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Hang on a minute. Someone's forgotten Norway - basically anywhere around the fjords will do the job. Much less traffic on the roads than Germany and France too. Fuel is expensive, good weather never guaranteed and the police make a fortune from speeding foreign bikers.

Seems to be a secret we British bikers don't really know about - plenty of Germans though. They know what they're doing - many had a slab of lagers on the back to get around the exorbitant prices.

Have to admit I have limited European biking experience - heading to the old Yugoslavia this summer on the new KTM. Will have to look carefully at the route to get there and back.

Great thread this one.

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Hang on a minute. Someone's forgotten Norway - basically anywhere around the fjords will do the job. Much less traffic on the roads than Germany and France too. Fuel is expensive, good weather never guaranteed and the police make a fortune from speeding foreign bikers.

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You had convinced me right up until....?

I was going to go there in September, you've put me off now. Oh well, weather proofs, and a gentle right wrist it is then.

A nice weekend ride in southern UK is the Cotswolds, the A44 & A40's are great roads. Especially Fish Hill.
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There's some great posts there guys keep them coming!!!

I found this site;
Racingbike » 73km: Burgenroute (Tour 9941)

It says "Racing bike" - now i assume they're talking pedel power here but this route for example is listed on the German ADAC motorbike route maps. So there's many more good ones here. It's got down loads for your GPS and Google Earth.
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Anywhere in the Massif Central of France has been good for me.

It's got many, many roads off the proverbial beaten track and there is not too much traffic if you stay away from the obvious tourist attractions or the busy periods.
Take any road that links over the top of a mountain range from one valley to another - loads of choice from the map.

Bikes can ride to the top of this (see front page on this website),
Welcome to Camping Moto "Route 99"
but most other people have to go up there by shuttle bus from the car park at the bottom.

I was disappointed in the route Napoleon (N85?) but damned if I can remember why - maybe I should go back there!
I was just about to mention the roads in Auvergne when I saw that W/bt had done so. I fully agree with his post. The roads are quiet with great views and fantastic curves and bends.

The North West Highlands of Scotland are fantastic too - dont forget they're in Europe too. People often speak of "going to Europe " - forgetting that we in the UK are European, as the title of this thread shows. " Favourite weekend rides on the Continent " would be more accurate.
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great thread

Hi All,

I find this thread really interesting, I am new to this site and have just bought a new transalp 650 (in late 2007) with the intention of exploring. I havent ridden much in the last ten years so i am currently regaining my confidence and skills.

There is plenty of inspiration on this thread.

Dont forget about mid wales aswell. You can cross the severn bridge from England and head up the A470 at Cardiff which pretty much takes you right up through Wales and through some great scenery. Finish this off with Snowdonia and a trip over to Anglesey and then you can head back across North Wales and into England somewhere around Cheshire .

Aside from this it is continental riding that really appeals to me and I am planning a trip down through France and into Spain for next summer (2009) but i would like to do something short later this summer, just to get a taste for it.

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Caminando "dont forget they're in Europe too. People often speak of "going to Europe " - forgetting that we in the UK are European, as the title of this thread shows. " Favourite weekend rides on the Continent " would be more accurate."
Well for a international travel website " Favourite weekend rides on the Continent " might be a bit broad... being that there are seven such "continents" 6 of which are ridable.....
you're not wrong though Cam. Though walkabout has mentioned the idea and usefulness of region based threads.... maybe someone should start one for Scot., Eng, Wales etc?
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Why not the Belgian Ardennen and Luxemburg.
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Why not the Belgian Ardennen and Luxemburg.
Why not ?.
This sounds great and is very close to the Uk so give us some road names or routes please as this area is extremely picturesque and must have some great roads,

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I concur with Dan! I'm living in northeast Portugal, near the spanish border. I produced this video about the trip I toke, last summer, from Portugal to the asturian spanish coast in a small 4 hp scooter .

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I concur with Dan! I'm living in northeast Portugal, near the spanish border. I produced this video about the trip I toke, last summer, from Portugal to the asturian spanish coast in a small 4 hp scooter .

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Great Video through some good and quiet roads, nice job.

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Bflat... quite some trip there... You'll put many owners of big shiney bmw's to shame with trips like that! keep up the great videos too!

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Wurzen Pass!

I command you all to ride over the Wurzen Pass that links Austria with Slovenia! It's a stunning drive, and I believe God intended the entire country of Slovenia to be a motorcycle theme park. It's high elevation, though (over 1,000 meters) so go in warm weather. I have a few pictures of my ride through in October. It's my favourite riding day of my 6 month journey from Europe to the Middle East and back.

(Follow the link below to see the pictures... I'm computer ignorant, though. I hope it works!)

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I command you all to ride over the Wurzen Pass that links Austria with Slovenia! It's a stunning drive, and I believe God intended the entire country of Slovenia to be a motorcycle theme park. It's high elevation, though (over 1,000 meters) so go in warm weather. I have a few pictures of my ride through in October. It's my favourite riding day of my 6 month journey from Europe to the Middle East and back.

(Follow the link below to see the pictures... I'm computer ignorant, though. I hope it works!)

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Jeremy,

Looks good and I so admire your self portrait! (The link works OK therefore).

It is not an area that I have visited, so thanks for drawing out the finer points of this small country.
How do you think it all compares with, say, Rogers Pass, back there in your home country - somewhere between BC and Alberta from memory?
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walkabout, well, it's tough to compare the rides. Rodgers Pass in BC, Canada, is fantastic... but there's always tons of traffic (when the roads are in shape for motorcycles) and the tarmac is not nearly as smooth. As such, I'd say the riding in Slovenia might be better... but, yeah, the scenery, the smell of pine trees, the sound of glacial rivers, the emerald lakes... sigh. Well, I'm on my way back now. I'll do the ride and compare with a fresh mind! But, if you live in Europe, go to Slovenia!
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