Bikers know all too well that life is not about the final destination as much as it is about the journey. Other means of transport may help you reach your goal in a faster or more convenient way, but none of them offers the same degree of freedom and sheer sense of satisfaction the motorcycles do. In the world of bikers, setting off on a long motorcycle journey is considered a sort of baptism – something you have to do to truly appreciate the open road and wind in your hair.
But, where to go? Here is a short list of some of the best motorbike routes in the world.
Route 66 (the USA)
The Mecca of all bikers in the world. Route 66 has such a strong presence in pop culture that every decent biker has to check out this road at least once in a lifetime. So, what made Route 66 so iconic in the first place? Built in the 1920s as a superhighway linking Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 was intended to be the spine of America, giving a huge number of people an opportunity to leave their small inland towns in pursuit of better life. Following their footsteps past the huge art-deco signs, truck-stops and roadhouses will set you on a journey through the history of high-hopes that built America.
The South Island (New Zealand)
New Zealand is a country of stunning beauty. Yet somehow, people never bothered to check it out. These days, when famous director Peter Jackson made New Zealand’s glorious landscapes famous through his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit cinematic trilogies, “The Land of the Long White Cloud” became a very popular motorcycle destination. If you ever wanted to visit the Middle Earth, now is your chance. Just go to New Zealand’s South Island, make the city of Christchurch your starting point and embark on a journey through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world.
Ho Chi Minh Trail (Vietnam)
Ho Chi Minh trail is a logistical system built to connect the North and South Vietnam through the kingdoms of Laos and Cambodia. Suffice to say, it played an immensely important role in the Vietnam War. Fortunately, these troubled times are over, and Ho Chi Minh Trail continues to exist as a motorcycle route that will take you on an incredible voyage through Vietnamese foothills, paddies, farmlands and fields of rice. Just keep in mind that most of these locations are remote, hard-terrain areas. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check SunCity Yamaha or some other better-equipped stores and supply yourself with a couple of spare tires.
The Motorcycle Diaries (South America)
In January 1953, 23-year-old Ernesto Che Guevara set off on an incredible motorcycle ride that started in Argentina and took him all the way through Chile, Peru, and Colombia to Venezuela. His memoirs that trace this journey, The Motorcycle Diaries, later became a New York Times bestseller. The list of locations Che Guevara checked is extraordinary – Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Santiago, Cusco, Machu Picchu… The list goes on and on. Follow his trail and you will discover South America in a completely new light.
Pyrenees Loop (France and Spain)
This exciting 2,410-kilometer route will take you all the way from Bilbao, Spain to Biarritz, France. A favorite of European bikers, this trail won’t only offer an exciting ride through the sensational scenery of the Pyrenees Mountains – you’ll also get an opportunity to learn something about European culture. If you visit Figures, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Dali museum. Also, check a couple of very interesting historic landmarks (e.g. Chapelle Impériale, Biarritz).
We hope that some of these rides will catch your eye and set you on an adventure that will change your life forever. Your motorcycle begs for an open road. Why wouldn’t you finally indulge it?