Every motorcyclist will know that there is no better feeling than taking the trusty old bike out on a long, wide expanse of road. Feeling the breeze hit your face, the exhilaration of the speeding motorcycle and of course, taking in the incredible views. While you may know your local haunts like the back of your hand, there is so much to see all over the world, all whilst riding a motorcycle!
If you have only ridden around areas in your own country, you might not know where to start on your worldwide pursuit of the best trails ever. However, there is no need to give up on your dreams of visiting the most amazing trails known to man, we have them right here! From the scorching hot dusty roads of Indigenous Oz to the amazing mountainous trails of Everest, there is something to suit every biker of all different abilities. Take a look at our list below and get inspired!
Preparing for a Road Trip
Before you embark on your venture, you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need for a fun, thrilling and above all, safe trip. There are several checks you need to make and a bunch of essential items you will need to bring with you to make sure your road trip is a successful one. As a biker, you will probably have most of the equipment to hand anyway, but it is always a good idea to have a checklist!
- Make the necessary checks to your bike
Be sure to thoroughly check the essentials on your motorcycle before you head out. Your controls, fork seals, lights and fluid levels will all need to be checked. It’s also a good idea to give your windscreen a good clean before you plan to leave, to ensure that you can see through it properly in every weather condition you may come across. You definitely don’t want to make your journey more difficult if you have to tackle this issues whilst on it, so make sure they are taken care of beforehand.
- Ensure your tires are up to the job
Take a good look at the wheels for signs of wear and damage. Remember, you will be driving for long periods of time over different road terrains and conditions, and the moving components of your bike will be hit the hardest. If you aren’t sure whether the tread on your tires is good enough for the entire trip or they are beginning to show signs of mid-tread wear, we recommend that you replace them before making your journey. In this situation, it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you do make the decision to change your tires, do not wait for the morning or even the day before to make the switch. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to try the tires out to scuff them in and reveal any issues with mounting. Take note of how well they hold air and the pressure of them, and remember to inflate them properly to allow for additional loads, such as your luggage. Every morning whilst on your trip, be sure to check the tires for visual signs of harm, just in case you have incurred any damage whilst on your ride.
- Pack convenience foods and snacks
It is not always easy, or indeed, cost-effective to consistently eat out when you are on a biking road trip. In some cases, you might even be camping in the middle of nowhere! Dry foods will be your best friend on this kind of journey, things like pasta, noodles and rice are all great options. If you are going on a long haul trip, you will also need a good quality flask and plenty of coffee. You could even purchase a cheap, travel percolator for a fresh brew every day.
Ride Through Tibet to Everest
The Himalayas, the most incredible and highest mountains in all the world, are home to several companies that hold motorcycle tours throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. One of the most popular rides is starting from the Tibetan side and arriving at Mount Everest. There are many operators that can take you on this amazing journey, such as Nomadic Knights. They offer riders a 14 day excursion that starts at Kathmandu and takes you across the Chinese border and over to Rongbuk Monastery and along all the way to the Everest Base Camp that can be found at 5200 metres.
You will see some amazing sights on this ride, so be sure to take time to stop along to the way and breathe it all in. If you can pack a digital camera with you, do so! There is plenty you will not want to miss, and you’ll want to capture the memories forever.
Pyrenees Loop Through France and Spain
Both France and Spain boast stunning expanses of road and some of the most beautiful scenery known to man, so it should come as no surprise that the Pyrenees loop between them is a firm favourite for bike lovers all over the world. The 1500 mile journey from the gorgeous port city of Bilbao to the beachside Biarritz can be taken via Andorra and the French Mediterranean coast, so there are plenty of incredible sights to take in. Regarded as one of the most winding and therefore, challenging mountainous of the ‘Old World’, it is certainly not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced rider. Those who take this journey will be treated to a plethora of fabulous scenic routes and a wonderful sense of adrenaline.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
This is a fairly short ride compared to some of the others on the list, at just 60km in length, however, it is without a doubt, one of the most thrilling! You will take the SS145 between two cities in the south of Italy, Sorrento and Salerno where you’ll view some of the beautiful scenery and vibrantly coloured villages, which we recommend stopping to admire. Do be careful though, you’ll be driving along the outside of a clifftop, sharing the road with a bus that is said to be driving quite riotously! The road winds around into towns such as Positano and you can see the stunning Tyrrhenian Sea on your travels. Be sure to stop at intervals to appreciate everything there is to see.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
A well-seasoned motorcyclist will probably know about this famous Australian road from Torquay to Warrnambool. Known as the Great Ocean Road, the name says it all. It winds along the ocean shores of 1919 and 1932 and with a route boasting incredible bends, straight paths and tons of beautiful wildlife to check out. According to expert bikers, you could easily ride this journey in one day, however, they recommend that you take two to fully enjoy the experience. The best part of it for biking is said to be between Lorne and Apollo Bay, however, the entire road is amazing.
