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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A smaller, but nevertheless friendly and funny winter rally is the Agder Frost Rally. The rally is held in January, and should be visited by any discerning winter rider.
The Agder Frost is not a big rally. A handful of riders, but nevertheless a long standing tradition and a lot of fun. Of course. Here are some images from this year’s Agder Frost, kindly provided by Sigmund Hornberg and Halvor Nyquist.
If you want to attend, you can find the organizers – or rather, the guys that usually go – on their Facebook page. You may have to ask to be accepted into the group, but that is only a minor formality. Ask you questions, and you will get all the info you need. The rally is usually held near Svenes, and is conveniently accessible from the ferry port of Kristiansand, from which it is some 70 kms to the rally site.
Categories: bikes, Images of Norway, Rallies, Winter rides
Tags: adventure, agder frost, bike, bikes, bmw, camp, camping, jawa, landscape, moto guzzi, motorcycles, norway, odd, touring, ural, vikings, winter, winter rallies, winter rally, winter riding
Last weekend, the coolest bikers in Norway inaugurated 2018 with the traditional New Year’s Rally at Trollsvannet in Vestfold County. Next year, the rally has its 20th Anniversary. You want to be there – and it’s pretty easy to get there.
Halvor Nyquist (right) needed a tug to start his 1985 Moto Guzzi 850 T5 sidecar rig. The rig actually used to be mine, but Halvor bought it from me a couple of years ago. He came back home all right. (All images: Kyrre Hagen)
Norwegian Kyrre Hagen is an avid year round rider. He has kindly let RideNorway publish his images from the 2018 edition of the New Year’s Rally. As always it was held in the deep forests near Trollsvannet (“The Trolls Lake”), and even though the temperature crept down to -20C on Saturday, nobody complained. Sunny, crispy and fresh air. What more can you ask for, right? Some 25 riders, good mood, good food, plenty of drinks, and even a stroll in the nice weather. Bonfires, fireworks and a good laugh for all is guaranteed!
Next year the rally has its 20th Anniversary, and you can be there to take part in the celebrations! Start your planning now -it’s pretty accessible from most ferry ports in the South and South-Eastern parts of Norway. The closest port would be at Larvik. Color Line traffics the ferry route between Hirtshals (DK) and Larvik, which is only 46 km from the rally site. And the ferry trip itself is a short 3.5 hrs. Do not worry if you do not know anyone at the rally: The organizers and attendees are very accommodating, and they will take good care of you. Check out a couple of videos from earlier rallies here and here.
Feel free to mail me or comment below if you have questions on how to get there. If you’re new to winter riding, read the Winter Riding Guide right here.
Categories: Winter rides
Tags: andebu, landscape, moto guzzi, motorcycle, new year's rally, norway, sandefjord, sandefjord mck, trollsvannet, vestfold, winter, winter adventure, winter camping, winter rallies, winter rally, winter riding, winter touring
Whereas 2017 in many ways was not what we would hope for, it was a brilliant riding year. Here are a few glimpses of last year’s fun. What is your image of 2017?
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So we’ve been through the New Year’s Rally 1st weekend in January and the venerable Primus Rally the last full weekend of February. Now it’s time to plan for this summer’s escape!
From this year’s New Year’s Rally, 1st full weekend of January. It was cool, and I debuted on my new Yamaha Tricity scooter with studded tires on a winter rally. Worked a treat!
This summer I will do all of Norway. Top to bottom. But in two legs: First, I’m having a bunch of biker friends from Finland coming over in July. My wife and I are spending ten days with this excellent crew. It’s their third time riding in Norway, and I’ve rigged a route – The Social South Bike Tour, Norway 2017 – for us. It’ll take us to Trollstigen and Geiranger (of course), Olden, Hardanger, Road 13 down towards Stavanger, Suleskard mountain road including the Lysebotn serpentines, Dalen, ending the trip near Oslo. It’ll be a hoot, especially since a couple of my Guzzi friends in the West are considering throwing us a barbequeue party to remember, with pit roasted suckle pig and plenty of home brewed ale (so maybe we will not remember after all…). But I cannot reveal the whole thing here – in case some of my Finnish friends reads this.
The Svartisen Glacier in Nordland county. I took this pic last year while guiding a bunch of Finns to Lofoten along the Coastal Road 17.
The second leg is with my 81 year old mum. We have since long planned a 14 day long trip from Finnmark far north, where she lives, all the way down south with her riding in the tub of my sidecar. Her recent osteoporosis scans forced us to alter those plans, however, so we’ll take the car. It’s a convertible, though, so we will get wind in our hair anyway!
So start planning, people! There are miles and miles of splendid roads and fantastic scenery awaiting you here in Norway. And a trip here doesn’t have to break your bank.
Categories: Misc, Uncategorized, Winter rides
Tags: adventure, bikes, camping, landscape, moto, motorcycle, motorcycles, norway, spring, winter, yamaha
Many are put off the “touristy stuff” – but the Norwegian National Tourist Roads are actually worth riding.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has its own department for the National Tourist Roads. The 18 very special roads have been updated with nicely built viewpoints and some arty stuff, but the most important thing are the roads themselves. They are narrow roads, cutting through some of the most scenic landscape in all parts of Norway. The NPRA has even commissioned an Architecture Council to, as it is stated, “ensure high visual qualit of scenic viewpoints and picnic areas along the routes”.
Fancy. But check out their homepage to see where the roads are, plan your trip, and see what you can expect when you find them.