu, Brasov or Cluj-Napoca. On the other hand, the eastern (lacu Rosu, Bicaz gorge, Targu Neamt area) and northern Carpathians (Southern Bukovina, Prislop pass, Maramures) are very tranquil and unique to Europe, so I would try to include at least some of those. The highlights for sure are in the southern Carpathians with Transfagarasan and Transalpina, but also the cross-road to Transalpina, road 7A from Petrosani to Brezoi.

    Besides the riding, there is a lot of easily consumed, but impressive culture (old transsylvanian towns like Sibiu and Sighisoara, painted monasteries in Southern Bukovina, Curtea de Arges,..) on the way where you may want to pick a few.

    I would calculate with a little lower average speed than in the Alps. Roads may sometimes be less maintained, but mostly in the low lying areas it's rather slow going with a lot of villages you need to cross.

    I compiled a rather old RR here:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...rches-perilous-animals-un-paved-roads.500001/
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    Sorry for being late on replies, currently still on the road (it's September, heyhey :-))
    (which means being "incommunicado"/ no electronics, as you know).
    Some good replies there already.
    More when back home
    Cheers
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    Sorry, totally forgot about this one...got another month worth of rides+tours coming up, after that it'll be onto the "Balkans-Caper" in earnest.
    Don't want to spend too much time in RO as there's a bucket full of dirt/ gravel/ history/ perks and National Parks/ military stuff in the old Yugoslavia,
    will most probably skip the Transxxxx's for more time in back-waters of Albania/ Montenegro and Croatia.
    The more I see and hear about the place the more I'm inclined to ditch the Alps in favour of some more down-to-earth (yet!) places.
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    Got a chance to ride there for a bit back around 1976 on my Ducati 350 Desmo. I was stationed at Aviano at the time working comms with a rather high security clearance. Still amazed that I was allowed to go. Briefings before I left and after I came back.

    Crossed over at Trieste and headed for Ljubljana and then on down the coast. Very friendly people and CHEAP. Probably the least Communist of the Communist countries. Absolutely amazed at how quickly it unraveled after Tito's death.

    The bike in question* - really with that I still had it. Paid about $1,200 for it new in '75. An absolute joy to ride.

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    *Not a pic of mine - I don't seem to have one anywhere. Sadly.
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    :-) Tito had to keep banging their heads together... that thing was a powderkeg waiting for a match ever since the crash of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    Yes, they were the least "commy" country of the lot, were the first to welcome western businesses into the country (i.e. Adidas etc in the early '60s).
    Remember well the heated family discussions to either drive down the infamous Jadranska Magistrala (coastal road) or park the car in a guarded compound in Rijeka and take the 9hr. ferry down the Dalmatian coast to Korcula.
    That road was the only thoroughfare and cost more lives through the '40s-'80s than the later Balkan Wars.
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