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BEST VIETNAM MOTORCYCLE TOUR DEEP INTO MEKONG DELTA Tour

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BEST VIETNAM MOTORCYCLE TOUR DEEP INTO MEKONG DELTA

This Mekong Delta trip was absolutely banging !! From set up on the net to completion of the trip the Vietnamese owner of the tour was in touch and totally accessible. I booked the trip to have a relaxing ride around the mainly flat Mekong Delta. I ride bikes everyday at home and didn't feel the need to get down and dirty as I'm sure I would if I'd have adventured further north. My guide arrived the evening prior to meet and brief me about our tour. Cong my guide, was absolutely brilliant. Bike and Cong arrived bang on time the following morning, that set the scene for a punctual organisation. I rode a 150 trail bike which was more than ample for the terrain. The encompassed the different farms animal, vegetable, and fish. The industries that

Short Motorcycle Adventure Tour

Short Motorcycle Adventure

Top Gear Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Saigon on Chi Minh Trail Tour

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Top Gear Vietnam Motorbike Tour from Hanoi to Saigon on Chi Minh Trail

Great experience for 12 of us to explore 2600 km on motorbikes in Vietnam. Mountain roads, trails, crossroads, culture, villages and cities, this tour has a number of things. The pilot and his crew are EXCELLENT!!! All we have to do is ride and have fun every day, they take care of the rest. Highly recommended DNQ Travel and look forward to a return trip!

Lower Mustang Motorbike Tour Tour

Lower Mustang Motorbike Tour

the experience that we gained on this trip was totally much more than what we had expected. Bhagwat and also the tourguide Gopal was very very helpful! I would truly recommend it

Royal Enfield Motorbike Tour in Nepal Tour

Royal Enfield Motorbike Tour in Nepal

Great trip! Everything was coordinated perfectly. The pace, destinations and experiences were good. Our guide, Badri Karki, was awesome and fun. His comments, educational and historical information about what we were visiting or seeing was much appreciated. Badri is a gentleman and nice guy. Overall a fantastic experience.

Private Leh- Ladakh tour with Pangong & Nubra Tour

Private Leh- Ladakh tour with Pangong & Nubra

3-days & 3 nights KTM-Desert Adventure from Ouarzazate to Iriki & Erg Chigaga: Explore the famous Road of the Dakar-Ralley Tour

3-days & 3 nights KTM-Desert Adventure from Ouarzazate to Iriki & Erg Chigaga: Explore the famous Road of the Dakar-Ralley

Ha Giang Motorbike Tour 4 days 3 nights Tour

Ha Giang Motorbike Tour 4 days 3 nights

5-days & 4 nights KTM-Desert Adventure from Ouarzazate to Iriki & Erg Chigaga: Explore the famous Road of the Dakar-Ralley Tour

5-days & 4 nights KTM-Desert Adventure from Ouarzazate to Iriki & Erg Chigaga: Explore the famous Road of the Dakar-Ralley

Will And Wonderful Perú,Lima, Amazon River ,Inca Trail ,Machupicchu,Huacachina  ,Nasca Lines Tour

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Will And Wonderful Perú,Lima, Amazon River ,Inca Trail ,Machupicchu,Huacachina ,Nasca Lines

Ha Giang Easy Rider Motorbike 4 days/3 nights Tour

Ha Giang Easy Rider Motorbike 4 days/3 nights

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Himalayan Marathon, Boss of All Rides - Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour Tour

Himalayan Marathon, Boss of All Rides - Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour

Top of The World, Ride in Trans Himalayan Region, Shimla to Ladakh Tour

Top of The World, Ride in Trans Himalayan Region, Shimla to Ladakh

Vietnam Motorcycle Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang via Sapa, Bac Ha, Yen Bai Tour

Vietnam Motorcycle Tour to Ha Giang, Cao Bang via Sapa, Bac Ha, Yen Bai

Thanks to Mr Dong and his team for an unforgettable experience. The Vietnam Motor Tours to Ha Giang we did, I cannot recommend highly enough. The incredible scenery, boat cruises, mountain trails and home stay were all amazing.

Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Ba Be, Ha Giang, Sapa, Lai Chau, Son La Tour

Northern Vietnam Motorbike Tour to Ba Be, Ha Giang, Sapa, Lai Chau, Son La

A trip to be remembered for a long time for sure. From excellent communications during the planning, great itinerary, some fantastic and sometimes challenging roads, good accomadation, a really good tour guide, Mr Cao, spoke good English. All up, I can't speak highly enough of the whole trip. Thank you, Mr Dong.

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This Mekong Delta trip was absolutely banging !! From set up on the net to completion of the trip the Vietnamese owner of the tour was in touch and totally accessible. I booked the trip to have a relaxing ride around the mainly flat Mekong Delta. I ride bikes everyday at home and didn't feel the need to get down and dirty as I'm sure I would if I'd have adventured further north. My guide arrived the evening prior to meet and brief me about our tour. Cong my guide, was absolutely brilliant. Bike and Cong arrived bang on time the following morning, that set the scene for a punctual organisation. I rode a 150 trail bike which was more than ample for the terrain. The encompassed the different farms animal, vegetable, and fish. The industries that
I have just finished a 12 tour Top Gear Ho ChiMin Trail tour. Myself and two friends joined Cong on this fabulous ride we saw and experienced lots of things that the average tourist would not experience. This tour was very well organised and Cong was very good at finding new experiences from riding through remote villages and rice paddies we also ate at a verity of restaurants from remote family settings to floating restaurants where the food was also extremely fresh and tasty. We got to visit war site’s museums and grave sites. It was challenging learning to ride in the huge mobs of motorcycles in the cities and also evading trucks/ cars motorcycles coming around corners on your side of the road. We saw motorcycles pulling trailers with up to 5 pigs,1 water buffalo,1 large cow, 4 people and a dog, as well as numerous farm produce equipment. It was an extremely rewarding experience and would highly recommend Mr Dong and his crew of well trained informed guides who go out of their way to make sure that you have the best possible experience.

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The 10 best motorcycle roads in the world.

  • December 3, 2019
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Riding a motorcycle is a truly life affirming experience. Compared to the confines of a family saloon, exploring the world on two wheels offers a totally immersive and involving experience that simply cannot be matched. At Ride Expeditions, we’re lucky enough to ride some of the best roads in the world and have a chance to explore wonderful countries by motorcycle and meet amazing people on the way. So we thought we’d put together a list of some of the most epic motorcycle roads from California to Canberra – routes that you should make every effort to ride before you get too old! . Of course, some of them are on our own tours and that’s no coincidence – we make it a priority to pick locations with the best roads and routes in the world. As for the rest – well let’s just say we’re working on it!

So here's our list of the 10 best motorcycle roads in the world:

10. the ho chi minh trail.

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So were straight in with a truly epic and historic route that most riders will have heard of but few will have ridden. The Ho Chi Minh Trail stretches from the North of Vietnam all the way down to the final stop in Ho Chi Minh City a distance of nearly a thousand kilometres. Built between 1959 and 1965 during the intense and brutal conflicts in the region, the trail was originally a vital route for munitions and supplies.

But that’s in the past thankfully and now the Ho Chi Minh trail is a world class collection of trails, tracks and roads that scythe through the incredible landscape of Vietnam and neighbouring Laos, through everything from dense jungle to stunning valleys and open plains and is definitely best explored by motorcycle.

To enjoy the trail you really need a lightweight trail bike and that’s exactly what we do on our Ho Chi Minh tour. Armed with the right bike, exploring this epic route is a truly unforgettable experience – forget the bucket list, you need this one in the diary!  Check out our video right here .

9. THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

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So you couldn’t get two routes much different than our first picks, but great motorcycle riding comes in many different guises! And for road riding in a fantastic location, you’d be hard pushed to argue against the Pacific Coast Highway .  Of course which bit of State Route 1 is actually the Pacific Coast Highway seems to be open to debate, but if you’ve got the time and the bike to do it we’d recommend riding the whole 1,000 kilometres of SR1 from its start way north of San Francisco to the end just south of Los Angeles.

But if you don’t have time for the full route, then we’d go for the glorious section between Monterey and Morro Bay. This stunning ride tracks the cliffs and achingly beautiful landscape that borders the crashing Pacific Ocean beneath you, taking you through the iconic Carmel and Big Sur as the road snakes south towards the immense Morro Rock that sits above the bay. It’s only a 200 km ride, but you won’t want to rush this one – take your time, stop a lot and take lots of photos!

8. THE NORTH YORKSHIRE TET

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Riding incredible routes doesn’t always have to mean going to exotic locations – it’s about the experience and the scenery and you can find that on your doorstep or on the other side of the world. So our third route may lack the glamour of the Pacific Coast, but it’s no less beautiful. The Trans European Trail takes in wonderful tracks and incredible roads across most of Northern Europe and down to the tip of Africa. But the section we’ve just picked out starts from Kendal in the Lake District and goes across to the Irish Sea before tracking all the way across the north of England to finish in Newcastle on Tyne. On the way you’ll witness the beauty of the Lakes, the splendour of the North Yorkshire moors and the stunning countryside of County Durham. 

You’ll either need a trail bike or a small adventure bike to complete the ride, so don’t set out on your BMW R1250GS and expect to have an easy time, but armed with the right bike and a group of good mates, this is four days of riding heaven with added pubs!

7. THE AMALFI COAST

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Italy is one of our all time favourite holiday destinations, and we’ve ridden all over this wonderful country, from slicing through the olive groves in Tuscany to adventure riding from Sanremo to Sestriere on the Hard Alpi tour or trail riding in Sardinia. But our selected bit of tarmac nirvana is on the achingly gorgeous Amalfi coast on the southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula, just below Naples. 

The route is only around 60 kilometres long, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in scenery. The road goes from Sorrento to Amalfi, and for much of the distance tracks the rugged coastline, sometimes clinging to the cliffs over impossible drops down to the crashing waves of the Mediterranean below. You’ll pass through postcard picture villages, travel through tunnels chiselled out of the rock and you’ll need to keep your wits about you for those tight hairpin bends and endless corners, especially if there’s a tourist bus coming the other way! 

But there’s no need to rush on this road, it’s so stunning from start to finish that it doesn’t matter whether you are on a Vespa or a V-Max – take your time and drink in this truly epic road.

6. THE SWARTBERG PASS

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Until recently we’d not experienced the incredible riding in South Africa, but once we did – Man, had we been missing out! Trying to pick one of the best routes was a tricky task – we could easily have picked the amazing Garden Route along the South Coast or perhaps the breath-taking Chapmans’s Peak Drive that hugs the cliffs around the very southern tip of the continent, or or or….

But our pick is the epic Swartberg Pass on the northern edge of Little Karoo in the Western Cape. The pass is part of our Cape Crusader tour and once you’ve ridden it, you’ll be in no doubt why we included it in our list and on our tour. At just 28 kilometres long it’s the shortest on our list but like the Amalfi Coast road, it’s action and drama packed for every centimetre of the way. The pass was constructed by Thomas Bain  between 1881 and 1888  and is arguably one of his finest road building projects, even if the convicts who provided the labour may not have agreed! But don’t head out on this route and expect billiard table smooth tarmac – this is predominantly still a dirt road with only small sections or blacktop to get you up the very steep bits, so an adventure bike is perfect for the job.

The Swartberg Pass goes from the very valley floor through an incredible series of hairpins and straights to reach the peak and the awesome land scape visible from the Teeberg view point. You can also pick out the amazing road that awaits you as it plunges down the side of the mountain and through deep gorges towards Malvadraai. If you’ve got a drone, then this is the time to spin up those little propellers – nothing else will capture the scale and splendour of the Swartberg Pass, unless of course you come ride it with us! Here’s a little video taster .

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5. the great ocean road.

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So far we’ve not covered anything in the Antipodes, and with so many incredible roads and landscapes to explore, that needs correcting. We’ve picked the Great Ocean Road as it fits nicely with the other coastal roads on our list, but more importantly it’s an amazing road to ride. 

The Great Ocean Road is around 300 kilometres long so is a comfortable day’s ride between the decidedly English sounding Torquay and Peterborough but the road between the UK namesakes is not anything like  as epic!  On this road you’ll track some of the stunning Vict oria coastline and experience everything from dense rain forest to open clifftops with a stunning view south towards the distant horizon. Built between 1919 and 1932, it’s hard to pick a best bit on this beautiful ribbon of blacktop, but certainly the Shipwreck Coast section with the limestone pillars jutting out of the waves is pretty special, as is the stretch above the Apollo Coastal Nature reserve, so maybe stop here for an hour or so.

And as it’s a pure road route you can take any bike you like from a step-thru to a Yamaha Tenere 700 – it’s all good! 

4. THE TRANSFARAGASAN HIGHWAY

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Now it’s not a conventional motorcycling destination but on the basis of this road, perhaps we should all add Romania to our ‘to do’ list. Like many of the epic roads in the region, the Transfagarasan Highway – or more prosaically the DN7C – was originally constructed in the early 70s as a strategic military route by the ruthless regime of Nicolae Ceaucescu. The 90 kilometre route snakes through endless climbs and hairpins right up into the cloud line of the Carpathian Mountains between Sibiu and Bascov and thanks to the extreme altitude is only usually passable in the summer months. Even in the summer you’ll need to check the weather forecast though!

If you are talking epic roads, The Transfagarasan Highway has it all – terrifyingly deep drops border the road without so much as a solitary barrier, while the longest tunnel will plunge you into complete darkness for nearly a whole kilometre, and you can even stop off at the castle of Vlad the Impaler. But it’s the road that is the star here as it slices through the Romanian landscape, sweeping left and right across valleys, over peaks and down epic descents – no wonder Top Gear called this the  ‘Greatest driving road in the world’ and it’s even better on a bike!

Allow yourself time to experience this route – it’s so worth it! 

3. THE TROLLS LADDER

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Staying in the Northern hemisphere but this time our selected road is a fair bit closer to the arctic circle than Romania, but certainly just as immense and jaw-dropping as anything else on this list.  The Trollstigen or Trolls Ladder can be found in the Rauma region, halfway between Bergen and Trondheim and is one of the most amazing stretches of tarmac you will ever ride, snaking either side of the rugged mountains through a series of tight and technical hairpins. This is not the route to take if your brakes aren’t up to scratch!

Riding the Troll’s Ladder won’t take long but the view from the top is truly worth it so take the box brownie with you and of course you can’t go without a few selfies. And with so many other wonderful roads in this part of Scandinavia, you’ll be sure of similarly exciting and picturesque riding from dawn to dusk. And the bike to take? We’d go for the KTM 790 Adventure!

2. THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

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With our list of the best motorcycle roads in the world generally pointing out routes high in the mountains and next to sun-kissed oceans, our penultimate choice  goes against the grain a little but is still a truly intoxicating ride from start to finish. The Wild Atlantic Way travels along the beautiful coastline of Ireland from the top, right up in Londonderry, down to the end point in Kinsale, and at 2500 kilometres is the longest coast road on the planet – if that’s not enough reason to take it on, we’ve no idea what is!

At such a long route, you’d need to factor in nearly two weeks to tackle the entire Wild Atlantic Way, and with Ireland’s often unpredictable weather and small winding roads, that’s a big ask. But no matter whether you ride the lot or just small bits at a time you will be rewarded with wonderful views and great riding all day long, from the north right down to the south. The route is divided into six regions – Northern Headlands, The Surf Coast, The Bay Coast, The Cliff Coast, Southern Peninsulas and ending with The Haven Coast – trying to pick the most beautiful is just impossible. The Wild Atlantic Way is like a reliable postman – it always delivers.

If you are going to ride this route, best not to take the latest sports bike as these lanes need a relaxed and laid back approach – maybe a classically styled Triumph Bonneville, or an Africa Twin would do the job? Check out the route here  or better still – get yourself to the Bikefest at Kilarney

1. THE KHARDUNG LA PASS

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We are finishing on a high – quite literally! At over five kilometres above sea-level, The Khardung La Pass is reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world, and having ridden over it numerous times on our wonderful and ever popular Himalayan Heights tour , we’re happy to confirm it’s bloody high at the top and the air is mighty thin. 

The road going up to the pass goes from Tsati in the north traveling a serpentine route up the mountains to the peak of the mountain before plunging back down to Leh on the southern side. The road is at times smooth tarmac and then rough gravel and everything else in between  – to reach the summit takes effort from you and your bike as both of you fight the effects of the altitude. But once you are there – Hell Yes!

You can take any bike to the top, but two recommended things to have are decent suspension and fuel injection, and bear in mind with all those stones and gravel, a Royal Enfield Himalayan might be more suitable than an R1.

But don’t worry about all that, the scenery on this final ride is way beyond epic from start to finish . Gotta be done!

So that’s our list of the 10 best motorcycle roads in the world. If you’ve ridden them all, you are a very lucky bunny, but if not hopefully there are a few here that you can tackle. And if they are any of the ones on our tours – then we’d be happy to come with you!

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10 of the world’s best motorcycle rides.

Few activities offer the feeling of freedom, speed and adventure than a long trip on a motorcycle. Here are some of the top views to be had while biking the world.

10 of the world's best motorcycle rides

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Taking in France and Spain, the Pyrenees Loop is a favorite with European bikers

Dales and Moors in north England offer nonstop bends, fast straights, wild scenery

California's Pacific Coast Highway takes in redwood forests, ocean cliffs

Nature’s beauty seems so much closer from the seat of a saddle.

Bikes offer a more intimate connection with the people of the places you pass through.

No wonder adventure motorcycling has grown massively in the last decade.

The 2004 “Long Way Round” and 2007’s “Long Way Down” TV documentary series (both featured Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s round the world rides) helped spark the trend.

In 2011, the Motorcycle Industry Council reported that sales of adventure touring bikes were up 14.2% across 12 major brands .

There are hundreds of scenic roads worldwide, but the greatest rides are spiced by the thrill of twisties and smooth hardtop where motorcyclists can crank open the throttle.

Here are 10 of the best rides worldwide, whether for a day out or a longer adventure.

All are in places where motorcycles can be rented or where tours are organized.

