The 50 best adventure roads in the world

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  1. Baldy

    Baldy Site Owner Administrator

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    Guy Proctor at MCN (Motorcycle News) is making a list of the 50 best roads in the world for adventurous riders, for an edition of the newspaper dedicated to
    adventure bikes & riding.

    He's asking the world's most knowledgeable riders for help (youz!). Here's what he wants:

    Let's get this street riot going!!

    Baldy
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  2. Baldy

    Baldy Site Owner Administrator

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    Dragoon said:

    Top of Khardungla India

    It starts in Leh and it's about a 3-4 hr ride to the top of Khardungla. Every road in the Himalayas is an outstanding road but there is no place else in the world that you can ride your motorcycle to 18,380 ft. Still gives me shivers to think about it.
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  3. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    NAME - Manali - Leh Highway
    Start - Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Finish - Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir.
    Country - Indiyeah !!
    Approx distance (days or miles) - Approx distance 450 kms. (days taken 2 - 3)
    Summary: You cross some of worlds highest passes including averaging well over 17000 feet. Uncertain weather, high altitude, no roads, extreme cold and no civilization for miles make this a very treacherous track. Carry extra fuel and feel close to heaven :thumb

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  4. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    And the Spiti Valley Loop. Even more demanding than the Manali - Leh.

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  5. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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  6. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Shimla to Chitkul (via Sangla)
    400 approx km.
    1 days ride.
    Not too extreme but there's a lot of factors that slow you down but then you reach chitkul which is the last indian village towards tibet. (I just came back last week :D)


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  7. LongWays

    LongWays Skiing up a hill...

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    Best.

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  8. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    The Route des Grandes Alpes is a famourse road from Geneva to the mediterian sea. On its way south, the road crosses 16 High Alpine Passes, 9 of them >6600ft. Amongst theme, the Coil de L'Iseran, with 9140ft second highes, and, with al little detour, the Cime de la Bonnette with 9240ft highes road in the Alps. The road is open June to mid of October.
    It is possible to ride the whole 450km's in 2 days. Only it is not suggested to do the whole thing as a race. If you calculate 3-4 days for the trip, you will have maximum pleasure!
    The passes:
    • Col des Gets (1170 m)
    • Col de la Columbière (1613 m)
    • Col des Aravis (1486 m)
    • Col des Saisies (1650 m)
    • Cormet de Roselend (1968 m)
    • Col de l´Iseran (2770 m)
    • Col du Télégraphe (1566 m)
    • Col du Galibier (2645 m)
    • Col de l´Izoard (2360 m)
    • Col de Vars (2108 m)
    • Col de la Cayolle (2326 m)
    • Col de la Couillole (1678 m)
    • Col Saint-Martin (1500 m)
    • Col de Turini (1604 m)
    • Col de Castillon (706 m)
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  9. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    Denzel dificulty scale 3-4 average, some 4-5. 60km's in altitudes of 6600ft and above. Old military road from WW1 in the French-Italian boarder-area, Liguria. Google "Ligurische Grenzkammstrasse" for pics and lots of reports, (sorry, don't know how the road is named in English).

    http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Grenzkammstrasse-Nord_track57.html

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  10. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    The TransTaiga in Northern Quebec Canada is one of the most remote rides in North America. Half of the challenge is getting to the start, which is remote in itself...

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    A snip from the website http://jamesbayroad.com

    The Trans-Taiga Road is a gravel road that runs 666 km east from near the top end of the James Bay Road. It was built to access the various dams and generating stations that extend upriver along the La Grande River.

    This is an extremely remote road, leading 666 km east - almost to Labrador - with no settlements or towns aside from Hydro Quebec's settlements for workers (not open to the public). At the far end you will be 745 km from the nearest town! This is the farthest you can get from a town on a road in North America! (Not counting the private Hydro Quebec towns that are not open to the public). Along this road is also the farthest north point you can travel on a road in eastern Canada.

    The road from Brisay (km 582) to Caniapiscau is rougher and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended by Hydro Quebec. The main reason for this is the very coarse gravel used for this road - there's large rocks littering the road surface. However, I have heard from people who have driven this road in ordinary passenger cars and they say it is fine. You do have to keep your eyes open for the larger rocks though.

    You should definitely travel this road only in a reliable vehicle with good tires. It is not an overly rough road; passenger vehicles can drive it, but it is gravel. Vehicle breakdowns here can be very costly. Flat tires can be a serious (and expensive) incident if your tires are damaged. You could be looking at having tires flown in on a non-scheduled flight - there are no convenient "tire stores" up here! Please read Driving the Trans-Taiga Road first.

    Although there are no towns, there are a couple of outfitters along the way that sell fuel and offer meals and lodging. Cell phones do not work here.

    Generally the scenery is fairly level, but this road is definitely more interesting than the James Bay Road. For most of the length it runs through taiga: spruce and jack pine forest, bogs, rocks, and low hills. This is about all you'll see apart from birds and some wildlife, the occasional cabin a short distance off the road, and Hydro Quebec installations. I once saw a couple of wolves playing in the middle of this road.

    From our James Bay trip a few years back...

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  11. cuneesity

    cuneesity Ferendo

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    Ping Gaspipe and BigDogadventures, for the US and Mex. Just sayin...:deal

    And Metaljockey for Africa.
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  12. Wing Nut

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    I've got nothing on these guys. I guess I'll just look and keep my weak riding stories to myself.
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  13. Baldy

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    I PM'd 'em. Thanks!
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  14. Three Dawg

    Three Dawg Into Africa

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    Sambor?
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  15. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Sambor for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan (silk road, pamir highway)
    and Aurel (and the others) for Morocco
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  16. nikolic

    nikolic Been here awhile

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    Lenght: aprox 160km no gravel, macadam, stone and easy mud
    Location: mid Romania, Romanian Alps
    Riding time: one day
    Max height: 2040m


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  17. DakarBlues

    DakarBlues One-everythinged man

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    Gives me goose bumps...
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  18. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    OK, here's one of NZ's best, more than one road really but a stunning ride.

    NAME: The Queenstown - Walter Peak - Nevis loop
    Start: Queenstown
    Finish: Queenstown
    Country: South Island, NZ
    Approx distance: 250 km

    Summary: Take the historic TSS Earnslaw across scenic Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, leave the tourists behind & ride off through the mountains up the deserted gravel of the Von road. Head east once you hit the highway, turning left at Mossburn to link onto highway 6, then stop for lunch at the Garston Pub. Just up the road turn off onto the Nevis Road & climb 1000's of feet up into the sky on a series of gravel switchbacks, then follow the Nevis Valley down through 25 stream crossings on the area's biggest & most remote farm. Climb out over the saddle to Bannockburn then hit the tar again & return to Queenstown through the nicely twisty Kawarau Gorge.

    Loading onto the old steamship at the Queenstown Dock. Check in at the Real Journeys office to book a space.
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    Cheers
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  19. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Skippers canyon
    NAME: Skippers canyon
    Start: Queenstown
    Finish: Queenstown
    Country: South Island, NZ
    Approx distance: 100 km return

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    Gold miners carved this road out of the cliffs follows the shot over river.
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  20. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    A one day ride starting off at 200m above sea level rising to 2000m through pine and cedar forests then on up into the summer pasture areas, passing some nice viewpoints along the way

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    Cheers,

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