Helensburgh to: Helensburgh
Leave Helensburgh on the A814 heading for Garelochead. This is a collection of 30's, 40's and 50's with the occasional watchful cop so don't go too mad. Turn right at the first roundabout at the north gat eof the Faslane Naval Base.This is where the twist grip starts to get abused. This road is'new'and offers drag racing or sustained wheelying opportunities. Go straight through the first rounabout and turn right at the second onto the A814 again, known locally as the Arrochar road. This beauty follows the contours of Loch Long and is a mad selection of sheep, blind crests and jumps which are guaranteed to test your suspension and bottle. Your arse will be pulling the buttons out the saddle by the time you arrive in Arrochar.
Stop at the Pit Stop Diner for a decent scoff and bullshit with other bikers. Take the A83 over to Tarbet and then the A82 to Crianlarich. This is a peach of a road, nowhere for the cops to hide with twisties all the way to the Drovers pub at Inverarnan, another good stop. Head up to Crianlarich and go left for Tyndrum. This is another fast section but watch out for the big right hander before Crianlarich, you may be going a tad fast to get round it. The Green Welly shop in Tyndrum offers, fuel, scoff and even a dedicated bike park!
Take the A85 to Dalmally through Glen Lochy. This is a real fast bit of road with sweeping bends and a good surface. If you feel like stopping, the views are spectacular. Beyond Dalmally, take a left onto the A819 for Inverary. The first section is along the banks of Loch Awe, mostly blind twisties with the odd dodgy surface so beware. The second section is up along the top of the hills. This section is resurfaced every year it seems so watch for loose chippings but apart from that it is a fast sweeping road with plenty of long straights too. Stop in Inverary for lunch at the George Hotel or shoot the shit with other bikers down at the pier. Take the A83 back to Arrochar. This bit has some good fast sweepers too, namely round the head of Loch Shira and Loch Fyne and a good surface. Watch out for cops at the Dunoon turn off and up over the 'Rest and be Thankful'. Back in Arrochar, take the A814 back down the side of Loch Long watching for the sheep you missed on the way up!
Basingstoke to: Alton
Good little road. Be careful though cos apprently the police are patrolling the area. Probably more cops about on the regular run to the Load Darby at Alton.
Ross on Wye to: Carmarthen
Approx 120 miles, fast sweeping roads, from Brecon be careful tree covers road (slippery), not many cameras on open roads although some villages have them.Speeds upto 100mph on some stretches, again be careful of tractors, shit on roads, hidden entrances, all the usual.
Southport to: Preston
i have only been riding for 2 years on my Yammi RXS-100 but i have aquired a bit of road expirience so here is the best route i have found. at a total of 17 miles it is a comfortable afternoon ride with some fast roads (you ppl may be able to appritiate this more as you probably all have bigger bikes than me lol) no speed cameras as i can remember apart from one as you come into preston itself. you wont notice it until its too late as anyone can tell you the downward gradient into main preston is quite conspicuous until you are actually on it :) by the way, just wanted to say hi to all you bikers out there. im probably guaranteed to meet atleast one of you in my lifetime as i am bike mad :) later all Steve Bailey
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