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  • Member Since : September 23, 2005
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  • Region : North East Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Motorcycle : Ducati 1098s, Multistrada, KTM 950sm
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Map Overview Of Routes For Notarian

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A838 : Collaboll - Durness - Tongue

Highland (Scotland) > United Kingdom > Europe
January 2, 2005 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.3

Totally deserted most of the time, long straight sections that really make you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Animals straying into the road can be a problem sometimes and not that many nice corners, but a great straight blast. Consider returning via the A838 to make a nice loop. Not many fuel stops in this part of the world so make sure you fuel up properly.

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Vernon to Needles, BC Hwy 6

British Columbia > Canada > America
January 30, 2011 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

Brilliant run and a toss up between a 4 or 5 star road. I went with 4 because there are an average number of straights. But, ideally Hwy 6 has just about everything - big sweepers, some tight twisties, a mental sinuous section near Needles, broad valleys, big mountains and forests. The Needles - Fauquier ferry across Lake Arrow is free.

Chimney Rock/Vineyard Dr - Wine Country

CA - San Luis Obispo/Kern... > California > United States > America
November 26, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Okay, you are heading south in search of good roads and youve taken Nacimiento/Fergeson Road to Fort Hunter-Liggit and G14 south past Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento. About 6 miles past Nacimiento Dam youll come to Chimney Rock Road.

Turn right onto it and enjoy fine tarmac and undulating twisties for the next five miles. Then youll come to Adelaide Drive on the left. Take it and it leads to Vineyard Drive after about 3 miles.

Vineyard Drive is just that. Vineyards and wineries along the road. This section is more travelled than the first sections but a very pleasant way to wind yourself south to Hwy 46

There are a few interesting short rides off Chimney Rock and Adelaide such as Klau Mines Rd and Cypress Mountain Rd. Short but sweet if time to explore.

Wine money ensures the road conditions are maintained in good order.

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L96 : Wolfach - Kniebis

Baden-Württemberg > Germany > Europe
October 26, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Nice little section, also try the L404 if you can

Forest Road 42 / Oregon Skyline Road

OR - HoodRiver/Wasco/Sher... > Oregon > United States > America
November 23, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

With good tarmac and wonderful views of Mount Hood, Forest Rd 42 is by far the best route between the Estacada-Detroit Scenic Byway and Hwy 26. Ride from west to east and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood.

The scenic beauty of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake may be the most spectacular in all of Oregon - stop for lunch and soak it up!

Forest Road 42 / Oregon Skyline Road

OR - HoodRiver/Wasco/Sher... > Oregon > United States > America
November 23, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

With good tarmac and wonderful views of Mount Hood, Forest Rd 42 is by far the best route between the Estacada-Detroit Scenic Byway and Hwy 26. Ride from west to east and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood.

The scenic beauty of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake may be the most spectacular in all of Oregon - stop for lunch and soak it up!

Co. Road G16 : Carmel - Greenfield

CA - Monterey/San Benito/... > California > United States > America
November 23, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Even better if one rides the 10 mile stretch of Cachagua Rd that ties back into G16 - as this is a seriously nice piece of road.

G16 itself is marked down only from a poor quality surface rendering it a Goat Trail in places, but worth it for the turns and scenery. Police presence is usually only in Carmel Village and towards Carmel.

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Nacimiento Fergusson Rd : Hwy 1 - Fort Hunter Liggett

CA - Monterey/San Benito/... > California > United States > America
November 23, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.7

This road is the only route east from PCH1 between Carmel and Cambria. From Hwy1 it climbs and twists its way up the mountain giving the most spectacular Big Sur coastline views imaginable. On a clear day, it is stunning.

For the most part, Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is a wide single track with switchbacks leading over the coastal range into a winding canyon to the Army Fort Hunter-Ligget. To ride on the base, you must show motorcycle license and proof of insurance. The road has no police presence unless you are on the base and are US military, not State.

