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  • Six of our favourite mountain passes in Europe

    Here at ABR, we love chatting you guys on Facebook, as it gives us a great insight into the things you love (and don’t love) about adventure bike riding. The other day, we were interested to find out what everyone’s favourite mountain passes in Europe are.

    We know there is an abundance of incredible options to choose from, so picking a favourite proved a little tricky! However, here’s what some of you fine folks said were your absolute faves…

    1.Timmelsjoch Pass, Italy


    Photo: Hannes Mauerer

    Ascent: 2,509m | Length: 23 miles

    Mark Sillence said that, so far, his favourite mountain pass in Europe is Timmelsjoch, which is located in Italy, just a few hundred metres below the famous Stelvio Pass, in the province of South Tyrol.

    “I rode this last year, while riding from Austria to Italy,” he explained. “As well as the amazing views, the cafe and motorcycle museum make it even more interesting.”

    The pass is open from approximately June through to October and is closed daily between 8pm and 7am.

    2. Nufenen Pass, Switzerland


    Photo: Gregorini Demetrio

    Ascent: 2,478, | Length: 44 miles

    Mark Jones said, “I loved the Gotthard Pass, but it’s over commercial. The Nufenen Pass on the other hand, was awesome.”

    And awesome it is, in fact, it’s Switzerland’s second highest mountain pass, and not only are the hairpins thrilling, but the views of the surrounding mountainous landscapes are just to die for.

    The pass is open from July through till October, but is closed every day from 6pm to 8pm.

    3. Grimsel Pass, Switzerland

    Ascent: 2,164m | Length: 24 miles

    A few votes came in for the Grimsel Pass, which is one of the highest mountain passes in Switzerland.

    It offers riders knee-tickling hairpins and roads that sweep you past luscious forests, sparkling reservoir lakes and stunning mountainous terrain. The views are simply out of this world, and from the highest points, you’ll be blown away by the sight of the Bernese Alps.

    This road is closed between October and May due to high snowfall. You can also link the Grimsel Pass with Furka and Susten Pass for a spectacular day of riding.

    4. Transalpina, Romania


    Photo: Paul Bica

    Ascent: 2,145m | Length: 90 miles

    Phil Simpson said his favourite mountain pass is Transalpina, which is located in Romania. “Far better than the Transfăgărășan,” he explained, and we can see why.

    The Transalpina is actually the highest road in Romania and passes through the Carpathian mountains, so you can count on it delivering some pretty awe-inspiring views while you ride.

    Make sure you bring your camera, because you’ll want to snap the gorgeous scenery from the top!

    5. Grossglockner, Austria


    Photo: Hannes Meurer

    Ascent: 2,504m | Length: 29 miles

    There were also a few votes for the High Alpine Road, which is located at the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner (3,798m).

    It might have a bit of a steep entrance fee (which is currently set at 26 euros for a motorcycle day pass), but this means the road is exceptionally well maintained and as you climb this magnificently curvaceous road, the views just seem to get more insane.

    You’ll want to stop off at the top to admire the glorious view of Grossglockner’s peak, it’s truly a spectacular sight.

    6. N621, Spain

    Ascent: 1,610m | Length: 55.9 miles

    The Picos de Europa mountain range is an epic place to ride, and the N621 offers a phenomenal ride up into the towering peaks. Forming one side of the famed ‘Potes Triangle’, it begins in the small town of Potes which is the perfect place to base yourself while away on a tour.

    You’ll see plenty of bikers out on the route, particularly in the summer months, and you may also want to watch out for the cows and their herders who often line the road and can stray onto the tarmac from time to time.

    Take a right at top of the road and continue up a side lane to the statue of a White Bear, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

    Has your favourite European mountains pass made it onto the list? Let us know and send us your photos in the comments section below. 

    The post Six of our favourite mountain passes in Europe appeared first on Adventure Bike Rider.

  • Weekend Fair Weather Rider

    Like many of you, recent the Covid19 lockdown has completely changed my usual way of life and biking. Thankfully, I’ve still maintained my main job as a software engineer, albeit now all working remote from home. I haven’t commuted into central London since the middle of March and only recently had chance to enjoy time on my bike on a few recent weekends when the weather has been reasonable.

    Yep, I seemed to have become a weekend fair weather rider…

    London commuting all weathers

    I used to be one to ride all the time, an all weather biker, commuting to into London rain or shine, but now I’m desk bound at home Monday-Friday. If anything, I’m putting in more hours now than I used to as I work the time I would have previously spent commuting. Weekends are now my only chance to get out on the bike, where I’m choosing to ride for enjoyment and thus I want to ride out into the sunny countryside. A weekend blast in the rain just ain’t quite as much fun.

    It’s anybody’s guess when we’ll all return to normality and start commuting back into the office. Somehow, I don’t think normality will be quite what it used to be though. Like many forward thinking tech companies, my employer always had options for flexible and remote working. However, like many companies they are now planning for many of its staff to work remote far more, using shared ‘hot’ desks and reducing office space in central London. After the success of remote working these last few months, there’s no argument for not continuing to offer such an option.

    Yamaha FZ6 S2 commuter hack

    So what does this mean for biking? With less emphasis on commuting, I’m seriously questioning my current choice of Yamaha FZ6 as a pure commuter hack. Why am I putting my priorities into a basic commuter bike? Why don’t I get a fun weekend bike than can commute upon occasion? Longer term, I also can’t help but question even living in the London suburbs. If I can work remote, why not live remote?! Once the advantage of a short commute is eroded, what else does the East London suburbia have to offer? Why not live rural, escape the crowds, find nicer roads, beautiful scenery and cheaper motorcycle insurance?

    These last few months have definitely been a time of questioning, challenging prior assumptions, re-evaluating life choices and priorities. We maybe getting closer to normality, but it’s clear it won’t be the normal we’ve been used to in years past.

    How has the Covid19 crisis affected your biking?

  • Take a trip around Laguna with Kenny Roberts and a 500cc GP bike
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    With the plethora of cameras used in modern racing, this retro video of Kenny Roberts and a 500cc GP bike is a breath of fresh air

  • Harley-Davidson LiveWire owner rides from Mexico to Canada
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    A Harley-Davidson LiveWire owner has ridden from the Mexican border to the US/Canadian board, dispelling myths about electric motorcycle touring

  • Dirty Deals: £20 tyres, £15 gloves, half-price jerseys and much more!

    After a bit of a break while the UK's bike shops basically ran out of stock of anything useful or decent, we're back with our legendary Dirty Deals!

    After a bit of a break while the UK's bike shops basically ran out of stock of anything useful or decent, we're back with our legendary Dirty Deals!
  • Suzuki reveals hybrid concept in patent filings
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    The revolutionary motorcycle secrets keep coming in July as Suzuki file patents for a petrol and electric hybrid machine

  • Sealed Indian Motorcycles 1940s crate engine gets opened
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    A rare and unopened Indian Motorcycles crate engine has been found in the states gets opened in this stunning video

  • WATCH: Crazy video shows Royal Enfield Interceptor going off-road
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    A video has surfaced online showing a Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 getting put through its paces both on and off-road!

  • Harley-Davidson announces two motorcycle training programs
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    Harley-Davidson has launched two new motorcycle training initiative designed to get more people on two wheels

  • BMW to offer adaptive cruise control on some models imminently
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    BMW is looking to add adaptive cruise control to certain models in the range in the coming months

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