The Transfăgărăşan (trans (over, across) + Făgăraş) or DN7C is the highest (~2200m) and most dramatic paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route by Nicolae Ceauşescu, the 110 km of twists and turns run North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Piteşti.
The legendary Stelvio pass, an unbelievable selection of switchbacks on the Italian side of the Swiss border that has to be seen to be believed. It's almost always very busy and so is hard to get a clear run, but this is definitely a 'must do' for all bikers at least once.
From Bormio take the S42 and then S300 south towards Ponte di Legno. You can go a little further and end at the Passo di Tonale at a mere 1883 metres. On the way you'll pass over oen of the highest passes in Europs and in this area only the Stelvio out does it - The Gavia Pass, a mere baby at 2618m or 8617 feet - N46.3437 E10.4875!
Fantastic scenery, and the highest pass in Austria. Open May to November. Can be busy - so probably best to avoid at weekends. Very popular with bikers, but cars too. You need a head for heights and have to like hairpins too. Some nice fast stretches too. Very few hazards except the road itself: the 29 hairpin bends. Visibility is good though, and there are hardly any side roads. Jusat watch out for people gawping at the scenery. 360 views from the Edelweissspitze - stop for food and a beer there as well. It is a toll road though. Euro 17 for a day/ Euro 30 for a 30 day pass. Their stated aim is to be the most biker friendly pass in the Alps! More info here www.grossglockner.at
Postalm runs between Pichl on the B162 and Weißenbach on the B158 near to Wolfgansee. The centre section is a Private Toll Road and costs €4,- per motorcycle. The road passes through forests and mountains with a mixture of straights, sweeping kerbs and hair pins. On the whole the road surface is very good but there are a few short sections where it is a bit rough. At Postalm itself is a lovely cafe with another at the Toll booth on the Wolfgansee side.
A good route when doing a circular tour taking in Hallstat and The Lakes around Wolfgansee, Traunsee, Attersee and Mondsee.
When using Paß Geschutt (B166) you can cut the corner between Lammerer and Pichl taking in a pleasant narrow rural road.
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Beaut road. Once you hit the rural roads there are no? police but more hazards, and the reverse particularly from Ettrick to Alexandra. Mostly the farm trucks make one or two parts of the road a little dusty. Some care is required.
Coming from Gore, the road is a little hard to follow but even if you miss the Maitland turn off, you reach a T intersection. Always turn right.
This part is mostly long and straight with good visibility but the corners at the end of the straights are often sharp.
You can stop for a tea break at Herriot at the hotel.
After Herriot, the road becomes mountainous with twisty dips and rises, it becomes quite challenging. Then the road drops off with fantastic view just before Ettrick. This part is the highlight.
From Ettrick to Alex on SH8 the road rises and dips with many tight twisties especially just before Alexandra. The main road here has a high police presence.
Starting at Invercargill, it is mostly a boring 3 hour drive until you approach Kingston - Lake Waipapa - Frankton. There can be some traffic, but it is usually light.
The devils staircase by the lake is a local legend. Very twisty but limited opportunities to overtake. Nice scenery in this area as well, with places to stop and look.
Nice ride until you reach Waipapa, then it is fairly ordinary with long straights in farmland-countryside
This is a good road to visit the hydro stations Whakamaru, Maraetai and Waipapa.