We have a pretty active Facebook community. They're always willing to share their opinion. But, there was one post, that just went crazy. And it all started with a simple question: IF YOU COULD RIDE ANY ROAD TOMORROW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?. Boy did we get some responses. Rather than let them disappear into Facebook history, we thought we’d create a BIKER BUCKET LIST of the most drooled-over roads in the world. And here they are. In no particular order.
PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
The big one. The one that got the most riders excited and still, after mudslides, fires and closures, remains one of the most spectacular roads in the world. Stop and admire the views, of the road, the mountains and the ocean. Depending on the time of year, you could be lucky enough to spot a few Whales as they leisurely migrate north or south. It has many names and stretches along the West Coast, winding and weaving its way from Mexico to Canada, but whatever you call it, it is definitely a road worth dreaming about.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Originally named the Appalachian Scenic Highway, construction of this road began in North Carolina as part of the Roosevelt administration’s NEW DEAL in 1935, and continued into Virginia the following year. But that’s not what brings so many people to this gorgeous scenic route. Highlights in Virginia include the Roanoke River Gorge, Shenandoah National Park, and three large mountains in the “87 Peaks of Otter Creek.”
Germany’s most infamous highway, stretching over 8,000 Miles! Most assume there are no speed limits here & that you can drive as fast as you want! The truth is that the advisory speed limit is 81 mph (130 km/h). Not as exciting as you might think. And, depending on the time of year, the Autobahn can get busy, with cars and trucks moving at an impressive clip. If you like to live close to death, this is the road for you. If you'd rather relax into your ride a little, then give it a miss.
ROAD TO HANA
Also known as the Hana Highway, this is a beautiful 64-mile drive through tropical rainforest along the eastern coast of Maui, Hawaii. Narrow and winding, its jam packed with amazing views and challenging curves (about 620). You’ll also have to navigate 59 bridges, many of which are one lane. Check out the waterfalls along the way - after a good rain up in the mountains, they'll be gushing! And if all those twisties and all that beauty leaves you hungry, the chocolate chip banana bread from Hana Farms and the fresh fish tacos from The Burro food truck are highly recommended!
It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America”. Twists, and turns for nearly 70 miles, and just the view is arguably unbeatable. Since it’s only open for about 6 months of the year, you may want to book your trip ASAP. And, even if you’re attempting the pass in the middle of Summer, bring some cold-weather gear. The pass will take you up to a height of just under 11,000 feet above sea level and gets mighty chilly at the top.
America’s love affair with this road has been well documented throughout US history with countless songs, and of course in Dennis Hopper's (yes he directed it too) “Easy Rider”starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Needless to say, this stretch of highway lives on in American Folklore and the majority of our Facebook fans agreed that it must be experienced in your lifetime.
Nothing says “let’s get outta town” like hitting up southern Florida! Especially when it means driving over a seven mile bridge, watching the sun rise or set over a clam, blue ocean. Beaches, boats and beauties as far as the eye can see. Not a lot of twists and turns, but sometimes its just nice to sit on the throttle and let the hot summer breeze, and natures beauty, warm your soul.
TAIL OF THE DRAGON
This one is short, but oh so sweet. At 11 miles long, The Tail may not seem like it's worth all the aodration, but with over 300 curves and surrounded by the beauty of the Smokey Mountain, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful & curvy stretch of road. But, plan your ride well. You can ride it all year 'round, but it does get mighty busy in the midst of summer.
THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Australia boasts no shortage of epic roads, but the aptly named Great Ocean Road is widely considered to be one of the most enjoyable motorcycle roads in the world. Built by returning World War I veterans as a memorial to those lost, at over 170 miles long, it's considered the world's largest war memorial. Hugging the coastline at first, the road ventures into the countryside and eucalyptus-scented mountains before veering back towards the ocean. Maybe not the most challenging ride, it more than makes up for it in panoramic, show-stopping scenery.
THE FUTA PASS (PASSA DELLA FUTA)
The Futa Pass has gained legendary status. Motorcycles outnumber cars about 20 to 1, with sportbikes making up the majority. The pass tops out at 903m and the road to the crest is made for opening your bike up. Fast sweepers, tight hairpins, chicanes, undulations, short, sharp sections. The riding is sublime, but it’s also draws enthusiasts from all over Europe, so expect to have company.
Lolo Pass is a high mountain pass in the Bitterroot Range of the northern Rocky Mountains. You may have seen photos of the "Curves next 99 miles" sign that marks the pass. The sign, doesn't exaggerate. There's lots of sweeping curves and a few tight ones. There is little traffic and excellent road surfaces. But with few guardrails and plenty of surprising hairpins, its a road that demands your attention and respect.
THE CHERAHOLA SKYWAY
One of the most scenic drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The countless mountain views from this 42-mile winding road show little evidence of civilization and deserve to be enjoyed to their fullest. So you'll want to take your time and stop along the way. Like most passes, temperatures along the way can and do vary greatly, so pack accordingly and enjoy.
Rising over 3500 feet and at about 31 miles in length, the Newfound Gap is another Smokey Mountains marvel. Stretching from Tennessee through to North Carolina, this road is both stunning and unusual. At one point you'll pass through the "loop," a unique turn on the road which first passes through a tunnel and then makes a tight turn uphill until it passes over the tunnel again. If you're anywhere near this road, take it. You'll never regret it.
THE TREMOLA ROAD
The Tremola Road is an 18 mile, cobbled memorial to road construction. Today it largely retains the appearance of the reconstruction completed in 1951. About 20 feet wide, the road is bordered by thick retaining walls with few guardrails. It boasts plenty of sharp hairpins and is built for cruising. But don't get complacent. The road is challenging and unforgiving.
Known affectionately as “The Troll Ladder,” this road has long been a biker draw, thanks to its blend of fun riding with incredible scenery. Peppered throughout the ride are hairpin turns and a string of waterfalls, as well as misty wetness that adds an extra element of danger. Make it to the top in one piece and you can take in astounding vistas and a measure of pride knowing you’ve conquered Troll Mountain.
AMALFI COASTAL ROAD
If you want to feel like your riding right into a Bond movie, or alongside a Hepburn, then this is the road for you. This perennial vacation hotspot is among the most gorgeous and well-preserved parts of Europe. It also is home to a damn fine coastal ride, most of which has been carved directly into the cliff face, and offers an unforgettable way to mix it up with some stylish.