1. Ceuta to Marrakesh loop, Morocco

2,570 kilometers (1,600 miles)

Bikers on this route journey through an exotic realm of ancient kasbahs (citadels), souks (bazaars) and desert cultures.

After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders switchback through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez, then traverse the Atlas Mountains (snow-capped in winter) to hit the Sahara at Erfoud.

More on CNN: 10 thing to know before visiting Morocco

Snaking west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves of Ouarzazate and the imperial city of Marrakesh.

Beyond, the Tizi n’Test Pass runs down to the Atlantic coast at Agadir.

It’s two days from here along blacktop to Casablanca, then the final 321 kilometers (200 miles) via Tangiers to Ceuta.

Edelweiss Bike Travel , +43 5264 5690

2. Pyrenees Loop, France and Spain

2,410 kilometers (1,500 miles), Bilbao to Biarritz

A head turner for its sensational scenery and mind-bending hairpins, this route is a favorite among European bikers.

From Bilbao you spin east on the N260 (a legendary biking road worming into the Pyrenees), hit La Seu d’Urgell, then wind north to Andorra, dropping back to Spain at Bourg-Madame for 48 kilometers (30 miles) of twisties coiling down to Ripoli.

At Figueres you can stop at the Dalí museum before rolling along the Mediterranean coast to France.

The D117 from Perpignan threads through narrow mountain passes to Col d’Aspin, with grin-inducing bends all the way to Biarritz.

Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours , +33 (0)5 62 45 08 11

3. The Great Ocean Road, Australia

Blue sky, white sand, red hot wheels.

290 kilometers (180 miles)

This one-day ride from Melbourne to Petersbrough winds through shoreline rainforest, skirts sensational surfing beaches and unfurls along the rugged Shipwreck Coast, renowned for limestone pinnacles piercing the sea like witch’s fingers.

More on CNN: World’s 10 ultimate drives

It’s a perfect northern winter ride.

Big Boyz Toyz, +61 (0)8 9244 4293

4. California and the American West

5,630 kilometers (3,500 miles), Los Angeles to San Francisco (the long way)

This undisputed champion of road trips weaves together many of the West’s iconic national parks.

From Los Angeles, Route 66 traces back in time to Arizona, the Grand Canyon and mesmerizing formations of Monument Valley.

More on CNN: 10 easy ways to experience Navajo Nation

Heading north, the road takes in Natural Bridges National Park, then arcing west takes in Bryce and Zion national parks.

You can twist the throttle across the Mojave Desert to Death Valley then skirt the snow-capped Sierra Nevada northbound to Lee Vining and Yosemite National Park – unrivaled in grandeur.

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental & Tours , +1 310 536 6777

5. Cape Town Circuit, South Africa

1,690 kilometers (1,050 miles)

Fantastic roads, amazing scenery and excellent climate – South Africa is perfect for a one- or two-week fly-ride vacation.

From Cape Town the wild coast heads east then the road turns north over the Olifantskip Pass to Addo National Park – a good chance to shoot big game with your camera.

A throttle-open ride across the Great Karoo to Oudtshoorn heralds dizzying switchbacks – via Route 62 – over the Little Karoo Mountains to sample the wines around Robertson before closing your loop in Cape Town.

Motorcycle Tours South Africa , +27 12 804 3805

6. Pacific Coast Highway, California

Tempting to stop at every turn.

320 kilometers (200 miles), San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

No top 10 would be complete without this stellar ride.

Civilization disappears quickly as you dance a thrilling two-lane tango past seal-strewn beaches, redwood forests, plunging cliffs and the crashing surf of Big Sur.

Also en route – the fishing town of Monterey, the surfing capital of Santa Cruz, and everyone’s favorite city with a famous bridge, San Francisco.

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental & Tours , +1 415 647 9898

7. Dales and Moors, Yorkshire, England

440 kilometers (270 miles) from Kendal to Whitby

This one-day ride across North Yorkshire offers nonstop bends, fast straights, wild scenery and gentle vales dotted with market towns.

The A684 launches you over the Pennines to Hawes, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park via Aysgarth to Leyburn.

Turn south here to Masham for Ripon and Thirsk, then over the heather-clad moors via Pickering to drop down to the peaceful fishing village of Whitby, where you can celebrate an exhilarating ride with fresh fish ‘n’ chips and a pint of ale.

White Rose Tours , +44 01423 770 103

8. Fjordland, Norway

450 kilometers (280 miles) Bergen to Andalsnes

The land of the Vikings is biking Nirvana. The road network takes in terrific switchbacks and awesome fjords – some crossed by ferries.

You begin in Bergen and head for Gudvangern where a ferry takes you through Naerlandsford, the world’s longest and deepest fjord.

Beyond Belstrand, you’ll need to drop gears as you climb over Gaularfjell to Moskog, then Stryn and Eidsdal, where a ferry links to the Trollstigen road, zigzagging crazily to deliver you exhilarated to Andalsness.

Edelweiss Bike Tours , +43 5264 5690

9. Istanbul to Anatolia, Turkey

Modern and ancient tech meet.

2,980 kilometers (1,850 miles) Istanbul to Anatolia

Istanbul provides a superb starting point for an exotic circuit, taking in Cappadocia’s troglodyte houses, ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins and the beauty of the Black Sea and Taurus Mountains.

More on CNN: Best of Istanbul

A ferry across the Sea of Masmara links you to Bursa, then Safranbolu, and the eerie volcanic landscapes of Cappadocia, riddled with Christian churches.

A ride west via Konya to hit the Aegean coast – taking in the Greco-Roman town of Ephesus – closes the loop.

MotoDiscovery , +01 830 438 7744

10. Chasing Che, Cuba

2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles)

Chasing Che Guevara’s ghost down the highway of an enigmatic Communist island nation that resembles a Hollywood stage set is a thrill in itself.

Classic American cars and creaky ox carts are companions on your clockwise loop from Havana to Baracoa, with plenty of time for salsa, cigars and rum.

More on CNN: What to do in Havana

For five decades forbidden fruit, Cuba recently opened to U.S. citizens on licensed group motorcycle tours offered by Texas-based MotoDiscovery.

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The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World: Our Top 7

Motorcycle Tourer | 20 March 2023 25 April 2021 | Choosing A Bike , Motorbikes

So, you’re planning a RTW trip?

Congratulations!

Me too. This is why I thought it would be a great idea to write a post on the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

Then as soon as I started planning it, I came to the conclusion that it probably wasn’t such a good idea after all. Because it’s a minefield of opinions and personal preferences!

So with that said, I’d like to preface this post by saying that these are my opinions on the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

You may have different ideas – and that’s fine.

But the fact is there really is no obvious right or wrong answers. It’s horses for courses as they say.

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The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World Fit Your Needs

And this is why other people’s opinions don’t matter.

Don’t listen to folk who berate you for choosing a heavy bike over a light one. Or an off-road bike over a tourer.

You need to sit down and take a while to figure out your priorities. Think about what you want from your tour and what equipment you will need to fulfill these goals.

Write down the kit you need and look at the roads you intend to ride.

Only when you know what your priorities are will you be able to choose a bike.

But here are few things you might want to consider.

It’s worth mentioning here that you don’t have to buy a new bike for any specific tour. With a few changes to your current bike or route, you’ll be able to complete your trip on the bike you already have.

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The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World: Cost

For most people on RTW trips, money is king. You need to save where you can because money saved amounts to additional days of touring.

Unless you have money in the bank, every penny you save mounts up. And the more money you have mounted up in your fund, the more days you can tour.

And that’s how you have to look at it.

Buying a $5,000 bike over a $10,000 bike leaves you with an extra $5,000 in your pocket. And if you plan to tour on $50 a day (for example), $5,000 equates to an extra 100 days of traveling.

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This is a biggy – because people generally fall into one of two camps.

There are those (like me) who maintain a belief that lighter is better.

And then there are those who prefer big, expensive adventure bikes.

Of course, there are situations when a larger capacity bike is better than a small capacity bike. And there are times when smaller, lighter bikes are better than larger, heavier ones.

Moreover, whichever one you choose, you’ll end up wishing you went for the other! For me, I generally feel that I could have gotten away with a larger capacity bike for 95% of my trip.

But for the remaining 5%, I’m really glad I opted for a smaller bike!

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These two often go hand in hand.

You can (if you want) do a round-the-world tour completely on tarmac.

And if this is the case, you would be more comfortable on a larger capacity bike.

Want to take a BMW GS 1250 Adventure? Great, go for it!

How about a 1290cc KTM or an 1800cc Goldwing?

Excellent, knock yourself out.

But what if you’re determined not to touch the black stuff and intend to ride the vast majority of your trip off-road?

If you want to ride the Altiplano of Peru or visit Mongolia or Africa, you’ll be better off with a smaller dual-sports bike. Go for one that is nimble, flexible, and lightweight.

Not only are lighter bikes easier to live with, but they’re also light enough to pick up by yourself.

And that’s a huge prospect to consider if you’re riding solo.

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Reliability & Repairs

You would have to be pretty brave to embark on a round-the-world trip with a bike that is notorious for being flakey. So reliability is important.

You don’t want to be rebuilding an engine in the middle of the Gobi desert. Or in minus 10 conditions in the mountains of the ‘Stans.

But it’s not just about reliability. Because even the most reliable bikes are prone to inopportune faults that need repairing.

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European Bikes Might Not Make For The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World

Touring on a BMW in the middle of south-east Asia?

Good luck getting it to a garage that knows what to do with it when it breaks down.

And even if you do manage to order the part you need, it’ll take you days (if not weeks) to get it from whichever BMW salon is closest to your location.

BMW’s and KTM’s (and the like) are difficult to fix. And if something goes wrong, the repair bill is astronomical.

And this is why many people opt for bikes such as the Suzuki DR650.

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Old Japanese Bikes:

DR650’s are old bikes and Suzuki dealerships are everywhere.

And even if you can’t find a dealership, there’ll be a guy in a hut somewhere who knows exactly how to fix your problem with nothing but chewing gum and experience.

He’ll likely have the part you need so you can be on your way in a matter of hours rather than weeks.

This is partly the reason why every single bike on this list is Japanese. Their bikes have been around for decades. And there are thousands of aftermarket parts for every conceivable need.

It’s also worth noting that developing nations do not have an abundance of £20,000 Ducati Multristrada V4’s on their roads.

So if yours has an electrical fault, you’ll be hard-pushed to get your Ducati to a mechanic who even knows what it is – let alone fix it.

Small capacity Japanese bikes and parts? Well, they’re absolutely everywhere!

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The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World: Other Considerations

It’s not just about the bike though. It’s about what you intend to do with it.

Going two up? In that case, a 250cc probably isn’t going to cut it!

What about if you have a lot of equipment to take or a camping setup?

If I’m riding predominantly off-road, I prefer minimalist packing on an ultralightweight bike. If I’m riding on tarmac, I can afford a few more luxuries to cram into the panniers.

Your situation will be different. So you need to figure it out and put yourself in the best position for the results you need.

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The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World: Limitless Options

So as you can see, it’s difficult to say exactly what bike will be the right choice for you in your particular situation.

But it’s important to remember that RTW touring is not a new thing.

Over the years and decades, people have completed RTW tours in a whole manner of ways and means.

And they’ve done it on everything from sports bikes to full-dress cruisers.

There’s a setup out there for you and your needs.

But the best bit of advice I can give you is to do it on a bike you love.

So with that in mind, here is my list of top 7 motorcycles to tour around the world!

1. Honda CRF250L

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My gripe with the CRF250L is the same as everybody else’s – in that it isn’t very gutsy. But if you’re spending most of your time on trails instead of tarmac, this isn’t really an issue.

And the prevalence of the CRF250L in recent years (with regard to RTW touring) speaks volumes in terms of it being one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

The 2021 model weighs in at a mere 140kg. It’s light, reliable, is excellent on the trails, and you can pick it up yourself when you drop it.

Away from the trails, it will comfortably hold 70mph on the motorway.

Perhaps best of all is that the CFR250L is manufactured in Thailand. And this means that parts are readily available all over SE Asia.

The CRF250L is also popular in Europe, the America’s, Australia, and NZ. So no matter where you ride, the chances of you finding parts are pretty healthy.

There are also a gazillion aftermarket parts and lots of luggage options.

In terms of the ride, the 250L is quiet and poses little-to-no intimidation. It’s a friendly little thing!

For me, the suspension leaves a lot to be desired. And the seat is almost certainly an instrument of torture rather than a plush and comfortable platform to park your peachy derrière.

But the biggest part of this bike is the fun factor and the way it makes you feel.

Go for the Rally version if you want the looks and the extra mileage from the larger tank. But even in its base form, the CRF250L makes you feel comfortable and confident on the trails.

And that’s important.

2. Yamaha WR250R

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For me, the WR250R is the perfect intermediary in a dual-sports world where race-ready dirt bikes straddle one side of the fence (think Husky’s and KTM’s) whilst street-friendly bikes straddle the other (think Yamaha XT250.)

Loitering around in the middle like it’s up to no good is the Yamaha WR250R.

And even though it shares the WR name with the WR250F, it isn’t as off-road biased as the F. In fact, it’s a totally different bike.

So whilst the F gets to be an off-road hooligan, the R is a purpose-built dual-sport bike. And because of that, it’s one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

The WR250R is a balanced bike and it performs just as well in urban settings as it does on the trails.

On the street, the WR250R’s suspension laughs at the setup on the Honda CRF250L. Potholes, bumps, uneven surfaces, or sketchy terrain are simply not a problem – even if you’re sat down.

And on the motorway, you can comfortably keep up with traffic doing 70mph.

Off-road, the ergonomics are good and it’s a joy to ride. As with the CFR above, the tank is on the small side, but aftermarket tanks are available that can double your range.

All in all, the WR250F is light, reliable, and a whole lot of fun.

3. Yamaha XT250

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Yamaha XT250’s are an absolute bitch to get hold of here in the UK. For our American audience, you should be able to get hold of the new 2021 version quite easily – and at a very good price (around $5,000.)

Despite being around for 40 years now, the XT250 has always kept to its routes. It’s all about simplicity, reliability, and ease of use. And this makes it perfect to be one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

If you’re a more serious off-road rider, you might be better off with the WR250R above. But if you’re new to off-roading or planning to spend a little more time on tarmac, the XT250 is more approachable.

The suspension travel is slightly less than on the WR, and the seat height is also more manageable.

Once riding in the dirt, the XT250 is a joy if you’re not in a rush. It isn’t fast by any stretch of the imagination. And for a RTW trip, that’s actually a good thing.

The XT250 isn’t designed to get you places fast. It’s designed simply to get you there. And as you enjoy the view thanks to the serene pace, you can keep going, and going, and going.

I also love the retro styling on the new models!

4. Honda XR400R

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I’ve tried throughout this post to keep my suggestions to newer bikes. That’s not because the older ones are shit – far from it. It’s just that the newer models are easier to obtain.

But when trying to bridge the gap between the smaller and larger dual-sports bikes, it was a toss-up between Honda’s legendary XR400R and Suzuki’s DRZ400 workhorse.

As it stands, the XR400R is one of the longest-running and unchanged motorcycles in production. And as such is proven to be one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

And from first leaving the manufacturing line in 1996, it remained unchanged until Honda stripped it from its line-up in 2004.

The Honda X400R is a proper nuts and bolts machine with more dirt legs than road legs. With no electric starter or radiator to worry about, it’s simple, reliable, and easy to fix.

That said, if the shit hits the fan, you would happily trade the extra weight for an e-start!

It comes in at around 120kg (dry). And by today’s standards, that’s probably 10kg too heavy.

But my God it’s reliable. And cheap! And it’s this proven reliability and affordability that allowed the XR400R to gain loyal and devoted fans the world over.

For me, the XR400R reminds me of what Honda used to be known for: Well designed, high build quality, powerful brakes, comfort, and typically understated.

What happened over the years, Honda?!

If you want an old-school 400 that’s easy to ride, controllable, lively, and full of personality, look no further than the XR400R.

5. Kawasaki KLR650

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As we move up the capacity chain, we welcome the 650cc dual-sport bikes.

And there’s no better place to start than with Kawasaki’s legendary KLR650.

If you want an excellent trail-basher that is comfortable on faster roads, is flexible, durable, and reliable then the KLR650 is a commendable option.

All in all, it’s gutsy and capable yet maintains a sense of quietness, comfort, and reliability. It has everything to be considered as one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

I’d be thrilled to get my hands on one of the new 2021 models. But unfortunately, Kawasaki have chosen to release this model in the US but not in the UK.

But at a retail price of $7,000 (around £5,000) there’s a bargain to be had when you consider that you could buy four of these machines for the price of a single BMW 1250 GS Adventure.

Throughout its existence, the KLR650 remained pretty much the same – which means parts are easy to obtain on the road.

Even the 2021 model doesn’t vary all that much from the original specifications.

Sure, the suspension is a bit soft and the drivetrain is a bit ‘laid back.’ But the engine that is torquey, dependable, and flexible more than makes up for it.

Not only is it reliable, but it’s also simple – having no electronics or fuel injection. It comes with a stock 23-litre tank, but aftermarket tanks up to 30-litres are available.

Whilst the 2021 model receives a healthy boost in horsepower, I can’t say I’m thrilled about the ginormous weight increase of 35kg.

In my opinion, stick with the tried and tested models from yesteryear. If you can find one!

6. Suzuki DR650

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As accomplished as the KLR650 is, for me, the number one spot in this range goes to the Suzuki DR650. It’s been used so many times that it has to be one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

With an abundance of low-down grunt, the engine is buttery and seamless.

With a stock fuel tank of 13-litres, you can expect a respectable 220km (ish) from a full tank.

But there are lots of aftermarket tanks out there ranging from 20-36-litres.

From a RTW standpoint, the DR650 is lightweight and easy to maintain with parts available in most countries. And due to the length of time the bike has been around, there are aftermarket options for everything – which allows you to personlise your ride.

As with most of the bikes on this list, the DR650 is a simple, old-school design. And it’s oil-cooled which means there are no radiators or water pumps to damage.

