I’ve already been on Transfagaran on my Car, but I always dreamed to drive on this amazing roads on the bike.
In July 2018, finaly, this dream comes true. 3 my friends and decided to visit this area on our bikes from Odessa. The road destination is about 700km and contains 2 borders (Ukraine – Moldova, Moldova – Romania).
This is one of the most beautiful mountains roads of the Europe, and Jaremy Klakrson from Top Gear told that this is the best road in the World! Check out this smal part of the video from the Top Gear:
Is it always open?
No, usually it’s open for the summer time: from the middle of June to September (3 months per year). But it can be closed due to the bad weather or rockfalls.
Don’t try to visit this place if the road is closed – first of all you will see blocks on the road and even if you will go over them, then you can take a very dangereous trip due to the avalanches and rockfalls.
Where it's located?
It’s about 3 hours to the north from the Bucarest – the capital of Romania. Not so far, but I suggest to stay at the evening somethere near the mountains, so in the morning you will start the trip – this is the most beautiful time to explore the Transfagarasan mountains.
The mountain road is about 100km, but there is lot of traffic, and I promise, that you will made a lot of stops, to take a picture or just to take a rest of these amazing views. So this 100km can take about 4-5 hours.
My 'travel' motorcycle
I don’t have a second bike, so I’ve ride my Yamaha R1 2009. I didn’t make any special modifications – only put the cigarette lighter and bought a cheap gps navigator, so I will not use my phone.
I’ve already had experience with using my phone as navigator – first of all you should care about it, because people can steal it if you will leave it. Also it’s getting hot if you ride on the sunny day.
For me, the easiest way was to attach used GPS for 20$, which was sold after this trip for the same money.
For my clothes I’ve attached a tank bag with magnets and usuall bag on the rear seat, which was attached by the bungee cord.
We started at 9am. The first 200km were really hard – it was Moldavian part of this trip and the road quality is really bad, especially for sportbike.
Once we arrived to Romania, the road got better, but I was already tired 🙂 We made stops each 200km to drink water and to fill our tanks. The average fuel consumption on my Yamaha R1 2009 is about 6,5 L / 100 km, so the maximum distance which I can go on one tank is about 300 km.
At the evening we arrived to the Mountains and stayed at the hotel. It was a good time, because I’ve drived sportbike for 10 hours and it’s amazing to get a beer and warm home-made food after such long and not comfortable trip.
In the morning we continued our trip and this is best time to visit transfagarasan, because there are not so much traffic and people. Be aware – these are dangerous mountains and on the road you can meet horses, rocks, tourists and snow 🙂 So don’t drive too fast in the blind turns.
Gas stations on tranfagarasan
There are no gas stations on transfagarasan, so you shouldn’t forget to fill your tank fully before the mountains. My bike used about 14 liters per 100 km, so after the mountains my tank was empty for 70%!
Hotels on the transfagarasan
There are a lot of hotels directly on the mountains, so you can order them by booking or just stay and ask for free rooms.
I like the hotel on the top of the mountains, in front of the small lake. It has a restaurant on the first floor and has a nice view from the windows. The price was about 40$ per night. It is not placed on the road, so if you go through the tunel and see a street market, then you arrived to the top of the mountain and the hotel will be on the left of the lake.
Price level in Romania
Romania is a great for traveling because it’s also very cheap:
- Hotel – from 20$
- Food – from 4$
- Gasoline – cheaper then other countries for 25%
- Road fee – about 7$ for week (free for motorcycles)
Back trip to home
If you need to return back, then of course you can just go through Transfagarasan, but I suggest to check another great road which is placed on the left of this road and called Transalpina.
This road is also placed on the mountains, has a lot of picturesque views and has a better road quality, so I’ve enjoyed and appreciated this, due to my R1 hard suspension.
After such great day we stayed in the Bucharest, but only for one night. If you have more time, then I suggest to stay here for at least as 1 day. We got wet during the ride and we spent half of the day to dry all our equipment. We had time only to enjoy the night life of this city.
This is one of my best memory from the summer 2018, and I strongly recommend to travel by your bike, especially if you have a company – this is a great time and experience which you will not be able to feel from the car.
Alpinestars SMX-1 R - best motorcycle riding boots
On my feet was Alpinestars SMX-1 R. These short boots are really good solution which will protect your feet on such warm weather. At the end of the day I didn’t feel like I was on the motorcycle boots, because they have a great ventilation system.
I wore the Knee protection Leatt Dual Axis Knee Guard. I really like these cheap knee guard – even after the 8 hours on the road, there was no discomfort. To protect my skin from the sun, I’ve put this knee guard under the light travel pants which have an option to be as shorts (they have zip line on the knee level), so I’ve just open this zip line on the half and I got a great air flow plus sun protection.
On the top was my favorite Alpinestars Bionic Tech. I couldn’t find this model, so probably you can check the Alpinestars Bionic Tech v2 which should be even better than first version. I really like this solution for the summer, because in the case of cold weather (or rain) you can easily put on some jacket (or waterproof jacket) over this protection and continue comfort ride in the safe.
My head was protected by Shoei GT AIR. I always had problems with my helmets, and before this one I had a Schuberth, which was not comfortable and not so quiet. Once I’ve tried GT Air – I loved it, because it’s very comfortable, had sunglasses, great air flow and very quiet.
My ears were pleased by music from my smartphone and the China bluetooth headset FreedConn TCOM-SC which is already 3 years old and it still works perfectly. I had old version without led display. It’s really amazing that such old and cheap thing worked about 8 hours each day, so I was with music all day long.