Tracks Southern France

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Europe, Africa, & Middle East' started by NightFlight, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. NightFlight

    NightFlight Did not die young...

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    Traveling to Southern France, in the region of Cannes. Does anyone know where to find some nice off-road tracks or scenic routes I shouldn't miss ?
    Thanks !
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  2. motomick

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    myself and a couple of friends are planning the same sort of thing, chamonix to nice area, looking to do most of it off road, The Grand Route Des Alps runs that way but its a road, there are al ot of "GR" foot paths all round the alps.
    Try getting hold of an "institut geographique national" french OS map. (itineraires de grande randonnee en france) shows all foot paths in france. as for off road trails im still looking..
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  3. Joerg

    Joerg Long timer

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    Simply put: forget "off road" in that area, it isn't legal to ride off the road. Even most gravel roads there are mostly forbidden for motor traffic, many of them explicitly for motorcycles (using a sign that even a non-french-speaking person cannot misunderstand :evil) The reason is simply that too many idiots have misused public roads as racetracks and carefully maintained mountain tracks as motocross terrain. :ddog

    As for the scenic routes, it's easy: get the Michelin maps 1:200k and enjoy. For a preview: http://www.viamichelin.com/ ... you won't miss "offroad" at all ...
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  4. NightFlight

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  5. Ploddit

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    On the Italian French border around 'Tende' there are pleasant tracks with the abandoned forts to sleep in.

    It's true that because of idiots the law is enforced more now, but IMO, if you're legal and riding cool np.
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  6. MrPopples

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    anything marked as a "GR" is forbiden to motor vehicles.

    Any sign mentioning "forbidden for motorcycles and/or ATVs" are not legal.
    just ignore these signs.

    it's either forbidden to all motor vehicles or allowed for all.

    good resource : http://enduro-aventures.over-blog.com/pages/Enduro_et_legislation-6104548.html

    it's in french, sorry ... if you need a chapter translated, just say so :)
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  7. WoollyG

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    All of the summer months in the south are particularly policed by helicopter and Force 06 (forestry commision Alpes maritimes) and municipal police have got xt's too so if your going to take on some trails down this way do it in winter and take it easy...
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  8. Olirider

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  9. motolover

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    Once you are in Southern France, take a ferry to Corsica from Nice to Bastia. It only takes 6 hours and a return ticket costs 100€ for a bike and one person.
    At Corsica there are loads of offroad roads where nobody will chase you (or find you, if you get lost). Just came from there yesterday. It really is a motorcyclists heaven:wings
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  10. MrPopples

    MrPopples Been here awhile

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    Corsica is heaven ... on road or offroad :)

    you need to at least spend 1 week there.

    also, don't go between june and september ;) ... too much tourists :(
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  11. Olirider

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    June and September are ok. But don't go there in July or August.
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  12. Z1ppy

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    I live near Cannes and totally agree with the above. It will be too hot too.
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  14. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Thanks guys, keep this thread alive!
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  15. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    I did 2 weeks in Corsica a few years back, loved it! some dirt , lots of paved goat trails, I rented a DR650, wish I had a DRZ400SM or similar, amazing tight roads
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  17. MrPopples

    MrPopples Been here awhile

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    as a matter of fact, I did part of Route Napoleon last week.
    It's a nice road... but it's all paved... thankfully, because I was with the Buell :D
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    Enough gravel to drive there...

    Google for "Denzel. Grosser Alpen Strassen Führer".
    Yes, I know. Sounds a bit wrong but isn't.
    Lot's of info.

    And check out the link below.
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  20. Olirider

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    Usually yes if no early snow. I've crossed this tunnel twice in september.
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