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  1. Jean Grey

    Jean Grey Adventurer

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    Anyone from Malaga here? I am heading over for a weekend of off roading at the end of the month. I have 24 hours free in Malaga, Im thinking of renting a bike and heading off. Any recommendations re rental companies? What roads should I ride?
  2. KLEINTONE

    KLEINTONE Adventurer

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    hi Jean, Im from Granada, find ATG at Facebook and ask there!

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  3. Jean Grey

    Jean Grey Adventurer

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    Hey thanks for replying. ATG?
  4. KLEINTONE

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  5. Jean Grey

    Jean Grey Adventurer

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    Thanks, I'll check it out on FB.

    Basically Im doing a few days of trail riding, plus one day in Malaga at the end, so I'm thinking of hiring say a 650 gs and seeing some of the country side. I've heard the roads around there are superb?
  6. KLEINTONE

    KLEINTONE Adventurer

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    yes málaga is such a beatiful place; if you want proper road I know the "pantano del agujero" is nice. People from Málaga will be able to give you more info; also you can check wikiloc. I do trail and enduro (in Granada).
  7. KLEINTONE

    KLEINTONE Adventurer

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  8. GreatKingRat

    GreatKingRat BUFF

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    Looks promising.
  9. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Oh ! I'm nursing this idea myself ;)
    I'd like to do something similar in Oct/Nov. And the 100% legal is the keyword for me. My target will be Algeciras to meet a friend.
    Any chance you'll share your tracks ?
    Muchas Gracias.
  10. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Hola compañeros !
    I'm having this stupid idea to visit a friend living in Algeciras. I'll start my journey from the North East (Cataloña).
    And the idea is to go all way down off road.
    Careful, with a big trail, not a light enduro bike so every tracks wont do, I'm afraid.
    And I'd like to stay 100% legal. Usually, the GC is not very kind so I'd prefer not to have to deal with them ;).
    So far, I've found this: http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=2932855

    So if you have other suggestions, ideas, I'll be pleased to hear them.

    Muchas Gracias, hombres.
    /Thierry
  11. KLEINTONE

    KLEINTONE Adventurer

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    Bueno os dejo otro evento por si a alguno le "pica" :)

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  12. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    Hi Thiery,

    That's quite an ambitious plan. You shouldn't have any trouble with the Guardia Civil or the Forestales if you only ride trails that accord with the Ley de Montes and aren't in any Parque Nacional or Reservas - the former will certainly be prohibited and the latter may have local rules.

    At the moment Wikilock is down but of your route takes you into the P.N. Sierra Nevada then that's definitely no go. Likewise the Els Ports, which s a Reserva Nacional, is in the process of being re-clkasified as a P.N. so may be out of bounds too.

    In general Catalonia* is fine , especially the Reservas where any prohibited trails are clearly signposted. Then I suggest heading for Aragon, which is a) lots of trails, b) very biker friendly and c) stunning scenery and trails! :) But from there you are stuck with either Valencia and Castilla-la-Mancha, but I always try to avoid these regions as their local rules are either difficult to interpret, in the former, or in the case of C. M. very restrictive.

    Take a look through the Rules and Regs page on my blog for a summary of whet's what but please bear in mind that rules change so don't take it as gospel. You can find the local regs on the Official Bulletin of each region - that's a lot of work!

    Back to your Wikiloc route; in my experience you have to check ambitions long distance routes carefully to see if the author has actually ridden them, e.g. on one so.called Trans-Pyrenean trail I some people queried sections and the author's reply was vague - as I know the area well (I live here) I knew that what s/he was called 'technical' sections are actually footpath, totally illegal wherever you are, or physically impossible even for Toni Bou, unless he's learned to ride a bike up a Via Ferrata!

