By Alexandre from SMT Performances | 02/07/2020
The weather is fine, the sky is blue, and the confinement is a distant memory. Here is a small panorama of some of the French motorbike routes and roads that we can only advise you to take!
Less than 40 minutes from the capital, the 17-turn road of Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse is a classic motorbike ride for the people of Ile-de-France. Perfect for a quiet ride, especially during the summer, in the shade of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse regional park, the coolness of the Vaux de Cernay waterfall, the Rambouillet forest and its castle.
This is an opportunity to discover Dampierre-en-Yvelines, but also the Madeleine castle built between the 11th and 14th centuries, which protected and controlled a pilgrimage and trade route between Paris and Chartres.
From Clairefontaine onwards, the small departmental roads follow one another like mountain roads.
For the more adventurous, you can push on to Normandy, to discover wild landscapes, for a total change of scenery.
The Sioule is a wild river in the Auvergne, straddling the departments of Allier and Puy-de-Dôme. This river flows down the foothills of the Massif Central in a wild environment that is worth a diversion in your motorbike itinerary.
The tourist route known as the Sioule gorges is very enjoyable on two wheels. A winding road with unmissable panoramas, leading to Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, famous for its vineyards. There is also the Fades viaduct, a railway viaduct built in the early 20th century. But above all, the meander of the Sioule river that can be observed perfectly from the village of Queuille and its belvedere, also called the "paradise of Queuille".
The advantage is that this is a route that is little known to tourists
Linking the Côte d'Azur and the Alpes de Haute Provence. The highest road in Europe, open from June to September at 2802m altitude. A motorbike exit close to Italy, which was a strategic route in the 19th century under Napoleon III, a military route thereafter, secured by the camp des fourches (located 8km from the pass) at the end of the century.
The current route of this road dates back to 1960. It was intended to be emblematic by the Nice town council. This road is very busy, but its tarmac is very sticky, and the climb is all hairpin bends!
The island of beauty is known as a paradise for motorcyclists. In particular the D81 linking Ajaccio (Bonaparte's town) to Bastia via Calvi, by the west of Corsica, along the sea, for a motorbike trip of almost 250km.
You can go to the Pointe de Parata to observe the Sanguinaires islands. This road follows the beaches and creeks to the picturesque village of Cargèse and its rustic fishing port; the UNESCO listed Scandola reserve and the village of Piana classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Calvi, its old citadel, its picturesque streets, the 13th century Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, will recharge your batteries before you hit the road again.
Ile-Rousse and its warm waters will help you relax, before crossing the arid zone of the Agriates desert, the only "remote" passage from the coast.
Finally, Bastia and its authentic narrow streets, its old port, will give you time to stroll around and recall your memories of riding. And more widely, we let you discover by a more complete motorbike itinerary: the Corsican Cape; Saint Florent; Bonifaccio and Porto Vecchio; the beaches of Santa Julia and Palombaggia.
Between the vineyards and the ocean, the Gironde offers some beautiful routes. A must, the route des châteaux for a successful tour of the Médoc. Be careful not to overdo the wine tasting! A passage by Macau and Margaux, in direction of Pauillac then Saint-Estèphe will exempt you from the charms of the Médoc. The Château de Beychevelle and the Fort Médoc should be included in your motorbike itinerary. Numerous villages are worth a diversion as far as the 19th century seaside town of Soulac-sur-mer and the Pointe de Grave. Along the Garonne River, you can discover the pretty fishermen's huts.
On the way back, head for the ocean, towards Lacanau and Cap Ferret. This is where you will find the "Girondine", a small road of about ten kilometres between Lacanau and Carcans, with nice little bends in the middle of the pine forest.
To the east of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Garonne, there are also some very beautiful landscapes suitable for a motorbike trip, on the side of Langoiran or Lestiac, between the banks of the river and the vineyards.
A trip between Bègles and Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde, to the north of the Blaye region, is worthwhile.
The Ardèche offers winding roads, magnificent panoramas and authentic villages. The pleasures of the table are not left out. The stretch of road between Saint Martin d'Ardèche and Vallon Pont d'Arc on the D290 is recognised as a quality motorbike route.
The Ardèche mountains offer green and flowery landscapes, which can be seen along a gently winding road. The stone houses pass by, the benches occupied by our elders who observe the biker seem to freeze time.
The Eyrieux valley is worth a diversion. Further south, we head for the famous Ardèche gorges, sculpted by the rivers. The small medieval village of Balazuc, one of the most beautiful villages in France, invites you to stroll through its cobbled streets and offers views of the river and the limestone cliffs. Further along the road is the Pont d'Arc. The gorges of the Ardèche, classified as a nature reserve, allow you to appreciate the beauty of the site from viewpoint to viewpoint.
Further south, a landscape of garrigue presents itself to end your motorbike trip in beauty.
It is 324km of curves and rugged terrain between land and sea. The RN 85, inaugurated in 1932, is one of the favourite routes for motorcyclists. It owes its name to Napoleon's return from exile from the island of Elba, to the Golfe-Juan on the French R
This mythical road crosses two regions, four departments and more than forty communes, guiding the motorcyclist via the "Aigle" signs. It passes through the towns of Cannes, Grasse, Sisteron and Gap, between maritime and mountain charm.
The road is well maintained, but beware, it is a very touristy and busy motorbike route.
Of course, in the context of a holiday, you should think about being well prepared (itineraries; equipment etc.) but also about protecting yourself from motorbike theft. As your motorbike will not always be in sight, and may even be left in the street for a night in a hotel, this can quickly become stressful throughout your trip. To avoid this stress, there is a simple solution: the subscription-free GPS tracker Pegasus that will alert you if anyone touches your bike! As a bonus: Pégase will record all your journeys with the highest accuracy on the market. What to bring you comfort and serenity during your roadtrips.
Article published by Alexandre from SMT Performances on 02/07/2020