Some really good open sections on what is actually a major route (hence it can be quite busy), good surface and good visibility make this well worth a look.
This is the highest classified road in Britian with spectacular views from the summit.From Lochcarron head west through Kishorn to the junction at Tornapress,turn left and start heading up the hill,dont take the left turn down to the old oil rig construction yard about a mile along the road.The road starts to climb from here for the next 6 miles,its all single track with some nasty blind corners but also some lovely sweepy bends.there is a good spot to stop for pics on a sweeping right hand bend above the oil rig yard with a great view over Loch Kishorn to Plockton and the Skye bridge.continue climbing up to the hairpin bends,can be tricky early in the year because of gravel and muck left on the road after the winter.Stop at the top hairpin and look back down the corrie at the view.Its about another mile to the summit with a big stopping place,if its a clear day the views are fantastic accross the inner sound to Raasay and Rona,south to Rhum and Eigg and all the way north to Lewis.From here on its down hill all the way to Applecross for 6 miles,again watch some of the corners for gravel and one nasty open left hand bend about half way down with an adverse camber which has caught out a few bikers.When you get back down to sea level you can turn left for the Applecross Inn ,good food and biker friendly,there is also a shop and prtrol station or you can go right and take the coast road round to Sheidaig to complete the loop.there are some spectacular views of the Torridon mountains,loch Torridon and loch Sheildaig.The road is quite demanding in places but well worth the efort but try to pick a clear day to take advantage of the fantastic views.
This is great on a BMW-GS or similar. Follow signs off A44 to NANT-Y-MOCH,its a single track all the way with a lot of cattle grids but the views are stunning at the dam(which you cross) and on the decent into Talybont.There are two pubs at the end if you need to calm your nerves. This has been done often on 'sport bikes'.
Start at the Shell garage/Tuffins cafe on A49 then take A489. There are a few sharp corners but mostly good,a long straight stretch into Churchstoke(another Tuffins garage/cafe) then superb piece of road to Newtown(watch speed thru Sarn and Kerry).
Once onto the B4340 the road is brilliant,there are a couple of 90 degree bends but mostly great with excelent road surface.Watch out for local boy racers,there is a rally sport centre at Pontrhydyfendigaid.
Start at the petrol station at Trawsfynydd, and head towards Porthmadog.After approx 3 miles there will be a turning on the right signposted A470 Ffestiniog. The road sets out through the hills ith a varying amount of turns from tight hairpins to sweeping switchbacks. You enter Blaenau Ffestiniog which will keep you at 30mph for what seems like forever. Following the signs to Betws-Y-Coed, you start the steep climb out of the village and pass the Lech Wedd (Spelling?) Slate Mines, worth a swift visit. Following a deep decent out of the slate hills the corners become more open and swift, cutting through the bottom of the valley. The road surface picks up quality, following a lot of work over the last year or so, as you near Betws-Y-Coed. Watch for the tight right hander under the railway bridge or you'll end up shooting off down the turn off. Join up with the A5 and turn left down hill and into Betws-Y-Coed.
Leave Tregaron on Dolecoed Road, this takes you on the mountain road to Abergwesyn and takes in a few fords and also the Devil's Staircase. Not one for the GSXR crowd although until it hits the forests is a good UK style B road. Then the surface does deteriate a bit until after Nant Ystalwyn. Did this track at night on the Welsh National Rally and it was quite scary but the fords were only an inch or so deep even in early May.
Start at Machynlleth Hospital. Take Forge road to Dylife. Stop at Wynford Vaghan Thomas memorial near top of mountain.(excellent veiws) Continue to Staylittle past Llyn Clewedog into Llanidloes. First part is a 'mountain road' often closed in winter and can get slippy in the wet. After the T junction just past Dylife the road improoves and is quick in places.
This route uses the Bwch-y-Groes(pass of the cross)this was the test route for most of the old British bike manufacturers,to test 'hill climbing abilities' its easy on a modern bike though. There is one double hairpin at the bottom of the hill and its mostly 'single track' road. Used a lot on the Nick Sanders motochallenge series. A must to see Wales highest mountain pass.
A nice A road which starts off simple at the Dolgellau end and becomes very twisty as it nears Machynlleth. Really tight in places so you need to be quite focused