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Old 12-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #646
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This means 5.5 tonnes is allowed
This means 60 km/h is allowed
But this means no motorcycles?

hmm.. fooled me![/QUOTE]

As rule of thumb : all blue signs are to be understood as mandatory , all with red as prohibited . The first two signs mean : all vehicles up to 5.5 t allowed and up to 60 km/h allowed . Third sign is obvious :no motorcycles.
-zie egret.

PS. Tell the polizei officer that David Hasselhoff is your friend . Germans dig Hasselhoff
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #647
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A little late, but whatever ...

I'm about 1/2 hour away and would be up for any dirt riding, but as you've already learned it's not that easy in Germany. Generally, everything which is not specifically forbidden is allowed. Unfortunately, driving motorized vehicles on roads without asphalt through forrests is explicitly forbidden. Most other dirt roads are private with signs as shown above.
The situation might be a bit better in the Netherlands or in Belgium, but I haven't tried that yet. I've read somewhere that it's legal to ride Dutch beaches in winter and the whole Dutch coast is within your 3-hour-range.
Then there are some motocross parcours in the area. The most interesting offroad parcours is off limit for bikes though, but you could rent a Russian tank and have some fun with that instead ...
For a quick onroad afternoon trip I'd recommend the Baumberge, the Sauerland, the Bergisches Land or the Teutoburger Land - not necessarily in that order. Be aware that a few roads in the Sauerland and Bergisches Land may meanwhile be closed for motorbikes on weekends and public holidays. They had too many accidents and are enforcing speed limits and road closures. Even a few unmarked police bikes are loitering there.

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Oh, by the way, as this is my first post in this thread ... hello everybody!

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I'm here living in Muenster, NRW.

Can someone please tell me where I can go "offroad" riding? Just gravel trails, or dirt roads.. Teutoburger Wald or Sauerland?

My little xf650 freewind wants some dirt!

Someone point me in the direction of some good riding roads .. please!

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:07 PM   #648
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Thanks

maybe we can manage something to ride next year together, wheres your major area you drive ?



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Great photo.

I live in Kaiserslautern as well, but unfortunately am not fluent in Deutsch.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:35 PM   #649
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[QUOTE=Martigo;19961142]Hej everyone,

I´m back on ADV - was "OFF" the whole time, - to much work and family-business - my son is riding too now, starts is moto-carrier beginning end of August on a Yami XT660 X - he rides until now about 6500 k´s. So I rode a lot the last to month´s with him. That´s reason I´m not often here at ADV.

Good to see back !!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:15 PM   #650
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Thanks

maybe we can manage something to ride next year together, wheres your major area you drive ?
Sure, love to get out.

We actually ride all around K-Town, spent time in every direction from here. Depends on how long we will ride. I normally go south for short rides because there is very good riding close. Last time we went out we went to Johanniskreuz (very popular with riders) early, then south into France in a loop and then worked our way back to K-Town. Done loops east including Bad Durkheim. Gone north and west to/along the Mosel River near Cochem. Gone west through Homburg. Gone northwest to Luxembourg.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #651
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mahlzeit jungs

noch einer hier aber nur halber, from schwarzwald.

sometimes i still dream from schwarzenbachtallsperre

wuensche euch allen einen guten rutsch und weniger saufen

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:59 PM   #652
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Hi mirificus

Greetings from blackforest to bc.

And a few times a year i stop at the schwarzenbachtalsp.,nice place to make a break.

Wünsche euch allen hier auch einen guten rutsch ins neue jahr
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:19 PM   #653
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An Guadn Rudsch!!!!

from accross the pond.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:52 AM   #654
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Hello/Hallo,
A group of us from the Phoenix Arizona (3) are flying in to Germany (Bad Kreuznach area) the 1st week of May. We had hoped to ride around the Rhein and Mosel area for about 6 days the ride to Valencia, Spain for a week and return. I haven't had much luck finding rentals. Any suggestions? Thanks -Paul
Have you tried Stefan Knopf? http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Rental.html
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #655
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Jim Knopf?

go google.de 'Motorradvermietung'

http://www.motorradvermietung.net/ht...en/mieten.html
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:17 AM   #656
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+1 on Stefan Knopf. I had some friends rent from him last year and all went well.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:15 PM   #657
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Greetings German ADVers,
I am moving to Germany in April to take a new job. No, not my, touring business, that is going on hold for a few years while I build my retirement plan. I am reaching out to fellow ADV riders for advice. I currently live in Colorado in the summer and Southern Baja in the winter. That lifestyle is hard to give up but life changes sometimes. I am heading over the this week to tour the country and figure out where the best place to live is for great riding, when I am not working. Seems the further south, the better right?

Also, I need to figure out if I should ship my bikes over or just build up another collection while there. I'll be there for three to five years. Then I plan on resuming my Colorado/Baja routine.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:45 PM   #658
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I am heading over the this week to tour the country and figure out where the best place to live is for great riding, when I am not working. Seems the further south, the better right?
Best is in the SW, the upper Rhine valley. Warmest area of Germany, nearby the black forest (Schwarzwald) mountains. Probably the best riding area of Germany due to a very dense road network and touristy infrastructure. (But during weekends it is extremely crowded, perhaps switch to the other side, into the Vosges mountains.)
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:47 PM   #659
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Hey HighWater,

I lived in Berlin for a few years and fell in love with the city. However, I moved south to Munich last year and biking down here is in a league of its own. Actually that's half the reason I applied to uni here! Munich is an amazing little city and the quality of life here is through the roof. The Alps are an hour away which makes day trips or better weekend trips very easy to spontaneously decide and plan:) In my opinion, Munich has the best balance between being an amazing city and being an amazing base camp to ride from! Unfortunately the riding within Munich is quite a pain:)

Let us know what your impressions are!

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:22 AM   #660
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I am heading over the this week to tour the country and figure out where the best place to live is for great riding, when I am not working. Seems the further south, the better right?
First off: Off road is something you might want to get out of your plans in Germany. You will have to go to France or to Eastern Europe for that. Also: Traffic here is dense! On the weekends during riding season there seem to be more bikes out there than cages. And since there are a lot of idiots out there on two wheels that behave and ride like asses, there are a lot of road closures for bikes on weekends and holidays. Look out for those. The "good" riding locations have a lot of those.

Having said that: further south is better is not necessarily true! Harz, Sauerland, Weser-Bergland, Eiffel: these are all examples that are NOT in the south and have some EXCELLENT riding! And less closures... But still they will be full with bikes!

Are you bound to a specific location due to your job? The north is nice, too, and it's not far to Scandinavia and ferries to Scotland...

The south is close to the Alps and Italy (Yumm!!!). Case and point: You will find excellent conditions (close by) where ever you end up living!

If you end up near Hamburg, drop me a note...


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Also, I need to figure out if I should ship my bikes over or just build up another collection while there. I'll be there for three to five years. Then I plan on resuming my Colorado/Baja routine.
If you are here for that long you will be required to eventually obtain a German license. The first 6 months you can use your US license, though. How is your German? The ADAC (German AAA) has good info on their website (click here and go to "Fristen"). With a CO license it seems you don't even have to take ANY tests ("Führerscheinprüfung in Deutschland" on the same page)! AAA membership is recognized for many ADAC informational services.

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