Hana Highway, Maui
The stunning Hawaiian Island of Maui is a sight to behold at any time, but hurtling down a 100km road on your trusty motorbike makes it that bit more amazing. Combining routes 36 and 360 in between Kahului airport situated on the north coast and the town of Hana, there are over 600 bends and approximately 60 bridges on the journey, running through the beautiful rainforest, making for a truly unforgettable ride.
It is extremely hot in this area, even during the colder months, so whilst you need to ensure you are wearing full protective gear, it is best to pack light if you are able to do so. The last thing you want is to be lugging around a heavy bag on your back all day long whilst you are trying to enjoy your journey.
Pacific Coast, USA
The entire West Coast of the USA makes for an amazing road trip for any motorcyclists. You can drive through iconic areas such as San Francisco and Los Angles, or travel down the backwoods of Highways 1 and 101, which will take you between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Stay on Highway 1, and you will find yourself in the town made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s horror movie The Birds, Bodega Bay. Carry on this route, and you’ll also visit the pleasant little towns of Astoria and Crescent City, well worth a stop off.
Other sights to look out for is a stunning Glass Beach which can be found at Fort Bragg, a coastal forest of redwoods the tallest trees in the world and Cape Meares’ remarkable Octopus Tree. This amazing trip is truly a treat for the eyes, so don’t blink, or you’ll miss them!
Gunbarrel Highway, Western Australia
The historic Gunbarrel Highway was the first ever road to be constructed across Central Australia and was completed in 1958. Running all the way from Victory Downs to Carnegie Station, it is one of the most isolated, and potentially most dangerous road, around the globe. It curves and arches through sweltering Indigenous areas of the land and tons of unforgiving terrains, so we recommended only very experienced bikers choose to take this journey. Be aware that because you will be travelling across Indigenous areas of Australia, you will need to acquire a permit. Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks for the journey, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam
Situated in the beautiful, historical country of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh Trail is a most for any motorcyclist. Consisting of 1,000 miles from Hanoi in the north of Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh) in the South of the country, it is steeped in history and beauty. Before it became a popular pilgrimage for motorcyclists from all over the world, this trail was used a central system of travel for the Vietcong during the Vietnam War.
Hurtle down this trail and you’ll come across stunning mountains, rice terraces, the Vietnamese hinterlands and the quaint country of Laos, where you are sure to meet many friendly locals.
Troll Ladder, Norway
Ever wanted to feel like you and your bike are almost flying down a thrilling trail? Then the Nordic Troll Ladder is the ride for you! Located in Rauma which can be found at the midway point between Trondheim and Bergen, this may be a short expanse of road, but the eleven hairpin bends and jaw-dropping nine degree descent. You’ll feel lighter than air as you ride! Be prepared for wet and foggy conditions as grey, dull weather is fairly common on this route. Despite this, the view from the designated platform at the top is amazing and you’ll probably meet many other motorcyclists up there. You might even make a couple of new biker friends on your travels!
Los Caracoles Pass, Chile
Last but certainly not least on our list is the thrilling Los Caracoles pass in Chile. The name of this trail translates to English as ‘the snails’, but don’t let this fool you into believing this will be an easy Sunday morning ride! The whimsical title is more likely to be referring to the snail-like loose gravel that can be found sprinkled across as many as twenty hairpin bends. This trail takes you down an electrifying 3200 metre ride downwards towards Santiago de Chile.
So whether you crave a long road trip with plenty of amazing sights or an exhilarating chase down a short trail, there is an incredible journey somewhere in the world for any motorcyclist’s tastes. With so many amazing locations to visit, where will you choose to go first? Why not take them all one by one, and see how many you can tick off your bucket list!