There is no freedom truer than being on the road with your beloved motorbike. Only hardcore bikers know the connection one can have with a bike and nowhere is this relationship better tested than on the open road. So, treat your bike right and take these amazing biking trips with it this year.
N14 From Marrakech to Western Sahara, Morocco
Morocco’s National Route 13 has been in use since the Roman times and is now prime biking territory. If you need any inspiration, look no further than Tom Cruise mopping up the bad guys in the latest Mission Impossible movie, Rogue Nation, which spans the streets of Marrakech before getting on to the country’s beautiful roads for its quintessential bike chase.
Leh – Manali Highway, India
The must-do trip in India for anyone who owns a bike and open for business only between June and October, the Leh – Manali Highway is a rite of passage and a bucket-list item for every biker. Starting in relatively tepid Manali before ascending Rohtang Pass, passing remote villages in Zanskar valley, and ending up in Leh where the vistas and the altitude will take your breath away. Don’t give up though. The ride to Khardung La is just 40 kilometres away – once you’ve done that, you can lay claim to having navigated the highest motorable road in the world.
This is a photo most people will never get to have of themselves.
Alaska Highway, Canada
The 2700-kilometre highway connecting British Columbia with Alaska is not for the faint of heart. The Alaska Highway, called ALCAN by those who know it intimately, is legendary for being tough and unyielding for long stretches because of the cold weather. Any sort of help is at least a few hours away from reaching you, so it is advised to be careful always and watch out for dangers such as bisons and bears. Also remember to keep an eye out for the weather which can go from bad to worse in no time at all.
Amur Highway, Siberia, Russia
The newly-opened Amur Highway is a kaleidoscope tour of Russia for over 2000 kilometres and it covers everything from the overlooked Eastern cities to the wild depths of Siberia on the other side of the world’s largest country. Hardship is central to all things Russian and it applies just as well to this journey, where incidents of motorcyclists who injure or get themselves killed trying to tame the Amur Highway are commonplace.
Isle of Man, Great Britain
The Isle of Man has a reputation for being the stowaway place of rich tax-averse Britishers. However, for bikers, the place is known as road heaven because it is perhaps the only legal roadway outside the German autobahn on which there are absolutely no speed limits. The dramatic rise of TT motorcycle races adds another reason for motorists to visit this rocky island in the Irish Sea. The Isle of Man, basically, is speeding nirvana with no traffic cameras or police to separate you from your bike.
The Isle of Man TT. If it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for the rest of us.
Pyrenees Route, France and Spain
Most bikers choose the Spanish side of the Pyrenees to drive along but here’s an insider tip: you can bike along the entire stretch from Spain to France without breaking a sweat, literally. Don’t forget to stop and admire the Spanish cities of Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, and the beaches of Costa Brava, before going to the tiny landlocked country of Andorra and completing the trip at Biarritz in France.
Che Guevara’s Route, South America
Follow the tarmac roads of youth icon Che Guevara on Argentina’s Route 40. Your journey – along the road which has been described as a challenge for even experienced motorists – will take you from Patagonia’s wilderness to the Andes mountains and leave you on the border with Bolivia. Coupled with local culture, great food (llama chops anyone?), Argentinian wine and some of the most gorgeous natural scenery anywhere in the world, this is your chance to recreate the Che Guevara experience in the new century. After all, you never know how the road will reform you.
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