10 Motorcycle trails to test your Limits

You might wonder after reading who are the people mentioned below , well they are few of the badass Motorcycle Riders out there.

They say life is a highway and we all travel our own roads, some good, some bad, some through mountain & some through plains yet each is a blessing of its own.
Jess “Chief” Brynjulson

On my tombstone, they will carve, “IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.
Hunter S. Thompson

Someone said it right,” bikes may change but a biker remains the same”it is the quest to explore and to challenge the limits which keep a rider going through some of the harshest and unforgiving badlands.

This post indexes some of the greatest roads and passes from around the world some of which have also starred in Hollywood movies and video games like the Need for Speed Series(NFS ) These are considered to be dream trails by a majority of passionate bikers around the globe.

The bases of the list are.

  • Elevation above sea level
  • Paved/Unpaved Roads
  • Scenic Views
  • Driving convenience
  • Length of the roads
  • No of deaths each year

So click the adjoining links below and Enjoy the Ride

10.Grimsel Pass: It is a high mountain pass in Switzerland at an elevation of 2.164 m (7,100 ft) above the sea level. The road is normally closed between October and May,
due to high snowfall on the pass. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps.The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hairpin corners, high elevations, and steep grades. Its a road that was artfully drawn on the landscape, basically traffic free. The road leads along many sparkling reservoir lakes with marvelous views to enjoy. This Swiss high mountain pass links the Hasli Valley in the Bernese Oberland with the Goms district in the Valais. It is located near the source of the Rhone at the RhoneGlacier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2-P4rhIyYQ

Usually europians prefer doing grimsel pass along with Nufenen Pass in a single tripNufenen Pass:(Passo della Novena in Italian) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps, situated at an elevation of 2.478 meters (8,130 feet) above the sea level. The pass road from Ulrichen in canton of Valais leads to the Bedretto valley in the canton of Ticino, linking Brig to Airolo.At this elevation it’s the second highest paved mountain pass in the country (Umbrail Pass) is the highest at 2.503m).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss0tDqRQfW4

9.Strada Della Forra: This road has literally starred in numerous of movies(particularly James bond) and some racing games like NFS,it is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This Italian road burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. A motorcycle with a functioning horn is recommended. For the skilled drivers only, the drive is known by motorcyclists from all over Europe, as it is impressive and not exactly without danger in a few narrow and steep spots.

This legendary road is located in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, on the shore of Lake Garda, in Italy. It links Tremosine with the districts of Pieve and Vesio. Its a real gem, cuddled in the depths of the mountain, along with the rift carved by the river Brasa. Avalanches and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road.

8.The Wrynose Pass: It is a mountain pass between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale. There is a single-track motor road over the pass, which is one of the steepest roads in England, with gradients up to 1 in 3. The road continues over Hardknott Pass and on into Eskdale.The unusual name of the pass is taken from that of the adjacent Wrynose hill, also called Wrynose Fell. The name was recorded in 12th-century documents as “Wrenhalse” and in the 16th century as “Wrenosse Hill”At the top of the Wrynose Pass is the Three Shire Stone, marking the meeting point of the historic counties of Cumberland, Lancashire, and Westmorland

7.Beartooth Highway: Regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway is a 67 mile stretch of US Highway 212 with breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, in Wyoming and Montana, climbing to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. With 10,000 mountain lakes, 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation, and 12 national forest campgrounds, the Beartooth Highway is one of America’s most scenic drives. This scenic drive has been called “the most beautiful drive in America”. Part of the National Scenic Byways All-American Road, its a winding and high road with lots of photo spots which winds its way through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming and leads into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast Entrance. It’s one of the highest roads of Wyoming.

6.Transfagarasan Highway: One of the most magnificent roads in Europe is the Transfagarasan Highway in Romania.Many might recognise this as the road Jeremy Clarkson said to be “The world’s best road” in one Top Gear episode (S14E01).The road, that was built as a strategic military route, has 90 km of twists and turns and steep drops and climbs. It climbs up to 2,034 metres altitude and is the second highest paved road in Romania after Transalpina, which is also a recommended road to include in your journey. Drive through tunnels covered by waterfalls, stop by Blea Lake for a beautiful view, and enjoy a variety of landscapes and a beautiful road design that makes this mountain pass unique.The road surface is not always in the best condition and it is advisable to drive it with caution, always keeping your eyes open for rocks or potholes. But ultimately it is the journey of discovery through exotic Romania that makes Transfagarasan one of the best driving roads in the world. It is a masterpiece to look at. The key to enjoying Transfagarasan is getting there the right time of the year, and also right time of the day.

