• Member Since : June 24, 2008
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  • Region : North East England, United Kingdom
  • Motorcycle : SUZUKI GSXR1000
  • Best Route Ever Ridden : Holland-Spain

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B1248 : Malton - Wetwang

North East England > United Kingdom > Europe
June 25, 2008 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

This is a good blasting road,with one or two things to look out for.Leaving Malton pick up the B1248 Beverley road,once out of town you can pick up the pace with few surprises except one,when you see a sign for humpback bridge,slow down,as immediately after the bridge there is a tight right hander,the first time I rode this six of us had to use someones driveway as an emergency runoff lane.This brings us to the charmingly named North Grimston,and it certainly is.Back on the case and the road opens up after a short section of twists through the trees,now you can press on a bit,a couple of farm entrances to watch for,but they are easy to see.When you get to the roundabout,go straight over,but be aware that hidden in the trees is a picnic area with a tea shop,this is a very popular stop for bikes,if you dont fancy this ,a mile or so up the road is the curiously named Wetwang,look for the chip shop next to the Black Swan pub,proper grub!

B500 : Höchenschwand - Waldshut

Baden-Württemberg > Germany > Europe
June 25, 2008 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Starting in the quiet village of Hochenschwand(plug for the hotel Alpenpanaroma)this road winds down from a plateau in a flowing continuous way,on some of the smoothest tarmac I have ever seen.Why cant we have surfaces as good as this?After all we pay enough towards it.A couple of junctions and a small village are to watch for,but other than that it is a fantastic ride,especially the last stretch downhill into Waldshut,with two lanes of super sticky black tarmac and visibility through every corner,so you can really scuff the edges of the tyres.Wunderbar!

A170 : Thirsk - Helmsley

North East England > United Kingdom > Europe
June 25, 2008 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

On leaving the pretty and bike friendly market town of Thirsk,real life home of James Herriot,the rider has at his grasp good roads at all points of the compass.Select the A170 towards Scarborough,and find yourself in Helmsley in a very short time.This is a good high speed road with smooth sweeping corners,a couple of flat out straights,and a couple of technical sections that require a bit of care.This route has three seperate sections,the first being an uphill part taking us up Sutton bank.Traffic tends to bunch up here as there is a sharp left hand hairpin,and Hgvs tend to bog things down.Up the bank,and watch out for a sharp right hander,with an entrance to a picnic area on the left.Once past this the road opens up into the gloriously fast middle section,corners that you can see through,and generally very well surfaced.A couple of junctions are well signposted but is a good idea to roll off the gas.This brings us to the insane 3.5 km downhill straight,which is as fast as you dare. A farmhouse halfway sometimes acts as a hiding place for the Gendarmes,but are pretty easy to spot.If you are of a mind to potter down this section,the views across North Yorkshire are fantastic,on a clear day visibility is forever.At the end of this section is Duncombe park,a stately home whose entrance sits on a tight left hand bend that also has a junction opposite,with the usual partially sited car drivers towing caravans pulling out of it,so caution is advised.Roll down the last bit into Helmsley for the usual bragging and Bulls**t session.As with most routes these days,a better time can be had if tackled midweek,as the usual weekend warriors bring out a higher police presence.This route at only 26km approx,is a good tyre warming session for the more demanding and well documented B1257 TT route.

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