Sometime early 2019 I started hearing about TET through motorcycle groups on Facebook. I was promptly fascinated and embraced the TET concept, and I joined the wave of motorcyclist around the world who have fallen in love with adventure travel as it was intended to be – on gravel roads and off the beaten track. This was my first experience with TET – and I am loving it!
What is TET?
TET – or Trans Euro Trail – is a 51,000km GPX route from the edge of Africa to the Arctic Circle, created by the community, and provided for free. Or as stated on the TET website; “The Trans Euro Trail® is a cultural dirt road adventure from deep within the Arctic Circle to the doorstep of Africa… and back.”
Read more and join the TET community here: https://transeurotrail.org/
I am by no means an experienced TET rider, in fact, my trip this time only covered the Northern Section of TET Norway, and a small section of TET Sweden. Never the less, I really embrace the concept of TET and everything involved with it; the route planning, the gravel, the freedom, the nature, the outdoor camping and the whole new variety of motorcycle riding it represented to me and my bike.
The TET Forum was of great help to me to begin with. I found inspiration especially from Thomas S. Hansen who (at that time) rode the same kind of bike as me – a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. Please check out his Instagram profile https://www.instagram.com/_tshansen/ and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/ThomasSHansen
The TET Forum can be found here: http://transeurotrail.org/forum/
Starting off from where I live in Sandnes, I entered the two day leg to Vågåmo on August 2nd 2019. Passing the magnificent Suleskarvegen, my first stop was in Valle in Setesdal.
From there I pushed on via 45 towards Tokke, Høydalsmo and a detour via Vinje towards Hjartdal. I drove off the E134 at Tuddalsvegen and enjoyed gravel for the first time.
Day 2 I pushed on via Gol and Kvam before reaching Vågåmo in the evening. From there I entered the TET Norway Northern Section and enjoyed two full days of pure motorcycle happiness.
What I learnt
TET Norway, at least the Northern Section, is possible to do on a large GSA. It would feel a lot safer to ride in a group of at least two riders, however, I rode solo and I did fine.
I didn’t really know what to expect, except from what I had learned from YouTube at the TET Forum. That was good for me. Truth is, If I know up front what I was about to do, maybe I would not have dared. I am glad I did not know more. I am so grateful for all the experience I gained during the trip. Would I have done it again. Definitely.
I changed for the Mitas E-07 tires prior to this trip. After studying the experience from other riders, advice and recommendations, I gave them a chance and I too give the the thumb’s up! Take a look at this video from MotoTrek.
Much can be said about the BMW Navigator V that my bike came equipped with. I haven’t really had any issues with it, however, in the midst of nowhere – and no return – I am really happy that I also brough with me the GPSMAP 64st. More than one time, I had to trust the GPSMAP over the Navigator.
If you really want to dive into the discussion, please join the BMW Motorrad Navigator group on Facebook, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/2600062430278855/
GoPro Photos from TET Norway 2019 – Northern Section
I have added a selection of photos above, however, please also check out my Photos page for even more memories from this trip taken with my bike- and helmet mounted GoPro Hero 5 Black during the entire adventure on the Northern Section of TET Norway from 2nd August to 8th August 2019. Enjoy – and be inspired!
Reach out to me if you are keen to get a copy of the GPX file for this trip.