Where can I go in Europe for £250?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

An­swered by Andy David­son, MCN tourism spe­cial­ist

For­get the Pyre­nees or Italy’s much-rid­den passes and take a trip to Europe’s most biker-friendly re­gion. The Black For­est of south­west Ger­many is bik­ing nir­vana, with miles and miles of stun­ning, not to men­tion per­fectly smooth, tar­mac that twists and turns through breath­tak­ing scenery.

It’s home to one of Europe’s most beau­ti­ful roads, the B500 na­tional high­way. The road carves its way down the middle of the for­est and wrig­gles up and over moun­tain passes with gor­geous scenery and roller­coaster turns. You can spend the en­tire day rid­ing the B500 through a finely bal­anced blend of hair­pins, lefts, rights and long, fast sweep­ers. A two-yearold with a crayon couldn’t have drawn more twists, curls and whirls. Whether you start north or south, the road etches high up years in the 1990s and early 2000s Du­cati and Kawasaki (to take two ex­am­ples), just didn’t ap­pear to think good high-speed con­trol was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant. And maybe for some cus­tomers it isn’t.

But say you’re a man­u­fac­turer who wants to build in good ride qual­ity for to­day’s crappy roads, but your ac­coun­tant re­tains a grip on pro­duc­tion costs. One cun­ning the spine of a green moun­tain that in­cites you to ride and ride. You’ve 40 miles of it, which means you can ride at least four good laps in a sin­gle day, prac­tis­ing and per­fect­ing your lines.

And you can do it all for £250. The Euro­tun­nel will cost you £50, two nights in a pen­sion in­clud­ing break­fast will be around £50. You’re look­ing at around £100 for fuel and £30 on food for a long week­end. Easy peasy.

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