MotoKarpaty (Ukraine and Rumania)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lordmaciek, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    Bikers and bikes:
    Safran on a Honda Transalp
    Mirek on a Yamaha TT600R
    Me (Maciek) on a Yamaha TT600R
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    Started on 01.07.2006 from <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Gdansk</st1:place></st1:city> (me and Safran) and after 777km we arrived to the Polish-Ukrainian border where we met Mirek. This evening we have been eating &#8220;pielmienie&#8221; and drinking vodka in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lvov</st1:place></st1:city>.

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    The next day, after seeing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Lvov</st1:city></st1:place> we jumped on our bikes in the direction of Karpaty mountains.
    The plan was to do offroad in the Gorgany and Czarnohora mountains (<st1:country-region w:st="on">Ukraine</st1:country-region>), and then follow the Karpaty mountains in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Rumania</st1:country-region> till the Transfogarian road and back to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Poland</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Time: 1 week for Ukraina and 1 week for <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rumania</st1:place></st1:country-region>.

    In the Gorgany mountains we wanted to follow a path of the old Polish-Rumanian border. After 50m Safran's transalp and Mirek's TT were down :D It was quite a difficult offroad - specially for the Transalp.
    Lot of riding in deep mud and rivers.

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    The path was going up and down. The Transalp too :D

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    After few days we have arrived to the Czernohora mountains:

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    and we have almost drove our bikes to the highest peek in Ukraina - Hoverla:

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    After one week we have arrived to Rumenia:

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    Funny cementary, with pictures of what was the person doing in life or how did the person die (for example a picture of a girl being hit by a train):


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    We took an old train and had a beautifull ride in the mountains:

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    This train is used to take the wood from the valley, cos there are no roads.


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    There are also private trains with the tops from a car (usually with german plates);

    Only one puncture for me during this trip:

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    And 2 punctures for Transalp:

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    Apart a bike a biker needs sex:

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    and to drink :freaky:

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    but after....

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    ...after you fill like you should go back riding:

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    Here the transalp clutch sad ENOUGH! He could run maximum like 60 km/h...

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    ...and needed to be pushed to start in offroad; Transalp became a little depressed:

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    so its 2:0 for the TTRs :clap

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    So from now the Transalp had tu use mainly gravel roads:

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    ...but not the TTs :D

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    The clutch in the transalp was getting worst and worst so Safran started ride in the direction of Poland.

    Myself and Mirek wanted to do one more offroad and the Transfogarian road.

    Once we found a nice path which was used in some kinde of enduro rally (ktm redbull or enduromania) cos there were ktm signs all the way:

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    And the transfogarian road (where I fell down twice):

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    We met some tourist who drove from Oman and they were quite happy to see the snow:

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    I did not have any on-road accident aver but this time I had 2 within 15 minutes. 1 - cos of small rocks:

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    2nd cos of oil on a turn:
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    ...and END of the trip:

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    MotoKarpaty movie soon.

    Previous movies:
    MotoAfryka2005
    I have added english subtitles to my MotoAfryka2005 movie: http://motoafryka.prv.pl or videogoogle

    MotoMongolia (polish only) movie: http://motomongolia.prv.pl or videogoogle
    MotoGeoriga (polish only) movie: http://motogruzja.prv.pl or videogoogle

    Maciek
    http://mswin.prv.pl




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  2. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Looks like a fun trip, thanks for sharing.:freaky
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  3. IndianRider

    IndianRider Adventurer

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    awesome trip and pics gentlemen .. :freaky
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  4. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    Fantastic. Much tougher riding than most riders attempt. The forests and streams are beautiful. Thanks for the smaller file size of the photos. Most photos take all day to get on the screen.

    Perhaps you can share a map of your trails??
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  5. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Excellent trip :thumb & great pics.
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  6. lordmaciek

    lordmaciek Long timer

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    I've some waypoints from ukaine and track logs form rumenia and have uploaded it to google maps, have a look there:
    http://motokarpaty.prv.pl and choose: [Trasa] from the left menu;

    mac
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  7. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    Nice! Thanks for sharing!
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  8. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

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    That looks like some very tough riding. Definitely AdvRider material!

    Thanks for sharing.

    - Sam
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  9. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I loved your report. Fascinating. Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us. :thumb
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  10. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Great pics, wonderful riding!

    You rock!:clap
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  11. Lunatic

    Lunatic Dan Keyhoety

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    Great pix !! Especially like thie photo of the pelameemi !!!:clap
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  12. username

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    nice report! loved this one:

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  13. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    You are deranged. It's good to have you aboard.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    A fantastic pictorial report. Thanks for sharing :thumb
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  15. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Awesome pics, tracks and scenery - thanks for your report! Makes me feel like packing my bike and heading east...
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  16. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    Nice.

    Keep them coming!!!!

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  17. airone

    airone Been here awhile

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    Only one word: :beer
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  18. Mike D

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    Just fantastic - looks like some tough riding - - good work, well done!
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  19. MotoYaga

    MotoYaga Bubble Rider

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    Great pics! Thanks for sharing.:super
    Zajebista przygoda!
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  20. scottr

    scottr Banned

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    You guys don't fook around do you? :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap Rabia.

    I bet there's a 'lightly used' Transalp for sale soon. :D

    Poor guy. I think killer riders like you guys should not take defensless adventure rider wannabees out into the woods. :eek1 :lol3

    PS: My theory on your two spills on the tarmac is that you had probably ripped off the entire center of the knobs on your tire and when you went to corner on the pavement you were riding on just ONE ROW of knobbies left on the outside of the tire. :up
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