There is nothing like the thrill of hitting the open road on a motorbike, and it is a brilliant way to explore an area whilst on holiday. If you are an experienced rider looking for adventure here are 5 epic motorbike rides to consider, just make sure you take out motorcycle travel insurance as it covers your motorcycling apparel and will give you a greater peace of mind.
Hardknott Pass, Lake District
Hardknott pass is considered to be one of the most challenging motorbike routes in the UK and some sections of the road are blocked during the winter. The route runs between Eskdale and Wrynose pass and it is also the steepest road in England. It has a series of hairpin bends and there are many scenic views of the Lake District along the route. There are also many popular attractions like Wast Water, Birks Bridge, Old man of Coniston, Lake Hardknott Roman Fort and Stanley Ghyll Force Waterfall that you can park at and explore. You will find biker friendly campsites and other accommodation along the way.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The winding road along the Amalfi Coast has a backdrop of high cliffs that hugs the Gulf of Salerno. The coastline passes through limestone cliffs and towns such as Amalfi, Ravello and Positano. In the town of Amalfi you can visit the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and take in the view of colourful houses, and restaurants built on a mountainous slope. Ravello is 350m above sea level and if you continue on to Positano you can see of the Island of Capri.
Leh Ladakh, India
Leh Ladakh road is one of the highest driveable road passes in the world and it is 630 km long. You can ride from Manali to Panong Lake. Rohtang Pass is the first obstacle to pass through which will lead you into Ladakh and onwards to Lahaul Valley. Going forward you will reach Baralacha La and as you cross this you will notice the scale of the mountains changing as it leads you into Leh. Leh is a great place to stop, rest, and explore the town. From here you can continue on to the Khardung La pass which is at 18000 feet. The road continues through the Nubra Valley and finally reaches Chang La, The Great Tibetan Plateau, and then continues on to Pangong Lake.
Transalpina, French Alps
Transalpina formerly known by shepherds as the Devils Path is wild and dangerous. The path is often covered with fog which makes for zero visibility. It is one of the highest roads in Romania and the Parang Mountains have many amazing views. You can see Masa Jidovului, (Table of the Giants), Oasa Dam, fabulous Romanian Scenery, and several urban settlements. It is a 130km road which can be used only during the summer.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Great ocean road is described as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world and it has a stretch of 280km. It is a pleasure filled experience for motorbike riders as the roads twist and turn while you gaze on the beautiful scenery around you. You can visit the Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, 12 Apostles, The Arch and the London Bridge along the way. The Grampians National Park is also a place you should visit as it is filled with wildlife and stunning waterfalls. If you are renting a motorcycle when you get to Australia, make sure you’ve got your licence, passport and credit card with you. If your licence isn’t printed in English you will need to get an International Driving Permit.