The type of thrill that comes from riding a motorbike is one of a kind. There’s a sense of freedom that can’t be matched. One of the best times to feel alive is when you’re navigating a twisty. The curves of a mountain road offer a worthy challenge, whether you’re speeding up, or trying to predict where the next bend is. Europe is full of great mountain roads, and here are five of the most exciting.
The Transfăgărășan is the second highest mountain pass in Romania after the Transalpina. Crossing through the Carpathian Mountains, the route starts near the village of Bascov and stretches 56 miles. The journey will take you past Poenari Castle, the residence of Vlad the Impaler, who served as the inspiration for Count Dracula. Usually, the road is closed from late October until June, but depending on the weather it can stay open until November.
Considered the highest mountain pass road in Europe, the Sognefjellsvegen is found in Norway. It starts off in the village of Gaupne and passes through the Jotunheimen and Brenheimen mountains. At 1434 metres, the highest point is Fantesteinen. Along the way, there are many beautiful sights to see, such as the picturesque town of Skjolden.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, named after Austria’s highest mountain, offers gorgeous scenery. You’ll be riding near beautiful flower meadows, green pastures and rushing waterfalls. With 48 kms of road and 36 turns, you’ll have plenty to see.
Susten Pass, Switzerland
The Susten Pass makes up part of what’s collectively called the ‘Big Three’ passes, which includes Grimsel and Furka. What makes the Susten Pass stand out is the variation of road style, which ranges from sweeping valleys, to narrow paths that take you to the mountain summit. There’s some amazing stop off points, such as the Stein Glacier.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
With 48 switchback turns, the Stelvio Pass will test even the most experienced rider. As one of the most famous mountain roads in the world, it can get busy. The peak months are July and August. To make the most of your time, you’ll want to be on the road early. To experience the switchback turns, we recommend approaching from the north west side, and you’ll also be able to ride through the Stelvio National Park.
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