The Primus Rally. It’s one to tell the grandchildren about. Last weekend, the umpteenth (47th or something) edition was organized. Or rather: Not organized.
That is the thing about the Primus Rally. People just turn up at the right spot at the right time every year. It’s not organized with party tents and beer etc (people bring it themselves), unlike the Dragon Rally or the Elefanten Treffen. What you bring is what you get. And for the regulars, this is exactly what they want. No fuzz, a lot of fun, new friends, and another story to tell. This year saw riders from many countries in Europe, and the attendance was pretty big for a somewhat standard year (e.g. no anniversary or anything), a guesstimation of some 150 bikes, give or take. Enjoy some of the images from a brilliant weekend (I only attended as a day tripper on Saturday, whereas some arrived as early as Wednesday). Enjoy the images – and seek out the Primus Rally Group on Facebook if you need info. They’re a helpful bunch.
When: Every last full weekend in February.
Where: Fjorda at Bjoneroa in Oppland County, South-East Norway (some 1.5 hrs from Oslo).
Categories: Winter rides
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These days, most riders are parking their bikes for the winter in our part of the world. Not so with a handful of die-hards who have their winter season inauguration rally 16 – 18 October.
Ivar and Knut enjoys the early Saturday morning at the Woodgatherer Rally.
Some 40 years ago, a handful of guys established the Primus Winter Rally, which is held in February each year at Fjorda in Bjoneroa, some 1.5 hrs riding from Oslo. In preparation for this rally, some of them went to the site in October to – well – chop some wood for the upcoming event. In a matter of a few years, this turned into a rally in itself – The Woodgatherer Rally. Even if there is not much wood chopping these days, the rally in itself has become an inauguration of the winter season for a handful of die-hard winter riders. Not accepting that motorcycle riding should be restricted to the summer months, they venture into the cold on two or three wheels, adapting to the winter chill with proper gear for both man and machine.
The Woodgatherer Rally is always held in the first weekend after the first winter day, which is 14 October. So if you want to come and join some 50-60 fellow riders, you are most welcome. Be aware, though, that you need to bring everything you need yourself: Tent, a proper sleeping bag, food and your preferred paraffin/kerosene stove. There is no bar, showers, restaurant or hotel rooms to be found at the site (although most camps turns into some sort of bar during the evenings).
What can be promised, though, is an experience you’ll remember! Check out the videos below for more info and inspiration.
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The first pics and videos from last weekend’s Primus Rally is hitting the web. What a rally they had!
(Video published by permission of Roger Visser)
Roger Visser and his crew from the Netherlands rode some of the ca 80 bikes from several countries that rallied together in the Fjorda area of Bjoneroa last weekend for the annual Primus Rally. Alas, due to duties for the Norwegian Motorcyclists’ Union, I couldn’t participate myself this year. But the video from Roger shows some of the good things that goes on in the frozen period in Norway. Reportedly, it was a mild venue this year, only -16C during the night, and around 0C in the daytime. Nothing scary, in other words.
You can also see some pics if you tune into the Primus Rally Facebook Page. Enjoy!
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I said to my Danish Triumph-riding friend Lars: You have to go to the Primus Rally to become a fully fledged motorcyclist. It’s not true, of course, because I just wanted to lure him over to Norway to join me for a rally because he’s a good guy. But besides that, the (in)famous Primus is due the upcoming weekend, if you need to grow some hair on your chest.
It’s been around for a while. Some say 43 years. Others 45. The fact remains: It’s by far the most popular winter rally in Norway. At least of the ones where you camp outdoors. Usually the attendance is anywhere from 90 to 120 bikes.
The Primus has always been organized the last full weekend of February. It’s never been advertised or anything. People know when it is and just turns up. A lot of Danes, some Germans, Norwegians of course, a few Swedes, and the other year we had visitors all the way from Scotland (thanks for the tin of haggis, by the way – it IS really good!)
The upcoming weekend is Primus Rally weekend!
It’s not like the Elefanten treffen in Germany nor the Dragon Rally in Wales. It is not even near being what the Krystall Rally is. The Primus is a very simple rally, where what you bring with you is all you have. A local merchant comes along with some firewood which he sells for quite reasonable prices, and there is a boombox – if you know what I am referring to – available. Other than these quite modern amenities, you have to bring everything yourself to camp for a couple of days out in the woods of Fjorda near Bjoneroa. The riding time is approximately 2 hrs from Oslo, if you’re considering to join.
Here’s a video from a previous year you can have a look at while you book your ferry ticket and scramble your gear.