I love the fact that they are cheap to buy, affordable to run, easy to maintain and can be fixed with even the most basic of toolkits.

Oddly enough, obtaining the bikes and parts in the UK are more difficult than in the US or Europe.

But if you’re willing to search for a good one, you can expect a bike that is fun to ride, capable both on and off-road, easy to work on, and with parts available in abundance.

7. Honda XR650L

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As with the Suzuki and the Kawasaki above, Honda have also reintroduced their big-bore dual-sports oriented XR650L.

And it’s nothing if not a safe choice!

The XR series has been around since 1969. And the XR400 has been in production for decades.

The Honda XR650L has been a cornerstone of the Honda line-up for years. And this means it’s tried, tested, and refined. It is, without doubt, one of the best motorcycles to tour around the world.

Even after all these years, the XR650L has a simple 644cc single-cylinder engine. And it’s still perfectly responsive and offers plenty of power when you need it.

The newer ones now have an e-start – which is always a help.

With its suspension and frame refined in Baja, you’re promised a smooth ride on motorways, through cities, on trails, and over the bumpy roads of developing nations.

If you want a dual-sport machine that is tried-and-tested, you could do a lot worse than the XR650L.

The Best Motorcycles To Tour Around The World: Conclusion

As you can see, the best motorcycles to tour around the world really depend on your own sets of circumstances.

As mentioned in this post, I’m all for lightweight Japanese bikes. But if you love your KTM 1290, then you go ahead and take it!

Once you know what your priorities are and whether you want to go off-road or not, there really is no right or wrong choice.

Because the best motorcycles to tour around the world on are the ones you love the most!

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The list that follows includes our favorite routes for every type of two-wheeled travel. Whether you’re a summertime cruiser or an off-road fanatic, you’ll find inspiration here for your next adventure. 

Route 1: Alaska Highway, From Anchorage to Whitehorse

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You know you’ve found a pristine wilderness when you’re sharing the road with free-range buffalo!

This motorcycle trip starts in Anchorage before setting out east via the Alaska Highway (AK-1) along the Matanuska River. From there it cuts through the vast Hayes Mountain range into Tanana Valley and the town of Tok (Population: 1,300).

It’s all quiet two-lane blacktop and picturesque mountain valleys from here as you make your way back down south, eventually crossing over onto the Yukon highway and into Canada. 

Technically this 700-mile (1,127 km) journey ends in the Yukon capital of Whitehorse, but if you chose to just keep on going (or turn around and do it all again), we certainly wouldn’t blame you. 

Route 2: The Pyrenees Loop, Covering France & Spain

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The Pyrenees Loop is an incredible 1,500-mile (2,414 km) trek linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean through a network of winding mountain roads and coastal stretches. 

Highlights include Spain’s N260 highway as well as France’s D117 highway, both of which consist of about 90% curves that snake through opposite sides of the Pyrenees mountain range.

In-between these two incredible roads the route follows along the Mediterranean Sea through a series of coastal towns. Spend a day or two on the beach in the resort town of Le Barcares or try your hand at windsurfing in Argeles Plage before headed back toward the Atlantic.

This loop ends in Biarritz, which is a perfect destination to give your butt a rest after a couple of days in the mountains. There’s something for everyone here from sandy beaches to luxurious oceanfront casinos.

Route 3: The Pacific Coast Highway, California USA

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Technically California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway runs over 790 (1,271 km) miles from San Diego California straight through to the Oregon border. 

For an amazing motorcycle trip, however, we recommend you focus on the 250-mile (402 km) stretch between Morro Bay and San Francisco. It goes almost without saying that Los Angeles traffic should be avoided at all costs (both for your sake, and your bikes!).

Here you’ll climb from sea level in San Luis Obispo up to the statuesque cliffs of Big Sur. These are considered by many to be the best coastal views in the entire United States.

After that, spend a night or two camping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park before continuing north into the quaint beach town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. After that take some time to explore the world-famous boardwalks of Santa Cruz before jumping back on two wheels. 

From there you’ll have time to enjoy the sweeping coastal views until you cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a few fun nights in San Francisco. 

Route 4: Ceuta to Marrakesh Loop, Morocco

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Most riders will begin this epic journey in Algeciras Spain and then take a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar into Ceuta, which is an autonomous territory of Spain at the northernmost point of Morocco.

From there you’ll gain elevation quickly, climbing into the Rif mountain range before descending again into the city of Fes. After Fes it’s back into the mountains, this time climbing up into the impressive Atlas range before dropping down into the oasis town of Erfoud in the Sahara Desert. 

From here the elevation and scenery changes don’t stop! You can get your fill of the desert before turning west and riding between the towering walls of Todra Gorge back toward the ocean. 

At the ocean, turn right at the water (unless you plan to stop for a swim), where you’ll enjoy coastal views all the way up to the legendary city of Casablanca. Take some time to soak up the sun and Moroccan culture for a few days before completing this loop with a 200-mile (322 km) stretch snaking back up the coast into Ceuta.

Route 5: M58 Through Siberia, Russia

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The popular TV series “Long Way Around” made the M58 famous as the single longest stretch of the rugged Tran-Siberian Highway. 

People and places are few and far between here, which makes motorcycle trips along this route best suited for endurance riders, nature lovers, and risk-takers. 

Be warned though, you’ll be crossing through sections of Russia that are best known for both their bear and wolf populations, so it might be a good idea to keep plenty of fuel in the tank unless you want to try your luck against both on foot.

Route 6: Great Ocean Road, Australia

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No trip to Australia is complete without a tour of Great Ocean Road!

This 150-mile (241 km) stretch of coastal highway runs along the Victoria coast from Torquay to Allansford, passing beside striking cliffs, unique limestone formations, and ever-changing ocean views. 

It’s all smooth two-lane blacktop from start to finish, and the speed limit never breaks 60 mph (97 kmh). Combine that with more scenic viewing areas and photo opportunities than you can count, and you’ve got the perfect road for a big comfortable touring bike. 

Take your time meandering along the cliffs, explore Grampians National Park, and check off all the incredible geologic features one at a time from the Twelve Apostles to the Island Archway. This one won’t disappoint.

Route 7: Phong Nien To Quang Binh, Vietnam

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If you’re looking to experience the rugged beauty of the Vietnam countryside, this 500-mile (805 km) motorcycle trip delivers the full experience. 

The route connecting the Phone Nien commune to the Quang Binh province starts high in the mountains, winding its way down occasionally paved roads as it meanders through various old-world settlements along the Red River. 

Whether you opt to pass through the capital of Hanoi and slide down along the coast or stick to the mountains along route QL21A is up to you. Both routes eventually converge in the town of Dien Yen before continuing south for the final 150-mile (241 km) stretch of quiet coastal views of the East Vietnam Sea.

Route 8: The Swartberg Pass

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While a seventeen-mile-long stretch of road might not sound like a bucket list motorcycle trip, you’ve got to see the Swartberg Pass to believe it. 

You’ll have plenty of options to link other scenic routes around the Western Cape to this challenging mountain pass, but whatever you do, don’t leave it off your list. The road is almost entirely unpaved, but you’ll be thankful to find short stretches of tarmac in the steepest sections of the route. 

Ultimately this pass is best attempted on an adventure or dual-sport machine due to its challenging terrain, but the payoff is well worth the work you’ll put in on the footpegs. 

Sweeping views of both Little Karoo to the south and the Great Karoo to the north are on offer from the uppermost point of the road, and 700-meter-high cliffs of red rock and quartzite wait to be discovered at Swartberg’s northern terminus.

Route 9: Khardung La Pass, India

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Topping out at over 17,500 feet (5,334 meters) of elevation, the Khardung pass is one of the highest passable roads on the planet. 

We say “passable” because while it is technically possible, you probably wouldn’t want to take your Goldwing up this unpaved stretch of blind corners, bottomless potholes, and regularly falling rocks. 

We’ll reserve this one for the ADV crowd, but if you’ve got knobby tires and the stomach for vertigo-inducing cliffside dropoffs, you’ll have a chance to buy a t-shirt at the top to let everyone know where you’ve been. 

Final Thoughts On Planning Motorcycle Trips

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A lot of preparation goes into planning good motorcycle trips. That means setting aside money for flights, accommodations, food, souvenirs, rentals, and gear — plus spending time plotting the perfect route, finding places to stop along the way, and researching all the travel requirements and restrictions in areas you’ll visit. 

Yet even on some of the 10-day long-distance treks we’ve outlined here, these incredible trips can seem like a blur just days after you get back home. 

For that reason, our final recommendation is that you document your adventures . Smartphone photos of stops along the way are great, but if you’re traveling by motorcycle, video is king. 

Bringing a high-quality motorcycle camera or even a collision prevention system like the Ride Vision 1 along for the ride not only ensures you’ll be as safe as possible on your journey, but also allows you to shoot full HD video of your route (both front and rear) without having to interrupt any beautiful moments or challenging sections you want to share with the world. 

Cameras like this even include apps for your smartphone allowing you to save and edit videos on the go, map your route, and capture ride statistics like speed and elevation. 

With that being said, all that’s left is to have fun, ride safe, and start checking these motorcycle trips off your bucket list!

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My choice of top ten routes in the world is based on having spent 40 years travelling overland around the planet on 10 circumnavigations by motorbike and bicycle. Every mile means a different window into something I haven’t seen before or missed the first time around. The best corners I never forget and leaning over closer to the ground I pick up perfume from hedgerows, sometimes smells of sulphur and dung, oil and the sweet smell of diesel evaporating in a warm sun. The release of a long list of volatile compounds and gasses from cut grass sheared by a mower, a rough wind or a sharp frost has a fresh truffle smell known to every biker. Riding a bike has a cinematic experience about it, almost a 3D feel to the way you absorb what you see, smell and feel on the way.

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1. Pan American Highway, South Peru

Around the world lap record holder, Nick Sanders, choses his favourite ten roads to ride on and there’s Google Maps links too

Where does it start? 

Nazca, a days ride north of Calama, but the best bits of the coastline are between Calama and Punta de Bombon before going inland to the gentle town of Moquegua.

Where does it end? 

Well, the coast route continues onto Tacna on the border with Chile and then on to Arica in Chile. All of the Pan Americana is not consistently thrilling but to be honest it beats 90% of the routes I know for sheer bravura. The Pan Americana (or Pan American Highway) is the longest highway in the world, stretching from Deadhorse in Alaska down to Ushuaia in Argentine’s Tierra del Fuego. This little section however is absolutely one of three bests bits of the whole route and ends at Punta de Bombon in Peru.

How long is it?

Could be about two hundred miles max. I don’t always know, a day’s ride? When you are in highway paradise you get carried away with you place in time and space. You never want the ride to stop.

Why is it great? 

The southern Peruvian coastline is without doubt in my mind as being the very finest coastline in the world to ride a motorcycle. Nothing comes close to its beauty. The road dips down to the sea before rising majestically to form high cliffs mixed with sides of sand dunes that are amongst the biggest in the world. Shoulders of mountains from the Altiplano of the Andes descend to the sea and somewhere in all of this geology, engineers have created a riding miracle. Yes, it’s as good as that!

What do I need to know? 

The road is newly paved and is excellently surfaced. In the initial period after Nazca, where you have a choice of going inland or remain on the coast, there is hardly any traffic. Can you repair a puncture to a tube, take a wheel out. Can you plug a tyre? No services so you need to know but as I haven’t punctured more than twice in 20 years, you might never need to know, right!

Anything else?

Enough gas stations not to be a concern. Plenty of places to eat in small towns. Perfectly respectable with a choice of eating establishments from which to feed and water. Plenty of hotels in towns on route that are super affordable. There is nothing, not one thing that I could not like about being here.

2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia (Salt Flats)

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You point your bike towards what you think might be the middle and try and keep the sun to your bike if you leave at sunrise from the outskirts of Uyuni. You’ll hit the other side eventually and you don’t have to stop at the mountains because there are routes that take you deep into Bolivian backroads. Check out Robin Thomas at www.uyunimotorcycletours.com as he supplies bikes and clothing if you don’t want to get salt into your electrics.

Depends on what you think is a route. Is it A to B or can it occasionally be a bit more free-forming. This is probably the most unique route in the world. You start one side, ride across then ride back. The experience is so phenomenal you’ll understand what this means only when you’ve done it.

80 miles across.

Geographically there is nothing like this on this scale anywhere else in the world. When dry it’s a feast not just for what hits you with full panoramic vision, but for the imagination. You look out as far as you can see and all there is before you in every direction are hexagonal imprints of salt crystallisation from evaporating water. Go to the movies and watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi and see a blazing white stretch of salt crust that doesn’t stop until it bumps up to massive mountains that look tiny from where you stand. You’re in that movie.

If you lick the salt crust, yes, it really tastes of salt. The solid surface on which you can and are allowed to ride is several metres thick and covers a layer of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium where there exists 50-70% of the world’s known reserves.

It’s estimated that the Salar contains 10 billion tonnes of salt of which 25,000 tonnes are extracted annually. Could take a while to mine. It’s so flat and being the largest such geographical feature on earth, it’s ideal for calibrating distance measuring equipment on satellites.

3. Valley of the Rocks, Bolivian Andes

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Mark Uyuni on a map and run a pencil west along the road that you see until you cross the Andes to the small rail-head settlement of Olleague. Continue onto the Chilean town of Calama. Can’t go wrong as there are no major turn-offs.

Before Calama, it sort of tails off in a not uninteresting straight falling bang in the middle of town by a shopping mall of some considerable size and modernity. Not everyone wants to cross the Andes on a motorbike, preferring instead to shop. Personally, and more interestingly, I’d go a little further south east to the nearby hippie back-packers hang out at San Pedro de Atacama.

A day will do it easily and next time I pass I’ll camp at the summit with my wife and she’ll cook me my tea. Road distance is about 380 miles as the Condor flies from Uyuni to Calama and then San Pedro. If you are holed up with an interesting pillion as I intend to be, it could take considerably longer!

Some routes have magic signs that say you are in biking heaven and others hit your soul intravenously as you are drip-fed whatever it is that makes you feel extraordinary. This is that place. Clearly by examining why you ride a motorcycle – freedom, sense of self-worth, purpose, get away from the kids / in-laws / people-in-general – take something like a box and tick it, because it is all of this and so much more. Whilst it’s true feelings do come and go like clouds in a windy sky, there is no doubt in my mind that out here when you stand by your bike at this summit of the Andes, in the Valley of the Rocks (a real name), you will feel inspired like never before. Yes, the wind does blow hard with a never-ending supply of clouds rushing across a pin-sharp blue sky. Pitch up your tent. There’s no one around around. Put a brew on and remind yourself that if this is the first and last time you get to be here, soak up every minute. A little fine dining in Uyuni all washed down with excellent coffees and shakes in San Pedro de Atacama (its location is in its name.)

How to get there? Ah, that’s the rub. It’s quite a way and this needs another article. If you do get to South America (via Montevideo by ship recommended) or south from Central America (the only way) you’ll find there’s nothing at the top so bring all that you need – tea bags, a few butties, that sort of thing. Further down the western side towards the sea there are one or two isolated eating places serving soup with the possibility of inexpensive and perfectly safe but basic accommodation. At the Bolivian / Chile border, Olleague, you will find hostels with small restaurants and if you stand by the small municipal building in this tiny but smart and super friendly village, you’ll get online. Enjoy the descent, it’s amazing.

Sometimes take a break from smiling as it will make your face ache.

4. Paso de San Francisco, Argentina

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Copiapo in Chile. Ride north on the Pan American Highway and watch for the sign Paso de San Francisco which you’ll see 20 minutes out of town. You turn left, gas up on the corner, take on board some water and a few cans of food and within minutes you are away from everybody on one of the best roads that exists on the planet.

It ends in a less than interesting but sleepy enough town in Argentina called Fiambala. If you work on the premise that a bad day on the bike is always better than a good day in the office, there are very few bad places through which you need to ride your bike. Less than fascinating it may be but before you shoot across Argentina, at Fiambala there’s gas, cash points and I can recommend a smashing hotel nearby.

I do it in a day but really that’s rushed. The panoply of geological wonderfulness that expresses itself as strata on the side of mountains so high they hold up the sky, is quite simply, awesome.

You leave a pleasant enough city which has everything a motorcyclist needs to get on the road, including sorting out knackered riders or poorly motorbikes. You have an extremely easy piste which guides you into a pristine mountain wilderness devoid of traffic and people. The air is crisp, and at every turn the extremities of surface furniture are beguiling. Deep ‘v’ shaped stream beds rise up to cliff faces so high you need to strain your neck to see the top. You can camp everywhere and an hour into the ride you will see the only posada nestled into the hills. No name but it’s the only place around for a hundred miles so you won’t miss it. It has cheap accommodation and is one of the most isolated habitations in the world. Oh, the superlatives go on. You wind up to 12,000 ft or so and have the whole pass to yourself. The last time I was there on my Ténéré 700 in 2020, I camped and made myself a super dinner using only a tiny ‘stick-stove’. At the border where you enter Argentina, you are released onto a newly tarmaced two lane highway on the Altiplano, a plain that spreads out between high mountain peaks glistening with the folds and thrusts of copper, salt-peter at dry lake edges, chinchillas dash across the road as you approach and I have seen Condors with their 8ft wingspan.

The ‘Tears in Rain’ monologue from the film Blade Runner. Character Roy Batty played by actor Rutger Hauer as he’s dying , “I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” You know what I’m saying. Do it before you die!

Assuming I don’t fall off and the bike doesn’t break down, are there any obvious problems that could be encountered which might spoil my understanding of what anyone with a brain would consider this a perfect riding day? No.

5. Baja, California, Mexico

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Baja California is a peninsula and in the north it borders the USA so anywhere you enter you have started. Assuming you travel south from equally exciting routes such as Big Sur on the American Pacific seaboard south of San Francisco you will possible enter through Tijuana. Entry is through an automated control booth which takes seconds, requires only a passport and with the necessary use of a GPS system, an otherwise unfathomable traffic system pushing through what seems like unending major construction, soon starts to make sense.