On the base there is a great place to stay, the Hacienda and value for money, excellent bar, breakfast but no dinner. Bring some deli eats and there are microwaves in the rooms.

There is a cafe within walking distance (closes early), bowling and cinema plus a well restored Franciscan Mission. A bonus is one of 3 petrol stations in the entire Big Sur region and government prices per gallon the cheapest in the state.

One my favourite rides in California.

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Tepusquet Road : Santa Maria

CA - San Luis Obispo/Kern... > California > United States > America
November 23, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Tepusquet Rd is 18 miles of twisty, undulating and newly laid, superb tarmac. From the south, the road begins as 2 lanes and meanders past a few ranches before changing to a wide-ish single track and leaves civilization behind for the next 15 miles. The definitive back road in the area.

It connects with Foxen Canyon Road at the south end and together make for a brilliant ride representing much of the back-country roads around Santa Maria - San Ynez.

However, Foxen Canyon road surface is 3 star with more traffic and many wine/vineyards and by far the route to/from San Ynez Valley.

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Passo di Mortirolo : Mazzo di Valtellina - Monno

Lombardia/Emilia-Romagna ... > Italy > Europe
November 14, 2007 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.3

Passo di Mortirolo isnt on many maps, let alone most GPS and most will not show the road correctly. Its a fantastic route connecting Mazzo and Monno villages, well paved, twisty, narrow and beautiful scenery. Im guessing it must be about 20 - 30 kms long and is just shy of 2000m altitude. It is little used and locally best known as a route on the Giro dItalia bicycle race. To find the pass - if riding from Switzerland over Bernina Pass to Tirano, take the highway towards Bormio and Mazzo is about 5-7 km. Watch carefully for the sign Passo di Mortirolo on the right. If riding from Bolzano (or south over Passo di Gavia) heading for Edolo, watch for the sign to Monno (about 5 km before Edolo) as the Passo itself is not signposted. Id heard about this Pass at the hotel in Le Presse and decided to find it as part of my route to Passo di Gavia, the Stelvio and beyond. I cant recommend these 3 highly enough, taken in either direction for a day ride adventure - you wont be disappointed. If you are quick enough and based in the area - you can easily go over the 3 and back again - Enjoy!

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L154 : Albbruck - St. Blasien (Albtal)

Baden-Württemberg > Germany > Europe
September 29, 2005 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.4

Die Strasse um die es sich handelt kann in diesem Bild leider nicht gesehen werden. Einfach von Albbruck aus der Beschilderung "Albtal" folgen. Es handelt sich um ein wild romantisches Tal das von einer engen, kurvenreichen Strasse begleitet wird. Gleich am Anfang stehen 5 Tunnels von denen 3 sehr unübersichtlich um die Ecke gehen (hier empfielt es sich den Gegenverkehr durch kurzes Hupen zu warnen). Sehr empfehlenswert sind auch Abstecher von dieser Strasse aus in Richtung Hotzenwald. Man kann praktisch überall abbiegen und wird sich auf einer traumhaften Strecke für Motorradfahrer wiederfinden. Ideal für Fahrten in's Blaue.

D268 / Col de Bavella : Solenzara - Zonza

Corse > France > Europe
November 17, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Hard to believe no one has written about this road. As of 2010, the Col de Bavella is the finest road Ive ever ridden - and for all the right reasons.

Everyone has their absolute favourites and although you and I may differ on which are the best. But, if youve ever ridden the following you will know what type of roads I enjoy most and if you are like minded will agree that each is very, very special.

United Kingdom - Loch Leven loop (Scotland)
France - D518 Col de Rousset and the Cormet de Roseland
Switzerland - The Grimsel
Italy - Pasa Gavia
Dolomites - Pasa Gaiu (collectively, The Figure 8)
California - Hwy 36
Corsica - D80 (west side of the north finger)

Well, the Col de Bavella surpasses them all.

Excerpt from a ride report (2009)

At Aulline we turned eastward towards Zonza, the Col de Bavella, Solenzara and our day's destination at the beach village of Favone.

