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Old 01-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Moving to Belgium

I will be moving to southern Belgium this summer and am curious if there are many places to ride my trail bike off road. I have a CRF 230F (not street legal) and love riding the trails. I would love to take it with me, but don't want to bother if there are no opportunities to ride.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:19 AM   #2
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I'm in Belgium, have no experience offroad. My initial thoughts (but someone with more experience may correct me):
it depends on what you want to do.

If you want to join a local motorcross club and drive on their track, then yes you could take it.
Here's a link to some organisations, maybe some of them are in the area you'll go to or they can help you.
http://www.wk-sidecars-neeroeteren-g...ederaties.html

If you want to just go offroad yourself, then no, don't take it as it's not road legal..
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:50 AM   #3
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For riding trails the bike has to be road-legal and registered.
The South has a lot of forrest track, but they are off-limits to motorised vehicles. (I hate it too)
You can ride the other trails if they are not signposted of have a barrier.
best area IMHO is, roughly, the triangle between Brussels, Namur and Liège.
If you are close to France, it might be interesting to cross the border.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:46 AM   #4
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I can only confirm what is said above. Forests are off-limits, both in Flanders and the Walloon area. If you get caught you could have your bike seized.
Riding anywhere else (except on private land with the permission of the land owner) with a bike that is not road-legal (i.e. at least registered, insured, carrying license plate and functioning head and tail lights and brake light) will likewise end tears.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:58 AM   #5
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google for: enduro + bilstain + belgien ( youtube videos )

http://www.rdmcbilstain.be/

also many enduroradonnes are arranged in belgium, but streetleaglbike is necessary.

do you speak french?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:53 AM   #6
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My bike is definitely not well-suited for motocross tracks. It just doesn't have the suspension. I currently spend a lot of time at off road parks in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee where you pay for a day pass and ride their trails. I take my bike there in the back of my truck as it has no lights, mirrors, tag, etc. it sounds as if such off-road parks don't exist in Belgium. That's too bad.

I've been spending the last couple of months on Rosetta Stone to learn French. I am coming along, but wouldn't call myself a French speaker just yet.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:57 AM   #7
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On the plus side, I also have an 1150 GSA, so I look forward to riding the mountain roads in Europe on it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:46 AM   #8
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We do have Gs-able tracks.



Or not. He made it through, with a little help.

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #9
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I have to admit, I'm one of those guys that doesn't take his GS off road much. I'm not brave enough.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:18 PM   #10
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I just came over last summer, guessing to about the same place you'll be. I brought my XR650L with me, and would love to go on some rides with some local guides to learn what is considered legal and not. I've been sticking to stuff that's on the GPS for now (plenty of twisty pavement to be interesting.)

In this southwest corner of Belgium, the people speak very little English, which seems to be fairly typical of the Wallonian side of the country. Up in Flanders it is quite different, as they are taught at least a basic level of English in school, and communicating is very easy. French has been a challenge for me, and I'm still at the extremely basic level where I can ask for the town trash bags at the grocery store, pick out a meal off the menu, and that's about it.

Let us all know what you decide to do, and hopefully we'll see you over here soon!
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:32 PM   #11
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:25 PM   #12
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Thanks, I look forward to getting there!
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