Poland really is a country of diverse landscapes, with mile after mile of sandy beaches in the North, rugged mountains in the South, and large patches of unspoilt forest and lakeland. What better way to explore this diverse and fascinating country than on a bike? After all, as most bikers would agree, you get much closer to your surroundings on a motorbike than you would on any other form of transport.
If the thought of a long and tiring ride through the motorways of Western Europe is what is putting you off touring Poland, how about flying to Poland, and then hiring a bike when you arrive? Cameron Motorcycle Tours in Bielsko-Biała is run by two enthusiastic bikers who will rent out anything from an Aprilia Pegaso 650, ideal for a beginner or intermediate rider, to a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster. They will even hire out the protective Gortex or leathers, though as it tends to be motorbike enthusiasts who are attracted to touring Poland by bike, most arrive with their own protective clothing.
While exploring Poland by motorbike is just as straightforward as it would be in any other part of Europe, there are some distinct advantages of doing it as part of a group tour. If a tour is led by experienced riders who know the roads well, they should be able to make the riders in the group aware of some of the best roads to ride on as well, and give tips on dealing with some of the more challenging roads. Best of all, they should know all the best places to stop – whether it be a quick lunch en route, or a more leisurely feast at the end of the day. Ah yes, the end of the day, when riders are feeling weary – that’s when the support van that comes in handy.
Another advantage of going on a guided tour as part of a group is the friends that you make – fellow biking enthusiasts. You might not be able to persuade your friends from home to come and join you on a two-week tour, however you might not feel like going it alone. On tours, you’ll meet fellow enthusiasts, and hopefully bond with them during evening meals and nights out, when you’re not in the saddle.
Please let us know if you attended a tour like that in Poland and what you thought about it!
Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)