We were now on smooth roads once again and climbing the Col de Bavella.

Bavella is a visual forest stunner with steep mountains either side of a road made in heaven. I've never been on a lengthy stretch of road like this in my life. 30 miles of twisty new tarmac the likes of which I've only ridden at premiere race tracks. But more about this road later.

Favone isn't large enough to be a hamlet. I'm not sure the place even has a store, but does have 3 good restaurants, a beach front bungalow hotel, a huge, outstanding uncrowded white sand beach and calm, clean blue waters.

Favone would be a 2 day affair allowing M a chance to get off the bike and spend a day zooning on the beach with her book.

Now, you remember that stretch of road I was talking about? Well, I like beaches and paddling in the sea but after an hour I get really bored. I had a morning swim and that was just right, then reset the suspension for a solo, bags off hoot of a ride back up the east side of Col de Bavella. I had fine lunch at the top and managed to catch the final set the Venus / Serena Wimbledon Show on telly.

Then back down without anything in my path this time. Exhilarated and pumped! I did it again.

Unbelievable, unforgettable the smoothest rollercoaster ride in the world and I had it almost all to myself. God, I could live here!

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D120 / Col de Menee : Grenoble

Rhone-Alpes (inc. Lyon) ... > France > Europe
November 17, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

The D120 over Col de Menee is another off the radar, great ride in the area south of Grenoble. A particular delight if riding north at the end of the day is spending the night at the 16th century Chateau di Passieres in Chichilianne. Accommodations (40 euros), swimming pool, tennis and a scrumptious country dinner (20 euros).

Of the 3 Cols in the immediate area, (Col de Rousset, Col de Grimone) Col de Menee is the least well known but don let that deter you. The road surface is good, good twisties, sweepers and scenery.

Rousset and Menee are separated by a mountain wall and its a shame that the two roads do not have a connecting pass in the north. However, you can from one to the other by fringing Grenoble. Its a bit of a bother to string the 3 Cols together, but if you do its worth it.

For those heading east to the Alps proper, from Chichilianne there is a side road that leads to Mens where you pick up the spectacular D526 to La Mure and onwards to Col dOmon.

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Merritt to Westwold - Douglas Ranch Rd

British Columbia > Canada > America
November 16, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

12 miles north of Merritt there is a 'shortcut' through Douglas Ranch (Douglas Lake Road) that ends in Westwold and cuts out most of the boring loop to Vernon. Its hard packed dirt with gravel and worth the ride. You can't miss the turning point with the log cabin church.

Douglas Ranch is 100 miles square and the largest ranch in Canada. The route is 60 miles long and I found it is separated into a North/South range. Dry that day in the south and wet in the north meant the north side was 1-3" of mud. Took almost 2 hours to cover 30 miles street tyres may just as well been slicks for all the traction I had. Even so, it was worth the ride and highly recommend it for the variety of landscapes. If its dry, you will love this ride. Although it is easily done on a street bike, I recommend checking the weather before taking it on.

Keremeos to Merritt, British Columbia

British Columbia > Canada > America
November 16, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

A friend familiar with the area helped substantially with my routing this year (2010) and was on me like a cheap suit about taking the Keremeos / Merritt route. I may not agree with her enamourment with Loop Loop Pass but she was beautifully spot on about sticking to her guns about the Merritt route.

Keremeos is situated in a fertile valley and is now wine country in addition to fruit, veg and cattle. These days almost everywhere seems to be wine country but I was surprised to see it thriving this far north.

Like so many Northwestern roads the one (BC 3) to Princeton is a broad sweeper that follows a river - the Similkameen River. Not much traffic and dotted with pull out rest/camping areas that grant access to swimming holes. Brilliant.

At Princeton, one turns north for Merritt and this one mighty fine travel. After 10 minutes I lost count of the numerous lakes along the way. Keremeos to Merritt should have taken about 2 hours with all the stops, it took me 3.