This route could go all the way to Cabo de San Lucas at the peninsula point, a route I know quite well but for me, the best part is from San Felipe in the north-east then ride south down to the miniscule sized Puerto de San Franscesquito where there is cabin accommodation and a restaurant.

I took two days and to be honest I wished I’d taken longer. Technically it’s around 520 miles, half of which is piste with some sandy sections not suitable for road bikes but could be done.

From Tijuana via San Felipe on the east coast down to Puerto San Francesquito, traffic became sparser the further south I rode, to the point where in the dirt I rode alone. That has plus and minus points of course, riding alone in dirt could leave you at the mercy of a mishap, mechanical or bodily for hours if not a day or more, but the joy of being alone and feeling you have the peninsula to yourself is beyond exciting. My best routes of the world are extraordinary and make up a few of the many I know and are but a small number amongst those I don’t know. Geographically they are challenging to get to but the rewards are boundless.

The route is dynamic and includes long straight flat stretches of piste that filters though forests of cacti only to turn into a section of mountain that envelopes your senses with dust and dryness the which you have only seen on a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. The quietness will make your heartbeat explode in your head. As you drink some liquids and take in a view of chaparral and desert scrub you are reminded with vigour why you ride a motorcycle in this movie which only you are making.

The peninsular ranges of the Californian cordillera run down the centre of the state and effectively carve up the climate, humid and cooler at altitude, cooler Pacific oceanic characteristics of marine fog often settling along the west coast and Mediterranean in the north-west and sheltered east south of the Sonora area. The dry southern climate is further attributed to the effects of the Vizcaino desert especially on the eastern desert plain. You also need to know there are enough gas stations for long fill-ups, hotels par excellence, cabins for hire on the coast and in the cities you do pass plenty of cheap places where you can eat. Mark ‘Coco’s Corner’ in your places to visit and you’ll get free camping and can purchase a hot meal. At Coco’s place (a real person called ‘Coco’) you are somewhere two-thirds down towards my suggested end destination. At Puerto Francesquito you will find $20a night basic accommodation and eat fish in the one restaurant caught the moment you arrive.

I met an ex drugs cartel member from Tijuana who explained to me how this city was once extremely safe, how it lapsed for a while, but is now one of the safest cities in the whole of Mexico. Apart from a busy-ness you associate with large populations, it was perfectly friendly and as I crossed over to San Felipe my fears of becoming prey to drug consultants and their associates faded. Mexico for all the bluster about it being a failed state, decidedly isn’t and became just another country I felt honoured to visit. The key thing is that y ou don’t pass by these places often, once every few years or just once or even never, so it seems a travesty not to absorb all the beautiful moments that rushing seems to erase. If this sounds like “do as I say and not what I do” that does resonate very strongly with me and my riding history, and yet, even though I know now what I clearly didn’t know all those years ago, it may be something of a surprise but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I’m slower now and it’s all new and so exciting that I’m revisiting places I passed through so quickly before.

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6. Coast of Britain

Anywhere you like but so long as you can see the sea, you’re pretty close. Choose your direction, anti-clockwise or the opposite way around. Take your pick. Remember , as the author Proust says, that the ‘real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ’ It’s not really where you go but how you see it.

Same place you started if you fancy a real adventure.

The mapping authority of the United Kingdom, the Ordnance Survey, records the coastline of the main island as 11,073 miles. This isn’t the full story. The British Cartographic Society says, ‘it depends’. If you add the larger islands and measure at the mean high water mark you get 19,491 miles. If you are fact and figure minded and enjoy more than a dabble with your GPS, for interest check out something called the “coastline paradox” and mull over that. The fractal-like properties of our coast means it has self-similar properties at every scale, so if you use more and more detailed maps, the closer the observer gets to look, the more detail is observed leading to a greater length.

Fear not however…the road distance is considerably less than following the coastline or by footpath. 4625 miles is a good start but my own cycle ride followed by my motorcycle ride of 4802 miles is a reasonable assessment of the distance.

It’s great because you don’t need a plane or any kind of transport to get you to the start line, which can be anywhere. There’s no place in the UK more than 70 miles from the sea, and then you turn either right of left, north or south and off you go. Take a tent.

You can decide whether to follow unclassified roads and really cling to the coast or make little jumps along A-roads to get to the good bits. Where are the good bits? Well, the south coast is a bit hectic but if you go off season into Devon and Cornwall you will discover tiny back roads with little traffic. The Gower Peninsula will take you to beautiful Saundersfoot and then onto the west coast of Wales – pop in for a coffee in my home town of Machynlleth. The west coast of Scotland that encompasses the Scottish 500 is beyond description in its wonderfulness on a good day and the coast of Sutherland a delight.

Yes, you don’t need to be so prescriptive that you stick on it all the time. If you dip in and out of nearby inland towns and villages you are in a wonderland of Britishness in all its eccentric glory and the costs, well, not a lot. Beware of campervans and caravans, they are the bain of Britain.

7. Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA

Around the world lap record holder, Nick Sanders, choses his favourite ten roads to ride on and there’s Google Maps links too

The James W. Dalton Highway, usually referred to as the Dalton Highway. It’s a 414-mile road in Alaska that starts north of Fairbanks at the Elliot Highway.

It ends at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean and the Prudhoe Bay Oil Fields.

Why isn’t it great! There is nothing about this route that bores, irritates, annoys or makes you think you’d rather be somewhere else whilst you’re on it. With its vast forests and rivers with nature at its most bold, everywhere you look is BIG. The gravel and dirt road makes for good riding in the dry and is slippery in the wet and sure there are mosquitoes the size of wasps that plague you when you stop, but when you look at a map and you realise exactly where you are on the globe, your heart thumps with pride.

There are places to stay at Yukon, by the river and at Coldfoot and Deadhorse. Prices are up there so bring lots of pennies, but there isn’t a landscape in the world quite like the cold desert of northern Alaska.

I’ve been 10 times, when can I go again?

8. Bwlch y Groes in Wales

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Also known as the ‘Pass of the Cross’ is the second highest public mountain pass road in Wales. Summiting at 1788ft it is second only to the Gospel Pass in South Wales. Also known as the ‘Hellfire Pass’

Where the A458 intersects with Mallwyd at the roundabout by the Brigands Inn you need to point your bike towards Dollgellau and filter right down to the pretty village of Dinas Mawddwy. Either ask at the café on the tiny high street thereby engaging with the locals or take the right at the T-junction and go uphill.

Bottom or top, that is the question:) You climb to the summit or go over to Bala or just before the top take the right fork to Lake Vyrnwy. The pass is more than the sum total of its incline and stupefying views. If, as I do when en route to Manchester, I am in a wonderful world of if you add on Lake Vrynwy…

The southern aspect is 2.7 miles long

Because there’s a lot of bike history! Before the wars, the British Motorcycle industry was world beating and in 1926, BSA committed themselves to a continual test amounting to 60 ascents of the pass thereby being awarded the ACU’s  Maudes Trophy . Between 1933 and 1954 the  International Six Days Trial  passed over the Bwlch y Groes and its neighbouring roads along the Eunant and  Cwm Hirnant . 

You do not need to go to Scotland if you want to ride a mountain pass. Further correction; you don’t need to ride to the Pyrenees or the Alps either! And, it’s not just about the Pass. Did you know this pass was used in medieval times by pilgrims when they walked from north to south Wales? Neither did I. The cross they erected was replaced in 1989 by the fork to Vyrnwy. If you like birdlife – feathered variety – you’ll see Red Kites, tufted duck, cormorants and mallard. Also the landscape is profuse with upland heather, acid grassland with clumps of ancient woodland and blankets of bog. Pleasing and surprising how many bikers are aware of and enjoy such things.

The southern ascent of the Bwlch y Groes is 1.7 miles long with the steepest gradient being 1 in 4. The old tour of Britain bicycle race known as the Milk Race used the climb throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s which took the riders 1150 ft in 2.2 miles.  The famous International Six Day motorcycle race often passed up here, notoriously when it was unpaved.

9. Circumnavigating Australia

Around the world lap record holder, Nick Sanders, choses his favourite ten roads to ride on and there’s Google Maps links too

Australia 's Highway 1 is a collection of highways that pull together transport links across all state borders as well as joining all mainland state capitals. At a total length of (9,000 miles) it is the longest national highway in the world. It beats the  Trans-Canada Highway  (4,990 miles) and the  Trans-Siberian Highway  (6,800 miles). Notably not as long as the Pan American Highway (about 16,000 miles) but this is trans-continental and not therefore a national highway.

HOWEVER, under the original Highway 1 scheme there are a number of important routes that run parallel to this main route and are compiled as “National Route Alternative 1” and this sounds much more interesting, an example of which is the Alternative 1 designation such as the  old Princes Highway  route from Dandenong to South Melbourne in Victoria.

Well, either route, Highway 1 or Alternative Highway 1, you would normally start where you flew in but probably Perth or Sydney. Turn left or right and end up back where you started maybe 2 or 3 weeks later (or 2 or 3 months later… why rush!)

The cryptic answer is “it doesn’t have to end” – depends on the length of your visa, but realistically, see above.

9000 miles plus a bit.

It’s great because it’s big. Other routes are great because they are not big, or they have other equally redeeming features but if you just want to ride your bike all day every day in a very low volume of traffic where lizards routinely saunter across the road and the most beautiful bush sometimes reaches the edge of the road, how can this not be great!

A part of the highway network is traversed by over a million people every day.

So many varieties of life – bowling green culture, tea and cakes along the west coast. More rugged in the north but there is an open air cinema in Broome. Northern Territory culture stands in a category of one – quite wonderfully bonkers. East coast life is busier and hippier.

Remember ALTERNATIVE HIGHWAY 1. Ok, you could do the length of the A5 which starts from Holyhead to somewhere very south in the UK but this has “Grand Epic” all over it. Put your bike on a cargo ship to get there. Ride there. Go and forage, this is a route / trip of a lifetime.

10. Cairo to Khartoum, Egypt / Sudan

Around the world lap record holder, Nick Sanders, choses his favourite ten roads to ride on and there’s Google Maps links too

What a beautiful couple of countries. Egyptians are incredibly friendly people but there are rather of lot of them in a very confined space stuffed up alongside the banks of the river Nile.

Well, my starting point is always from home and it will take you a week to get to Cairo overland. There are ferries to Alexandria so maybe you start from there.

There is now a road running alongside Lake Aswan, I guess there always was but it was prohibited to use it. When I was last there in 2008 I used the ferry which took a couple of nights. Quite delightful. You then dock at the once glamourous port of Wadi Halfa (in the days of BOAC) and head south across the Nubia. There were only tracks into the desert then but I think a road has since been built.

2247 kms, so it says on Google Maps – it took me 10 days. Also there wasn’t a road across the Nubian Desert, I mean nothing, just truck tracks. Should be much easier now.

If you want a real adventure on a motorcycle you could go no further than this and be totally satisfied. Difficult motoring conditions in Cairo – drivers there are nutters – busy down the Nile Valley for sure but fresh fruit squeezed at every street corner, camels three a breast in small trucks and kind energetic people to help whenever you stop. Forget the politics; think people and you’ll love this ride.

Smile, be friendly, stop reading the newspapers and News at Ten and whatever you do don’t believe all the trip that says the world is a horrible place – it isn’t.

Well, if the brief is ‘Great Routes of the World’ then you must expect some of them to be quite far away. It’s only a week’s riding from Europe to the Nubia, but it’s in my living memory when the Dinka tribes amongst others were photographed famously by the German photographer, actress and Nazi sympathiser Leni Riefenstahl. Covering themselves in warm ash from fires sunrise and sunset to deter insect bites is a sight to behold.

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  • Embrace an Immersive Experience: Motorcycle touring awakens your senses, transforming your journey into a symphony of sights, sounds, and sensations. You can feel the wind, smell the scents, and hear the sounds of the places you visit, creating a sensory-rich experience that's impossible to replicate in a car.
  • Unleash Limitless Exploration: Escape the confines of conventional travel and embrace the boundless freedom of two wheels. Motorcycle touring grants you the agility to navigate narrow, winding lanes, venturing off the beaten path to uncover hidden gems that elude those confined to four-wheeled carriages. Your motorcycle becomes your passport to take detours, stop at scenic viewpoints, and go at your own pace.
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Planet Ride offers motorcycle trips for all levels of experience. Our shorter circuits are generally low mileage trips on well-paved roads that are easily travelled by beginners and experienced riders alike.

The longer circuits are recommended for riders that are more accustomed to riding these longer distances. These trips are usually on paved roads that make for smooth and easy riding.

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  • Without a Guide: 100% freedom! You will navigate on your own using a GPS unit or travel guidebook and maps. During the evenings, you will be free to do what you would like as well. This option is generally supported by the travel agent, and sometimes the travel agent is even able to offer a tailor-made experience.
  • Semi-guided: During the day, you will navigate on your own using a GPS unit or a travel guidebook and maps. However, during the evening you will be able to join a group of fellow riders. Baggage assistance is generally provided by the travel agent.
  • Fixed date: You are able to choose whether you go with only a GPS unit, or a Guide/Companion. You will ride with the group and have the option to join them in the evenings. Luggage assistance and mechanics are included in this option. Travel dates are set by the Agency and cannot be customized.
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The Worlds 20 Best Motorcycle Roads......

These are our favourite motorcycle roads, anywhere in the world.

There are many reasons why a road might be considered as being very good for motorcycling.  It may be because it is twisty, fast, scenic, or with great places to see along its route.  Some roads are famous and well less well known.  Some are found by accident, but however you came across your favourite roads, they are likely to remain in your memory for a long time.

Okay, there is a caveat to our list.  We have only included roads that we have actually ridden .  We don’t believe any list of the best roads can be right unless the people preparing that list has actually ridden them.  Yes, we know there are other great roads out there, but unless you have actually ridden them, how can you really be sure they are great?

So, here are ours.  The lower the number, the better the road……

20. Highway 6, New Zealand

20. Highway 6, New Zealand

The west coast of New Zealand’s South Island is pretty special.  The best part of Highway 6 begins in the adventure city of Queenstown and heads north towards the coast which it reaches after riding through Mount Aspiring National Park. You get your first glimpse of the sea here but make the most of it as even though the road largely follows the coast, a large proportion of the road is actually inland.  As you travel north you see very few cars, but lots of dramatic landscapes including Mount Tasman and Mount Cook with their stunning glaciers. It is also worthwhile stopping to look at Pancake Rocks before the best part of the road ends near Charleston.

19. St Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

19. St Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

There are many parts to St Gotthard Pass, but our favourite is the old road, called Tremola, to the south of Lago della Piazza.  This is a twisting, cobbled road that snakes its way northwards, up through a series of tight hairpin bends to the lake at the top of the road.  Due to its rough and bumpy surface the road has to be ridden slowly, but the excitement level is high.  The best view of the road is from the adjacent highway 2 which runs to the west of the old road.  If the old Tremola road wasn’t made of cobbles, it would come higher in our list.

18. Col Du Tourmalet, France

18. Col Du Tourmalet, France

There are many great riding roads in the Pyrenees Mountains which straddle the border between France and Spain. The Col du Tourmalet is the highest paved mountain pass in the French Pyrenees and also one of the best.  Closed in Winter, the road rises to 2,115 m (6,939 ft) which is not especially high, but the region has a lot of snow which closes these remote mountain roads.  The Col du Tourmalet has been included more than any other pass in the Tour de France.  For motorcycle riders, it is a must if you are riding in the Pyrenees.

17. Needles Highway, USA

17. Needles Highway, USA

South Dakota Highway 87 is a road running through the Black Hills in South Dakota.  The highway runs through the Custer State Park and it is the northern 14 miles of the road that are known as the Needles Highway.  The ‘needles’ are jagged spire shaped rocks that rise out of the wooded hills.  The road is best ridden on a weekday, well away from the August Sturgis Rally which is held nearby and draws hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists.  The road twists and turns through the hills and makes for challenging riding.  The northern end of the road is at its junction with US 385, about 3 miles south of Hill City.  The road has several dramatic tunnels cut through the rocks, including one part that is narrow and often photographed.

16. Splugen Pass, Switzerland / Italy border

16. Splugen Pass, Switzerland / Italy border

Splugen Pass is rather odd as it takes many forms.  The road starts just inside the south-eastern part of  Switzerland and heads south.  The first part is a series of ten hairpin bends strung out over what is no more than a very large field. Reach the top and the view back down is pretty cool.  The road, now called the SS36, then enters Italy and becomes narrow and twisty as it heads through tunnels, past lakes and you navigate some very tight hairpin bends. The views are spectacular, as are some of the roadside restaurants where you can stop and takes shade from the summer heat and feast on local specialties.  The best part of the road ends at Chiavenna.

15. Moki Dugway, USA

15. Moki Dugway, USA

This amazing gravel road was constructed in 1958 as a mining road. It rises 1,100 feet / 335 metres in just 3 miles / 5kms. As the road begins to rise, good solid tarmac tuns to compacted gravel and extreme caution is needed as it would not be advisible to brake sharply, especially if riding down the hill.  With its hairpin bends (some of which have now been paved), it’s steep drop-offs and no guard rail, you have to have your wits about you when riding this road.  Be careful and you will be fine!  It is certainly a very exciting road, with spectacular views but from part way up and from the top.  The road has the advantage of also being close to other wonderful places to ride in this part of Utah / Arizona.

14. Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, Morocco

14. Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, Morocco

There are plenty of roads in Morocco that are excellent to ride, especially those in the High Atlas Mountains.  One of these is the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, situated to the south west of Marrakech.  This is shown on maps as a ‘difficult or dangerous section of road’, but it really isn’t. Narrow and with gravel or sand covering the road in places, the road twists and turns through some glorious mountain scenery.  The Tizi-n-Test Pass and the road in Dades Gorge are also good to ride.  Photo courtesy of Abdel Charaf.

13. Pacific Coast Highway, USA

13. Pacific Coast Highway, USA

While not a great riding road, Highway 1 is full of character and it feels like a part of history.  The road runs along the west coast of America, through the states of Washington, Oregon and California, although the best part of the road is starting in San Francisco, heading south and takes in Big Sur, Bixby Bridge (pictured), Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Malibu and the Ventura Highway before reaching Las Angeles.  These are well-known names guaranteed to give you about 350 miles of great memories!

