Romania: 3rd motorbike enduro trip in Romania and planning the 4th

3-day motorbike enduro trip in Romania 2019


This was the 3rd time for me and my son to use 3 days of our holiday in Romania to enjoy another great 3-day motorbike enduro trip.


The 1st time was 2017 when Marius from Enduro Paradise, who introduced us to the fantastic enduro options in this area. That time we stayed in Voineasa, a nice small village in the Carpathian Mountains. Forest, double and mostly single lane tracks, rocks, mud, sand, steep slopes, above tree-level, rivers, we tried it all, and after every day were completely wasted.   We rented 4-stroke 250 KTM’s which were great to use. No issues. 


The 2nd time in 2018 we stayed in Baile Olanesti, also a nice little town but with more pensions, restaurants and bars.  marius gartner had an injury from a motorbike trip in Albania and could not guide us. His friend Dan offered to guide us instead, and again we had a great experience in another part of the Mountains, every day different routes, area and difficulty level. Great technical riding tips from Dan underway on the hard-enduro sections.  A really hard section of just 1.5km took us over an hour to complete. Another level and we learned a lot, combined with over 30 degrees C we were completely exhausted. Great stuff 🙂

The rented KTM 4-stroke 250 and the Husky 450 were great to use, although the 450 is really too much power for me, a 250 is fine.  Around euro 100 a day is the going rate. 


July 2019 was our  3rd time Dan was our host again and we stayed near Valea Cheii. We could use his spare KTM 2-stroke 300 and Marius KTM 400 with Recluse system.  2-stroke is really different. Also great to ride, but I guess we are just too much used to our 4-stroke KTM’s at home.   

Also this year every day on different trails and surfaces.  Some resting points we remembered from the year before, but the trails to get there were very different again. Some trails were already marked for the RedBull Romaniacs 2019 race that would start 10 days later. One of the evenings we enjoyed the Brezoi outdoor Blues Festival, other home BBQ party and the next to an excellent Italian restaurant in Valcea called Artista.  The owner has tried enduro for a while too 🙂 


Riding enduro in Romania is simply one the best regions in the world. The diversity of tracks and trails, the nature, the surrounding, the people, friendships, the food, the freedom ( and the bears). 


We will be going back for the a 4th, and we hope its soon. 


If you need the contact-details to Dan or Marius, or want me to organise your trip, then just get in touch.