Leave your stresses behind as you speed off this summer on your trusted motorcycle, inhaling fresh air and viewing stunning scenery to the fullest. One of the best aspects to motorcycle touring is the fact that you can experience everything in a far more ‘up close and personal’ manner than you would do in the back seat of a car or bus. You can travel anywhere on your bike, all you need is a tank of gas and the determination to get out there and do it.
Col de Turini
Once you’ve got your motorbike you can begin your incredible journey, perhaps starting with one of the best motorcycle roads in all of Europe. Col de Turini is a steep mountain pass situated near Nice, France. In the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes, hundreds of motorcyclists speed up the mountain, which has an elevation of 1,607m (5,272 ft) searching for fantastic views and experiences. It remains one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Nice and never ceases to amaze.
In western USA is Sierra Nevada, a beautiful destination for motorcyclists to tour. There is plenty to see here, including two national parks called Kings Canyon and Yosemite. Stop the brakes and soak up the history and culture of the grand Alhambra Palace, one of the main tourist attractions on the road. Touring through Sierra Nevada on your bike will be an experience to remember. The freedom you will have here will be like no other, the people are said to be friendly and will make you feel as welcome as possible so it won’t be long before you’re making lifelong friends.
This bridge overlooks the River Tarn valley in Southern France. Flybikefly describes it as being ‘a wonder of 21st century engineering,’ and it’s the highest road bridge in the world.
It reaches 343m off the ground, which may have motorcyclists feeling a little queasy if they aren’t good with heights. It is worth a visit though, because the views are stunning, particularly those near the centre of Roquefor.
The famous Alps span across eight different countries; Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Monaco and France, spanning a massive 1,200 kilometres. The Italian Alps will be of particular interest for people looking for a great place to tour on a motorcycle as it offers multiple ride routes to choose from. One of the highest paved routes in the Alps is the Stelvio Pass.
In Switzerland is the gorgeous mountain region of Grimsel Pass. It is covered in reservoirs, power plants and granite rocks. It has an elevation of 2,164 metres and is often said to be one of the world’s most insane roads. According to www.dangerousroads.org, Grimsel Pass is ‘tightly hair pinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveller over the mountains.’
This is definitely the perfect choice for the more adventurous motorcyclist looking for excitement and a bit of an adrenaline rush.