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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Working on new trails

10:21

Scouting 

Our job lately became a bit more demanding. We need more trails, since riders love to ride them. 

The solution comes only by scouting and cleaning new ones. 



Some necessary scouting activities though ask for an advanced physical status, since most of the times we have to walk for 10-15 km, trimming bushes and trees to create passages and connect trails.


The procedure is time consuming, in some cases we devote weeks in a certain place. We are using our vehicles, putting them to the test, especially my W163 Mercedes ML and my colleagues Andreas Suzuki Vitara, 
Early wakings, days preparation, map studying, tools packing, supplies for long stay on the mountain in food and water and hours of working. 

Most of the times the result is making us feel great satisfaction.
It is an unbelievable feeling to look back and see how clean and rideable a trail becomes after your efforts. 

The reward comes of course when you see the North Star bikes in them. 




Friday, 24 February 2017

Presenting our Events, The 3Days

14:44

Welcome to our 3 Days Enduro touring event in Greece. 

Lets take things from the start. 

Book your 3 days event on line by clicking here BOOK NOW.

We offer the 3 days event among others in three Packages.

All inclusive, Economy and Tour Guide. You can also attend our events with your own motorcycle. 



The tours start from 2 and end to 6 days, offering an extra day stay at Egnatia hotel and Spa in Kavala city, apart from riding days on the mountains.

Using this setup you can book as many days as you wish by multiplying the events, for example, if you wish to ride 12 days as a recent group did, they booked two 6 days in the coming October.

We can host at the moment up to 8 riders, expecting some 2017 Beta RR 300s (Expected arrival March 2nd 2017) in a couple of weeks we can extend this to 12

We will start our day at 8.30 or 9.00 in the morning and finish it 100-120 km later. 

We will pass some hard enduro and medium trails, making a round trip returning to our headquarters in the city in daily bases. 

Our tours are adjustable, in level, time, meals, activities. It's up to you to decide what you want and we will do our best trying to amaze you.

Food is three meals a day. We include some drinks during dinner. Lunch is always on the mountains and contains a juice and a Greek traditional home made spinach or cheese pie. Of course if you prefer something else we adjust the lunch as well. 

Dinner will be in a different restaurant every night and it includes a great variety of Greek food. All carefully picked with a single purpose, to amaze you.

Riding plans, we follow our guide Andreas, and me or an other colleague will be in the back. We enter trails, up hills and downhills, pass through River beds etc. We fix all breakages as much as possible during the rides, and we support the riding group with the last guys motorcycle and a van that is able to provide to us anything at certain meeting points during the ride. 

We consider our rides well organized and customer oriented. We want to amaze you and usually we do crazy stuff to achieve this.

The prices for our ALL INCLUSIVE events is payable at the door, ( when you show up here)

Your booking will be valid with a 10% pre deposit which is fully refundable in case of any cancelation up to two weeks before the event. 
After that, we keep the pre deposit to pay guides and relative expenses hotels etc. Any change in your booking can be made any time and accordingly to our booking system. 

Prices include: airport pickup from Thessaloniki or Kavala city airports and delivery for all the group, fuel, bike, guide, gear, hotel, 3 meals a day, breakage insurance (you break it we fix it) 

(Extra days at the Hotel 55€ /single room with Breakfast)


The prices for Our ECONOMY events is also payable at the door, ( when you show up here) 





Prices include: bike, guide, gear, 1 night at the hotel, Breakfast,

(Prices for extras Airport Pickup and delivery 100€ for all the group, Extra days at the Hotel 55€ /single room with Breakfast, breakages covered with official Beta Price list, Meals 15€ /person /day)
Your booking will be valid with a 10% pre deposit which is fully refundable in case of any cancelation up to two weeks before the event. 
  
A new feature we offer to our clients is also Bike Guide Gear 160€ / day (for two days and more / two riders and up) in case you want to organise everything else on your own. I can help you with prices, hotels, transportation etc any time needed. 


We have all gear that you can use, but its just basic stuff, we strongly recommend to bring yours. 

We do have a washing /drying machine available in case you want to wash your gear. We also provide free gear in case you want to use any.


Though we start from our headquarters every day and return to it when we are done using same hotel all days, It is also possible to arrange to stay on a mountain hotel if you book for enough days for su an arrangement.

You can take a look for further details also at www.enduro-touring.gr plus photos and videos of our rides.

This article is written by my self Thanasis and I am the tour manager. 




Friday, 23 September 2016

Israel Delight

13:52

A trip to Israel

It was in my mind for years now. Too many visitors from Israel, most of them good friends after the end of their riding event here, I had to pay a visit to their land, just maybe to meet some of them and get to meet some more. 


The Dudes

To be honest, this time, if it hasn't been for my good friend Sylviu, my trip to Israel would still be a just a thought.


Desert ending in the Dead sea

The plan? Set up a tent, let people know we are there, at the right place and the right time, it would be a cool event for our company. But there is more.

Betamotors is expanding. Not only in terms of racing, but also regionally. At the beginning of our career in North Star, the fact that we chosen Betamotors bikes was scary, made us feel insecure and  had to try a lot to convince people on the value of the bikes. Time changed everything. Since 2012 the brand has only success in all terms, racing, tech, sales and marketing, so people love them and love us as well. 

