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Thoughs on driving in Poland after two years


wildrover 98 | 4,436  
3 Oct 2007 /  #1
After living in Poland for two years and finding that Polish drivers are very aggressive and dangerous i now have discovered that in Poland they drive on the right , and not on the left as we do in the UK....Since then i too have begun to drive on the left also , and find it is much safer and fewer people are making rude signs at me.....
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,148  
3 Oct 2007 /  #2
Since then i too have begun to drive on the left also

Fascinating. Maybe try to drive in the middle.
OP wildrover 98 | 4,436  
3 Oct 2007 /  #3
now thats a great idea...The other problem i have is how do i convert a motorcycle to left hand drive.....?
clunkshift 2 | 82  
4 Oct 2007 /  #4
Wildrover, Expats in Thailand used to say: Brits drive on the left, Yanks drive on the right and Thais drive in the shade. My personal favourites are Indian railway crossing grand prix - like a motorised rugby scrum.

I have driven in Poland using a Polish hire car and found the potholes made me feel quite homesick (My local council has just estimated 100 years to repair roads at their current rate of progress). I found city parking more problematic; buying parking tickets in bulk from a chemist shop wasn't what I expected.

I notice Motorcycle hire companies don't last long in Poland, I assume that either poor trade or high repair/replacement cost from accidents and theft must be the problem.

I have considered riding my 1150 oilhead to Poland, but the state of PL roads isn't very encouraging compared to older EU member countries; so honestly, biker to biker, is it fun on a bike there?
OP wildrover 98 | 4,436  
4 Oct 2007 /  #5
Hi clunkshift....As a Harley sportster rider i have to say that riding in Poland is dam good...Most of the roads are in pretty good shape , although a bit narrow....There is hardly any traffic on the rural roads , and i have to say i have had far fewer near misses with car drivers than in the UK...Some of the main transit routes have bad surfaces , and places like Poznan have some tricky bumps and grooves near the tram lines...I love riding in Poland , and you don,t get treated like you are a threat to society every place you go like in UK...I love biking here , come on over its great , free camping at my place if you are on a Harley....... Russian roads...now thats a different story.........
clunkshift 2 | 82  
5 Oct 2007 /  #6
Thanks for the viewpoint WR, bumpy roads are no problem so I might give it a try. Because of friends locations, I am considering two choices:

1) Via Frankfurt (Oder) for overnight stop, then on to Warsaw next morning.
2) Via Brno to Bielsko Biala/Krakow (probably stop near Linz overnight and avoid Prague.
I'm not a big fan of motorways and main truck routes but they are the quickest way to the Polish and Czech borders.
I'm about to have a major op which may mean the BMW will be too heavy in future, I'm tempted to try a Steet BoB at the M/C show in November; on the principle that if the weight is low enough it won't matter (Last year I tried a V-rod and thought it lacked soul). The lightweight alternative would be a Triumph 675 Street triple which I recently tested - very nimble.

One son is into 4x4's and just fixed a winch on his Shogun, I have a grand cherokee tow barge, so a trail tour is another option.
OP wildrover 98 | 4,436  
5 Oct 2007 /  #7
Strange how bikers seem to be into 4 x 4 vehicles too....i have Landrovers and range rover,s...There is plenty of room at my place for 4 x 4 , and you can stay for free any time you are over this way....My place is on route 173 between Drawsko pomorskie and Polczyn zdroj......your welcome....
clunkshift 2 | 82  
5 Oct 2007 /  #8
Thanks WR, I should have been flying to Warsaw for last week of this month, but cancer op. is taking precedence so all plans are on hold at present.
OP wildrover 98 | 4,436  
5 Oct 2007 /  #9
I wish you the best Clunkshift , let me know when you are up for a trip to Polska...we will have to meet and have a beer...or two , or three...or............

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