“People don’t take trips; trips take people.” – John Steinbeck.
Our world is beautiful, and every country has something special to offer. Look attentively, and you will discover dozens of countries that are ideal for motorcycle travel. From the enchanting European scenic roads to the exhilarating roads of the U.S.A., there is no shortage of itineraries that will steal your breath away. Therefore, sit back and relax as we take you on a tour of the top motorcycle travel routes around the world.
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Mama Mia: Italy
As we have mentioned, there are numerous motorcycle-friendly routes throughout Europe. Italy is one of the top motorcycle travel destinations. Consider the Stelvio Pass, which rises to 9,045 feet. For bikers, it is undoubtedly the most well-known pass in the Alps. With its 48 hairpin turns, tunnels, and lots of turns, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Finish your day with a wood-oven pizza or great meal of pasta, and of course with a bottle of wine, to thank yourself for your spirited ride around the loops and the fact that you’re in Italy!
Off to the Southwestern Pacific Ocean: New Zealand
Rain forested curves, giant volcanoes, desert roads, and well-engineered roads; that is precisely what you will find in New Zealand. Two-wheel trek at its best!
The country boasts two stunning islands. The South Island is known for its infinite motorcycling opportunities.
You will find little traffic, few people, and excellent roads for spectacular scenery such as the Milford Sound, New Zealand Alps, and the ever-interesting resort town of Queenstown. Since it is located in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s seasons are the polar opposite of North America, making it an ideal destination for a winter holiday. Leave the snow behind and go for a ride of your life! You will most likely leave your own motorcycle at home; however, many motorcycle rental companies are available to rent you top bike brands, such as Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, Honda, BMW, etc.
Route 40: Argentina
This is the perfect route if you love the diversity of climates, landscapes, and flora, and fauna. Argentina is among the longest countries globally, and Route 40 lets you cross this South American country from end to end, from Santa Cruz to Jujuy.
We are talking about traveling around 5,194 kilometers, crossing 14 national parks, 26 national reserves, 11 provinces, and passing through a range of landscapes.
From volcanoes to glaciers, this is among the most scenic routes in the world.
The Pyrenees Loop: France and Spain
Thanks to its stunning scenery and hairpin turn, the Pyrenees Loop is a popular route among European bikers. Generally, for this trip, you will travel east from Bilbao and wind up on the N260. Then you will head to La Seu d’Urgell, and Bourg-Madame. This motorcycle route is not only ideal for bikers who wish to see Europe in all its grandeur, but also those who love gourmet food stop now and then. That said, you must be well-prepared because this journey stretches over 2,410 Kilometers.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Looking for a shorter ride with plenty of things to see and do? Then Australia’s Great Ocean Road might be for you! This motorcycle route is shorter than the other roads highlighted in this post, at only 290 kilometers, but there is still enough to see and do along the way.
The Great Ocean Road runs from Melbourne to Peterborough, passing through lush coastal rainforest and world-class surf beaches. Along the way, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Shipwreck Coast, which is well worth a stop.
The Pacific Coast Highway, California
Another shorter route, but definitely worth trying, is California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The motorcycle route takes you along a redwood forest, cliffs, beaches, and the Big Sur, a hub to some of the most exciting surfing spots in the U.S. What’s more, there are some lesser-known sights along the way that may be worth a stop, like the Monterey (a fishing town). You can then end your ride at the famous San Francisco Bridge.
At a speed of about 80 km/hr, this journey will take you four hours of riding, besides the time you take for stops. The Chicago Motorcycle Safety Lawyers point out that the highway is also known as “Bloody Alley”, carrying 40,000 + vehicles a day in the busy summer months and prone to accidents. So, make sure to follow speed restrictions and always wear a helmet.
The Ceuta to Marrakesh Loop: Morocco
The Ceuta to Marrakesh motorbike tour is a must-do for riders who wish to experience an exotic motorcycle route. This journey will take you through a gorgeous mountain backdrop while on the open road, as well as some ancient souks, citadels, and genuine desert culture.
The Ceuta to Marrakesh Loop is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, this is a ride that must be planned thoroughly, given that you will spend a considerable time surrounded by desert, with little sign of civilization for miles.
At a speed of about 80 km/hr, this ride will take you approximately 32 hours, besides the time you take for stops.
There is plenty of other famous motorcycle rides across the world, like the Cappadocia in Turkey, Ladakh in India, and Fjordlands of Norway. If we have overlooked any of your favorites, please let us know in the comments section.
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