12. B500, Germany

12. B500, Germany

Running through the Black Forest in a north-south direction, the B500 is a stunning road for riding motorcycles.  It doesn’t have many great views, but the sheer excitement of the road more than makes up for that.  The road was intended as a tourist route when it was conceived in the 1930’s, but it was never completed and today there are two sections of the road, with the centre piece still missing.  The northern part runs from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt and has a length of about 29 miles and the southern part is between Triberg and Waldshut, a length of 56 miles.  The road is fast in places, with long sweeping bends and an absolute joy to ride on a motorcycle.

11. San Bernardino Pass, Switerland

11. San Bernardino Pass, Switerland

Located in southern Switzerland, the San Bernardino Pass is a stunning road. It should not be confused with the Great or Little St Bernard Passes which are elsewhere.  There are in fact two roads that are close together – the new road 13 with its San Bernardino tunnel, and the old San Bernardino Pass road.  It is the old road that bikers want to ride.  The road starts in Arbedo-Castion and heads north, becoming much more interesting just beyond Soazza where the road climbs steeply and more twisty.  There are a lake and a cafe at the summit of the pass before the northern part of the road heads steeply downhill, with a long series of 23 hairpin bends.

10. Sella Ring, Italy

10. Sella Ring, Italy

The Sella group is a plateau-shaped rock massif in the Dolomites Mountains of northern Italy. There are four roads surrounding this rock formation that are a joy to ride.  Starting at Canazei and working clockwise, the four roads are the SS48 / SS242, which includes Sella Pass, the SS243, which includes Gardena Pass, the SS244, which includes Campolongo Pass and the SS48, which includes Pordoi Pass.  The road is fantastic, the bends amazing and the scenery magnificent.  What a series of roads!

9. Grossglockner Pass, Austria

9. Grossglockner Pass, Austria

This is a stunning road set amongst very dramatic scenery.  Grossglockner Pass is a toll road that rises up to 8,215 ft in the Alps.  Near the top of the pass is a spur road up to the Edelweisspitze viewpoint.  The road to the viewpoint has tight hairpin bends and part cobbled, but it is worth the ride up as the view from the top is one of the best in the Alps.  Another spur road takes riders to the longest glacier in the eastern Alps, the Pasterze.  Grossglockner Pass is closed in winter.

8. Million Dollar Highway, USA

8. Million Dollar Highway, USA

Otherwise known as US 550, the best part of this road runs from Durango to Ouray.  A diversion into Silverton is also worthwhile.  There are a number of theories why this road may have obtained its unusual name, with two of the most popular being how much it cost to build and how much silver was contained within the rocks used under the road.  As you leave Durango and head north the road gets more and more spectacular.  The first part of the road has terrific scenery, the next part as it approaches Silverton sweeps around wonderfully long bends and the northern part, nearer to Ouray, is dramatic as the road is carved into the side of a mountain with no guard rail to protect wayward riders.

7. Combe Laval, France

7. Combe Laval, France

Built as part of the local logging industry between 1861 and 1898, the road at Combe Laval is stunning.  The most spectacular section of the road is cut into the cliff that forms one side of a deep canyon and runs through a series of short tunnels cut into the rock.  The drop to the side of the road is sheer and it is a very long way down, so this road is not for those afraid of heights.  The rest of us though have a great time on this very exciting road.  The most dramatic section is the D76 to the southeast of Saint-Jean-En-Royans as far as Chamaloc.

6. Beartooth Pass, USA

6. Beartooth Pass, USA

On the Wyoming / Montana border, this is US Highway 212 which runs 69 miles between Red Lodge in Wyoming and Cooke City in Montana. Rising up to 10,947 feet / 3,337 metres, the road climbs and falls quickly. Even though we rode the Beartooth Pass in August, it was cold and very windy on the top of the mountains, with a dramatic wind-chill factor.  Occasionally you hear people say they are “feeling on top of the world.” On Beartooth Pass, you really do feel that way, as the view looking down on other mountains is amazing.  The road is good with long fast bends.  To make our top twenty, each road needs to have the ‘wow’ factor and Beartooth Pass certainly has that.

5. Andermatt Ring, Switzerland

5. Andermatt Ring, Switzerland

The Andermatt ring is made up from four separate roads: Furka, Grimsel, Susten and St Gotthard Passes which connect to form a 75 mile loop road high up in the Swiss Alps.  Running west out of Andermatt is road 19 which features both the Rhone Glacier and Furka Pass [7,969 ft].  Just beyond Furka you turn northward on road 6 and immediately ride up Grimsel Pass [7,100 ft].  At Innertkirchen, turn eastward on road 11 and ride Susten Pass [7,427 ft], before turning south on road 2 back on the Old St Gotthard Pass to Andermatt.  Three of these are some of the best pass roads in the Alps and feature some wonderful views and terrific riding.

4. Route 89 / 89A, USA

4. Route 89 / 89A, USA

Route 89 / 89A starts in Congress, Arizona and heads north-east to Flagstaff.  It carries on further north, but the best parts are before you get to Flagstaff.  The road is just what bikers like – it’s twisty, it changes elevation often, has a good road surface and is very scenic. Heading north, as soon as you leave Congress and ride up Yarnell Hill the road will put a smile on your face. The road before Prescott is wonderful, as is the stretch before you arrive at Jerome.  Reach Sedona and you are presented with wonderful rock formations and the road further twists and turns as it nears Flagstaff. One not to be missed!

3. Stelvio Pass, Italy

3. Stelvio Pass, Italy

What list of the world’s best roads would be complete without Stelvio Pass?  It is dramatic, stunning and with 75 hairpins bends, somewhat challenging.  Split into two ramps, the west side of the pass road is wider, with easy hairpins and less steep.  The east side is more difficult with tighter bends on a significantly narrower road.  The second highest paved road in the Alps, Stelvio is closed by significant snowfall every winter.  Sometime the road doesn’t re-open until May or even June, so check if it is open before you set out.  The road has become very busy in recent years and the best time to ride it is early morning on a weekday.

2. D8 Coast Road, Croatia

2. D8 Coast Road, Croatia

This is a pure riders road, with no frills, but plenty of thrills.  It follows the Adriatic coast for 130 miles of wonderfully twisty enjoyment.  The road rises and falls as it hugs the coast with the beautiful turquoise colour of the sea being a constant companion at your side.  The best part of the road is from Rijeka to Rovanjska, although there are very few good places to stay or good restaurants to eat at, so take your chance when you see somewhere.  The weather is normally very good too.  What’s not to like?

1. Gavia Pass, Italy

1. Gavia Pass, Italy

Almost everyone has heard of Stelvio Pass in Italy, but very few know about, or have ridden Gavia Pass, which is very near to Stelvio.  Also known as the SS300, Gavia Pass runs south from Bormio to Ponte di Legno for about 26 miles and has just about everything a biker can ask for in a road.  It is high at 8,701 feet, it has some fast sweeping bends as well as some tight hairpins.  It has a glacier and magnificent views.  It has a narrow, tight section as well as a few long straights.  But the best reason we rank it as number 1 is it has very little traffic as most riders / drivers are drawn towards nearby Stelvio Pass, leaving Gavia relatively quiet.  Although the road surface is not great, it is one of the most exciting roads we have ridden that continues to put a smile on our faces every time we ride it.  It is our favourite road.

Other roads that nearly made this list…

Pikes Peak, USA.

N-621 / C-I 627, Picos de Europa, Spain.

Verdun Gorge, France.

US 163, through Monument Valley, USA.

Triglavski Narodni Park, Slovenia.

Various roads in Cuba.

Garden of the Gods, USA.

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Touring by motorbike is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you can do on two wheels. While it’s true that you can tour on anything from a superbike to a 125, this list will concentrate on the bikes designed for the job.

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The distinguishing features of a touring bike are generally comfort, good luggage and/or pillion provision and good tank range. Within that, we’ve split the bikes into four rough categories; heavyweight, sports, adventure and lightweight.

Touring isn’t a one-size-fits-all activity and so we haven’t ranked the bikes, but these are among the best touring motorbikes money can buy.

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  • BMW R1250GS
  • Ducati Multistrada 1260
  • Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200
  • Yamaha Tracer 700
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650
  • Honda CB500X

Best heavyweight touring motorbikes

Heavyweight tourers have large, effortless engines, a sumptuous ride, plenty of room for two people, wardrobes attached to the side and lots of weather protection.

2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing (£15,300 used – £22,399 new)

Spec: 1833cc / 125bhp / 378kg / 744mm seat height

Honda Gold Wing

Top-end versions of the Honda Gold Wing over the years have included features from stereo systems to airbags and hot air vents to keep you warm.

The pillion provision is incredibly plush and the bike’s high starting weight and flat-six 1800cc engine make carrying large quantities of luggage a cinch. If you plan on cruising around in a relaxed fashion with lots of luggage and a pillion, a full-dress tourer could be the perfect solution.

If you can’t stomach the £30,699 price tag (2020) of the Gold Wing Tour with DCT and air-bag, there are cheaper versions available, however don’t expect any to be cheap. A base model ‘Wing will still set you back £22,399, for instance.

  • Read our full Honda Gold Wing review here

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide (£20,000 used – £24,695 new)

Spec: 1868cc / 89bhp / 423kg / 735mm seat height

Harley-Davidson Road Glide

From across the pond you’ve got Harley-Davidson, who have arguably been the reigning kings of all things bagger for about 60 years. Their biggest machines, such as the Road Glide Limited, got a big update for 2020 to include fancy electronics, but they’re not cheap. The Road Glide Limited starts at £24,695, although they do also offer the mini-bagger Sport Glide for £15,295.

  • Read our Harley-Davidson Road Glide review here

2017 BMW K1600GT (£13,500 used – £18,745)

Spec: 1649cc / 160bhp / 344kg / 810mm seat height

BMW K1600GT

If you fancy something European, you could also consider BMW’s K1600 range, with its 1649cc six-cylinder engine – plus all the mod-cons you would expect, legendary BMW build-quality and a six-pot soundtrack reminiscent of an early-noughties M3. It could be the ideal toy for distance work.

As is often the case with BMW, the options catalogue for the entire K1600 range is vast, so look out for used examples with plenty of extras added.

The 2017 GT model came fully loaded as standard with adaptive headlights, Dynamic ESA, daytime running lights, ABS Pro, Audio system with GPS preparation, reverse gear (for the first time), Dynamic traction control, hill start control and tyre pressure control.

  • Read our BMW K1600GT review here

Best sports tourer motorbikes

Sports-tourers share many of the mile-munching attributes of the heavyweights but are a bit more fun on proper roads when you reach your destination with sportier handling (hence the name) and higher ground clearance.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX (£11,400 used – £15,599 new)

Spec: 998cc / 197bhp / 260kg / 835mm seat height

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

One of the top sports tourers on the market has to be the Kawasaki H2 SX. A supercharged, 197bhp Kawasaki may not sound like the ideal tool for a bike tour, but that’s exactly what it is.

If you’ve got the wallet for it, the SE+ version includes a mind-boggling array of tech and gadgets but the best feature is the engine and that’s the same whatever model you go for.

MCN’s Editor, Rich Newland, took his Kawasaki H2 SX long-term test bike on a 715-mile ride around the UK in a single day and said: “Exactly 18-hours in the saddle with nothing but fuel breaks – and I feel fine.” If that’s not proof of a bike’s touring credentials, then what is?

  • Read our Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX review here

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX (£10,300 used – £10,999)

Spec: 1043cc / 140bhp / 235kg / 835mm seat height

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

You should also consider Kawasaki’s own Ninja 1000SX, which was confusingly introduced for 2020 as a replacement to the Z1000SX series.

The Kawasaki Z1000SX was a phenomenal success for the firm: their biggest-selling bike in the UK for the past decade, and Europe’s top-selling sports-tourer for at least the past three years, so if you don’t want to stretch to a new bike then there are plenty of used Zs on the market.

The H2’s less powerful little brother still boasts 140bhp, more than enough for real world riding, especially when you’re touring. The 2020 version marked an improvement in handling over previous versions, especially at slow speeds.

The Ninja 1000SX’s standard spec is high and the base-model comes with cruise control, quickshifter/autoblipper and a colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity. Z1000SX models from 2017 – on, also have cornering ABS and traction control, as well as piercing white LED headlights.

  • Read our Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX review here

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT (£11,000 used – £16,799 new)

Spec: 1301cc / 175bhp / 209kg / 835mm seat height

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

If four-cylinder engines don’t tickle your pickle, you could also consider a thumping twin – in the form of KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT.

The Super Duke GT may look a bit like an adventure sport but don’t be fooled. Packing over 170bhp from its 1301cc V-Twin power station, electronically adjustable WP suspension, and a striking three-pronged trellis chassis, you don’t have to dig very deep to find its sporty potential.

It shares an awful lot with the previous generation  KTM 1290 Super Duke R on which it is based. If you’re stepping away from sportsbikes, but still lust after the performance, this is the way to go.

  • Read our KTM 1290 Super Duke GT review here

Best adventure bikes for touring

Adventure bikes have grown in size and become increasingly powerful in recent years and manufacturers noticed that many were used predominantly – or even exclusively – on the road.

2019 BMW R1250GS (£11,995 used – £13,845 new)

Spec: 1254cc / 134bhp / 249kg / 850mm seat height

BMW R1250GS

The undeniable king of the genre is the BMW R1250GS, which took over from the R1200 in 2019 as the German brand’s flagship adventure bike. Since its inception, it has won every MCN group test it has taken part in. Also new for 2019 was the R1250GS Adventure , which offered a 30-litre fuel tank for more miles between fill-ups, wire wheels and long-travel suspension.

Although looking like an over-grown trailie, the big GS is also more than capable of handling itself on the road and the large boxer engine and shaft-drive make it incredibly reliable.

  • Read our BMW R1250GS review here

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260S (£13,000 used – £17,395 new)

Spec: 1262cc / 156bhp / 235kg / 825mm seat height

Ducatio Multistrada 1260S

There are Multistradas of all shapes and sizes these days including the smaller and lighter 950 , through to the top-of-the-range Pikes Peak edition.

The 1260S has a grunty and torquey big V-twin engine, refined electronics and top-spec equipment and can really be considered a do anything superbike. With cast wheels in place of spokes and Ducati’s almost magical adaptive suspension working in the background and the DVT system keeping you in the power at all revs you’re set to crush continents at pace.

  • Read our Ducati Multistrada 1260S review here

2010 Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 (£5500 used – £12,547 new)

Spec: 1199cc / 109bhp / 261kg / 845mm seat height

Yamaha Super Ténéré

The Yamaha Super Ténéré may be a bit long in the tooth compared to the other bikes here but it offers an economical alternative to a lot of the high-end competition. It’s also still more than capable of taking you and your possessions as far as you decide to go.

A look at the owners’ reviews for the Super Tén on MCN will prove that you lot absolutely love them, too, which just goes to show that you don’t necessarily need the latest all-singing-all-dancing machine to have fun.

  • Read our Yamaha Super Ténéré review here

Best lightweight touring motorbikes

Finally, the lightweight tourers lose a little of the continent-swallowing capabilities of the other categories, but make up for it in practicality, economy, affordability and day-to-day useability.

2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 (£5900 used – £7947 new)

Spec: 689cc / 72bhp / 196kg / 835mm seat height

Yamaha Tracer 700

The Yamaha Tracer 700 uses the same parallel-twin engine as its more off-road focused Ténéré 700 and sportier MT-07 siblings and, actually, you could tour quite happily on any of them.

The Tracer got a facelift for 2020 (and looks so much better for it) but it also got more comfortable, sharper in the bends and smoother on the throttle, too.

Yamaha have widened the bars and given it a thicker seat to make it easier to stay in the saddle for long periods of time, making it even more suited to touring. There’s loads of extras in the catalogue too so look out for those on used models.

  • Read our Yamaha Tracer 700 review here

2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT (£6500 used – £7999 new)

Spec: 645cc / 71bhp / 216kg / 830mm seat height

Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

The V-Strom’s 645cc V-twin engine hasn’t really changed much for two decades. It’s been used in the Suzuki SV650 for all that time and found its way into the V-Strom in 2004. This got a big update in 2011 and then the XT version came along in 2016.

Solid, dependable and capable describe the V-Strom perfectly, but it’s not going to stir everyone’s soul as much as some of the competition.

  • Read our Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT review here

2019 Honda CB500X (£4400 used – £6119 new)

Spec: 471cc / 47bhp / 197kg / 830mm seat height

Honda CB500X

The Honda CB500X may be down on power compared to every other bike here, but don’t write it off straight away. For a start, who says you can’t tour just because you have an A2 licence?

The bike has all the build quality we’ve come to expect from Honda over the years wrapped up in a classy package. The 47bhp parallel-twin engine has plenty of grunt off the line thanks to Honda playing around with the valve timing and increasing the size of the airbox over the previous model.

The 19-inch front wheel means the CB500X is capable of dabbling with a bit of off-roading on gravel trails but it is likely to become unstuck in wet mud so if you’re considering a smaller, lighter option because you fancy some off-roading, look elsewhere ( Yamaha Ténéré 700 or KTM 790 Adventure perhaps).

  • Read our Honda CB500X bike review here

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Gilby Clarke is the focus of an upcoming Thnklab Motors episode of "Origins" .

Best known as the former rhythm guitarist for GUNS N' ROSES , Gilby is more than just a rock icon. He's a masterful artist who channels his creative genius into building custom Harley Davidsons. Beyond the iconic riffs and rock anthems, Gilby is a true master craftsman in the world of custom motorcycle building. This episode, which premieres on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. PDT / 10:00 p.m. EDT on the Thnklab Motors   YouTube channel, explores his fascinating dual career, uncovering the passion and creativity that drive him both on stage and in the garage. The series producers take you behind the scenes into Clarke 's workshop, where raw metal and creative vision come together to form stunning custom Harley Davidsons. Each bike is a testament to Gilby 's artistic prowess, reflecting a blend of rock 'n' roll attitude and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship.

