Sunday, December 24, 2006

Transylvania an autentic European experience

Eastern European Vintage Bike Rally in Transylvania

Organized by the Transylvania Riders motorcycle club.

The Transylvania riders club of Turda has about 30 members all of which work for the club and all love bikes. They all have road bikes of one form or another and part of the rally consists of ride outs to show you the best scenery.

The club members are interested in classic machinery and especially German and British or Japanese bikes because they come from the era when they were closed off from the rest of Europe.

The rally is in Turda a town with a lovely atmosphere, classic architecture and a rich past. If you are looking at a map of Romania then Turda and the Turda Gorges are in north central Romania about 30km south of Cluj Napoca. 50 years ago the town ran an annual rally and street racing and now we will see the street races also restarted.

Apart from the ride outs there is the normal socializing made all the more interesting by the international nature and the diversity of machinery. Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return.

You can stay at the very special and very luxurious Dracula Hotel. There is secure parking and it is just off the middle of the town as are the other two standard but good hotels. Or you can camp in your own tent.

Plenty of English is spoken and you will find the people are friendly and open. No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.

This could be a package holiday, as Transylvania Live, a tour operator specialized in tours in Transylvania offer a 7 day tour with Budapest Departure, with a good long interesting ride and with a rally at the end and then a different ride back. There are no bad routes and the whole point of a distant rally is to enjoy what you see getting there.

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