Touring Best European biking road?

Discussion in 'Rideouts, Trackdays, Touring & Spotted' started by Dougie D, Dec 7, 2016.

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  1. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    I'm just curious to hear from all you seasoned touring guys/gals? what is your all time favourite road in Europe (excluding the UK) I know everyone will have different opinions on what makes a great road but it would be interesting to hear what you think
    PS If you can't name just one road, maybe your top 3 :)
     
  2. crispey

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    your best biking road is only the best til you tell someone about it and they tell you of one better!'
     
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  3. Bikerman

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    Grossglockner Austria If you get great weather even better.
    Trollstigen Norway. Thank god for digital cameras, otherwise you'd run out of film
    B500 Black Forrest Germany.
     
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  4. Reggie

    Reggie Senior Member

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    Not easy to answer that one Dougie as I generally like EVERYTHING outside of the UK...:D

    But I've thought about it and I reckon in reverse order -

    3rd - Route Napoleon. I've done it when it's been busy and I've done it at the crack of dawn when I had it to myself (almost)... each time I've loved it, even in the rain.

    2nd - Col de la Bonette

    1st - Susten Pass

    I'll be on 2 & 3 again next Summer and 1 in 2018 :)
     
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  5. old git

    old git Well-Known Member

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    I've got loads of favourites but the N260 in the Spanish Pyrenees takes some beating. Most of the big name mountain passes are over and done with in no time but the N260 just keeps giving. At it's empty best in late May/early June. Nobody knows how to build a bike road the way the Spanish do - highly recommended!
     
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  6. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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  7. MickEng

    MickEng Noble Member

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    This is all sounding great guys.
    I am a liittle embrassed to admit that I have never left our shores on a bike.
    It looks like I have plenty to look forward to as retirement gets ever closer.

    Hired a dodgy Yam 600 or something once in Cyprus for a few days.
     
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  8. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Mick, go on google maps and check out the roads..that will whet your appetite for touring! Germany and Austria doesn't allow the wee google man in to look around but there's plenty of info on the web about the biking roads. I'll be checking out the roads mentioned above and hopefully manage to do them sometime :)
     
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  9. MickEng

    MickEng Noble Member

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    Thanks Dougie,
    I have been abroad many times and seen the brilliant roads and scenery to be had.
    In fact it was recent holidays in mid and Southern France where I made my mind up to get another bike.
    Problem is my wife will not go on bikes due to a family motorcycling fatality many years ago.
    My plan is in my retirement when I am not restricted to company holiday entitlement I will have the 'spare' time to venture into Europe on my bike without jeopardizing family holidays.
    So without wishing my life away, I am looking forward to the biking adventures in future years.
     
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  10. Bikerman

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    All I can say that in 40 years of going all over Europe right up to Northern Norway, and as far down as Gibraltar ( and every single country in the middle east and west, before the wall came down ) you're in for a treat. I've done 90% of the above on my todd and you're not alone, as bikers all over Europe will help you no end, and don't worry too much about the lingo, have a go at it, it's common courtesy in my opinion, but 90% of the Europeans speak English. If you budget stretches to Norway that place is stunning, and the people are so friendly. To be honest if you're friendly to them then there's no reason at all why they don't reciprocate. And as us bikers are all a friendly bunch, you've got that one covered already.
    Have a fantastic time whenever you go and don't forget your camera, ( so we can all see your trip as well :) ).
     
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  11. steve lovatt

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    Generally Europe is far more pleasant than the UK (avoiding the obvious like busy capital cities).
    Bikers are more welcome, roads are quieter and usually better maintained (Belgium can be the exception to this though!).
    Just get over there and enjoy - use the Tunnel - you're in France within 35 minutes, Belgium in 20 after that and Germany within 3 hours.
     
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  12. roadrider

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    N 621 from Potes to Riano then turn right onto the N 625 to Cangas de Onis.
    Or maybe the D17 from Aurillac to Pas de Peyrol
    Or maybe any road in the Southern Vosges,round the Grand Ballon.
    So many good roads in Europe.
    Hopefully off to the Alps in June so I might have to revise the list :D:cool:;)
     
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  13. Northwest Nomad

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    Stayed a few times in Potes and the area is superb, N625 is very nice but with saying that most of the roads in the Potes area are good and the Riano lakes road is bliss, June 2017 we are off to Vosges so will give the area of Grand Ballon a look
     
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  14. Tim Jones

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    +1 for Potes and Riano, coming back that way in May for ferry, then off to French Alps in July...Col de Bonnet is spectacular, to be honest any road with a mountain range is good.

    Teejay
     
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  15. lucas60

    lucas60 Active Member

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    Route Napolean for me the best to date although the Ronda in Spain also excellent, of for two weeks in the Pyrenees this summer my thoughts might change. remember (life's to short to grow up) ride safe everyone regards Lou
     
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  16. toad

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    One of my all time favourites is Italy's most beautiful roundabout the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites. Four cracking passes and a scenery to blow your brains away to boot.
     
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  17. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    i must admit i do fancy the Dolomites stunning scenery, they look totally different from anything else in the Alps..one day:rolleyes:
     
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  18. toad

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    The Dolomites are quite simply different to everything else out there. And the further East you go the less traffic you get. Most of the pictures on my website were taken in the Dolomites quite simply because of the stunning scenery.

    I remember riding down South via the Felberntauern road approaching Cortina from the East via Monte Zoncolan, a small road comparable to a country lane, and skirting round via Passo Giao. It was a long day's ride from Munich, nearly 300 miles along small roads, so the beers in the evening were well earned:) Next day Passo Falzarego followed by the Sella Ronda and then back to Vipiteno via another bunch of tiny roads.

    Now that is a trip I would recommend to all and sundry. You get stunning passes, some relaxing bigger roads like the Felberntauern, small stuff where I'd pay you a beer if you saw another bike and one fantastic Alpine hut with decent nosh after the other.
     
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  19. Tim Jones

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    Dolomites last September....go for it chaps DSCN2316.JPG
     
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  20. sox22

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    N20 has got to be one of those roads to ride all day....
     
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