    Enjoy! :)

    Simon

    PS where are you in Catalonia? I live between the Pre-Pyrenees, Pallars Jussà, where I keep my bikes and Tarragona city, where I hang around in bars ... :)

    * splitting hairs I know but it's either Cataluña, in Spanish, Catalunya, in Catalan, but there's a convention that when there is an English equivalent, i.e. Catalonia, you should use that when writing in English. That applies to the language too but even a geek like me doesn't use 'Catalonian' - see above :)
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  13. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    Try Rent-a-Tiger. It's a Barcelona based company but have a branch in Malaga. I know the owner, Anton, and he's a top bloke and speaks and writes in perfect English. He also has a few other bikes, including a Suzi DR650, although that one is in Barna.

    Yes, Malaga is a lovely city, but don't ride on the promenade - and please don' ask how know this ... :)

    Regs

    Simon
  14. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    Any idea about the dates yet, entry fees, rules re team number, etc. ?

    Regs

    Simon
  15. KLEINTONE

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    yes its gonna be spring 2017 check it out at adventuretrailgranada.es

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  16. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    OK, I'm registered with ATG and waiting for news ... :)

    Thanks

    Simon
  17. KLEINTONE

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    cool so we will meet, there are more activities before, check the facebook too

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  18. KLEINTONE

    KLEINTONE Adventurer

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    Hola a todos el viernes salgo desde Granada a Almería, hasta el Domingo, por si alguien se apunta. Es una ruta dura y larga, sólo vale para motos ligeras y gente con experiencia :)
  19. Sunbeem

    Sunbeem Enfant du Paradis.

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    I'm writing from a recently rented cortijo just outside Orgiva, Granada, half way up the rio Chico valley towards Bayacus. I've been visiting this area for quite a while, and am now determined to settle here, so I'm viewing properties with garages and a good view.
    It's a friendly town, people don't scurry around trying to keep warm and dry like they do in Yorkshire - the sun unfolds them, and slows them down, so folk have time to talk to each other, and plenty of pavement cafes to facilitate conversation. Order a beer, and a small plate of food will accompany it, for free. How very civilised.
    Sitting in the (excellent) dentist's waiting room the other day, I noticed that new arrivals wished everyone "Buenas dias" as they walked in, another sign of general friendliness not always found in Yorkshire.

    I had all the local help I needed to buy a bike over the internet, from Barcelona, and get it registered and insured. I know I was taking a chance, but trusting a hunch, I went ahead and was lucky to get a machine which must have slept through most of its 30 odd years - a very clean and tidy Moto-Morini Kanguro, a 350cc V-twin in off-road guise, which is perfect for the mule-tracks, and still great on the roads.
    I rode over to Rubite the other day, and coming round a bend, the sudden view which opened up nearly knocked me off the bike - it really is sensationally beautiful here.
    Shortly after, I was also nearly unseated by the hornet which almost went up my left sleeve, but contented itself with stinging my wrist. I am risking an open-face helmet, so it could have been worse ... maybe a scarf in future?

    I see mostly long-distance 'super bikes' and local scooters , not much in between, though there is a terrific enthusiasm for bikes here, and the Morini gets a lot of admiring glances. The tarmac is reliably smooth and pothole-free, though having mildly lost the back end a few times, I'm thinking that the grip is not quite as abrasive as at home. However, since most of the bends seem to be hairpins, and the view over the puny (or absent) barriers stretches off into the almost endless space between the mountains, I'm not inclined to hurry.

    There's a good live music scene here, with many local musicians, though whether my banjo or ukulele will fit in anywhere is uncertain as yet, though if my travels were made into a film, I have to admit that banjos would be most appropriate for the soundtrack.

    And it is such a welcome change to actually look forward to a nice bit of rain ....

    Saludos,
    Sunbeem.
  20. Gepetin

    Gepetin Mr.

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    Sunbeem, I´m glad to read you and very proud of your granaínos neightbours :)
    It´s great you find a so confortable place and enjoy the people, views, food, tarmac and everything else. Tapas in Granada are known in all Spain because of its size, as big as you can take lunch just asking for cañas, one before another : )
    I´m very far, in Madrid but if I can help you someway, count on me.
    Ouh, just one more thing, forget about "a bit of rain", this is very strange out there!