Top Rides

Everyone loves a list. Here's one of my top 10 motorcycle rides.

Position Road Country Year ridden Writeup
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Durmitor National Park

The name Durmitor derives from a word that translates into sleeping place and riding through it certainly is quite a serene experience.
Breathtakingly beautiful sweeping roads through some of the most stunning nature Europe has to offer and still pretty unknown to most tourists this is a riders paradise.

 

Montenegro 2015 Blog entry
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Transalpina

Described as a Mecca for motorcyclists and it's not hard to see why with the lush green and fantastic view, long sweeping curves makes overtaking over slower vehicles a breeze even for the casual rider.
This is bike riding nirvana.

 Romania  2015  Blog entry
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Vršič Pass

Just a few kms east of the Italian border this hidden gem dwindles it's way trough the Julian alps in Triglav national park.
Also known as Russian Road this road was built as a military supply route in the early 19th century following an old trade route.
With it's stunning views of the mountains and twisty roads this is almost as good as it gets.

Slovenia  2013  Blog entry (SWE)
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trollstigen smallTrollstigen

Can't believe it took me that many years to do this.
I went down to the alps when I had this gem of a road just a days ride from home.
Littered with tourists in the peak season but still completely worth it for the amazing view.

Norway  2013  n/a
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Mortirolo Pass

What a revelation compared to the somewhat overrated neighbouring Stelvio.
Comparatively low in traffic and longer sweeping curves in lush greenery.
What it lacks in views it more than makes up for in pure riding bliss.

Italy  2013  Blog entry
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Westfjords Road 61

Almost devoid of traffic in the otherwise tourist swamped Island this fantastic mostly (well maintained) gravel road wriggles around the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord all the way out to Suðureyri on the west coast.
Scenic views you'll never forget and riding so good you'll have a grin on your face for days.

Iceland  2014  Blog entry
7

grandesalpes smallRoute des Grandes Alpes

Stretching from Lake Geneva down to the Mediterranean this 684km long road takes you through 16 of the highest and most beautiful mountain passes in Europe including Col de l'Iseran which with its 2764m is makes it the highest paved mountain pass in Europe.

France  2016  Blog entry (SWE)
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skyfall smallThe road to Glen Etive aka Skyfall Road

Made famous to the wide public in the James Bond film Skyfall this hidden gem by the A82 in Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands is a road not to be missed.
The road doesn't have an official name and is probably why it's still overlooked by a majority of travellers and is surprisingly (and luckily since it's single track) devoid of traffic and with picture perfect views that are so stunning they will quite simply break your heart.

Scotland 2017 Blog entry SWE
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Nürburgring

Cheating? No the Nordschleife is technically a public toll road which allows anyone with a drivers licence and a road legal vehicle to experience the 20.8km Green hell.
It is stupid, crazy, dangerous and wildly irresponsible. It will also bring a smile on your face a mile wide. If this doesn't get your heart pumping I'm sorry but you're probably dead.

Germany  2012 Blog entry (SWE)
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depresles smallRoute de Presles

There's really nothing like a narrow single track road in the mountains with no guard rails to widen your pupils and narrow your sphincter. Beautiful, adrenaline-pumping riding paradise.

France  2016  Blog entry (SWE)

 

 

Honorable mentions

Roads that deserve to be mentioned but didn't quite make it to the top ten (without order).

 

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grossglockner smallGrossglockner High Alpine Road

Switchback heaven, there is a reason why bikers from all over Europe flock to the Edelweißspitze every summer.

Austria  2012/2015  Blog entry 2012 (SWE) & 2015
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Stelvio smallStelviopass

Hailed as the best road... in the world by Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear in 2009 this is a magnet for tourists.
You get everything from sportbikes chasing new lap records to RV:s to big to get round a switchback without doing a two point turn.
The view is absolutely sublime but the riding experience is somewhat diminished by the traffic situation. Despite the traffic in peak season this road is a given on most bikers bucket list and so it should be.

Italy 2013 Blog entry (SWE)
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 transfagarasan smallTransfăgărășan

I believe we had some bad luck when we got around to doing this road on a weekend.
It took over the title of best road... in the world in Top Gear 2009 so it obviously draws an enormous amount of tourists and a part from these I think everyone else, his aunt and his dog where on the pass this particular day which put a real damper on the experience.
The view is scenic and it isn't hard to see the potential for a great ride if you can get there on a day with less traffic.

 Romania  2015  Blog entry
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 GI682 SmallGI-682 "The road of a thousand bends"

The nicname "road of a thousand bends" is obviously well deserved for this sinuous costal road that slithers round the cliffs on the northeast cost of Spain.
The combination of perfect asphalt, never ending curves, cliffs, lush green forest and sky blue sea makes this one of the best rides in Europe.

 Spain  2016  Blog entry (SWE)