Looking out through the window at this time of the year, the frost-filled ground and wintry gray skies are enough to dampen any motorcyclist’s spirits. There is no need to worry, though. To perk up your riding enthusiasm here is our pick of the premier motorcycling destinations in 2017. No matter the destination you prefer or the experience you have, this list has something for you. From the scenic beauty of the rolling Scottish highlands to the expansive and awe-inspiring Sahara desert, these destinations are just waiting to be explored in 2017.
From the town of Baden-Baden and cutting through the famous Black Forest, the B500 twists and turns its way for forty miles to the town of Freudenstadt in Western Germany. This magnificent highway is an exhilarating and delicately balanced mix of hairpin left and right bends and fast sweepers. Even more impressively- you can reach there, ride the B500 for the whole day and go back home for the cost of only 250 pounds.
The Transfargarasan is a 56 mile stretch of road that runs between the town of Sibiu and the tiny village of Bascov. Constructed between 1970 and 1974, it was intended to serve as a military road in case of an invasion by the USSR. Up to forty soldiers died during its construction, and it gained popularity among petrol heads when it was included in a 2009 episode of the Top Gear TV show. The road is normally closed for the months of October to June due to snow. Because of its numerous twists and turns, it has a recommended average speed of 25 miles per hour. Near a village called Arefu along the road stands the Poenari Castle where Vlad the Impaler lived.
The Khardung La Pass is widely acclaimed as the highest motorable road on the planet. It starts from northern India and precariously hugs several peaks of the Himalayas mountain range. Forget all you know or may have heard about tarmacked mountain passes, this road is something totally different. You will ride on loosened gravel, circumvent landslides and cut through rivers. In addition, for many miles you will be riding a few feet from a cliff’s edge, a blind corner looming just ahead. It is definitely not a road for the faint-hearted, but the reward of viewing the stunningly beautiful scenery and the sense of achievement when you complete the ride will be worth it.
Blessed with some of the most magnificent scenery on earth, going to the western part of Canada is akin to a real adventure due to its size and tiny population density. Icefields Parkway traverses Jasper National Park (which is the biggest park in the Rockies) and Banff National Park (which is the oldest park in Canada).You will enjoy the gigantic mountains, unending forests, charming lakes and of course, bears.
Morocco can be regarded as sitting on tour and travel's Goldilocks zone -- just a few days travel away, yet mysterious enough to feel like an actual adventure. Morocco has it all: gorgeous scenery on the Atlantic coast, rough trails on the Atlas Mountains and the largest desert on earth. If you wish to fly, there are lots of tour and bike hire companies you can choose from.
Scotland is smack on our doorstep and it boasts of some of the best riding areas in the whole of Europe. You will be greeted by wonderful roads and fabulous scenery wherever you go. Enjoy exploring the A82 from Loch Lomond all the way to Glencoe. Also if you get the chance, make it an unforgettable trip by riding on the well-known North Coast 500. Make the most of your trip and avoid being met by caravans and hoards of irritating flying midges by going there in early autumn or late spring. In case you are operating on a tight budget, consider camping in the wild. It is legal to do it on almost all unfenced land beyond the border.
Attending the 24-hour race known as the Bol d'Or held at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France harks back to an era when sports bikes were king. The roads meandering up to the circuit are among the best in France. However, they are heavily patrolled by police during the event. The event is really one huge party held in the camp sites, so you should not expect to get much sleep. In case you are not in too much of a hurry, the route Napoleon begins about 80 miles eastwards of the circuit and goes on for around 200 miles northwards to Grenoble. This means you get to enjoy 200 miles of sweepers and hairpin bends. It is sheer bliss.
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