Why am I telling about Betamotors in my article for a trip to Israel? Well, because I was lucky enough, to be able to combine my trip there with the grand opening of Beta Israel, plus the presentation of 2017 Beta models of Beta (awesome bikes)


The 2017 Bikes

What a lovely crew, friendly, connected, with great enduro riding past (and future) , lots of ideas and actions. Next thing I know, I am invited to join the presentation and people are asking me on the Xtrainer which happens to be my bike these days and what a wonderful bike this is. 
Me and Idan

The night went well. So did the presentation, the Beer was plenty so were the snacks and people, who gathered in big groups around the bikes to open reviewing discussions, spreading positive news and remarks. 


The Teams
The day after, these guys were supposed to set up their official tent in an event, where Zulu Facebook Group (adventure riders) was making an enduro motorcycle gathering to present all the 2017 models and test rides. What a wonderful event. 



Beta Tent


The past days, we were working with Sylviu on our presentation to that event, we made some prints, brochures, roll up banners and some offers. Another good friend, Moshe, showed up early in the morning to pick us up, with his trailer, so we started working early on this, loaded up the gear and drove to the event area.


Our brochure and business cards

If you are a normal enduro rider you know the feeling. The weather is great, scenery around us is forest and trails and many many bikes. Beta, Sherco, TM, KTM, Kawasaki, Honda, they are all there, showing their beauties, and showing off (of course) with fancy tents, chairs, gear and people. Bikes and riders mixed in to a combination of cheers, happiness, greetings, talks, remarks, admiration and joy.


Riders testing the bikes

I had the chance to test a lot of bikes. Not actually test them, but ride them in the forest, in a place, I was there for the first time in my entire life, but I was also busy, promoting our rides in Greece and our events. The guys were more than helpful, helping me with the language, letting the visitors know about the feeling to participate in our rides, comparing our services with other providers that they had attended in the past. 



What can I say about the Israeli riders? The are cool, respectful, united, supportive and kind to each other. They are used to ride in a hard terrain, with high temperatures and dust. They are hard enduro riders in their majority and love nature. 


Our tent

Israel is controversial. Tradition meets modern times. The green landscape meets the desert. Strict religious people of all kinds survive with crazy party youngsters and bikes. Lots of bikes.  Sightseeing is breath taking, especially if you have hosts like Sylviu and Ronena, our friends there that during our staying, sacrificed time and obligations to make us feel like home and more than welcome. What can I say about the food in Tel Avid, or Jerusalem and it's historical value. How can I describe the wonder of the dead sea and the view across where the mountains turn purple and finally red during sunset. 


Dead Sea sunset

I will definitely be there again, as most of my discussions with local riders ended up in an invitation to ride.


Many thanks to: 
Zulu Facebook Group for such a wonderful event,
 Eddie Kaldes and Idan Levenhaim from Beta Israel, Dany Elyakim from Motorica, and Tomer Shemesh from iDrive for your time, coffee and talks. Zvika, Shachar, Berti, Stolo,  guys it was great seeing you after so long. 
Moshe, you're the man, thank you so much. Amir, nice seeing you again.
Sylviu, Ronena (Henry and the rest, apologies for disturbing your lives) no words can describe our feelings for you after this trip. Nothing would be possible without your love, friendship, support and efforts. 


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Booking system of North Star Enduro Touring

15:07


Official booking page 

Steps are simple, 

A. Booking Details 

(1) choose your packages, keep in mind that Full is full (everything is included) and Economy is: Bike, Guide, Hotel and Gear (2) Choose your riding days, (3) Confirm your price Shown Below those two tads (4) Go to the calendar and choose the dates according to your schedule.

B. Give as many details you want for your booking or special requests. 


Your done. You will receive normally a confirmation email on your booking and for sure a North Star representative that messes around with the bookings will contact you shortly.



Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Riv34 enduro race Varia Greece

22:13

~Riv3r Enduro in Greece~

North Star Enduro will be participating this Weekend in the First Riv3r Enduro race, a colossal effort to design, build and execute a race in Greece by people who just love enduro.

A vivid website under the url http://www.riv3r.gr will provide enough data for the amateur participant to be guided in to a successful subscription to the race, with plenty of information covering a wide range of subjects regarding it.

The most important marketing tool of this race? The promotional video. A professional work that raises the level of extreme sports video making in Greece, caught my eye at the first sight. 



Here is the description from their own website.
As far as we are concerned, see you there:

The love and the long run relationship of the people of Veria combined with the unique mountains, forests and rivers of the area have triggered an outstanding and very promsing race not only to those who love the off-road motorcycle but also for the lovers of cycling and mountain marathon.

With the support of the Motorcycle Club of Veria and the Hellenic Athletic Motorcyclists Federation Rive3r comes alive on 4 and 5 June, in Veria Greece.

The athlets are going to pass the starting point three times in total, incluning the actual starting point, and they are going to finish these as well.Three rounds full of adventure, adrenaline and of cource full of Riv3r.