Speaking to This That And The Other Radio Show With Troy Patrick Farrell about his "Origins" episode, Gilby said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET ): "It's a short. This is the second one they've done. They did one on my good friend [renowned celebrity photographer ] Brian Bowen Smith . And we all saw it and we're, like, 'Oh my God, Brian . That's so cool.' And so we started talking about it, and the director reached out to me and said, 'We're starting to stockpile 'em, so we'd love to do one on you.' So they came over. It took a couple of days of shooting. And it's predominantly motorcycle based. It's really not about my musical career and life; it's really more motorcycle based."

He continued: "I do a lot of building. I build motorcycles. I don't really repair 'em and stuff. I like the creative aspect of building 'em — tearing one down and then starting from fresh. So this is about that experience. It's about the whole thing of what's my mindset, why, all that, but they wrap it up pretty quickly."

Clarke rose to acclaim in the hard rock scene, starting his career in the '80s as a guitarist in the Polygram Records band CANDY . Gilby then went on to form KILL FOR THRILLS , for which he was the main songwriter, singer, and guitarist. In 1991, during the "Use Your Illusion" tour, Clarke started playing live with GUNS N' ROSES after Izzy Stradlin left the band.

GUNS N' ROSES led into the beginning of a long, fruitful solo career that has still been peppered with excellent collaborations — SLASH'S SNAKEPIT , HEART and Nancy Sinatra are just some of the names that Clarke has also played with.

Clarke replaced Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the "Use Your Illusion" tour, and stayed with the band for three years. After exiting GUNS N' ROSES , Clarke continued as a producer and solo artist, while also playing in SLASH'S SNAKEPIT , ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA , HEART and other acts.

Clarke , along with fellow GUNS N' ROSES members Slash , Duff McKagan , Steven Adler and Matt Sorum , played three "Appetite For Destruction" songs with Myles Kennedy at the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, although Gilby himself was not inducted as part of the group. Kennedy , who handles lead vocals in Slash 's solo band and ALTER BRIDGE , sang "Mr. Brownstone" , "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" , with "Use Your Illusion" -era member Sorum sitting behind the drum kit on "Brownstone" and the man he replaced in GN'R , Adler , pounding the skins for the other two songs.

In 2021, Clarke addressed his non-participation in GUNS N' ROSES ' reunion tour, which features three-fifths of the group's classic lineup — singer Axl Rose , Slash and McKagan — during an interview with "The SDR Show" . He said: "They didn't ask me to join the band; they asked me to come out and do [a guest appearance] with the band. And it just happened to be the day that I was in Chicago with my daughter. Her band was playing Lollapalooza [in July 2016]. And I'm actually her roadie. I don't think anybody would know how to tune the guitar if I wasn't there. Just kidding. But, yeah, it was just bad timing. I just said, 'Look, I think it's a great idea. I'm up for it. I just can't do it today.' And they literally asked me that day. And I never heard back from them after I said that."

Gilby also confirmed that he only had a week to learn the entire GUNS catalog when he first joined the band three and a half decades ago. "That's true," he said. "They told me on a Monday, that 'You have the gig,' and the next week we were flying to Boston for our first show. And I literally had a week. And remember, this is before YouTube . I was glued to their records with the headphones on, trying to learn the catalog. And the last song I learned was a song called 'Estranged' , which was a really long ballad piece. And if you listen to it, it's kind of one-dimensional guitar-wise — it really just features Slash . So I was listening to it, and I really couldn't figure out what I should do in that song. So I went to Dizzy [ Reed , GUNS keyboardist]. I go, 'Hey, man, can you sit down with me, and let's work on 'Estranged' .' I go, 'I just wanna kind of figure it out.' And he goes, 'Oh, well, here's the music book.' And he handed me the music book. And I went, 'There's a music book? I just spent a week learning every note by ear when I could have just grabbed the freakin' music book…' I mean, I read charts — it would have taken me an hour. I was a little pissed off that I didn't ask. They could have offered it to me."

Clarke 's latest solo album, "The Gospel Truth" , was released in April 2021 via Golden Robot Records .

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Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since

Bike shops across the U.S. have had a bumpy ride in the years since a sales boom early in the pandemic. Now, inventory has caught up, but fewer people need new bikes. (AP video by Thomas Peipert and Michael Hill)

Mechanic Lizzy Thomson works at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Mechanic Lizzy Thomson works at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

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Salesmen Will Malfeld, left, and Ben Chandler, right, work at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

University Bicycles owner Douglas Emerson, center, talks with friends in his shop in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Helmets are displayed at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles, poses in her shop on May 6, 2024, in Seattle, Wash. Williams didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she kept it open by appointment only from March 2020 to May 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles, poses outside her shop on May 6, 2024, in Seattle, Wash. Williams didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she kept it open by appointment only from March 2020 to May 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

University Bicycles owner Douglas Emerson rides his bike in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

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For the nation’s bicycle shops, the past few years have probably felt like the business version of the Tour de France, with numerous twists and turns testing their endurance.

Early in the pandemic, a surge of interest in cycling pushed sales up 64% to $5.4 billion in 2020, according to the retail tracking service Circana. It wasn’t unheard of for some shops to sell 100 bikes or more in a couple of days.

The boom didn’t last. Hobbled by pandemic-related supply chain issues, the shops sold all their bikes and had trouble restocking . Now, inventory has caught up, but fewer people need new bikes. So, bicycle makers have been slashing prices to clear out the excess. It all adds up to a tough environment for retailers, although there are a few bright spots like gravel and e-bikes.

“The industry had a hard time keeping up with the demand for a couple of years, but then demand slowed as the lockdowns ended, and then a lot of inventory started showing up,” said Stephen Frothingham, editor-in-chief of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. “So now for the last, a year and a half, the industry has struggled with having too much inventory, at the supplier level, at the factory level, at the distributor level, at the retail level.”

In 2023, bike sales totaled $4.1 billion, up 23% from 2019, but down 24% from 2020, according to Circana. The path out of the pandemic has been uneven -- national retailers, such as REI and Scheels, are stabilizing faster than independent bike stores, said Matt Tucker, director of client development for Circana’s sports equipment business.

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For John McDonell, owner of Market Street Cycles on the popular thoroughfare of Market Street in San Francisco, the shift to hybrid work brought about by the pandemic has been particularly tough on business. There used to be 3,000 bikes passing by his shop a day during the summer. That’s fallen to below 1,000, with fewer people commuting to work.

According to Pacer.ai, which tracks people’s movements based on cellphone usage, San Francisco lags all other major cities when it comes to workers returning to offices, with April office visits still down 49% compared with April 2019.

“Our downtown is still a wasteland,” McDonell said.

Independent bike stores not only have to compete with national chains, but increasingly, bike makers such as Specialized and Trek as well. They’ve been buying bike shops and selling their bikes directly to consumers, essentially cutting out the middleman. Frothingham estimates there are now around a thousand bike shops in the country owned by either Trek or Specialized.

“They’ve got the money to absorb the fact that bike stores, you know, are not a super profitable thing, and in the process, they’ve also been able to cut us out of it,” McDonell said.

McDonell has been forced to cut down to using a skeleton crew of himself and another staffer, down from five previously. His dream of selling his shop to a younger bike enthusiast when he retires is fading. He might close his store when his lease is up in a couple of years.

“Now I am just trying to land it with both engines on fire and trying not to lose money on my way out,” he said.

In Boulder, Colorado, Douglas Emerson’s bike shop, University Bicycles, is faring better, boosted by its location in one of the most popular places to ride bikes in the country. He’s had the shop for 39 years and employs 30 staffers.

Like other bike stores, the pandemic spurred a frenzy of bike buying at University Bicycles. Emerson recalls selling 107 bikes in 48 hours. But right after the boom, sales slowed dramatically because inventory was scarce, and rentals died down since no one was traveling.

“It became a struggle right after the boom,” Emerson said. “And since then, the manufacturers have overproduced. And they’ve slashed prices dramatically which is good for the consumer. But with the small shops they’re often not able to take advantage of those prices.”

Emerson says the shop reached a “saturation point” – everyone who wanted a bike bought one. Now, he’s selling those customers accessories like clothing, helmets and locks. His shop has returned to its 2019 sales numbers.

University Bicycles has also benefited from some of the shifts in buying patterns. Continued high demand for e-bikes and a growing demand for children’s bikes have helped. And gravel bikes, which are designed to be ridden both on paved and gravel roads, are replacing road bikes as a popular seller.

John Ruger, who has been a cyclist for 50 years and is a loyal University Bicycles customer, hasn’t bought a bike in 10 years, but plans on taking advantage of the current prices to buy a gravel bike. A top gravel bike he’s eyeing that would normally sell for $12,000 to $14,000 is currently retailing for $8,000, he said.

“The timing is good,” he said. “I can get a bike now because they’re less expensive and my bikes are getting old.”

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles in Seattle, Washington, didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she took customers only by appointment from March 2020 to May 2021.

But Williams did have to deal with the eventual shortages. She spent a lot of time “checking in with other shops to see if we could buy something, even at retail, from them, just in order to get a repair done or a build done.”

She adapted by offering more services like repairs and maintenance to offset lower sales of bikes. The maneuvering helped her keep overall sales steady even throughout the pandemic.

“Bike sales, the way that I have kind of framed the shop, are an awesome bonus, but we really need to be sustaining the shop through repair and, like, thoughtful accessory sales,” Williams said. “A bike sale to me, if we do things well, that means creating a customer for life.”

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that bike sales were $4.1 million in 2023, according to Circana. Sales totaled $4.1 billion that year.

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Taylor Swift is about to go back on tour: Here's what to expect on the Eras Tour in Paris

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After a two-month break, Taylor Swift is revitalizing her titanic Eras Tour in Paris, and fans believe there are changes coming to the show.

If you are wondering where she's playing, if there will be changes and how to score tickets, here's everything we know.

And if you're new to the Eras Tour party, you can get caught up on the first 83 shows here .

When does the Eras Tour start again?

Swift kicks off the European leg of her tour on Thursday, May 9, in Paris. She will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well, in the City of Light.

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What are Taylor Swift's tour dates in Europe?

There are 69 shows left in the Eras Tour: 51 in Europe, nine in America and nine in Canada.

The European leg stretches from May all the way through a five-night stand at Wembley Stadium in London in mid-August.

See a complete list of international dates here .

After she wraps up in Europe, Swift will stop in Miami, New Orleans and Indianapolis before wrapping up in Canada.

See the remaining U.S. dates here .

What is the Eras Tour set list?

The Eras Tour has featured a massive 45-song set list you can check out here . But speculation is swirling it won't look the same when Swift takes the stage in Paris.

Will Taylor Swift add 'The Tortured Poets Department' to her set list?

The tortured poet has been on hiatus keeping her stamina up by releasing a double album of 31 tracks. The 2-hours-and-2-minutes project broke a number of Billboard records as the superstar did zero press to promote it. Fans flocked to stores and streaming services to listen to all the songs from "Fortnight" to "The Manuscript."

Although the singer has not confirmed whether her 11th era album will be added to her Eras Tour set list, she did post a YouTube shorts video with two scenes that sent Easter egg decoders into a frenzy. In one of the shots, the singer is next to a railing where a "TTPD" logo appears to be (at 0:11). In the succeeding shot, her back-up dancers perform holding canes and wearing top hats, something they have not worn previously.

Swift's dancers and bandmates posted to their Instagram stories as they left for France last week. The singer did not appear at two media events with her boyfriend Travis Kelce: the Kentucky Derby and a Formula 1 race in Miami , Florida. Patrick Mahomes, Kelce's friend and Kansas City's quarterback, attended the car racing spectacular with his wife, Brittany.

Can I still get Eras Tour tickets?

Swift's show is completely sold out in Europe and North America. There are resale sites with tickets, but be wary of scams. The best way to avoid getting swindled is continuously checking links on Swift's website . There are some for resale on the sites verified by her camp.

Singapore was a hotbed for fans who traveled thousands of miles only to get turned away at the venue. In Tokyo and Australia, last-minute ticket drops happened a few days — without announcement — ahead of the shows.

Miami, New Orleans and Indianapolis — the three U.S. cities Swift is visiting in the fall — have some of the heftiest price tags with Canada closely behind. In may be cheaper to travel to Warsaw, Poland, or Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Here's a list of cities with the cheapest resale tickets, according to travel website  Islands.com .

10. Vienna, Austria — total average cost: $1,089, safety score: 69.72

9. Cardiff, U.K. — total average cost: $1,061, safety score: 61.83

8. Lyon, France — total average cost: $1,047, safety score: 44.3

7. Lisbon, Portugal — total average cost: $1,028, safety score: 70.15

6. Munich, Germany — total average cost: $1,000, safety score: 78.88

5. Paris, France — total average cost: $971, safety score: 41.83

4. Stockholm, Sweden — total average cost: $935, safety score: 53.86

3. Hamburg, Germany — total average cost: $903, safety score: 57.51

2. Gelsenkirchen, Germany — total average cost: $749, safety score: 51.33

1. Warsaw, Poland — total average cost: $712, safety score: 72.98

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Who are the opening acts?

Paramore launched the Eras Tour in Glendale, Arizona, in March 2023, so it's fitting the American rock band is opening the tour's second year. The act will open for Swift for 51 shows across Europe . The band was dubbed the 2024 Record Store Day global ambassador and surprised fans in Nashville the weekend following the release of "The Tortured Poets Department."

When the tour comes back to North America in October , Swift's opening act will be Gracie Abrams.

Where can I watch if I don't have tickets?

The Eras Tour is one of the first tours that has been followed, globally, by thousands of fans on digital platforms. Fans dedicate part of their concert experience to livestreaming as Swift performs. A few Swifties have learned how to host their own shows over social media including Tess Bohne , known as the livestream queen. Bohne goes live for (almost) every show pulling streams from Instagram and TikTok. When a livestream goes down, she fills the time with banter.

On YouTube, user @TaylorSwiftHockeyBro also livestreams the three-hour show, and on Twitch, @folkleric , is a host fans follow.

There is also an app, Swift Alert , that notifies fans who only want to watch certain eras like the acoustic, surprise set. The app sends out push alerts if there are any major announcements.

What secret songs are left?

For the past 83 shows, Swift has played an acoustic set she customizes at each stop with a guitar and piano performance. In 2024, the Eras Tour star added mashups of her songs for each stop. Here are the songs she has yet to perform:

  • "Taylor Swift" (debut album): "Mary's Song" and "A Perfectly Good Heart"
  • "Fearless": "The Way I Loved You," "Change," "Superstar," "We Were Happy," "That's When," "Don't You" and "Bye Bye Baby"
  • "Red": "Girl At Home," "Ronan," "Forever Winter" and "Run"
  • "1989": "Sweeter Than Fiction"
  • "Reputation": "I Did Something Bad"
  • "Lover": "London Boy," "Soon You'll Get Better" and "It's Nice to Have a Friend"
  • "Folklore": "Hoax"
  • "Evermore": "Happiness" and "Closure"
  • "Midnights": "Paris" and "Glitch"
  • "The Tortured Poets Department": all 31 tracks

Will Taylor Swift perform in 2025?

There have been many rumors that Swift will continue her show in 2025, but they are only rumors. Nothing has been announced for next year, and as of now, the tour will end in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Dec. 8.

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The Best Round the World Motorcycles

Welcome to the Best Round the World Motorcycles Guide. Here’s a selection of the best RTW bikes currently in production in 2024, with a pick of excellent older models and more in-depth guides on adventure bikes.

The Best Round the World Motorcycles

What we mean by ‘Round the World Motorcycles’

You can travel round the world on any motorcycle. Any bike is an adventure bike – we’re big advocates of that. Just take a look at the Motorcycle Travel Stories section where we showcase awesome adventures on mad bikes from riding a Yamaha R1 to the North Pole to a Royal Enfield Bullet round the world to the mighty Honda Cub’s crazy adventures in Africa.

But if we open this article up to every bike in the world, we’d break the website. So, we’ve stuck with conventional RTW motorcycles for this list.

By that, we mean bikes that can easily be ridden off-road, are tough and can take a beating, are comfortable over long distances, have decent ground clearance, with spare parts available worldwide and can be easily fixed anywhere.

Why we chose new models

There are a hundred and thirteen motorcycles missing from this list. You’re right – the Suzuki DRZ400 is a great round the world bike too, and so are all the rest of them.  

But this article’s job is to show what we reckon are the best motorcycles to ride round the world on today. Meaning, current bikes that are still in production and being sold in 2024. We’ve chosen to focus this list on new models to make it more accessible as newer bikes are more widely available and easier to source the world over.

How we chose these RTW motorcycles

We selected these bikes based on the considerations set out in our  How to Choose an Adventure Motorcycle for Travelling article. The comprehensive guide is designed to help readers pick the right type of motorcycle for their  trips – specifically long-distance overlanding adventures – and is built up of questions to ask yourself to help narrow down your choices. The motorcycles here satisfy those requirements the best and that’s why they’ve made this list.  

Choosing your adventure motorcycle

If you’re in the market for a new bike for travelling, take a look at the Choosing Your Motorcycle guide first. If you’re after an adventure bike, but not necessarily to ride round the world on, then have a look at our Best Adventure Motorcycle Guide and visit the Adventure Motorcycle Guides  page for all our bike guides in one easy to find place. 

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The Best Round the World Motorcycles of 2024

Here’s our selection of the best round the world motorcycles in production and on the market in 2024. This article will be updated yearly and discontinued bikes will be dropped into the ‘Older Models’ section below. Let’s get to it!

Honda CRF300L

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Released: 2021, Engine: 286cc single-cylinder, Power/ torque: 27bhp/ 26.6 ft-lb, Tank: 7.8L, Seat height: 880mm, Weight: 142kg, Suspension: front 43mm USD forks non-adjustable/ rear monoshock preload-adjustable, Tyres: 21/18

Why ride round the world on a CRF300L

Lightweight, simple, easy to work on, a doddle to ride and fun. These attributes make the CRF300L an excellent choice for a round the world motorcycle and our top pick. 

