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Old 23 Jan 2011
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50kph speed limit in Romania?!

Hi - I'm planning a trip for later this year to include Romania and the Rough Guide (2008) states that the speed limit for motorbikes is 40kph in urban areas and 50kph on the open road. Is this right?!
It does say that's the limit for bikes only not cars, lorries etc.
I like to ride slow enough to appreciate where I'm riding but that does seem ludicrously slow!
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Speed limit in Romania is 50 kph in towns, 90 kph on national roads, 100 kph on "express roads" and 130 kph on highways.
I am not aware of any more stringent rules for motorcycles, and doubt there are any.
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It is right only if you drive moped (45 km/h).Many roads are in very bad conditions but the whole country road system is under construction even in remote areas.I was afraid of romanian driving culture but what a schock:they are VERY tolerant,more then drivers in many other EU counties.
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I wouldn't worry about that kind of thing if i was you ... from my experience no one bothers with speed limits anyway.
as mentioned above some of the road surfaces will limit your speed more than the actual speed limit.
The police don't seem to be too concerned with it either ... i followed a few cops through towns where they were even speeding past schools, horses etc.
Trust me you will have many more important things to concentrate on that your speed.
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I wouldn't worry about that kind of thing if i was you ... from my experience no one bothers with speed limits anyway.
as mentioned above some of the road surfaces will limit your speed more than the actual speed limit.
The police don't seem to be too concerned with it either ... i followed a few cops through towns where they were even speeding past schools, horses etc.
Trust me you will have many more important things to concentrate on that your speed.
I was there last summer and did see police with speed cameras. A hotel owner told me that they are in fact using them.
I was speeding a bit occasionally, but didn't have any problems.
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I was there last summer
I was there last summer too ...
maybe they only police certain roads and areas?

anyway be sensible and you will have no problems, Romania is a great country
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Hi, i did a 8 week tour around the Black Sea in 09 and like yourself was concerned about speed limits but found it more dangerous than going with the flow of the local traffic. Never got pulled for speeding the whole time despite usually cruising above the speed limits. Andy
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That's great - thanks very much for your help.
Really looking forward to it!
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Just got stopped and fined 67 euros each, on the road from Hungary to Timisoara. Were both below the limit, following a slow moving truck. Police man claimed that there is a 10kph lower limit. I think its a scam. They were stopping all foreign vehicles. Romanian police don't want foreign visitors.

Then we drove on slowly. VERY DANGEROUS. Romanian drivers see slow moving motorcyclists as a target for their insane overtaking. For example, I was in a line of traffic going slowly across a level crossing, around a corner. A van overtook me on the crossing and cut-me up to avoid on coming cars. ROMANIA BAD!
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I was there a few weeks ago and can echo the previosu points about keeping flow with teh traffic being more important than not speeding. We were hammering it along most of the time, saw a few cops and never had any problems. I stayed with a Romanian biker for a few days and he said the cops are less likely to pull tourists because of the hassle - sound like you got a bum deal Roboyobo!
The traffic is a bit mental so you have to 'when in Rome' and drive like a nutter to stay safe (?!?)

If anyone is looking for a biker very fiendly place near Brasov my frind Danial is an absolute legend with secure parking and a few really nice wooden cabins he built himself. Super-nice guy!
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Yer, Romanian drivers are loons and the road conditions terrible! I hit the back of a van in wet weather and heavy traffic, b*ggering up my leg and destroying my bars and scraping up my tank and plastics. As I lay in the road stunned the van just drove off! After a minute or so I managed to get out from under the bike and spent another couple of minutes trying to right my overloaded bike on one leg.
Eventually a guy jumped out of a car behind - didn't say a word or ask me if I was all right, just helped me push the bike to the side of the road so I wasn't holding up traffic any more. He jumped back in his car and drove off, followed by a line of traffic.
Despite my accident being witnessed by loads of people not one person stopped to see if I was all right as I sat by the side of the road wondering how I was going to get somewhere to fix my bike!
(Not that this behaviour is limited to Romania - I once took a nasty slider on ice in the UK and looked up to see a woman in a BMW 4WD carefully driving round me as I lay in the road!)
Anyway - the moral of this story is take particular care in wet weather - the roads are polished smooth and very slippery when wet. Particularly if you ride on knobblies.
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PS - Was not aware of different road rules for bikes. The limits seem to be very similar to the rest of europe.
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Just back from a little round trip in Transsylvania...

Speed limits are only an issue on the main roads.
Romania has NO motorways except two short bits from Bucharest to Pitesti (north-west) and Bucharest to Cernavoda (south-east). This means ALL traffic from donkey carts to 40-ton trucks use the same main roads so you do want to avoid them anyway. (if you have to use them, at least do not ride when it is dark...)
On secondary roads, compliance to speed limits is rarely checked and, as said above, you'll adjust your speed according to the road conditions rather than speed limits.
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I was there a few weeks ago and can echo the previosu points about keeping flow with teh traffic being more important than not speeding. We were hammering it along most of the time, saw a few cops and never had any problems. I stayed with a Romanian biker for a few days and he said the cops are less likely to pull tourists because of the hassle - sound like you got a bum deal Roboyobo!
The traffic is a bit mental so you have to 'when in Rome' and drive like a nutter to stay safe (?!?)

If anyone is looking for a biker very fiendly place near Brasov my frind Danial is an absolute legend with secure parking and a few really nice wooden cabins he built himself. Super-nice guy!
HI there, any chance to get some contacts with that Daniel guy in Romania?? 5 guys coming from Australia this summer for Euro trip, one of countries on list is Romania, would appreciate any feedback or contact details.
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HI there, any chance to get some contacts with that Daniel guy in Romania?? 5 guys coming from Australia this summer for Euro trip, one of countries on list is Romania, would appreciate any feedback or contact details.
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Yep, same here. Looking to be in that area in September, so looking around at places to stay.
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Yep, same here. Looking to be in that area in September, so looking around at places to stay.
I aim to be down that way in september and have been recommended this place
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