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Old 21 Jan 2014
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Dubai to Amsterdam –April 2014

Hello Everybody,

We are 3 Guys planning for a motorcycle trip from Dubai to Amsterdam this April. Our plan is to do it in 3 weeks and we will be passing through these countries:

Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (Moscow), Belarus, Poland , Germany, Netherlands.

I have done a similar trip in 2007 from Dubai to Barcelona through Saudi & Turkey this why I wanted to try a different route through Russia this time.
All bikes will be shipped back once we reach our destination. (Yamaha Diversion 900-XJR1200).

If anyone is interested in joining us on this trip just send me a PM .

Also any advise or info especially about riding from Georgia to Moscow is appreciated.

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Hashem
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I've been considering Oman - UK around that time.

What did the CDP end up costing you?

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I've been considering Oman - UK around that time.

What did the CDP end up costing you?

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You can join us if you would like, even for some parts of the route if you are considering an alternative route to Europe. Our route planning is still not confirmed yet as we are still working on the Visas.

I'm getting the CDP next month but already enquired about it.

It will cost around 1000 Aed to issue and they require a Cash deposit of 12,000 Aed refundable. This is applicable for all types of Motorcycles regardless of their value, engine size or year.

The issuing authority is:

UAE Automobile & Touring Club

Automobile and Touring Club - UAE

Will post all updates here.
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I live in Tbilisi, Georgia and will comment on the plan to ride from Georgia to Moscow.

The only route possible bike route to get to Moscow from Georgia is to go via Gudauri / Kazbegi and up through Vladikavkaz and this is over a high mountain pass. The road is plowed and OK for automobiles year round, but if past years are any indication, you should expect to encounter snow and cold in April.

It is usually well into May before I can ride up to Kazbegi. An alternate route would be to travel via Tbilisi to Batumi and through Turkey - again a mountain pass but there is the Roki tunnel and it is possible to ride that route earlier than your proposed route.

Having lived in Moscow for many years, do think April is rather early to be riding in that region and again, a southern route might be a better option.
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I live in Tbilisi, Georgia and will comment on the plan to ride from Georgia to Moscow.

The only route possible bike route to get to Moscow from Georgia is to go via Gudauri / Kazbegi and up through Vladikavkaz and this is over a high mountain pass. The road is plowed and OK for automobiles year round, but if past years are any indication, you should expect to encounter snow and cold in April.

It is usually well into May before I can ride up to Kazbegi. An alternate route would be to travel via Tbilisi to Batumi and through Turkey - again a mountain pass but there is the Roki tunnel and it is possible to ride that route earlier than your proposed route.

Having lived in Moscow for many years, do think April is rather early to be riding in that region and again, a southern route might be a better option.
Thanks a lot for the info. I do agree that May would be a better time to go, but unfortunately I'm tide up with many work issues.

A southern route is probably a better option, but I don't want to miss the Georgia Military highway.

By the way, How long do you think the Ride will take from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz?

Thanks again.
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The ride north of Tbilisi - count on an hour to get to Annanuri - a very nice fortress / church over-looking a dam; then another easy hour to get to Gudauri where you can get fuel at the Wissol station; about 40 minutes to reach Kazbegi if there is no snow and the road is clear. Last year the stretch from Gudauri to Kazbegi was repaired and is much better. From Kazbegi it is a few minutes to the border and the border takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half - most time is spent on the Russian side. From there, allow an hour to reach Vladikavkaz. Of course add time to stop and take pictures / explore.

In spring, I take the ride in stages - it can be very warm in Tbilisi and get cooler as you approach Annanuri. Then the altitude really changes in the next stage and after a village called Pasannauri you will come to a police check-point, just before the twisty stretch leading into Gudauri. I have often turned around here due to snow at higher elevations.

I would recommend an option would be to ride north as far as you can depending on weather / snow, and return to Tbilisi and take the southern route, given you are riding in April. Just a thought.
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The ride north of Tbilisi - count on an hour to get to Annanuri - a very nice fortress / church over-looking a dam; then another easy hour to get to Gudauri where you can get fuel at the Wissol station; about 40 minutes to reach Kazbegi if there is no snow and the road is clear. Last year the stretch from Gudauri to Kazbegi was repaired and is much better. From Kazbegi it is a few minutes to the border and the border takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half - most time is spent on the Russian side. From there, allow an hour to reach Vladikavkaz. Of course add time to stop and take pictures / explore.

In spring, I take the ride in stages - it can be very warm in Tbilisi and get cooler as you approach Annanuri. Then the altitude really changes in the next stage and after a village called Pasannauri you will come to a police check-point, just before the twisty stretch leading into Gudauri. I have often turned around here due to snow at higher elevations.

I would recommend an option would be to ride north as far as you can depending on weather / snow, and return to Tbilisi and take the southern route, given you are riding in April. Just a thought.
Thanks again for the valuable info..hope we get in touch in Tbilisi.
Will definitely consider this.. I think we will end up taken the southern route. or we should really gear up for the cold weather and snow.
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Hi Hashem,

I am just starting to plan a trip from Dubai to France in May so, I do not have a definite route yet. If you should change your dates then please let me know.

Andy
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Hi Hashem,

I am just starting to plan a trip from Dubai to France in May so, I do not have a definite route yet. If you should change your dates then please let me know.

Andy
Hi Andy,

The exact dates are still not confirmed yet, we are currently preparing the bikes and arranging paper works.

Send me a PM or contact me on +971-50-6248669 if you would like any help/info on the arrangements and to see if we can do the trip together.

Hashem
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hey,

We're currently in India and are going to ship our bike to Dubai mid feb, then on to Iran, then 'stans, russia, onwards to europe. We'd love to ride some of Iran with you guys if timing matches up. We're expecting to get the ferry from Dubai to Iran late feb and then spend a month in Iran. Give us a shout when you have your timing sorted.

Frances
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