But let’s break it down first. One of the most important attributes in a RTW bike is reliability because nobody wants to break down on a dusty road in Uzbekistan. You can count on Honda reliability and that’s a major plus point for this little bike. The 300L’s predecessor (the CRF250L) has been going since 2012 and has amassed a worldwide following. Parts and mechanics are readily available and the motor is dogged, proven and easy to work on.

Next up is size and weight – another huge win for this bike. The 300L weighs in at a lean 142kg. You’ll notice more and more riders are opting for lighter machines – a sort of return to overland motorcycling’s routes – because unless you’re a pro off-roader, lugging a 250kg+ machine with all your gear on around is hard work. 

With a smaller bike like this, you’ll be far more confident taking the road less travelled, won’t be as worried about picking it up on your own and more likely to tackle difficult terrain. 

It’s also a very forgiving and easy bike to ride. When riding round the world, you’re going to be with your motorcycle day-in, day-out and that’s what you need. 

Finally, it’s got some decent improvements over the outgoing 250 model such as an engine capacity, power and torque increase, reworked gearing for smoother sailing in sixth and an improved chassis for off-roading. Win. 

The CRF300L is a trailie bike that’s going to be a blast off-road and the perfect RTW companion.  

READ MORE: The Ultimate Honda CRF300L Adventure Bike Guide

Royal Enfield Himalayan

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: Royal Enfield Himalayan

Released: 2016, Engine: 411cc single-cylinder, Power/ torque: 24bhp/ 23.6 ft-lb, Tank: 15L, Seat height: 800mm, Weight: 185kg, Suspension: front 41mm forks / rear monoshock, Tyres: 21/17

Why ride round the world on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

Think of the Royal Enfield Himalayan as a back to basics adventure bike. It’s simple, inexpensive, easy to work on and novice friendly. It’s never going to bite your hand off if you yank the throttle and that inspires confidence when riding this bike – especially off-road. 

There’s a lot to be said for easy-going travel bikes, and this is one of the easiest out there. The Enfield has no complicated gizmos or rider modes. The forks and spring are simple but sturdy enough, the motor is basic but with enough poke and there are very few additional features. It has a low seat height, decent 15 litre tank, comfy upright riding position, big 21 inch front and there’s already a huge range of bolt-on extras to help get it kitted out for big adventures.  

It’s a simple, easy going machine, will go pretty much anywhere you want to take it and will put a smile on your face while you’re at it.  

READ MORE: Royal Enfield Himalayan Review

Yamaha Tenere 700

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: Yamaha Tenere 700

Released: 2019, Engine: 689cc parallel-twin, Power/ torque: 72bhp/ 50 ft-lb, Tank: 16L, Seat height: 880mm, Weight: 205kg, Suspension: front 43mm KYB USD forks / rear sachs monoshock, Tyres: 21/18

Why ride round the world on a Yamaha Tenere 700

This bike needs no introduction. The Tenere 700 was one of the most hyped up and marketed bikes in years – and for good reason too. Yamaha clearly aimed this bike at off-road adventure riders and that criteria ticks all the boxes of round the world bikes too. 

Finally, a middleweight adventure bike that isn’t bloated with electronics and has a healthy weight of 200kgs. We need to appreciate Yamaha’s move here, at a time where manufacturers are injecting every rider-aid and gizmo they can and ramping up the price of their new stock, Yamaha took a courageous step back and pointed the Tenere towards the simplicity of original pure adventure bikes and with an affordable price tag too.

This bike has been built for off road adventure riders. But as it uses the MT-07’s pokey twin motor making it a great road bike too. Yamaha fine-tuned the engine and draped it in off-road focused clothing including off-road chassis, long travel, excellent adjustable suspension and gave it plenty of power and torque. So, if you’re after a middleweight bike because a single-cylinder just won’t cut it power wise, then the 700 is an excellent option. It’s a blast on road and will put a much bigger smile on your face than a single-cylinder could when scratching corners.

This versatile machine is perfect for those who want to predominately ride the rough stuff but also want a great (and comfortable) road bike, are happy without all the electronics, are after something reasonably affordable. It’s a proper adventure bike and does its Dakar Tenere ancestors proud.

READ MORE: Yamaha Tenere 700 Review

Kawasaki KLR650

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Released: 2022, Engine: 652cc single-cylinder, Power/ torque: bhp not provided by Kawasaki, but we estimate 40bhp/ 39.1 ft-lb, Tank: 23L, Seat height: 871mm, Weight: 208/213/220kg (dependent on model), Suspension: front 41mm telescopic forks / rear Uni-track monoshock – preload and rebound adjustable, Tyres: 21/17

Why ride round the world on a Kawasaki KLR650

Loved by American adventure bike riders, the Kawasaki KLR650 is the US’s answer to the UK and Europe’s Yamaha XT660R. Unfortunately for us Brits, the KLR isn’t offered to the UK market, so this one is just for American, Canadian and Australian riders.

Built in the 1980s, the KLR had a 30-year streak with pretty much zero changes. During that time, it built up a huge ‘dual-sport’ following in the US. Why? Because, like all the other proper round the world motorcycles – it’s utilitarian. The KLR is a simple machine and there’s nothing over the top about it.

Think of the Suzuki DR650: basic, but that’s what makes it so rugged. Simple telescopic forks, single twin-piston sliding caliper, steel frame and nothing to write home about. But that’s a good thing for a round the world motorcycle, because there’s less to go wrong and it’s easier to fix when it does.

But in 2022 the legendary Kawasaki KLR650 was finally been brought back to life and given a makeover. Updated and upgraded for ’22, the KLR gets an LCD dash, an ABS option, fuel injection, one piece frame, new fuel tank and fairings, clutch updates, more mid-range power, new seat, wider bars and pegs, screen and a few more tweaks. There’s a lot of new changes, but none of these are special. Instead they just bring a very outdated bike up to the minimum level of today’s bikes.

So, while before it was like the DR650, it’s now a more modern, emission compliant, acceptable and more comfortable version of that.

And another massive plus is its competitive price tag. You can get a new model for £5,124 / $6,699… that’s a lot of adventure for a brand-new bike.

The KLR650 falls into the same bracket as the Royal Enfield Himalayan. If you’re after a back to basic, reliable, simple, easy to work on adventure bike, but with more power, a larger tank, more comfort and an all-round larger motorcycle, then this one’s for you.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin

Model: 2020, Engine: 1084cc parallel-twin, Power/ torque: 100bhp/ 78 ft-lb, Tank: 18.8L, Seat height: 850mm, Weight: 226kg, Suspension: front 45mm Showa USD forks – fully adjustable / rear Showa monoshock – fully adjustable, Tyres: 21/18

Why ride round the world on a Honda Africa Twin

Why is a 1000cc motorcycle on this list considering all of its lightweight competitors? Because it’s the best option on the market today for those looking for a heavyweight machine. There are so many reasons why you might want to go for a bigger bike. Not all round the world riders crave the road less travelled, or want to ride endlessly off-road, some might be on a two-up trip and need something capable of carrying more gear, you might want to take in more road miles or you might just be a bigger person and need the comfort and space of a larger motorcycle. Whatever the reason, people travel on larger motorcycles and if you’re after a 1000cc+ machine, this is our recommendation and here’s why…

The Honda Africa Twin takes a step back from the conventional heavyweight adventure bike spec sheet. We’re now up to Honda’s third iteration of the Africa Twin since its 2016 CRF1000L re-launch. Now as the 1100L, Honda have taken the bike even further down the off-road route (for a list of its changes, check out the Best Adventure Motorcycles article).

But overall, the Honda Africa Twin is a lighter and more off-road focused motorcycle than its competitors in the heavyweight division. It’s well suited for those who like to ride off-road just as much as on road and aren’t after the touring focused luxuries of the GS. It’s a capable adventure bike with a more balanced mix of capabilities from off-roading and trail riding to touring and carving up mountain bends. If you need a larger bike for your round the world adventures, you can’t go wrong with the Honda Africa Twin.

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More new bike options, honda crf300 rally.

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: Honda CRF300 Rally

While the 300L is geared more towards off-roading, the Rally version takes on long-range riding and comfort. It’s beefier and bigger with a larger tank, wider seat, stronger brakes, higher ground clearance and also gets treated to its own set of goodies like a proper alloy bashplate and a 4kg diet.

AJP PR7 Adventure 650

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: AJP PR7 650 Adventure

The AJP PR7 Adventure is a no-nonsense adventure bike and the most off-road focused machine in this list. The AJP is packed with dirt riding goodies like the fully adjustable front and rear Sachs suspension, Dakar rally style setup and there’s no unnecessary for off-road electronics like traction control. 

READ MORE: AJP PR7 Adventure Review

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: The Best Adventure Motorcycles Guide: Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

The Suzuki V-Strom is not going to knock your socks off. Instead, you’ve got an incredibly easy to use and simple machine that does everything well. It’s well priced with a proven engine, excellent fuel consumption and big tank. It’s a versatile workhorse and if you’re after a bigger bike for predominately road miles, this makes a reliable round the worlder. 

READ MORE: Suzuki V-Strom 650 Review

Honda CB500X

Honda CB500X

The Honda CB500X is gaining popularity in the adventure bike scene. The twin has been around since 2013 and, due to its popularity, was revamped in 2019 and 2022. Like the V-Strom, the CB is a fantastic road bike, but lighter, smaller, more nimble. If you want to go full on, there’s the option of a (pricey) Rally Raid kit too.

READ MORE: Honda CB500X Review

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Older bikes no longer in production, honda crf250l / crf250 rally.

The Honda CRF250L and Rally only ceased production around 2020. Their successors are bigger and better but that doesn’t stop these from being formidable options. Lightweight, easy to ride, reliable, simple to fix and a lot of fun to ride. These make for great round the world machines. 

READ: CRF250 Rally Review

Suzuki DR650

The Suzuki DR650 is much loved by adventure bike riders and round the world riders. They’re cheap, solid and dependable machines that pack enough of a punch to keep a smile on your face. They’re massively outdated now compared to the current crop, but too legendary not to include on this list. 

READ MORE: Suzuki DR650SE Review

Yamaha XT660R / XT660Z

Ancient but bullet proof engine, fuel injected, easy to work on, ultra simple, reliable and tough. These bikes will go anywhere, do anything and take whatever you can throw at them. The Yamaha XT660 makes for a brilliant round the world motorcycle. 

READ: Yamaha XT660R Review

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Are you looking for a round the world motorcycle or planning a rtw trip if you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, then leave us a comment below. we’d love to hear from you. , 13 thoughts on “the best round the world motorcycles”.

The Best Round the World Motorcycles and i like it .

most of these bikes will not make my list as the gas tank is way to small, the KLR with a large gas tank hits the spot. also the DR650 if you add the 20 liger gas tank. Been looking for some time, very glad the brought back the KLR had one and loved it, now have the DR650 with the larger 20 liter gas tank, and the would be bit of a win over the KLR 650, lighter and much better on the off road and just as good on the highway. The one that woke me up is the new V Strom 800 great gas millage (64 mpg ) and a 20 liter gas tank. Another good on is the KTM 390 as long as you stay under 85 km per hour you get great gas millage most of the roads I ride are 80 Km speed limit and ma getting 2.8 to 3.2 liters per hundred.

Hi Hilton, thanks for your comment. That’s very interesting that they wouldn’t make your list apart from the KLR. I understand what you’re saying regarding a large gas tank, but apart from the CRF with a 7.8 tank, the rest have a minimum of 15L, which is enough to travel with. Of course, for the CRF, and the others if required, modifications can be made like adding a larger Acerbis tank, Rotopax, Camel tank etc to increase capacity – as after all, no bike comes ready to ride round the world off the factory line! But regardless, 15L is enough. We left in 2018 on a RTW trip with an XT660, 15L tank and 5L Rotopax, no problems whatsoever and we’re still going. Sure, there are some countries, like Uzbekistan where there are very long stretches without fuel, but we just filled up water bottles with spare fuel – you just plan for those few and far between places where fuel may be more of an issue. But nowadays, they really are few and far between.

These are the most common and widely used round the world motorcycles out there and what I see most people on as we ride round the world. It’s interesting because out of all these bikes, the KLR would be my last choice. But I do agree the DR650 would take the win over the KLR as well. Yeah, the Strom 800 looks interesting, I’ve had a 650 and 1000 Strom before and loved them so will be good to see what the 800 is like. I’m surprised to hear you say that about the KTM 390 though, I would never even consider that as a round the world – or adventure – bike. Have you tried riding one off-road?

Thanks again for your comments, great to hear different points of view. We all have our own list of what’s important when it comes to bikes ey! I think you might find this article a good read next: How to Choose an Adventure Motorcycle for Travelling

Cheers, Andy

What about a mt500 to go rtw,its tough but old?.and what about spares.its easy to work on though and reliable.does anyone think it would be any good.would like to hear people’s thoughts.?

Hi Chris, Wow! Going round the world on a CCM Armstrong! You’d have to be brave to do that haha. I’m sure there are people out there who have done such trips. People have ridden round the world on older and crazier machines (check out the First Adventure Bike Riders stories as their machines are 100 years old).

It could certainly be done. You can ride round the world on any motorcycle – anything – from a scooter to a sportsbike to a Goldwing to an MT500. Just look at our Stories page to see what some people are riding on. It’s amazing really.

So, what it comes down to is your personal circumstances. It depends on how much time you have, where you want to go and how mechanically adept you are. You’ll have to factor all of that in and weigh it up. For example, a Japanese bike like a Honda CRF300L will have parts and spares everywhere and will be easier to fix by local mechanics. While an MT500 with a Rotax motor won’t. Consider breaking down in the middle of Mongolia on it. Sure, just chuck it on a truck and get it to a city if you can’t repair there and then, but you’ll also need to source spares, parts etc and it’s likely you’ll need to do a lot of the work yourself. If you’re on a tight time schedule and you’re spending a big chunk of time waiting for spares or fixing it up, that could seriously dent your trip, visas and route etc.

But, if that’s the bike you like then go for it! I’d spend a lot of time beforehand becoming proficient with it, anything that could easily break, what parts will need servicing and replacing and take the entire thing to pieces so I’d know exactly what I do and don’t need to take (and to check if they even still make spares for it). And just allow extra contingency time in your trip for repairs etc.

And do let us know if you decide to go on it! Would love to see the pictures of that setup. Cheers, Andy

How about the cb500x? Fuel consumption is really good some get nearly 70 mpg or so I’ve heard. A good modern basic machine like the strom..

Hi Scott, thanks for your comment. Yeah, it’s funny you mention the CB because I had been considering adding it to the shortlist. They are great bikes, but are predominately road bikes as standard – but you’re right, if the Strom 650 is on there, then the CB should be too! I’ll add it to this page this week 🙂 We do have a review of the CB500X on the site if you’re interested in a read. Cheers, Andy

I have the CB50X and great on paved roads. Not so good on gravel or dirt roads. Also do not like the way it handles windy roads long curves you have to work to keep it in the part of the lane you want to be in. It will do them but have had much better bikes for this in fact most of the over 20 + bikes I have had. I am looking forward to getting the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, think that would be my pick, from what I have seen about it. If you wang simple the DR650 with a 20 liter tank added is a great all around bike, some do not like the seat but I had no problem with it.

Good suggestions Hilton. Please do report back once you’ve got your Himalayan, as it’ll be interesting to hear your comparisons and thoughts versus your current CB500X. Cheers Andy

Hi Andy, Can you tell me why the BMW G650GS Sertao wasn’t on the list of discontinued bikes? They seemed very popular over-landers in the Americas and Australia. They’re very cheap, are able to sit all day at above the legal limit, apparently have better road manners than the KLR or DR 650’s, do 65~70 mpg, and, according to some reviewers, are better off-road than the mighty GS’s. They weigh 192 kg wet, which apparently can be reduced by up to10 kg by removing the catalytic converter, lead-acid battery and other non-essentials. Is there a reason they’re overlooked?

Hi Andy, thanks for your comment. You’re right! They are very cheap and may be popular in the US and Aus (not as much in the UK). And sure, most single-cylinders would perform better than a 300kg bike off-road regardless. But they were marred by a lot of reliability issues in the past and became harder to get parts while abroad so we passed on it. Have you ridden the bike or are you interested in buying one out of curiosity? Cheers, Andy

Hi, I found a very low mileage one and have taken a gamble! The reliability issues (hot starting, idling) were all sorted and I have had absolutely no problems with it in 3,000 miles. It handles extremely well on the road, apart from huge front fork dive on braking, and rubbish ABS (which at least is switchable). I’m now wondering whether to strip weight out of it and use it as an all-rounder, or sell it and get a more dedicated light-weight dual purpose and buy a dedicated tourer. Thing is, I don’t want to tax and insure two bikes!

Hi Andy, that’s great news to hear you haven’t had any issues in 3K miles! Yeah, taxing and insuring two bikes would be a pain! So are you considering taking the bike on a big trip? Andy

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Just in time for #35? Mark Cavendish wins first sprint in three months at Tour de Hongrie; Police ask cyclists to “remove wheels and saddle if they can’t keep their bike inside” after bike theft; Reaction to Zwift subscription hike + more on the live blog

  • Just in time for #35? Mark Cavendish wins first sprint in three months at Tour de Hongrie
  • Transport Secretary says tougher laws for dangerous cyclists "under review" and will be considered "with an open mind"
  • Pelayo Sanchez beats Julian Alaphilippe and Luke Plapp to take stage win on Giro d’Italia debut
  • Formula 1 x Giro d'Italia: Esteban Ocon edition
  • 20mph speed limits and more cycle lanes coming to Bristol? All roads "where possible" set for speed limit under Green Party plan
  • Next challenge for Geraint Thomas? Ineos’ Cyclor team to challenge for the America’s Cup, harnessing the power of cycling to win a sailing competition
  • Pogačar sporting pink shorts again today
  • “Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough”: Police ask cyclists to remove wheels and saddle “if they can’t keep their bike inside”, after several bikes stolen at camp site
  • Israel-Premier Tech down to five riders in Giro d'Italia as Riley Pickrell becomes third rider to withdraw
  • “Wrong timing for a price increase” or “seriously delusional”? Cyclists react to Zwift hiking its subscription costs
  • Michael Woods and Florian Lipowitz out of the Giro d'Italia
  • Asylum-seeking elite cyclist told to move to Bibby Stockholm barge — as Home Office says he cannot take his bike onboard

Just in time for #35? Mark Cavendish wins first sprint in three months at Tour de Hongrie; Police ask cyclists to “remove wheels and saddle if they can’t keep their bike inside” after bike theft; Reaction to Zwift subscription hike + more on the live blog

A stage race with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish winning the bunch sprint? Is it still really 2024?

