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From Sitges to Castelldefels

A famous section for local bikers, denomination C-61, 80 bends, 21.6 km, a perfect view down on the ocean, great landscape surrounding the road. It is located in Cataluña, near Barcelona and connects the two vacational towns Sitges and Castelldefels and goes partially through the Natural Park El Garraf. The asphalt could be better and it is very crowded on weekends, as it is an alternative route to the new highway, mainly to avoid the high toll of the Garraf tunnel section.

Bird view on the C-31.

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Finally, Yamaha Super Teneré

It was a really long wait for all the Super Teneré fans, more than ten years after Yamaha finished producing the previous model of this famous bike. Reasons?, who knows … but the good thing is that Yamaha designed this new version from scratch and the result is stunning.

Great job, Yamaha!

Parallel twin motor, 1199 ccm, 110 hp / 7250 rpm, 114Nm / 6000 rpm are great arguments to make the “old” XTZ 750 even better.

Special edition "first edition" with bags, motor and frontlight protection.

Yamaha says: “Adventure travelling takes skill, courage and endurance – as well as faith in your machine. Faith that it’ll love rocky river crossings and dirt roads as much as you do. Faith that it’s going to be comfortable on a long freeway haul. Faith that it’s got what it takes to carve up twisty mountain roads.

The all-new Yamaha Super Ténéré is built from the ground up to be the most exciting next-generation adventure tourer, combining Yamaha’s Dakar-bred toughness and reliability with light, easy handling and advanced rider assist technology.”

Original blue or modern white, it's your choice.

We have to say, R1200GS, tremble!

More of this bike at Yamaha Europe.

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Desfiladero de La Hermida, in Cantabria

The “Desfiladero de la Hermida” is a narrow valley which was formed by the river Deva. It is located in Cantabria, Spain and is enclosed by high limestone walls, at some sections up to 600 meters high. The valley and road section (N-621) is about 21 km long, with a great lot of bends through an very amazing landscape. It is in fact the longest canyon in Spain and got his name of La Hermida, one of the very pretty villages it goes through.

Bird view over the Liebana canyon from Santa Catalina.

Other villages which deserve a stop and visit are Lamasón, Cillórigo de Lliébana, Peñarubio, Tresviso, bordering the “Principado of Asturias”. It is the only route from the cantabric coast to the district of Liébana, in Cantabria.

Another great section of this wonderful road.

We recommend to travel in spring or summer as this region of Spain is quite rainy and cold.

See the location in googlemaps.

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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 2010

For the year 2010 Ducati has already released the successor for its touring bike Multistrada 1200. The new generation machine manufacturers use a lot of innovative technologies on this bike, never seen on similar touring bikes, as ie. ride-by-wire throttle control, optional anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronically controlled front and rear suspension.

The design of this bike is just perfect.

But Ducati has also included a manually-adjustable windscreen, twin 12-volt power outlets, storage solutions under the seat and in the cockpit and keyless ignition system.

A perfect travel bike but also very sportive.

Like always, a “S” version is available, replacing the also well working Sachs and Marzocchi components by electronically adjustable shock absorbers from Öhlins.

Yes, this bike looks good in every color.

See more of this great bike from Ducati at their site.

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The defintion of touring motorcycle

What is the difference between a touring cycle and a “normal” motorcycle? Everybody knows but this is a definition found in the wikipedia:

A touring motorcycle is a type of motorcycle  designed for long-distance touring and heavy commuting. Although any motorcycle can be used to tour with, manufacturers have brought specific models designed to address the particular needs of these riders. Common to the touring motorcycle models is usually large displacement fairings and windshields (to offer a high degree of weather and wind protection), large capacity fuel tanks (for long ranges between fill-ups), engines offering lots of low-end horsepower, and a more relaxed, more upright seating position than sport bikes. These motorcycles can be further subdivided into multiple sub-categories, which are commonly used terms within the motorcycle industry.

This should be a "touring motorcycle then" 8-)

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FJ1200, still one of the best?

Yes, it’s a long time ago since the first FJ1200 (or even FJ1100) units saw the light, but it is still a very good bike for the long travel. Confortable seat, perfect driving position, powerful air-cooled motor, a big world of accessories of any kind … there is still a very huge fan community behind this Yamaha, specially in Germany, Holland and UK.

Yes, I still like this bike, specially in dark blue / gold decor, the 89' 3CV/W.

The motor is of the unbreakable ones, 200.000 km and more are very normal, maintenance is quite cheap and can be self done. Around 125 hp are more than enough for a smooth riding or fast travelling on the highway.

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Ronda – “Alcornocales”

This route takes us to Ronda, Andalusia, riding through a continuously changing landscape as we advance in the Natural park “Los Alcornocales”, visiting Gaucín, Jimena de la Frontera, Cortes de la Frontera, Benaoján, Ronda, etc. It is a route of aprox. 155 km, so we recommend to have a brunch at any of the pretty towns we will see during the trip.

Don't forget to visit the famous casas colgantes de Ronda.

The trip seen in googlemaps.

Seen at moterus.es.

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Mountain pass Mijares

This is a complete day trip, 291 km and at least 5h of curvy roads. This trip starts in Madrid, at Plaza Castilla, one of the main entrances / exits to the capital and therefore a perfect meeting point for the day.

Road climbing the "Mijares" pass.

Leaving Madrid to the west, we first arrive “El Escorial”, very well known because of its monastery, leaving behind the bikers meeting point par excellence called “Cruz verde”, very crowded at the weekends, heading towards our first stop at Burgohondo, already very near to the mountain road that will climb the Mijares pass. You should have a brunch there, looking forward to a quite long time of bends, great views and fun!

Bridge over "Burguillo" water reservoir.

Once you come down the Mijares pass, continue back to Madrid on good and now faster roads. Be careful on weekends, this part sometimes has much traffic in the afternoon.

The complete googlemaps link here.

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GI-682 in Gerona, Spain

This road is called the “Road of 1000 bends” and in fact it seems it will never finish turning and turning from right to left and all around again.

The GI-682, bends and more bends in a very pretty landscape at the coast.

The GI-682, located in the province of Gerona, borders the coast line and the very best part of it is between the two towns Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guixols, 12 miles of biker heaven indeed!.

This is where it is located:


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Have a look at this video and you will want to ride it right today:

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Another nice trip around Madrid / Spain

Yes, I live in Madrid and therefore from time to time I will show you some tours around the spanish capital, tested by myself a lot of times and well known as very recommended biker routes.

Bird view on the Atazar water reservoir.

This tour takes us the the east, with very pretty roads near Torrelaguna with a possible extension to the Atazar water reservoir, the biggest of this region and very interesting to have a look at. This extension has a a lot of good bends you will surely enjoy.

The complete googlemaps link.