Top 10 Motorcycling Roads Around the World

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Transfagarasan Road, Romania

Transfagarasan Mission Red Planet

Built in the 1970s as a strategic military route by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Transfăgărășan (DN7C) is 56 miles of twists and turns that run across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians, of Romania. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania (ooh, vedy sceddy) and Wallachia.

Transfagarasan Map

In this hilariously awesome clip the “Top Gear” crew drive the route (the real action starts at about the 5-minute mark). Says host Jeremy Clarkson: “The Transfagarasan is the most amazing road I have ever seen… From above it looks like every great corner from every great race track in the world has been knitted together to create one unbroken great ribbon of automotive perfection…” Afterward, he declares the Transfăgărășan “the best road in the world,” a designation the show had previously bestowed on Italy’s ubiquitous Stelvio Pass.

PHOTO: Mission Red Pla.net; MAP, Wikipedia

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  • fastfreddie

    The roads leading to and from ‘Geiranger’ is better,and close by so no need to miss them if you’re doing ‘Trollstigen’.

  • TonyCarlos

    I’ve driven to Hana, and was right next door to the Transfagarasan. Guess I’ve got a long bucket list yet to go.

    • beekay31

      I’ll be doing the Road to Hana in June. I’ll have non-riders with me, though, so I’ll probably be driving, unfortunately.

      • TonyCarlos

        As I recall it, the road to Hana is too twisty to be a great bike road. You’ll never get out of second.
        Scenic and lush, it’s probably a better bicycle road.

  • bbtowns

    That’s a lot of roads to dream about. This was a better list than those I usually see. Was surprised to see the Beartooth didn’t make the list, but lot’s of great roads did. Time to travel!

    • Eric

      The Beartooth is amazing and should be on any list.

  • Phoneix_Ikki

    I am shocked, with great motorcycle crash almost every weekend, you mean to tell me The Snake in Malibu didn’t make it to the list? None of the roads listed here will allow you to do dirtbike jump on a R6 like this..

    • fastfreddie

      You can get a longer jump on ‘Trollstigen’;)

  • BigJames

    Not a single road on the North American continent made the list. Do what? Just try a couple of these on a touring bike, I dare you. Mighty fine list though… Hit YouTube, most of these can be found there for you to virtually check out.

  • Jonny Langston

    Just for the record, Fellas: this was a list of “Top 10 FANTASY RIDES” – dream rides we’d take if money, time and all those other little details of life were not a consideration.
    Not sure when, how or why it turned into “Top 10 Motorcycling Roads Around the World.” But I can say if I’d been conscripted to put together THAT list, it likely would have looked a bit different….and yes, included some North American roads. Maybe. ;)

  • Roger Clark

    Guys – Australia – Great Ocean Road!!!!!

    • Netbikes Cool

      done it, nice road but, too slow, too many grey nomads, too many cops, which imo takes it out of the top ten.

      • Roger Clark

        Fair enough, just have to do it at the right time in the right direction….early in the morning to the west….

  • LUIGI

    OH YA BABE, That is amazing..that is my home…been there many times! amazing to see it making on this site – Brasil-Santa Catarina e Parana! The mighty Atlantic Forest SERRAS!
    THUMBS UP…

  • Gixxer

    Great writeup, but it isnt Troll Ladder, it should be Troll Path.
    I have been there a couple of times and its a great road/path and nature, and the norwegians are great.

  • Marcel Martinéz

    why stop at 10? lets see all of them

  • Eduardo

    Jon, should try coming to Lima, Peru – from here you can drive 98 miles up to 15,800 feet on the most spectacular scenery, this is the highest rail mountain crossing in the world.-