The Manxman who hasn’t won a race since the Tour Colombia in February, seems to have woken up just in time for July, for a tilt at that coveted win number 35 we're not allowed to talk about, that would settle him into the position of the undisputed Tour de France stage win king, eclipsing Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 that Cavendish has shared with the legendary Cannibal since 2021.

Wow! The legend himself, Mark Cavendish, wins the second stage of #TourdeHongrie pic.twitter.com/ZyZjp5qbPp — Eemeli (@LosBrolin) May 9, 2024

Contesting the sprint at the second stage of the Tour de Hongrie at Kazincbarcika, Cavendish was placed in just the right place at the right time by his team Astana Qazaqstan with around 500 metres to go, and then in the last 200 metres, it was all about the Manx Missile.

As we’ve seen for so many years, so many times now, bunched up against the railings, the low stance, the incessant pedalling motion of the legs propelling himself forward, almost mirroring a bull’s rampage — and Cavendish was over the line, holding off Team Jayco-Alula’s formidable sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.

        View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Astana Qazaqstan Team (@astanaqazaqstanteam)

“I’m really, really happy with that,” Cavendish said after the finish. “Yesterday, we didn't quite hit the lead-out properly. It was super good, everyone committed 100 per cent yesterday, but we were just a bit eager and a bit too soon. 

“We talked and talked about that to rectify it today. It was a completely different finish today, obviously no big boulevard or corners to make it technical, and we executed it exactly how we wanted it. I’m so happy!”

Same Cav, same… Let the hype train resume!

Cyclists in London at night stopped at red light - copyright Simon MacMichael

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said tougher legislation to prosecute cyclists who kill or injure pedestrians is "under review" and will be considered "with an open mind". Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former leader of the Conservative Party, has this week tabled a series of amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill that would see cyclists, as well as riders of electric scooters and "personal transporters", subject to stricter laws if they ride dangerously and kill or injure.

> Transport Secretary says tougher laws for dangerous cyclists "under review" and will be considered "with an open mind"

To get the maglia rosa out of the way, no changes in the top ten of the general classification, although there were moments throughout the race that it seemed certain that it would change hands, with Jayco-Alula’s Australian national road race champion Luke Plapp looking the most likely rider to emerge with the pink jersey on the other side of the ‘ode to Strade Bianche’ stage 6 today.

However that wasn’t to happen, as with Ineos’ fiery riding on the Tuscan gravel sections towards the end, the breakaway was reeled in enough, but that didn’t mean that there was any drama missing from the race — with the trio of Plapp, Soudal Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe and the 24-year-old Pelayo Sanchez from Movistar exchanging bouts and contesting the final sprint after the steep final five kilometres at Ropolano Terme.

As they approached the finish line, Alaphilippe was the first one to bite the bullet and  launch his sprint, but had to concede to the mighty Sanchez, who took his first Grand Tour win while making his debut at the Giro.

A vitória de @pelayo_mayo na etapa seis do @giroditalia #giroditalia #GironoDSports pic.twitter.com/mbeppOHJrV — O País Do Ciclismo (@opaisdociclismo) May 9, 2024

“I don’t believe it. This is amazing. I don't have words - it's a crazy, crazy day for me,” Sanchez said, constantly shaking his head with incredulity at his own feat. “Since the start of the Giro, I tried to save energy because I knew I didn't have the shape to be at the front in the first days.

“So I tried to save energy for today. And today, I could be in the breakaway but I could never imagine to win the stage. So for me it's crazy. I don’t have words.”

Él no se lo cree. Nosotros ya os advertimos que todavía tampoco. @pelayo_mayo | #Giroditalia | #RodamosJuntos 📸 @GettySport pic.twitter.com/nDAv5Nmw13 — Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) May 9, 2024

Tomorrow marks the first of the two time trial days, meaning big shifts could happen in the general classification (let’s not kid ourselves, Pogi is extending his lead surely?!).

⏱️ 5 second penalty for Esteban Ocon. #GirodItalia pic.twitter.com/qebRAbzr6T — Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 9, 2024

20mph sign (Albert Bridge / CC BY-SA 2.0)

With the Green Party set to have control of Bristol's council following last week's election success, eyes have now turned to the manifesto promises of the campaign, the city's "slow, expensive and unreliable" transport network to be tackled with increased investment in cycling and walking, as well as the installation of 20mph zones on all roads in the city "where possible".

> 20mph speed limits and more cycle lanes coming to Bristol? All roads "where possible" set for speed limit under Green Party plan

INEOS Britannia - © C.GREGORY - 02

Yep I didn’t imagine I would be writing this statement today but here we are. But if you think about it, combining the two sports seems like a natural progression for the team sponsored by the massive petrochemical giant, that not only is the owner of the loaded cycling squad but also a yachting team (we don’t talk about Manchester United — Ryan would agree).

In fact, the role of a cyclor — combing the terms cyclist and sailor, isn’t new to the sport. Pedalling has been employed as a mode to generate the power to propel the massive, powerful yachts for some time now. But under the new rules of the America’s Cup, the oldest running sports competition in the world, going on since 1851, teams can use any body part to power the boat. Yes, including the legs.

> Sir Ben Ainslie says it would be “crazy” for Ineos yachting and cycling teams not to learn from each other

INEOS Britannia - © C.GREGORY - 03

Under the new rules, “grinders” can pedal with their legs to power to power the hydraulics that control the movement of sails and foils, and manoeuvre the modern American Magic AC75-class yachts — the boat used by practically every team in the 2024 edition of the competition.

So, does this give the Ineos side, called Ineos Britannia an edge? Well, it is already led by the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, who is team principal, CEO and skipper, and it takes place between 22nd August and 27th October in Barcelona. A late summer holiday for G, perhaps?

Chuckles aside, the team will turn to Prologo, the Italian brand for its high-performance saddles featuring the patented CPC (Connect Power Control) technology, the system with three-dimensional conical nano-structures that greatly increase grip and vibration absorption, and the new Onetouch 3D handlebar tape, already used on the Paris-Roubaix cobblestones by several World Tour teams.

INEOS Britannia - © C.GREGORY - 01

Ineos said that Prologo’s innovative 3D product technologies will enable its four cyclors to maintain maximum saddle and handlebar grip during all phases of regattas, even with modern yachts flying over the sea at over 50 knots — that’s over 90km/hr.

The crew will also count on Prologo’s support during road training, where the saddles will be used on the team’s Pinarello bikes, and in indoor training sessions in the gym.

Pink bibs for Tadej Pogačar today as well, after the drama with Castelli's maglia rosa skinsuit that threatened to have him disqualified from the Giro.

No fashion change for Peppa Pog today, hard to believe. 😱He keeps the pink bibs. Now let's see if he will keep the Maglia Rosa also after today... #GirodItalia pic.twitter.com/SG2mrOu6XV — Mihai Simion (@faustocoppi60) May 9, 2024

I'm not going to lie, Peppa Pog is a pretty catchy name...

Cut bike lock from stolen bikes at Ashurst Campsite (New Forest Heart Police)

A rather interesting proposition to solve bike thefts from a police force takes the top spot on the live blog today.

With the sun and the bank holiday weekend coinciding and joining forces to bring perhaps the first glimpse of the much-awaited spring to the British Isles, bike thieves found a hunting ground at the Ashurst Campsite in New Forest National Park, stealing several bikes off the back of a camper van after cutting through a bike lock.

And sharing photos of the cut lock, local officers from the New Forest Heart Police suggested that locking bikes is simply not good enough, and suggested that cyclists take away any removable spare parts if they leave their bikes outside.

The police force wrote: “The first photograph shows you the lock that was used to secure one of the bikes stolen from the Ashurst campsite over the weekend. As you can see it was very easy for the thieves to cut through it, even though the bike was attached to the back of a camper van and the owners were inside (like those in the photo).”

“That’s why it’s always best if you can’t keep your bikes inside to remove a wheel, the saddle or both. Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough.”

> Three quarters of Brits don’t expect police to bother investigating bike thefts

This isn’t the first time the force has suggested such measures to cyclists. Last year, when bikes were stolen from the same campsite, the force wrote on social media that cyclists should keep their bikes inside , and if they couldn’t, then they should “take the wheels off, or saddle, or both”.

In fact, New Hampshire Police, which oversees the New Forest Heart Police, has a dedicated website with guidelines for cyclists on how to keep their bikes safe. Some suggestions include using two quality locks (one of them being a D-lock), locking both the wheels and the frame to the stand, using different types of locks… and “take removable parts with you”.

“Take parts that are easy to remove with you, such as wheels, lights, baskets or the saddle. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently,” is the force’s advice to cyclists.

Only if there was a way to crack down on bike thefts, I wonder…

> Cycling UK hails "clever" policing after bait bicycle used to track down £130,000 bike theft gang in one shift

Meanwhile, David Harrison, councillor at Hampshire County Council said: “Police are advising that it isn’t enough to secure your bike these days with a cable and lock. It seems it is now necessary to remove a wheel or a saddle and preferably both!

“I have always believed that the risk of having your bike stolen is a major factor when it comes to persuading people to travel by bike and leave the car at home. Lots of people tell me that they wouldn't risk leaving their bike in Totton town centre and certainly not at places like the train station which has one of the worst records in the country when it comes to bike theft.

“We have more CCTV in this country per head of population than any other, but that doesn't seem to be much of a deterrent, given that the thieves often use hoodies and masks.

“The only other answer seems to be lockable cages. However, this involves public expense at a time when councils are struggling to meet the most basic of needs, such as road repairs.

“I am not sure I know what the answer is. I do think that we won't see a major shift towards cycling if we can't solve the problem of bike theft though.”

> Find out how to keep your bike safe at home with our 9 essential steps

Let us know in the comments (or by email) if you’ve had any interactions with the Hampshire Constabulary, and if you’re likely to remove your wheels and saddle the next time you go for a quick nature’s call or to grab a cup of coffee and piece of cake…

Israel-Premier Tech has decided to withdraw Riley Pickrell from today's stage six of the Giro d'Italia fearing a concussion after yesterday's crash. The Canadian joins compatriot Michael Woods and Nadav Raisberg in bowing out of the Grand Tour, leaving the team with just five riders.

The team wrote: "After careful consideration, a late decision has been made that Riley Pickrell will not start today's Giro d'Italia stage.

"His face bore the impact of the crash yesterday and although he is feeling well enough to start, some slight confusion has been identified and the team is not willing to take the risk given the possibility of concussion.

"Riley needs time to recover and today's stage is too risky, so the team has made the difficult decision to withdraw him from the race."

Pickrell said: "I'm super disappointed, leaving your first Grand Tour is something no rider wants to do. I came here and I wanted to finish the race — obviously getting through a Grand Tour is such a big accomplishment for any rider. Hopefully I can get this opportunity again, and I can come back and make it to the finish."

Back luck clearly comes in threes: @RileyPickrell will also not start today's @giroditalia stage 😢 “𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥, 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘰 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰. 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦… pic.twitter.com/E3BLrdP3SE — Israel – Premier Tech (@IsraelPremTech) May 9, 2024

Zwift Big Spin Atomic Cruiser

In case you missed it, Zwift announced yesterday that its monthly subscription fee is rising from £12.99 to £17.99 , with the company claiming that the price hike was “necessary” for the platform’s development.

Very quickly, cyclists were on the case and the  the popular virtual online training app company was accused of “taking its subscribers for granted”. Since our coverage, more reaction has trickled in, and here’s your roundup; first up, comments on our article...

Disgusted of Tu…: “I think they're seriously delusional and aiming for the peloton brigade who will pay £££ for the “online experience”. I stopped paying in 2018 and only use it for running - guess that's still free?

“Prefer to watch Netflix and keep an eye on my Watts per 3 seconds - when the weather is so bad or I'm sick of washing my bike!”

squired: “I switched to MyWhoosh sometime ago and I can't ever see myself switching back. They are still saying it will always be free and the constant improvements they keep rolling out are excellent. I don't care though about racing or training plans or community. I just want something I can jump on for an hour or two with some nice routes. With the impending World Championships on the platform I wouldn't be shocked to see another big update in the next few weeks.”

Fursty Ferret: “How many people left? Given that the Zwift website went down under the demand yesterday, I'd guess "a lot". Odd time to do it, really - far better business sense to have done it in October knowing you've got a captive audience as the weather turns. All it's actually served to do is remind me that my subscription was still active and so I've cancelled it for the summer.”

dialeleven: “There is a Zwift-like alternative that I've been using over the winter which I'm pretty happy with aside from stability issues (crashes) which the devs have improved upon recently with a "Go" version for Windows. It's the one advertised on the back of Tadej Pogacar's shorts (something Whoosh). It doesn't have the large community of Zwift, but they do have Sunday races and some other events if that's your thing (not into events personally - just want to get in a good structured workout for about a hour usually).”

More from Facebook comments:

Darren Nicholl: Been on it since day 1, beta tester and all that, however it's now transitioned into too much of a game than an exercise platform. They have 'shot themselves in the foot' though because I bet a lot of people would have paid the £12.99 to use the odd time in the Summer, but now I've cancelled mine and will restart in Autumn.”

Paul Manton: “Zwift hasn’t improved much but they have thousands more subscribers since 2017, i can't justify monthly subscription when i don't use it for a few months so i have cancelled and moved to Mywhoosh. Mywhoosh isn't great for races but its good enough for training.”

> “I’ll see you in the winter”: Zwift accused of “taking subscribers for granted” as monthly subscription rises from £12.99 to £17.99 – but company says price hike “necessary” for platform’s development

And finally, one of these messages that dropped into our Facebook inbox:

“With Zwift increasing their subscription, I've now cancelled mine. Since commuting more, I haven't felt the need to use it & once Spring comes I ride all the time outside. Bye bye Zwift.”

Two names won’t be making it to the start of the Giro d’Italia today unfortunately, with Israel-Premier Tech’s Michael Woods out after yesterday’s crash and Bora-Hansgrohe’s Florian Lipowitz withdrawing after an illness.

The 37-year-old Canadian was involved in a crash with Ineos Grenadiers’ Tobias Foss and Visma-Lease a Bike’s Attila Valter with just 26 kilometres to go, as the peloton was trying to reign in the four-man breakaway including Cofidis’ Benjamin Thomas who would eventually go on to take the win.

Sad news this morning with @rusty_woods unable to start @giroditalia stage 6 😢 “𝘐’𝘮 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘰 𝘥’𝘐𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦… pic.twitter.com/fCKkfygwPk — Israel – Premier Tech (@IsraelPremTech) May 9, 2024

And Lipowitz, the young German, making his debut at a Grand Tour, will also be out of the Giro after Bora informed of his sickness on social media. Get well soon to both the riders!

🇮🇹 #giroditalia Unfortunately, due to sickness, Florian Lipowitz will not start today’s stage of the @giroditalia . Heal up soon, Lipo! 🙏🏻 📸: @SprintCycling pic.twitter.com/ymb28BY5Hv — BORA – hansgrohe (@BORAhansgrohe) May 9, 2024

Meanwhile, the peloton will make its way through the famed white roads of Tuscany in Giro d’Italia’s ode to the Strade Bianche. Will any team take the race to Pogačar, who sits pretty in pink atop the GC standings, or will it be a repeat of the Strade, and essentially the rest of the season? We’ll see soon…

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An elite cyclist who has won Asian Cycling Championships gold and competed in the individual time trial against Remco Evenepoel and Filippo Ganna at last year's UCI Cycling World Championships now faces being ordered to move to the Bibby Stockholm barge by the Home Office.

> Asylum-seeking elite cyclist told to move to Bibby Stockholm barge — as Home Office says he cannot take his bike onboard

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Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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I'm concerned there's a serious risk that the government will put some anti-cycling piece on the agenda to court votes and it will then get picked up in the end of parliament wrap-up as they go into the election, meaning a piece of crap legislation will come into force.

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Unlikely IMO.  They've already pretty much run out of parliamentary time.

Only statutory instrument stuff could get done now.

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Adwitiya, you have won the internet today

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Mohammad, the cyclist seeking asylum, rides for the club I'm in and is a regular on our chain gang. As of this morning the latest is that local MP Alok Sharma is supportive and the move to the prison hulk is on hold for the moment. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Re the Zwift price rise, is it coincidence that an ad for MyWhoosh appears at the side of the page?

I am disappointed - I misread this and thought this was going to be an MP on to say that "Just locking them up sadly isn’t good enough" about the new proposals on dangerous cycling offenses...

“Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough” - Can you imagine the rants from the average DM reader if the police told motorists to do this.

Exactly.  "Motorists - please make sure to remove your wing/door mirrors, any outside trim, and the wheels"

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I was just going to say I wonder what the response would be if the line was: - “Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough”: Police ask drivers to remove wheels and seats “if they can’t keep their car inside” - ...

mitsky wrote: I was just going to say I wonder what the response would be if the line was: - “Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough”: Police ask drivers to remove wheels and seats “if they can’t keep their car inside” - ...

at least it would stop them parking on the pavements if cars weren't safe outside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsZRfknZGUE

It is feasible, so why not?

Capt Sisko wrote: “Just locking them sadly isn’t good enough” - Can you imagine the rants from the average DM reader if the police to motorists to do this.

just locking your doors sadly isn't good enough, you need to keep all electronics and valuables in a hidden floor/wall safe.

Safety first - eat the telly !

If you read to the end of the post, the police are asking for any information relating to the criminal damage (tyre tracks in third photo) but not for the bike thefts.  Says it all really.

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