THE WORLD’S FASTEST ROAD

The world’s fastest road is just an af­ter­noon’s ride from Calais

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - Tim Thomp­son, Head of Con­tent

It’s all true. The Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife IS a mon­strous 13mile, 73-cor­ner cliché. But for­give me, be­cause the orig­i­nal, bril­liant fact about the place re­mains joy­fully true, and that is that there is nowhere else in the world where you can ride so fast with­out get­ting tan­gled up in the bother of track­days or rac­ing. It takes your bike into an­other di­men­sion.

The Nord­schleife’s mind-bog­gling scale and to­pog­ra­phy make it feel as if you are not merely lap­ping but strik­ing out on a jour­ney, and while it may have sexy painted kerbs and look like a race track it’s ac­tu­ally clas­si­fied as a oneway toll road. So for­get tyre warm­ers and vans and all that track­day non­sense be­cause this is about su­per­fast tour­ing, flow­ing like hot trea­cle through long and rhyth­mic sweep­ers. Your GS, your Z1000, even your Pan Euro­pean will love it.

Now the prob­lem. The price of a lap dur­ing the pub­lic ‘touris­ten­fahrten’ ses­sions is fiercely ex­pen­sive. You pay €25 in the week and €30 dur­ing the week­ends and they’re busy.

In­creas­ingly the best way to ex­pe­ri­ence the Nord­schleife is to book a place on a closed-to-traf­fic learn­ing course, and this sum­mer there are two two-day events. Both fol­low a sim­i­lar ducks-and-drakes for­mat, where you ride in a group be­hind an in­struc­tor – the idea be­ing that you learn with rid­ers of sim­i­lar Ring ex­pe­ri­ence and feel com­fort­able with the pace that’s set.

There’s not much to split the Doc Scholl and Mo­tor­rad cour­ses. Both cost over one thou­sand Eu­ros but bear in mind that if the weather stays fine you could cover up to 40 laps, or 500 in­tense miles. O Info: Nür­bur­gring, Nur­burg, Ger­many Doc Scholl train­ing, July 31-Au­gust 1, www.doc-scholl.de Mo­tor­rad train­ing, Au­gust 2-3, www.mo­tor­radon­line.de/ac­tion­team

‘There’s nowhere else in the world like it’

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