What I find wonderful about the country is the colours and landscapes (September). All the shades of green, gold, blue and hues of red.

And then there is the road. Excellent tarmac, excellent visibility, little LEO presence, minimal traffic and one can easily tour at 70mph (that is slightly exceeding the speed limit) yet take in all the surrounds.

Lunch in Merritt at Coldwater Hotel in Merrit. Besides a decent burger the menu boasts a silly story about a train robber having hidden $350,000 behind the ceiling mirror in the room below the dome. He finally got caught after going through half. In 1900 that was a lot of dosh!

Santa Cruz to Los Gatos (the back way)

CA - Sonoma/Napa/Yolo/Sac... > California > United States > America
November 16, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

This is the definitive ride over the hill, meaning Santa Cruz to Los Gatos. Very little traffic, many new, smooth and long tarmac sections and countless turns, twisties, switchbacks with any number of fast sweepers on the upper Empire Grade portion north of Bonny Doon. Take it easy dropping down Jamisons into Boulder Creek as this is the only portion with some poor road surfaces although nearer the bottom the road has been repaved all the way to Hwy 236.

Bear Creek Road out of Boulder Creek is simply stunning and the class act motorcycle road in the Santa Cruz mountains which is saying something because there are heaps of roads.

An offshoot is a trip through the magnificent Big Basin Giant Redwoods (236). Great road surface, but tight and slow = this is a visual feast to admire, not flash through. At the bottom of Jamisons, turn left for Big Basin. Look at the map and youll see it intersects with Hwy 9 = turn south on 9 for Boulder Creek to pick up Bear Creek Road.

Chief Joseph Highway : Cody

WY - Teton/Park/HotSpring... > Wyoming > United States > America
August 31, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.6

So much nice riding to do out in this area!!
Gas is scarce so don pass up a chance to stretch and fill up.
If heading East continue into Cody then towards Buffalo via Bighorn National Forest along route 16.

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Burr Trail : Bullfrog - Boulder

UT - Garfield/Kane/SanJua... > Utah > United States > America
November 15, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Riding east to west, the Burr Trail begins 7 miles north of Bullfrog marina and is an intimate ride of 72 miles to Boulder, Utah. The entire trail is a visual kaleidoscope of stunning landscapes, colours and with a some challenging riding thrown in.

Riding west the road is good tarmac for the first 15-20 miles.

The road climbs and switchbacks up a high plateau with dirt, pebbles, rocks, ruts and some sand. A dual purpose would be the machine of choice but this is nothing a street bike can't handle too.

The surface changes back to tarmac at about mile 35-40, but in a short while changes again. This time it is newly placed gravel. I'm supposing it's for winter because the surface below is tarmac.

The gravel portion must go on for another 10-15 miles through less spectacular scenes until arriving at the Canyon. This is scenically as beautiful a section of road that I've ever ridden.

Cowboy civilization raises its head only when nearing Boulder

The Burr Trail was a fabulous introduction to the motorcycle wonderland that is southern Utah. Highly recommended.

CA 4 : Copperopolis - Loope

CA - Sonoma/Napa/Yolo/Sac... > California > United States > America
November 15, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Ebbetts Pass is 5 star, no doubt. It isn fast and much single track and in 2011 there will be many new and completed tarmac sections to make it even better. Visually, Hwy 4 is spectacular (as is Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass) and a full day ride from Sonora would be Ebbetts, Monitor and Sonora Passes.

A day on Hwy 4, Monitor Pass and Hwy 108 = some of the best riding in the state.

Hwy 4 has just about everything one could wish for. 2 lane sweepers changing to a fairly wide single lane and beautiful vistas, lakes. However, there is presently 4 sections of roadwork with new top layer tarmac being completed. The route will be even better next year. Dinna fret, the rest of the road is in very good knick too.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range east and west sides are polar opposites. The west side begins with foothills and slowly increases in altitude to the summits making for lazier, flatter and more open turns. Whereas the east side elevations drop off sharply, steeper and is more dynamic. With the vistas, pinewoods and steep single track, it was like riding Corsica for two hours on the eastern section of Hwy 4.

