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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 20:14

3 of the Best European Road Trips for Bikers

Written by Alexander Honeyman

motorcycle-ridersWhile the traditional, motorcycle road-trip may seem like a slightly outdated and irrelevant concept in the modern age, it is also one that retains an innate sense of romance. From the iconic Route 66 (which traverse the diverse terrain between Chicago and Southern California) to the numerous roads that weave throughout Europe, road trips offer a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that enables solo travellers to see familiar parts of the world from a truly unique perspective.

 

3 of Europe’s most Iconic and Seminal Road Trips

While Europe may be something of a hot-bed for the world’s best motorcycle road trips, however, choosing from such a large range of options can be challenging for those with only a limited time to travel. We have therefore taken the time to list our very own top three locations, selecting the unique and wonderful journeys that deliver genuinely ground-breaking experiences. So without further ado, here we go: -

  1. The Cat and Fiddle run between Buxton and Macclesfield, England

While this may seem like a strange choice at number one, this 11 kilometre stretch of tarmac runs through the heart of Peak District and remains a seminal rite of passage for motorcyclists in the UK. Starting in the quaint town of Macclesfield, it is also one of the most challenging trails and one that includes a number of incredibly tight corners, swooping hillside views and sudden, plunging drops. The open moors and low stonewalls offer excellent visibility of any upcoming hazards, however, and the rewards offered by such breath-taking views is well worth the minimal risk.

Just remember to secure your motorcycle breakdown cover prior to leaving, however, as you do not want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without adequate coverage!

  1. The Amalfi Coast Road between Naples and Salerno, Italy

Another steep and challenging course, the Amalfi coast is breathtakingly beautiful and remains one of the seminal trails for motorcycle riders (so long as they are not of feint heart!) It also provides a strong contrast, with the sweeping bays and coastline of Sorrento far removed from the concrete anarchy and grey backdrop that distinguished Naples. This stretch of picturesque road covers an incredible 50 kilometres, while its seeming endless turns and corners have earned it the nickname as ‘the road of a thousand bends’.

It is certainly a stunning route and remains one of the most alluring in Europe to this very day.

  1. The Transfagarasan Highway between Sibiu to Curtea de Arges, Romania

In mythology and popular culture, Transylvania is best known as the home of Bram Stoker’s iconic horror character Count Dracula. It is also home to the mountainous Transfagarasan Highway, however, which connects the baking plains of Sibiu and weaves across a step lunar landscape before reaching the Curtea de Arges. Running for a total of 35 kilometres, it includes a number of sharp and sudden turns while it also takes in some of the highest mountain peaks in Romania. This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and most challenging trails for bikers, and there is no stretch of road in Europe quite like it.

While safety is of paramount importance, we also recommend that you make this trip during the summer. This will make it a more pleasurable trip and help you to avoid any inclement weather.

 

Last modified on Monday, 01 February 2016 05:59
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