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Old 06-24-2014, 10:09 AM   #1
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Travelling tips for Poland, Check Rep, Slovakia and Ukraine

Hi all,

We are couple of guys from Denmark who are planning a 10 day trip through Poland, Check Republic, Slovakia and maybe (depending on the situation there) Western Ukraine as well (Lviv'ish).

Now, we are equiped with two ATs and a F600 GS and the main purpose of the trip is, apart from enjoying the beautiful nature, to get some dirt under the knobbies. However, we have heard quite a few different oppinions on how easy/hard it is to find nice trails without getting unpopular amongst the locals and the police. We are not careless douche bags, and off course we are not gonna drive like so, but we would like to hear if any of you have any experiences with riding in these regions (good and bad), and if there are any places where we should stay off the dirt. Also regarding camping - is it possible to camp in the middle of nowhere, or is that totally banned?

We are leaving for Poland on the 9th of July, so I might get back with more questions on this thread until then.

Many thanks in advance!!


- Søren

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Old 07-03-2014, 05:30 AM   #2
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1. Personal security.
W Ukraine is peaceful and pretty safe for anything, with the country's size bigger than France the unsafe areas will be about 1,000 km east of the areas you plan to visit.

2. Police.
Bad news: unfriendly, corrupt, dishonest - may ( and most probably will! ) try to extort bribes for what's not punishable at all using your ignorance of the local legislation.
Good news: in fact cannot do you any harm.
Solution: broad smile, non-coopertive mode on to the max, pretend to be phoning your consulate / UN Security Council / the Great Jah etc. At no account hand in any of your personal identity documents - under the local law you're only obliged to avail them for inspection but not let anyone's hands on them, let them read whatever they can while you're holding them in your hands. This_is_not_a_violation, fullstop. Behave like this and they will immediately lose interest - their attention span usually isn't longer than of an average village straydog chasing your bike. It's only your money they're after, not getting themselves engaged in any conflicts with you. If you don't make an ATM out of yourself, they'll let you go and switch to someone else.

3. Camping.
Legal anywhere you may eventually get to, no restrictions at all. Apply your common sense and travel experience. If we have to camp by the roadside here, we would normally do it outside the spots visible from the road - it's always the people who you have to be watchful about, not their absence. Open fire is prohibited in the forests, you will surely see the warning signs. This restriction is mostly a ) observed and b ) enforced, try not to violate it.

4. Locals.
Mostly v. nice, friendly and helpful, except when drunk. Many speak or at least understand some European languages, even in small villages ( many work in EU ).

5. Speed limits.
Ridiculous 80 kph outside populated areas ( for motorcycles - on all roads, even on those with 90 or 130 for other vehicles ), 60 kph inside unless indicated otherwise with 20 kph tolerance ( in fact, not really tolerance but if exceeded by no more than 20 kph only punishable by a spoken warning ). In reality the traffic police tend to realise their natural pursuit limitations alright and normally ignore all motorcyclists unless they manage to perform something oustandingly-remarkable.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:23 AM   #3
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I come from south of Poland and have some friends there who ride dirt bikes.

As they say off road bikers don't have a good reputation there since they ride hikingk tracks and couse disturbance and danger to people walking but as long as you don't do that it should be fine. Just take any unpaved roads as long as it isn't someone's crop field or leads trough a National Park.

If for some reasons you'll end up in a tourist hiking track than you may be chased but rather by forrest rangers than police.

Camping is formally allowed only in designated places but again out of national parks it shouldnt be a problem. When staying on privat property it's always worth to ask first.

Be carefull when onroad. Roads are poor and people drive slightly more aggressive than in Denmark. Speed limits are: 50kmph in cites, 90 out of the cities.

In Czech and Slovakia there is less congestion on roads.

Have fun!
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:46 AM   #4
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More Poland tips here.
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