The Crossing is going to be undivided ribboned close circued most of the way.There are going to be checking-time points and not any special crossing in between. Special desinged bridges are going to unite the parts that can not be reached through the river there are going to be crossings through path ways and river beds that haven’t been used before.

LAMS company, which is the official time keeping company of FIM, has undertaken the time keeping of the race.

The planning of the race allows those who will be watching the race to be only breath away beam the race really close from numerous point, promising a unique experience to those spectators who will chose to watch the race from one of those.

There are going to be leaflets at the starting points, including maps instructions for the easiest accesss to these points even for the most demanding spectators.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Mountains full of friends and Beta motorcycles

00:07
Riding Journal
19 Sep. 2015

Riding with friends ~ a three days event

~Photos are here (337 Photos) and here (331 Photos)for members only~


There is nothing in the world that makes us more happy to have friends visiting us and enjoying our services for the second or the third time. This fact makes us feel our work is being done right. 




This group of people, is a combination of all riding levels, all kinds of friendship, all kind of people. All friends. A father with his son, a businessman and a constructor, all from the same country, all with a same love in enduro riding. 



The route was not the usual one. new trails were waiting these guys to ride through them. The recent race we set up in Kavala gave us some ideas.



Guys did a wonderful job, passing through the difficulties of the terrain, paying attention to the words of their guides and making our days interesting and joyful.



Looking at the pictures, you will give right when I say, Fall is the best season to ride in Greece. The colors, nature in its best, the mountains, the forest, everything aligned in a colorful harmony.



The routes where approximately 140 km a day, and the riding time about 6 to 7 hours. Areas covered as you see in the map below, is the mountain line of Chalkero, Elaphochori, Dipotamos, Lekani, Drimotopos, Likostomo, Palia Kavala and back to our base. 



Day two, the guys want to try some steep up hills and down hills. Well, we have plenty, so we spent all day in the area of Lekani, which is an uphill and downhill heaven.



Weather was perfect, giving us the chance to enjoy our riding the best way possible. No dust due to the recent rains, a little muddy with great traction and grip. 



These are just a few words on how it is to ride with North Star. If you need more details, well, just sign up and come and join us in our rides.





Friday, 30 October 2015

The Race

13:54
"Kavala Extreme Enduro Race"
by
Andreas Paragios and Motorcycle Club of Kavala



[GRE] "Ένας πρωτόγνωρος αγώνας για τα δεδομένα της πόλης, ίσως και της χώρας. Ένας αγώνας που πορεί να έχει συνέχεια ή μπορεί να μην ξαναγίνει ποτέ, αφήνοντας πίσω του μια βεβαιότητα. Όποιος συμμετείχε στο στήσιμό του, εξαντλήθηκε πνευματικά και σωματικά." Διοργανωτές και αναβάτες ήρθαν στα όριά τους σε όλη τη σημασία της φράσης. Όλα πήγαν καλά, ο αγώνας ολοκληρώθηκε και σίγουρα αν επαναληφθεί θα είναι σε άλλο πια επίπεδο. 


Τις φωτό από τον αγώνα θα τις βρείτε στα παρακάτω Links:


Πρώτη ημέρα 1223 Φωτογραφίες


Δεύτερη Ημέρα 951 Φωτογραφίες


Τρίτη Ημέρα 122 Φωτογραφίες


[ENG] "An unprecedented race for the city data, perhaps even for the country. A race that can be continued or may not ever happen again, leaving behind him one certainty. Anyone involved in the setup, was exhausted mentally and physically." Organizers and riders came to their limits in every sense of the phrase. Everything went well, the race ended and certainly if will be repeated it will be in another level.

The photos from the event can be found at the following Links:

Day I 1223 Photos

Day II 951 
Photos

Day III 122 
Photos

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Train your body caring for your heart first

23:31

Extreme Endurance Exercise: If You Do This Type of Exercise, You Could Be Damaging Your Heart



Do you dread going to the gym for what feels like hours at a stretch? Or do you avoid working out altogether because you just don't have the time? Then what I'm about to tell you should be music to your ears: when it comes to exercise, less is more.
It's becoming increasingly clear from the recent flurry of scientific studies that overdosing on exercise can have detrimental effects on your health. Too much exercise, particularly long bouts of cardio such as marathon and triathlon training, can do more harm than good—particularly to your heart. 
While most Americans would be well served to exercise more, there's no need to work out for more than 45 minutes at a time, and if you exercise effectively, your workouts should be even shorter, which I'll be discussing in a moment.
Getting your heart pumping and your body sweating with regular cardio exercise provides multiple benefits. As your heart rate rises:
  • Your heart pumps more efficiently
  • The amount of oxygen in your blood increases
  • Your body's ability to detoxify improves
  • Your immune system is activated
  • Endorphins increase, elevating your mood 
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of exercise, but there is a cutoff point beyond which exercise can actually harm your body. 
Recent studies are giving us a much better understanding of exercise physiology, and many of our past notions have been turned upside-down, in terms of how long and how hard to push yourself before the benefits of exercise turn into damages. 
As you probably know, I am a passionate advocate of exercise and staying fit. But too much of a good thing can have the opposite effect of what you want.

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