Portrush to: Larne
This is THE great biking road for those of you returning from the North West 200 to the ferry at Larne. Although it has, I think been nominated in 1997, it is well worth reminding any UK riders of it. After the races, take the A2 for Bushmills, home of the famous whiskey, and then follow this road from Bushmills to Ballintoy, passing the world famous Giants Causeway on the way. Well worth a visit. The A2 leaves Ballintoy heading for Ballycastle and along the way you will see a sign for Torr Head. This is a coastal road, and while it affords great sea views, it is not really suitable for sports bikes as it is very narrow and steep in places. Probably better to stick with the main road, which crosses over some high ground before descending into the village of Cushendun. Over the mountain top you will see plenty of sheep grazing along the roadside, but worry not, they are well used to traffic and wont even turn their heads as you go zooming by! A good fast smooth road links Cushendun to the slightly larger Cushendal, and from here the best bit begins. Down along the coast with the mountains on your right and the Irish Sea on your left. Its smooth, fast and frantic. Through Glenariff, on to Carnlough, where you can grab some grub, and on through Glenarm and Ballygalley into Larne where the P&O ferry to Cairnryan awaits. For those of you taking the Stena ferry to Stranraer, it is probably best to take the A8 to Belfast. It is possible to carry on the A2 to Belfast, but it is quite built up, with lots of traffic and the possibility of speed traps. Probably better to take the A8 the 20 miles to Belfast, but keep a good eye out for police on this road, as it is the main route to Larne Harbour and the cops are on it regularily. Enjoy!
A30 Nr Staines to: Staines Lap
A30 / M25 Junction. Anyone attempting 90 MPH around the A30 M25 Junction is going to get thmeselves killed, it is suicide. the junction is extremly busy and traffic often backs up around the blind corner. There is also a favourite police hiding place in the middle of the roundabout and traffic lights. Fortunatly the police and firestation are only 1/2 mile away.
COCKERMOUTH to: SOUTH BOUND
COCKERMOUTH TO EGREMONT GOOD BENDS BUT BUMPY TO TEST SUSPENSION. EGREMONT TO COAST ROAD SOUTH BY SELLAFIELD SMOOTH ROADS FAST BENDS AND LONG STRAIGHTS LITTLE TRAFFIC.
Reading to: Oxford
This road offers a good variety to most riders and is best ridden solo. No pillion, no terror. The road leaves Reading by climbing thru Caversham out of the Thames Valley into the Chilterns. Suddenly you're into open countryside flanked by fields....for about ?mile and then the twisties (a.k.a. the 13 bends of death) start and carry on for about 4 miles going down into valleys and thru woods with plenty off side roads offering interesting side trips and a multitude of refreshment stops. Once you pass the turn off to Woodcote (for those interested in picking up a few motorcycle accessories M? reside here) the surrounding countryside opens up and becomes very Downs-ish all the way to Oxford. The road does carry a fair amount of traffic so intelligence gear should be engaged. Enjoy.
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