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Old 02-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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From Austria to the Italian Alps - Ligurian Mountain Boarder Road - Need Info

I have planned to do the Ligurain Boarder Road(s) and I need some infos about it, Maybe there are some inmates here who did the ride and can help me to get the required information. I did not find a translation for the German name "Ligurische Grenzkammstraße", however it leads most of the time above 2000 meters (6600 feet) from Italian Savona up the mountains to Colla Melosa and then for about 60kms till Colle di Tenda.

The most important thing for me to know is if and when the road and the passes are open for bikes. I plan to go there in September, dont know which week yet but most probably first or last one. I plan to put the bike (F 800 GS) on the trailer and check in somewhere in Savona or nearby. I also could take my XR650R but I think the F8 may be the better choice for the paved roads.

What I need:

when are the roads (there are more than one) close and around this area open for traffic?
where can I get permission to ride them, I have heard that on some parts a permit from the municipal office is required?
is it true that if I go there and dont care about the driving bans my bike will be taken away and they will charge me 5000 euros? (has been said about the Italian side not the French side)
is there anything else important I should know?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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Google for 'Ligurian Border Ridge Road' (or Italian 'Via del Sale' or French 'Route du Marguareis')

Or ask someone who has done it
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=720236
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:41 AM   #3
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best info-site:
http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Gre....html#comments

best video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=wObM4YeIcBA

i did it in August, 2011, on a XT 350. It was locked for cars, but open for bikes. Take some spareparts with you, because if your bike fails, you ´ll have a long walk.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Eldezento View Post
best info-site:
http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Gre....html#comments

best video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=wObM4YeIcBA

i did it in August, 2011, on a XT 350. It was locked for cars, but open for bikes. Take some spareparts with you, because if your bike fails, you ´ll have a long walk.
Thanks guys!

Yo, will have few parts with me... thanks mate

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Old 02-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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No need to reach Savona with the car , if you have a week you could make an exceptional round tour starting from north and ride also Val Susa gravel roads, but for three days you could let the trailer around Cuneo, go south to Limone Piemonte and Colle di Tenda, do the italian side to Monesi and San Remo, then back through french side where you could ride other nice garvel roads and Parpaillon to reach again Cuneo through Col Larche or Col Lombarda
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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I quote Giorgio XT.

I use to drive on that gravel roads, usually the side of the Val di Susa (Col du Sommelier, Assietta, Jafferau).

The other one, the Liguria Grenzkammestrasse, i think is the "Via del Sale": probably I'll drive there next summer.

At the moment there are no particular ban, just drive on drivable surface and not on the grass. Be carefull if you are alone because some of them are a bit dangerous. Anyway I use to drive alone, so what I mean is just "average" care. In Sept you won't find snow, sometime I find it until July.

On my website (below) you find general information (italian only) about the roads I've done. For more info email me.

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