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Motorcycles, Travel+Outdoors

on March 5th, 2020

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Whether you live in a desert, top of an icy mountain, the middle of a forest, or in the suburbs, there is always going to be a road nearby just waiting for you to trek. We’ve all thought to ourselves at one or more times in our lives, “I want to take a road trip”, and no one can blame you. Road trips are an eye opening experience where one can clear their heads, see new sights, enjoy the scenery and the liberating feeling of just going with the wind while temporarily forgetting about the real world and it’s problems. It’s honestly a healing experience that everyone deserves to experience at least once in their lives. Just you, your ride, and the miles of memories that lie ahead of you.

1: USA

Glacier Point, United States. Photo by Nathan Shipps on Unsplash

The USA has the most paved roadways in the world with China and India (the world’s most populated countries) trailing behind in 2nd and 3rd place. So finding a main or rural road that suits you will not be difficult. Also holding 3rd place in the most amount of MotoGP’s won, it’s safe to say it’s a biker friendly country. You could ride from the warm Mediterranian climate starting on the beautiful PCH from sunny southern California all the way up to chilly Oregon. Riding on the PCH will offer you a priceless view of the ocean on one side, and the view of forests and mountains on the other as you make your way up or down the coast. Don’t feel like seeing the ocean? Fine, you can hop on the world-famous Route 66 and cross the desert landscape of the US, and visit the many interesting ghost towns along the way, or hop on the I-80 from California and make a cross-country road trip to NYC, that’ll definitely make for a great experience and story to tell. Speed limits in the US are also one of the most generous, most interstate highways have posted speed limits of 65-70 mph (104/112 kph) with some select states allowing up to 80 mph (128 kph).

2: Canada

Parksville, Canada. Photo by Alvin Engler on Unsplash

Now, Canada, Oh Canada filled with beautiful icy mountains and never-ending green forests, is totally a great destination for an adventure. With the country being the 2nd largest in the world and having a population less than the state of California, it will definitely give you a sense of being the only person in the world. A wonderful feeling of owning the world and having it to your disposal. Hop on the trans-Canadian highway and make your way across the vastly beautiful landscapes and national parks all along the way. Experience narrow roads in between towering forest trees, open roads with snow as far as the eye can see, and even make your way through mountain sides offering you views to remember forever. A Canadian road trip will almost definitely make you have a new appreciation for nature. It’s also a very sparsely populated country for the size, so pack extra clothes and food in your saddlebags. Speed limits here aren’t that much different from the US, the only difference would be reading it in kph instead of mph.

3: Italy

Stelvio Pass, Italy. Photo by Raul Taciu on Unsplash

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries to go on a motorcycle adventure. Italy has a close relationship with motorcycling, a very close one. Italy’s passion for motorcycles can easily be seen in their production of some of the most famous and desirable motorcycle brands such as Ducati, Aprilla, Moto Guzzi, and plenty others. Italy also hold the most MotoGP wins in the world. Filled with mountain passes and gorgeous coastlines, you can’t go wrong here. The Stelvio pass is one of the most beautiful passes in the world as it goes through the italian Alps that offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. The Amalfi Coast is another famously beautiful road. It’s a 43 mile road that’s been nicknamed “The road of 1,000 bends.” It features twists, inclines, dives, welcoming towns, and runs along the western coast of Italy so you have a view of the mediteranean the entire way.

4: Spain

Cap de Formentor, Spain. Photo by Patrick Baum on Unsplash

Spain is another beautiful country to go on a motorcycle adventure. It’s the 2nd largest country in Europe that’s filled with mountains, valleys, deserts, and gorgeous coastlines. The weather in Spain is perfect for riding any time of the year as it is located mostly in the Mediteranean Sea. Spain has a very close relationship with 2 wheel transportation as it has hosted 4 of the MotoGP’s and boasts 2nd place in most amount of MotoGP’s won. There will be beautiful scenic routes such as the 600 mile coastline of Andalusia or the unregrettable journey from the capital Barcelona to Granada, a trip that covers the entire eastern part of Spain. It is a very sparsely inhabited country where the majority of the population live in cities and the remaining few in rural villages and towns, so traffic for the most part is great. In short, if you’re thinking of going on a roadtrip in Spain you’re going to have a blast and the only recommendation would have to be to learn some Spanish.

5: Iceland

Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

You know, that one small island nation that some argue should really switch names with Greenland? Well, believe it or not, most of us have seen Icelandic landscapes thanks to it being a major source of natural scape screensavers. Seriously, this country is an endless supply of gorgeous screensavers everywhere you turn. It’s like your riding through a google search in images titled “4k wallpapers”. The famous ring road will literally take you around the entire country, hence the name. Taking on this adventure is the best thing anyone can do for themselves. On this route, one can expect to see beautiful marshland plains, amazing waterfalls, dreamy mountainscapes, and the famously breathtaking northern lights, yes, the northern lights, the magical display of lights in the sky everyone dreams of witnessing. Iceland is geographically a very isolated country, it’s population is less than 400,000 so traffic is basically non-existent for the most part. This is also the coldest of the group so be absolutely sure to wear quality motorcycle jackets and other safety riding gear. Speed limits here are not as generous as the US or Canada but with such a low population and most of it is in the capital, Reykjavik and it’s metro areas, an extra 5-10 mph wouldn’t hurt anybody.

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