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Steve Hunt  says:

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd night over here and there - but I’m yet to have dipped my toe into the Grand Tour side of the bike...

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Feb 11

Posts: 5

BFG50 says:


Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt. Don't miss that - it's a corker around there. There's also a lot of more 'minor' roads around that area that are MUCH nicer than riding on the major roads - get on google maps and find anything that looks a bit wiggly really that's how we do it when we go over there. You're also only half a day from the amazing 'Swiss Figure-8' (Sustenpass, Furka Pass, Grimsel Pass, St Gothard Pass) but you probably won't have time...!

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Feb 12

Posts: 165

plumber01 says:


Hi Steve you could do worse than turn left at Cambrai about 2 or 3 hours south from Calais( excuse spelling of place names) go through Ardenns forest  ( some very bendy roads through forest) ,blast down  to Barden Barden, B500< stay over at lake Schulsee , beautiful and really good roads ( one of my favorite places on the planet,  well, when the sun shines) , call in along lake Constance ( mortals can look but dont buy anything but petrol,) and into Austria down one of the passes 3 days easy, 2 days tough, but possible

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Jan 13

Posts: 27

js70062 says:

Your route from calais > cambrai is the same one I take twice every week (I commute to Mons, Belgium on a weekly basis). If you do decide to ride round the ardennes (it's very nice, I've taken my bike round there) then still stick to this route. Don't be tempted to go north and get snarled up round Lille or Lens.

The road is a toll road ("péage") so make sure you've got a visa card or a handful of euros ready in a handy pocket. Normally one of the cash booths (look for the coin sign above) has a human in it so you don't have to get off and wrestle with a ticket machine.

The road's normally deserted, and there's no cameras so you'll have a good opportunity to find out what the top speed of your bike is :)

Watch out for the speed camera on the way back to calais, it's a couple of miles before the eurotunnel junction on the A16.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1335

SatNavSteve says:

Looking at the map, you would be better going through Nancy and on to Freiburg and through the Black Forest, then north of Lake Constance (not that good) past Friedrickshaven and then on the Deutches Alpenstrasse from Lindau, one of the best roads ever, starting at the end of the lake and follow it through to Fussen. Then its just over the border into Austria. That's the way I went to Tridays last year. Recommended! Pardon the spelling mistakes!

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Oct 11

Posts: 2787

Piglet2010 says:

810 Miles

is an easy day ride.

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Apr 13

Posts: 19

Zinfandel92 says:

Hi Steve,
first of all, I would say that you should start a bit earlier. Those 810 miles could take longer than you expect. So I would stronly recommend to plan more time...
French "autoroutes" offer less traffic and are in a very good shape, so I would recommend to use that variant.
But I disagree with js70062: mostly, there is no person at the "péage", so you need to use a ticket machine. This is actually faster, just keep your credit card in your front pocket, so you do not need coins.
Traffic will start a bit before you reach Strasbourg. In addition, through Baden-Württemberg, you will have to face some traffic as well.
The southern part of Germany has many marvelous routes with lots of curves, but I do not think you will have the time... after that ride, you will be happy to arrive at Garmisch.
Maybe it would be a good idea, to go from Strasbourg down to Freiburg, get into a hotel overnight, and use the complete next day to ride to Garmisch on small, nice roads.

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Apr 13

Posts: 19

Zinfandel92 says:


one thing: SatNavSteve is right, the route from Nancy to Freiburg is great as well, but most likely will need more time...

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Mar 12

Posts: 3

A bit more info is more then welcome. How long can it take, and how much do you want to spent on the highway. I really don't like the highways & prefer to tour on local roads. You could pick up some Great motorcycle areas. Luxemburg for example is motorcycle heaven (if you know which roads). A big part of the Belgian Ardennen are very nice too, although road quality is not up to par with Luxemburg, but Luxemburg is THE road quality gem in Europe. Then we have the Vulcan Eifel, The Moesel ... heck I'd even take a bit of the Swarzwald into the trip. I'm currently in progress of making a bikers road planner, and have good knowledge of the local roads here (Belgium & Luxemburg), and quite a bit of the Eifel & the Swarzwald. But most depends on how much km you want to ride each day. I could easily make this trip from the Ardennen to your destination +2500 km's of pure biker fun, twisties & long sweepers, one after another, with the least amount of straights, till your destination. Hit me up at fre monkeysign monkeysign = @

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Jul 08

Posts: 286

MCN LiamM says:

Posted on behalf of Philsil

Went to the event a few years back and had fun. Beware the laid back venue does have thieves. Keep your valuables on you not in the safety of your tent. Also always seem to hit thunderstorms around the Champagne region and at the Zugspitze when in the area. Once stayed in the less frenetic Austrian village of Lermoos and caught the train in.

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Jun 13

Posts: 1

jumblyjim says:

go left

After school on Thursday enjoy a light evening bimble through the fen via Ely and through Suffolk to Harwich for a night ferry (£100ish)to Hook of Holland. Eat before boarding around 1030pm. Cabin, Zzzzzzz. Wake up refreshed for big day through Holland and Germany. Ferry arrives around 7.30. Clear Rotterdam. Stop for coffee and apple pie at cafe with access to views of friendly long limbed cycling beauties going to work. Hit the road. Its about 500 miles from Rotterdam. Have a good blast on the autobahn to enjoy a little bit of that special German ambient,and put some big miles behind you without being dragged to an atm; but do take care where limits apply. Get a little tired of motorway; take to the hills, they're never far away and the roads and scenery are superb all over Germany. Gute Reise!

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