New to Norway

Discussion in 'Europe' started by streaks77, May 24, 2014.

  1. streaks77

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    Just moved to Oslo, Norway and looking for some local trails to ride as well as any must-ride locales in the country. Planning on doing the bulk if riding in July, but will be here a little over a year. Any insider tips are greatly appreciated!
    As for me, riding a 13 CRF250L with the 305cc big bore kit. Fairly new to the dual sport scene, but have been riding asphalt for the past 16 years.
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  2. puuh_racing

    puuh_racing Gravel!

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    Can you read Norwegian? If look for OTC, Off-road touring club. They are both on Facebook and a forum.
    They will have a little bigger event later this summer.

    Gravel in Norway can be a little bit tricky because it's many private roads.

    If you have little more time or a weekend Vämland in Sweden i great.
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  3. streaks77

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    Thanks for the info! I can read norwegian so I'll have to give otc a try... Who knows, maybe I'll find myself in Sweden this summer too
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  4. scubabiker

    scubabiker Been here awhile

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    give me a shout if you are planning on coming to vestlandet, i live on stord
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  5. Gravel Seeker

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    Keep in mind that it is illegal to ride outside of "roads" (meaning single track and logging tracks) in Norway. NOK 15 000,- fine if caught.

    But there are lots of gravel roads. Like puuh_racing says, many are private and gated (often just a chain), but many are toll roads. Pay anything from 0-30 for a bike. Alot are also public roads and are usually clearly marked on maps.

    The annual OTC gathering "Bukkerittet" is usually a good place to meet like-minded people, though most bikes are 600cc and up.
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    scubabiker Been here awhile

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    i didnt know about the whole fine thing for riding on grusveg, i have only lived here a couple of years, there doesnt seem to be so many police where i live
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    "Grusveg" or gravel road is ok, you won't get fined as long as it's considered a road, paved or not doesn't make a difference, but the depth of the tracks in the mud can. If you can't drive a normal family car there it's considered off road, but it's up to the cop on site to decide.
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  8. donmoto

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    Hey streaks, how are you liking Oslo? Looks like I'll be moving there for 3-4 months pretty soon myself! :1drink
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  9. maden

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    Do not get scared by the comments here...

    Most roads that is not closed by a gate is ok for riding. Most forrest/logging roads is also ok for riding. A good deal of the mountain roads are toll roads, so you might have to pay to ride. However it is often free for motorcycles.

    Then there is the grey areas... You would have to be extremely unlucky to get fined for riding on private or closed roads. The worst i have ever experienced is a warning from a private land owner.

    This is not like the USA where people will shoot you for tresspassing...
    And seeing a cop outside the paved roads is about as normal as yeti sightings.

    I would stay away from single track. Hobby trekers do not like anything with an engine. They will call the cops...

    My experience...
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  10. donmoto

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    So I have to be worried about more creatures than just trolls? :lol3
    That doesn't sound so bad though, especially considering the miserable trail situation around LA. I'm more immediately concerned about finding work; no work equals no riding for me. But that's something I'm fairly sure I'll have to just figure out when I get there.
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  11. maden

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    There is also the norwegian snow snake :evil

    Are you planning on moving to Norway permanently, or are you only looking for a part time job to fund a few months of motorcycle traveling?
    Tell me about your qualifications. I might be able to point you in the right direction.
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  12. donmoto

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    Bahaha still doesn't sound remotely as terrifying as the actual things that live in Australia.

    Nah, it's just temporary, about 3-4 months, depending on how it goes. However, if I really like it, after my next round of school I may decide to try and work something out there.
    I have a bachelor's degree in Narrative Studies from a good university in LA. I wrote my thesis on the significance of motorcycles in the Navajo Nation (native-american tribe), after doing field work there. I took electives in photography while doing my degree, so I'm not half bad at that. My mechanical skills are pretty good, but not enough to tear down an engine by myself. I'll start law school in the fall. I started learning Norwegian in September, so even though I'm putting in the time and will probably be able to get around on my own, whatever I learn until March isn't going to be enough to do serious business with. I realize that temporary work plus a lack of professional Norwegian is a bit of a shot to the foot.

    I met my girlfriend from Oslo while studying abroad last year in Australia, and I sold my bike back there because it wasn't worth it to ship it to the states. So I'm looking to work and spend some time over in Oslo before it's back to school. I currently work in jewelry (family business) and legal research. I understand things will be expensive while getting settled before I find work, if I manage at all, so if there's any riding to be had, it's all extra fun. I'm not expecting to have my cake and eat it too. But hey, it's a chance I'm willing to take. Sounds too fun to pass up :beer
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  13. maden

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    I think the biggest challenge is that USA is not a part of the EU/EEA/Shengen… This means that you have to have a work visa if you plan on working in Norway. To get a work visa I think you need to have a job ready when you apply.

    There are many possibilities for short term jobs. Specially in the tourist seasons (summer/winter)… I think you will have a hard time finding something that match your education though.

    Is your plan to buy a bike in Norway? If so remember that the prices are a little different than in the states, or anywhere else on this planet for that matter...
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  14. donmoto

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    Is there actually a decent amount of short term jobs, before the tourist season in March? Most of what I've been reading is that they're pretty scarce. I don't expect it to be related to my education level. Beggars can't be choosers!
    Chances are, I won't be able to afford a bike unless the kroner devaluates even more. I think my girlfriend's boss has a bike I can borrow if I do the clutch on it though.
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  15. maden

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    Outside the tourist season it is a little bit harder to find a job, but still possibilities… Gas stations, stores, farms, etc… In the tourist season they always look for people with good language skills for museums, hotels, resorts, well anything touristy.

    You need some sort of personal transportation in Norway. Might as well be a bike :) Work a lot before you go, save up some cash, and buy a cheap bike… As long as you just plan on spending the summer here you don´t need a car.

    Where in the country will you be staying?
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  16. donmoto

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    I'm perfectly happy with a farm job, so no worries there. I've definitely been saving in case I don't manage to find work for a while... or for a bike! I'll be in Oslo from March 1st until early June. Gotta be there at least 'till the 17th of May!
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  17. streaks77

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    Sorry for the late reply, donmoto. I've had some fun riding in Norway, definitely has benefits being on a moto in that you can use the bus/taxi lanes and there are no road tolls for the two-wheelers! The drawback, motorcycle season closed for me at the end of november and I'm not sure when I'll get back on the road, maybe not until late march or early april. Let me know when you get here, there is a great group that rides here on a regular basis, but they are typically day long rides, so be forewarned :wink:
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  19. maden

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    Public toll roads are free for two-wheelers. Private toll roads are a mix... Some are free some are not.
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  20. streaks77

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    Right you are, could be embarrassing if you didn't pay the private toll :shog
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