Best 5 Motorcycle Road Trips from Around the World [A guide for your next route]
Seeing the world from the seat of a motorcycle is a unique experience. The sights, sounds, and sheer exhilaration of experiencing life on the road is something that can’t be duplicated by any other mode of transport.
So with this in mind, read on to discover 5 of the best motorcycle road trips from around the world.
- California Cruising – Pacific Coast Highway
- Roof of the World – Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp
- Coasting with the Celts – Historic Welsh Coast
- Kingdom of the Moors – Granada to Marrakesh
- Ozzie Bend Fest – Oxley Highway
1. California Cruising – Pacific Coast Highway
As the name suggests, the Pacific Coast Highway is a stretch of road that hugs California’s beautiful west coast. Known as State Route, or Highway 1, the road unwinds for around 660 miles.
This route has so many jaw-dropping vistas and sightseeing opportunities many riders tend to investigate a section of it rather than attempting its entire length. So with this in mind, let’s look at a 268-mile stretch which runs from Morro Bay (just northwest of San Luis Obispo) heading north to the beautiful city of San Francisco.
Traveling along this section of twisty two-lane highway is a leisurely three-day ride. A few days allows enough time to stop at such famous landmarks as Hearst Castle, the rugged coastline of Big Sur, and the world famous Bixby Bridge.
The road is generally in good condition, including the section passing through Big Sur, which was closed for over a year due to a colossal mudslide. As for weather, this part of California enjoys a Mediterranean climate making riding conditions for a motorcycle road trip near perfect.
2. Roof of the World – Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp
Riding on the roof of the world is one of those pure bucket list items that motorcyclists around the globe would love to tick, but just how doable is this particular motorcycle road trip?
The Himalayas cover a vast area from Pakistan in the West, through the width of India, and as far east as the remote kingdom of Bhutan. These eight Himalayan countries vigorously dispute sovereignty over one another’s borders. The terrain is a combination of tarmac and scree, and the weather can be unpredictable. Some regions are as desolate as they are breathtaking, and it is for all these reasons that an organized motorcycle road trip is the best option.
There are many to choose from, but the most popular typically start in Kathmandu, Nepal and head east towards the recently formed border with Tibet at Gyirong. This route takes you through Lhasa, where you will find Potala Palace, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama.
Continuing east, riders will traverse high-mountain passes, turquoise lakes, and glaciers before eventually reaching New Tingri. Sixty miles further on is the Everest base camp which is 17,000ft above sea level.
This round-trip route is approximately 1,500 miles, but if you need to shorten the ride due to time constraints, heading from Kathmandu through the beautiful Gyirong Valley to the EBC and back is just over 700 miles.
3. Coasting with the Celts – Historic Welsh Coast
Wales is the land of dragons, ancient castles, fierce Celtic warriors, and Druids. Following its sweeping coastal roads through picturesque villages and stunning coastline is a dream ride for any motorcycle road trip.
Begin at its capital city, Cardiff, and ride west through the Vale of Glamorgan and on to the former Viking stronghold of Swansea. Fifty miles further and you’re on the edge of the striking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Continue riding along the A487 as it heads northwest past Blue Flag beaches, green valleys, and distant mountains, before reaching the market town of Machynlleth and the Snowdonia National Park.
Keep to the smaller coastal road (A496) and as you crest the mountain feast your eyes upon Harlech Castle in the valley below. The UNESCO listed site is one of the best-preserved, 13th-century castles in Europe and well worth the ride alone.
Heading due north, the Menai Bridge will take you over to the Isle of Anglesey, alternatively, continue west through the old seaside town of Rhyl and on to Chester. The history-rich home of the Beatles, Liverpool is a just 20 miles further on.
4. Kingdom of the Moors – Granada to Marrakesh
Although this journey straddles two continents, at just under 600 miles, it is easily doable in just four days. With plenty of interesting detours along the way, it’s also very easy to add days on to your itinerary.
Incorporating a little history into any motorcycle road trip can only enhance the experience, and this historic route begins at the incredible Alhambra Palace in the Andalusían town of Granada. The incredibly ornate palace, built over 1000 years ago during a time of Muslin rule, is a must-see. Marvel at its impressive Islamic architecture before heading southwest either via the A7 coast road or the AP7 Highway towards Gibraltar.
Ride around the bay of Gibraltar to the port of Algeciras, here you can take the ferry to Tangier. The ferry runs daily, and in just over an hour you can be rolling down the ramp onto African soil.
As with Spain, you have the choice of the N1, a meandering (and sometimes lumpy) coastal route, or the faster, well-maintained A1 highway.
Either will take you through Rabat (the capital) and Casablanca. From Casablanca, the A7 leads you 150 miles south to the medieval walled city of Marrakesh overlooking the picturesque High Atlas Mountain.
Navigation is easier than you may think with signs in both English and Arabic, and if you brush up on some basic French, you’ll be fine.
5. Ozzie Bend Fest – Oxley Highway
Imagine a country the size of America, but with the population of Texas; that’s Australia. Choosing the best motorcycling road in Australia is, therefore, a tough gig, quite simply because it’s so damn huge.
A country so vast boasts an incredible number of top quality roads through jaw-dropping scenery. For this motorcycle road trip, let’s take the 100-mile stretch of tarmac called the Oxley Highway.
The New South Wales road is a favorite of Ozzie bikers and starts in the tiny town of Wauchope and ends at the picturesque colonial town of Walcha. While traveling this route, enjoy riding over the Great Divide Mountains before dropping down onto the Tablelands of New England.
So what makes this such a two-wheel treat? Apart from the awe-inspiring scenery that changes from prairie to rainforest to meadowland, you’ll get the opportunity to take in more than 300 bends.
This curvaceous road goes from the tightest of hairpins to full-throttle curves as it winds through the Cottan-Bimbang National Park. And that, as they say in their neck of the woods, is one ‘fair dinkum’ road. The globe may be getting smaller for jet setting tourists, but down on the ground, it’s still a big beautiful world. With downloadable apps from tech companies such as Damon, making remote areas safer, as long as there’s a horizon motorcyclists will be heading towards it; enjoying the world’s best motorcycle road trips.