The world's best motorcycle road trips
Saddle up and experience the world on two wheels.
Experience the world from behind the handlebars with these iconic motorcycle road trips.
Whether you want the wind in your face, scenery on all sides, unique locations to visit or the endless open road in front of you, these road trips from around the world are sure to satisfy.
Italy is home to some of Europe’s most stunning road trips including the Transalpine, which joins Grenoble to Venice. The road runs via the Alps and is one of the most visited roads on the continent. If you’re after more of a coastal experience, try the journey from Sorrento to Salerno on the Amalfi Coast. While only 60km in length, the journey offers seaside views and travels through Positano.
Why climb Mount Everest when you can ride to it? Known as the roof of the world, the Tibetan road trip is harrowing yet beautiful, covering 3500km from Lhasa to Kashgar. Pay special attention to the Dang portion of the trip which offers views of the Himalayas and Mount Everest.
Probably the most iconic road trip in the world is Route 66, a 3900km journey connecting Chicago to Santa Monica. The trip is akin to a time capsule with truck stops, old signs and the countryside lining the journey. Travellers can also try the Hana Highway in Maui, a 100km coastal ride across the Hawaiian island offering bends, bridges and stretches through dense rainforest.
The Great Ocean Road remains Australia’s most notable road trip, with the straights, bends and stunning views of the 290km journey offering everything a motorcyclist could desire. Keen riders should also try exploring Australia’s red centre travelling via Uluru and the Simpson Desert.
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Starting and ending in Christchurch, riding across New Zealand’s South Island provides a unique opportunity to experience the country’s scenic landscapes. The 2100km trip across the Pacific Coast is a sight to behold, with the trip turning to smooth tarmac and minimal traffic once riders pass Nelson in the Cook Strait.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then Romania is the destination for you. The Transalpina and Transfagarasan roads are among the best driving routes in the world. Known by locals as ‘The King’s Road’, the Transalpina is a 146km journey through the Carpathian Mountains and offers sheer drops, twists and turns. The 90km Transfagarasan has been described as the best road in the world by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and connects the south of Romania to Transylvania.