5.The Stelvio Pass: One of the most spellbinding road on earth.It is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.757 m (9,045 feet) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio.It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill(It took 6000 tons of dynamite to blast mountains to construct the road we see today); the exhilarating serpentine sections ask to be driven by experienced drivers for their own sakes. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eDc5ZU8zRA&t=17s

4.Khardungla pass: The doorway to Shyok and Nubra valleys and the world’s topmost motorable pass/road according to BRO (Border Road Organization),Khardung La is located on the Ladakh range which is 40 km from Leh.It is positioned at an altitude of 18,379 ft. and is also known as the Pass of Lower Castle. The place offers amazing picturesque and attractive views of valleys. In addition, Tibetan prayer flags add numerous colors to the scenic beauty.

Khardung La is a strategically important pass lying on a caravan road from Leh to Kashgar. In earlier times camels and horses took this trade route to supply goods and valuables. Today it is used to carry supplies to Siachen Glacier and is of high logistic importance to the Indian army. The nearest reachable town to this pass is Leh which is linked to Manali and Srinagar.

Bikers from all over the world visit this mountain pass on their motorcycles for mountain biking adventures which is a refreshing and remarkable experience for a lifetime. The best time to visit Khardung La is between May-October.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIg65uSwm2Y

3.Sach Pass: It is a 4,420-metre-high (14,500ft) mountain pass in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. It is 127 km (79 mi) from the District Headquarters. It connects the Chamba valley with the Pangi valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. Every year the pass is opened from late June or early July to mid-October and then the road closes for winters after heavy snowfall. It is the shortest route from Chamba to the Killar with a distance of about 160 KMs and hence, once open, this route is preferred by the locals too. The other routes to Killar are, Chamba  Manali  Udaipur Killar about 680 KMs and Chamba  Jammu  Doda  Gulabgarh Kishtwar  Killar about 570 KMs. In fact, it is the shortest route for Pathankot to Leh over Manali  Leh Highway as well.

2.Keylong-Kishtwar Road:The locals say there is death waiting Â for you at every turn of this notorious stretch of land.It’s a terrifying high mountain trail, with a length of 234 km, located at the eastern extremity of the Kishtwar District of the Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir, India. this road is haunting and the travelers experience really ghostly ride altogether! It’s a narrow, windy road with no guard rail or secure edging for about 100 miles, with views of the valley thousands of feet below.
The road is part of the National Highway 26. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge,(people with vertigo, don’t even think of crossing this death trap) or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you.

It’s a mind freezing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The surface of the road is gravel, stones, and sand and it’s carved into the side of a cliff(no asphalt road). The one lane path has no guard rail and the overhanging cliff is so low that the cars barely fit, with over a 2,000ft drop, and rocks hanging down obstructing your view of oncoming traffic. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the pambies and shouldn be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in a dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it.A significant no of motorcycle enthusiasts visit these deathly hollows to challenge themselves time and again.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6pxVGhjCLA

1.La Carretera de Los Yungas: If there is something most famous about Bolivia, it has to be this Devi Licious pathway.It is, probably, the most famous road in the world as well as the most dangerous trail for the motorcycle fans. This gravel dirt track covers a 69-kilometre (43 mi) stretch between La Paz and Coroico, in the Yungas region of Bolivia.It’s estimated that 200 to 300(highest for any mountain road)people traveling on it die each year. The thin road climbs jungle-clad mountains to a height of 4,650m, winding and turning all the while with nauseatingly deep canyons below. Dozens of vehicles fall off the road each year, and with vertical drops of up to 1000m over the edge, annual fatalities reach hundreds.While the rest of Bolivia drives on the right side, here vehicles drive on the left. A driver on the left has a better view of the edge of the road.Furthermore, descending vehicles never have the right of way and must move to the outer edge of the road. This forces fast vehicles to stop so that passing can be negotiated safely.It was the black widow of roads and notorious for being the most treacherous stretch of road in the world as threats of landslides and the 1000 meter cliff faces pose serious danger while traveling its slick and rocky path.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6MnzI03W1Q

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Gaurav Bhattacharya has comprehensive working experience as an Audio Engineer and a Research analyst. He has pursued masters in finance and marketing and has been freelancing since 2012.His passion for varied aspects of Finance, Tech, Travel, and Health is well depicted in his thoroughlyresearched representation of the subject matter. He prefers penning down utility blogs, which are both gripping and informative for the readers.

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