I lived 10 minutes away from this route. (why did I move?)
When I returned to bikes after 34 years away this route helped me gain confidence very quickly.
I was out on it nearly every night in the summer.
My preferred direction is from Callander to Aberfoyle.
If you can, the best time to use it is when the tourists are in having their tea! About 6-8pm, and you may get the road dead quiet.
Outside of that you can get ridiculously big coaches on it and you might as well stop for a while. Overtaking them requires mighty cojones unless your at the Loch Venachar section!
If you\'re with mates its a good idea to post somebody at the best bends to get pics.
Get on it in a dry summer night and you\'ll want to do it over and over again, ;-)
Its tight, twisty with steep hairpins. Another fairground ride of a road. Taken at speed it will have you either laughing or screaming in your helmet. I know folk who fear this road, and to be fair, if there is a road that folk tend to come off on, its this one (or the A816 Oban / Lochgilphead). Sometimes after heavy rainfall gravel can be washed off the hillside across the bends.
But you have to do this road ..... trust me - you owe it to yourself. Just make sure you are wide awake with a clear head.
You can also divert up to Loch Katrine and go for a sail on the 100 year old SS Sir Walter Scott steamer.
If youre in Central Scotland this is a must ride. It is challenging almost from the start at Aberfoyle (best direction) with tight hairpins that climb up, then towards the end past Loch Venachar lots of straight to wind it up. For best results, try both ways/ Only downsides are dawdlers, and gravel left over from patching work, so can be sphincter twitching if you don;t spot it on the many tight corners.
This is the best motorbike route which you can visit during your sunday afternoon trip out form Glasgow. True Alpine Road style track with hairpins and corners recalling me Passo San Bernardino in Swizerland which I did three years ago! Really exceptional!!
All the review comments are quite right - it is a very special road from Brig o Turk to Aberfoyle. I purposely take this route a few times a year when going to and from Glasgow and always look forward to it. Chose it as one of the areas specific roads to test ride a KTM Duke II (before buying it 2 hours later) and a recent demo ride on a Ducati 1098. While never a disappointment, the road does lend itself better to my Multistrada and KTM - at least with those bikes one can get out of first gear, but still a hoot on any bike.
A cracking bit of road that demands attention at all times. Lots of blind corners (including a corner that if you're not paying attention will run you wide into the loch!!......) plus a few dips and humps on the road that will have you pulling wheelies and being totally airbourne at times... Watch out for the bends approaching the Tourist forestry park - it's tight, covered in gravel, and there's no run off areas. Look out for people in cars doing less than 25mph or even less - it's more common than you think. I once came across a sheep standing in the middle of the road whilst I was hooning it at "cough" mph... Just do this road for yourself - it's very hard to describe.. but great fun, and designed for bikes..
Everyone should do this road at some point. It's tight and twisty, anything over 3rd gear, and you're going too fast!!and you have to be pay constant attention to tourists and old grannies doing sub -20mph. Watch out for the tourist buses (yes buses!!) coming round the corners on the other side of the road..... I took a mate who had just passed his test over this road, and he was whitefaced when we stopped for a drink later.
The best section of thid route, without a doubt, is from Aberfoyle to Brig O Turk. What a hoot! You loose more weight from scraped aluminium and sweat (effort and fear) than from buying an aftermarket exhaust. Any gear after 3rd is redundant. Like the man says, you just have to try it.