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Old 01-14-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Balkan trail info needed

Hi all
CAn anyone pointme in the right direction for off road trails in the Balkans ,

Slovenia.....

Croatia....

Montenegro.....

Albainia.....

All and any advice most welcome

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Old 01-15-2014, 04:13 AM   #2
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In Slovenija offroad is not legal, you can ride gravel roads (if there is no sign to forbid that) . Stay away from national parks (it's a big NO NO) .
It's very confusing what you can and what not, so I can't give you any usefull advices where to ride.
My friend reported on unpleasant encounters with forest guards (multiple in one day) .
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:58 AM   #3
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Thanks Francs,
I shoiuld have pointed out gravel/fire roads !!! i'll be on a XT660Z fully loaded with camping gear for 4 week so nothing to extreme butwant to get off the beaten track and see the real country

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #4
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Hi Phil

More than happy to send you our tracklog form this trip Albania – Following the Ottoman trail

PM me your email

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Old 01-15-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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Thanks Louis
Iv'e read your RxRs and been well impressed and would be well chuffed to get a copy of the trail , feel like i've been there already from you pics
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:39 PM   #6
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hey phil
i´ve been to croatia last september doing some trail riding. i used a roadbook by mdmot.com and can recommend it.
http://www.mdmot.com/Offroad-Kroatien-GPS-Enduro.html
altough i think its in german only, you also get a CD with gps-tracks and POI in many different formats.

i also used sites like wikiloc.com to find a route from austria through italy and slovenia to croatia. there i found this report
http://www.unpaved.de/4x4-kurztrip-slowenien-kroatien/
and the gps track for their trip
http://de.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=4887230
this was very useful, its hard to find legal gravel roads in slovenia.

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Old 01-16-2014, 12:51 AM   #7
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Thats great Josef been looking at the wikiloc stuff myself , very good Slovenia seem to be very strict on off roading but i wont be spending to much time there , want to get further south
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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sorry i can´t give you any gps data from croatia, but the guys at mdmot.com did put a lot of effort into making their roadbooks. it would´t be fair (and legal?) to post them everywhere.
but, for a little teaser:

the border between austria and italy


somewhere in slovenia



croatia, i took the first turn after the border crossing into the woods ;-)


we did some island hopping. Cres, Krk, Pag, Rab


croatia, some reminders of dark times


high in the Velebit mountains. about 15min before this picture was taken, 3 brown bears crossed the trail about 20m in front of me!


riding south along the famous coastal highway


more croatia




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There's a couple of tracks in that region here: http://www.adv-tracks.com/
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:50 AM   #10
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Great pic Seppo, thanks

What a great site duibhceK ,cheers mate that looks realy helpfull

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i have tracks from my ride on the balkan countrys from the last years and also planned tracks not drove at this time
pm me so i can send you the gpx and GE kml files to your e-mail adress
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:26 PM   #13
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Hello Phil,

I am chiming into the thread as we discussed together before by PM, we will be 4 riders from France on trail bikes going down to Croatia and Montenegro end of may/early June. We might ride together for some time?We plan Riding for 10 days, the trip planning is not fixed yet, we'd like to take some nice mountain offroad trails. I'm looking for roadbooks, cool ideas and have found several superb ride-reports here on the forum. We'll have to see if we can cross the Durmitor mountains in Montenegro early June because of the snow; it will depend on how harsh the winter will be.

@Seppo: thanks for the links and nice pix!
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #14
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Hi ADV67
I've arranged to meet another rider(Africa Twin) in Slovenia around the end of May but would love to hook up with you guys , i'll be on a XT660Z , a bit of a hand full but it'll be a laugh !!!

Took it to Maroc last year and taking it off road here in the Lot as much as possible but have a DR650 and a DR250 which are much more suited.

What you guys riding ? I fairly experienced off road (well a bit of a nutter) and would like to push the Tenere to see what it and i can do !!

XT in Maroc


DR 650 in the Lot 46


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Old 01-21-2014, 01:06 PM   #15
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the XT660Z works great on the Balkans, has the same weight as the BMW Dakar.
You start in Villach so you will have twisty and gravelroads at the begin
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