RID­ING BAVARIA’S B500 ‘A 37.2-mile two-lane as­phalt ser­pent’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - By Justin Hayzelden

Com­pleted in 1930, the Scwarzwald­hochstrasse, or Black For­est High Road to you and me, is a le­gendary rib­bon of tar­mac that runs from BadenBaden at the north­west edge of the Black For­est down through the moun­tains to Freuden­stadt. It’s 37.2-miles long, but the mid­dle 25 is where it all hap­pens. On a map it looks just like a race­track and to ride it you’d think it had been con­ceived as one.

From the first hair­pin it climbs dra­mat­i­cally through dense for­est, a two-lane as­phalt ser­pent that twists re­lent­lessly be­tween sen­sa­tional switch­backs and ever tight­en­ing turns. It’s smooth and wide with a pos­i­tive cam­ber and su­perb sur­face that of­fers tremen­dous grip through its de­vlish bends.

At the moun­tain-top restau­rant the view is spec­tac­u­lar and the gateau obli­ga­tory. From there the for­est peels back to re­veal a glo­ri­ous roller­coaster of a ride that dips and swoops be­tween each long sweep­ing apex. It takes less than an hour to ride but the grins per minute are im­mea­sur­able.

‘On a map the B500 looks just like a race­track’

Stop, ad­mire the view. Catch your breath and get back to those cor­ners

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