Top 10 Motorcycling Roads Around the World

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Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

Guoliang Tunnel

High in the Taihang Mountains of the Henan Province, the village of Guoliang, China had a problem: its only access to civilization was a steep, narrow stairway embedded in the mountainside. For years, its 350 inhabitants pleaded with the government to build a roadway to connect them to the outside world, to no avail. So they decided to build one themselves.

Guoliang Tunnel Map

A team of 13 men, not an engineer among them, set about carving a 3/4-mile-long roadway inch by inch, using nothing but hand tools. Today, the road – about 15 feet high and 12 feet wide – is a tight squeeze twisting past the tunnel’s 30 “windows,” which provide views off the precipice down to a tumbling abyss hundreds of feet below. More terrifying is that the road was built on the path of least resistance: the tunnel twists, turns and dips in unpredictable places, making for what’s sure to be the white-knuckle ride of a lifetime.

We couldn’t find a video depicting a motorcycle ride along this legendary tunnel. But for a taste of what it’s like to ride the Guoliang Tunnel Road, click here.

PHOTO: RefinedGuy.com; MAP, SSQQ.com

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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.-

  • Dan

    I am over 6′ tall, currently nipping around on a chinese 125 scooter. Going to take my big boys test in the next few months and just don’t know what to buy. I want a good upright position like you seem to get with the big bmws but can’t afford a big bmw! Also I want to know about windshields as the scooter has non and I don’t want to be fighting headwinds