The summer is upon us, ok the weather might not quite be what we anticipated, but there is hope as the weathermen promise a turn soon! With this in mind, it’s the perfect time to crack out your leathers and get geared up ready to enjoy some of the top roads around the country.
Millions of bikers will soon be descending on these hot spots, enjoying the thrill and exhilaration that the roads offer as you swerve around sharp corners, and twist the throttle, on long smooth straights.
However, before you get your bike ready and head out, there are a few key elements to look for in the perfect biking road, but if you haven’t got time and want to get straight on to enjoy the wind through your hair, then this post will take you on a journey like no other.
So, hold on tight, get a strong grip and read on as this post takes you on a highway to heaven……
A2 Northern Ireland: Antrim Coast Road
A country that has a wealth of unspoilt green land, and countryside that sprawls for miles, Ireland has a whole host of perfect rides for bikers of all skillsets. This particular road is rumoured to be where world champion motorcyclist Joey Dunlop first broke-in his leathers, and with a stunning back drop of the beautiful bright blue sea, it’s easy to see why this 60 mile stretch of road is popular amongst bikers.
A537 Buxton to Macclesfield: The Cat and Fiddle
Although a short stretch of road, at only just over 6 miles, this has been named as one of the most dangerous rides, but if careful, it can be transformed into a magical experience never to be forgotten. One element that makes this road the perfect ride is the surrounding scenery, and with a number of rather harsh corners, newcomers will be hooked instantly- just be careful to watch out for any wandering sheep!
Lake District: Hardknott Pass
This is considered one of the most demanding roads in the country, and it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. At a 1 in 3 gradient, it is one of the steepest roads around, but whilst at these dizzying heights, you’ll be rewarded with sights of the Lake District.
A82: Glasgow to Inverness
From one great Scottish city to another, this track gracefully sweeps its way through the stunning Scottish landscape; if ever a road was made especially for bikers- this is it. Clinging tight to the highlands and taking in a variety of sights including Fort William, Loch Lomond and Loch Ness (although there’s no guarantee of spotting the illustrious monster) this will be a ride you’ll never forget.
The Horseshoe Pass: A542 North Wales
If you’re looking for a truly spectacular road, then this is it. Perfect for all skills, whether you’ve been riding for years or have just bought your first set of leathers, the steady incline makes it perfect for new riders. Situated 1,400 feet above sea level, this road is the ideal place to take some time out, stop and take in the stunning countryside.
If you’re feeling a little braver, why not head overseas to Bolivia and take on the North Yungas Road, known as the Road of Death, as this will truly be a test of your nerves?!
This post was written by Sally Powell, on behalf of J&S Accessories, a leading motorcycle clothing retailer; you’ll find all you need here to enjoy the exhilaration of the best roads this summer.