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Old 03-19-2013, 03:53 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Twinz View Post
I feel awful to have only done three in a car and none on a bike!
You'd feel a lot better if you transformed your Dream Ride into your Best Ride. Rent a bike in southern Germany or northern Italy or join a group tour. It's never too late if the spirit is willing. And don't play the age card, there are lots of inmates who are older than you, including me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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Great suggestions, I have only ridden four of them but am hoping to add more. My suggestion would be the camino del la muerte in Bolivia and will consult this list when doing my route planning for my next trip.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #18
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None of those 20 roads I have experienced.
But two of the below list I have ridden on. Awesome roads to ride!!!

Originally Posted by ricochetrider View Post
I agree it's all subjective. Sure those look like awesome roads, and guess what- if you're riding a bike in Norway, Argentina, China, France, Italy, or any other place that may be "exotic" compared to your home area- it isn't gonna suck.

I'd throw in

The Cat & Fiddle in England,

Cherahola Skyway NC/TN,

the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island,

Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, and the

Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive in Virginia.

These are great roads to ride, and all are in areas where there are more great roads to ride.

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Old 03-23-2013, 03:40 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Morizzi View Post
I won't go into detail but the article is very subjective.

Stelvio is a PITA. The hairpins are so tight you can't enjoy it as you can't see what is coming to try and kill you.

Transfagarasan is just old. No maintenance since the fall of the wall. Pothole heaven.

Atlantic Hwy is hindered by a 80kmh speed limit with a very aggressive policing.

Just 3 of my experiences.

There are so many great roads out there that don't attract attention. My advice is to keep them a secret.
Absolutely agreeing with you. My problem is that I guess I'm sick, because I like roads like Stelvio, and I love Pothole heavens (lovely Morocco secondary roads...)
The only thing I don't bear quite well is that kind of speed limits....

Of course, It's better to keep your best roads secret, but I'll share one quite fine with you. In Spain, the road that flows along the mountain natural boundary between Galicia and Asturias (NW Spain). The landscape is green and exhuberant, the food in both regions is richful, splendid and cheap, and all the area is plenty of bending roads (there is a mountain chain that spreads along all the north of Spain UNTIL IT REACHES THE PYRENEES.....).

Going from Oviedo to Lugo or viceversa, through the LU-530 , AS-28, AS-14, AS-15. The whole distance Lugo-Oviedo is 230 kms, but the paradise for the RR bikes begans in O Cádavo (Baleira)-A Fonsagrada-Grandas de Salime-Pola de Allande-Grado, it makes an amount of 200 kms of good asphalt and pure funny bends for all kinds of motorbikes. Sorry for the long explanation, but google maps is kicking me lately, and I couldn't link my map.

I attach the link of a video I did almost 3 years ago, with my new (then) Vstrom 650 riding from Lugo to Fonsagrada, with only 3000 kms on my back... nowadays I ride a little bit longer...I thank to Lord that my bike endures everything I demand her, without a cough... I daresay that its name should be V-Strong... (In a couple of hours I'll start a one day ride to La Rioja, visiting some wineyards and cellars, and riding through 3 natural parks in the Vasque Country, a 7-8 hours ride along 500 kms, and my VStrong is getting on its nerves in the garage....)

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #20
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I have done 9 of the 21. 9 down, 12 to go...
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:12 PM   #21
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Only done the 7 mile bridge one - don't recall being that impressed to be honest. I suspect it's one of those rides that looks better from the air. That said, arriving at Key West was a big moment for me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:37 PM   #22
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I have done portions of 1, 16 and 18.. all on my bikes.
But there are way too many nice roads out there to be able to fit in a short list as such, so I'm not worried about not having done most of these just yet... but I will check some more off the list in due time :)

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #23
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I have only done 1 and 6 on two different bikes, but with the same lovely pillion 20 years apart . We rode # 6 on a ZX 11 while we were dating and # 1 just last summer on the big GS as a thrid honeymoon!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #24
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dam it, looks like I have to quit work again and go riding, doh!

p.s how come the I5 never made it onto the list?!
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:30 AM   #25
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Now I'm sort of depressed.

I haven't ridden any of those roads. I will be able to cross two of them off the list in a month (White Rim, and 550), and will probably hit a couple more in the States within a year or two, like Highway 1 up the California coast. Although the Florida Keys bridge and the road in Alaska are probably-nots, also.

But, alas, the foreign roads are beyond my means to get there.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:42 PM   #26
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I have only done one, but it was listed number 1!

As luck would have it, I live 1/2 day's drive away. I've done some of the European passes, but not on a bike.

Looking at some of those forest roads, I'd be willing to bet many of us live near roads equivalent to some of those listed, but not as well known. The lack of global recognition doesn't make them any less spectacular. Ride your own....road.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:55 PM   #27
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Interesting that there are non listed in South America, but I'd have to say the drive from Nasca to Cuzco (Peru) should be on that list.

Sadly, I could never take the Sani Pass road through the Drakensburg as it was pouring rain and flooded and mud ridden.

In Costa Rica, if you can ride it early or late when there is no traffic, the road from Cartagofrom sea level to over 10,000 feet by Cerro de la Muerte, Mountain of Death, to San Isidro de El General, a small farming community nestled in the Talamanca mountain range and onward toward Golfito and the Osa Peninsula, is an incredible ride and another of my favorite —*about the only road in Costa Rica that isn't riddled with potholes.

Good list and I've bookmarked this as I'd like to try some, though too many places still not in Western Europe I need to ride first!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:08 AM   #28
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Interesting that there are non listed in South America, but I'd have to say the drive from Nasca to Cuzco (Peru) should be on that list.
Number 15 is in Argentina.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:20 AM   #29
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I've done eight of these on a motorcycle: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 16, 18 and 20. I agree that the 7 mile bridge isn't much of a motorcycle road and that the Cabot Trail and Cherohala should be on there.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #30
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....don´t forget next time in Europe

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