Half of Monitor Pass is also in a re-tarmac state and the waiting time can be substantial. Again, when finished it will be brilliant.

Hwy 108 completed the day's loop and the road wonders of the day continued. 108 is simply smashing.

Want a premo day out? You can't do much better than 4, Monitor and 108. I did 4 east and returned west via 108 but reckon either way is just as fine.

Sonora is the perfect base for this too. Best place to stay is probably right downtown at the Sonora Inn ($70) with very friendly watering hole across the street Zaneâ Ironhorse Lounge run by Crissy. As for eats, depends on what you fancy and just ask her where to dine.

CA 162 / Oroville - Quincy Hwy : Oroville East - East Quincy

CA - Sonoma/Napa/Yolo/Sac... > California > United States > America
November 15, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.7

The 162 from Oroville to Quincy was not only the highlight of the day, this road is the finest sweeper road I've ever ridden. The Oberalp pass out of Andermatt has always been my favourite fast sweeper but the Oroville to Quincy nails what sweepers is all about. 70 miles of it and its smoooooth tarmac with no traffic. Google maps projects the 70 miles to take 2 hours but they don;t reckon on motorbikes and it take less than an hour. There are many 25 mile/hour corner signs and after the first 3 taken at 45 mph I realised that the suggested corner speed can easily be doubled and taken comfortably at 60 mph. Numerous 35 and 40 mph signs are all taken at 70 and 80. No cars, no trucks, no LEO on the day and after 10 minutes I was thinking 1098, 1098, 1098 but even on a supermoto it's a fabulous, quick travel.

What an absolute superb road with the only 2 hazards one being a well sign posted truck pull out where the road is dirty for a half mile and second, your right hand.

One of the problems with California riding is that the mountains don't lend themselves to photos. It's too forested for vistas and with a sweeper type road with turns being long and distant, the camera only captures the beginning of the turn rather a series. Too bad because all I can do is tell you about it. Besides, I was having too much fun to stop.

A890 : Auchtertyre ( Loch Alsh ) - Achnasheen ( Loch Gowan )

Highland (Scotland) > United Kingdom > Europe
June 4, 2008 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.8

Stunning views on this open and very quiet but fast road, taking in loch views and nice corners and decent straights, well worth a look.

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Passo Predil : Tarvisio - Bovec

Veneto/Trentino-Alto Adig... > Italy > Europe
October 15, 2008 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.5

The well known passo Predil that connects Italy with Slovenia. A great and quiet road with great views and some great corners (specially at Italy side). There is a new highway building over this area so probably you will meet roadworks (when I was there it's was near Mangrt pass).

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D526 : Mens - La Mure

Rhone-Alpes (inc. Lyon) ... > France > Europe
November 14, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Another off the radar short route that is exceptional. Like most riders from outside the area, I took the D526 as part of a tour route to Le Bourg-d-Oisans and the Alps. Although this is a short run, its brilliant and what a find! Near La Mure there is canyon bridge that is a bungy jumper favourite. Scenery very good, not fantastic, but its the road that matters here and it is a special one indeed.

Anyone travelling over Col dOrnon shouldn miss this natural extension.

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D518 / Col de Rousset : Die - Rousset

Rhone-Alpes (inc. Lyon) ... > France > Europe
February 20, 2005 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.6

Excellent piece of road that climbs about a 1000 meters in 19km's of very twisty roads with excellent views of the valley. Look out for the 'count down ' markers coming up to some of the hairpin bends.

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A835 : Tore - Ullapool - Ledmore

Highland (Scotland) > United Kingdom > Europe
January 2, 2005 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.2

Lots of nice straights with a few nice corners thrown in. A nice high speed run, not much in the way of police presence normally, but be aware that there may be the occassional speed trap

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