I'm thinking of heading up to the Black Forest this summer on the GS with Mrs Jorrocks on the back. Any ideas about good places to stay/visit, preferably from your own experience rather than just sending me to Trip Advisor?
Another short vid with some good footage....Henry Cole on "The Worlds Greatest Motorcycle Rides" did part of the Castle route and the Romantic route travelling from Frankfurt am Main to Munchen, he took about five days but can be done, without stopping for coffee every ten klicks, in a couple of days. Try to see if the program is on demand tv somewhere, he really did a good trip with loads of classic German towns and villages to visit. He was riding a KTM R8 sportsbike FYI.
Places to stay/visit rather depends on your personal interests and tastes.I'm thinking of heading up to the Black Forest this summer on the GS with Mrs Jorrocks on the back. Any ideas about good places to stay/visit, preferably from your own experience rather than just sending me to Trip Advisor?
The Vosges is a much underappreciated pleasure.Places to stay/visit rather depends on your personal interests and tastes.
As far as a general route is concerned and good biking roads, you could do worse than to start at the bottom of the Vosges (eg Belfort), head North all the way to Pfalzerwald direction Kaiserslauten, then SW direction Pforzheim, then South through the Black Forest toward lake Constance/Bodensee, then West to return to start point.
Friends from Austria did that over a week last year on their BMW tourer and had a good time.
Sadly, France is no fun any more. The cops have had a terminal sense of humour removal and the speed laws are draconian and very punchily enforced. Belgium, on the other hand, is close to anarchy and the Boche completely understand the need to ride like a **** on twisty roads.The Vosges is a much underappreciated pleasure.
Only by Brits.The Vosges is a much underappreciated pleasure.
Yes, I believe you are right. We stayed on a campsite in the Vosges a few years ago, and I think we were the only ones there, including staff, who couldn't speak Dutch/Vlaams. The staff also spoke good Hochdeutsch.Only by Brits.
Unfortunately every Benelux camper/caravanner knows about it, but not quite as bad as the Black Forest.
I have no problem avoiding the crowds knowing the area well. No problem with plod or speeding if you do it in the right place (just like anywhere else) eg remote twisty roads, not in villages.
There is still grit from winter on some quiet bits, but that is usually gone by May.
Lots of the best biking roads in Germany are now closed to bikers on weekends/holidays which sucks if you are not expecting it.