3 Best Motorcycle Routes in France

3 Best Motorcycle Routes in France

If you’re looking for new destinations to explore on your motorcycle, look no further than the beautiful country of France. Its mountainous cliffs, twisty roads and scenic views make it home to some of the most awe-inspiring motorcycle routes on the planet. You can experience the local culture, visit some of history’s most notable landmarks and work on your French all at the same time. Be sure to check out these astonishing routes in France to make the most of your trip.

Use Helmet Communication to Stay in Touch on the Road

1. Route Napoleon

One of the greatest military generals in history has been immortalized by this scenic trail. It’s a wide, flat route that takes you directly to the Gorges du Verdon, which is known as the French Grand Canyon. You can even drive down into the valley for more of an adventure or cruise around the outside to see the vistas from every angle. The entire route takes around eight hours to complete and comes in at around 195 miles. It is the same route Napoleon took in 1815 during his return from Elba. It begins in Golfe-Juan where the emperor landed before marching to Grenoble via the Col Bayard. Watch out for the French Imperial Eagle, a famous route marker that leads to the Gap, Hautes-Alpes.

Narrow street with amazing view on vineyards of Champagne, France

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2. Route Champagne

France is considered the wine capital of the world, thanks to its perfect weather and expansive grape valleys. It is also the only place in the world where champagne is made. The Champagne region is filled with scenic valleys that are used to manufacture the fizzy pink beverage. You can drive through these fields and visit the historic farms and estates that manage them. It’s also a great way to learn about the champagne-making process. You’re bound to encounter plenty of taste testings along the way. Just be sure not to drink and drive. It’s best to visit during the spring, summer and early fall or you may find that everyone has gone home for the season.

3. Brittany

If you’re looking for a seaside adventure, Brittany gives you a mellow coastline to explore. It’s one of the most remote regions in the country, far away from the hustle and bustle of tourist season. You will find quaint seaside villages, lighthouses and a quieter way of life. It’s located in the northwest region of the country and is mainly accessible by ferry and is about four hours outside of Paris, so you might have to spend a good amount of time getting there. But once you arrive, it will be more than worth it. Expect to see moss-covered cottages from another century, lighthouses overlooking white sandy beaches and radiant castles with pristine moats.

Traveling to another country with your motorcycle isn’t easy. You can also rent a motorcycle when you arrive in France, but many riders prefer to use their own equipment. Plan to have your motorcycle arrive at a port that’s close to the areas you plan on exploring. You will also need an international driving permit (IDP) to legally drive on the road.

Bring a paper map of your route in case you can’t use your phone along the way. It’s never safe to use your phone or GPS while riding unless you are wearing helmet communication. The device automatically connects to your mobile device, so you can interact with it hands-free while you focus on the road.

Use the Cardo Packtalk Edge when traveling in a group to connect to up to 15 other riders at a time. Exploring a new country is always more fun when you’re with friends. You can keep an eye on each other when winding through tight spaces and figure out how to get where you need to go as a group instead of navigating on your own.

Bring the Cardo Packtalk Edge for More Peace of Mind

Taking a road trip wouldn’t be the same without crystal-clear communication and audio. You should be able to hear what your fellow riders are saying while riding without having to pull over. The same is true if you want to listen to music or follow the directions on your GPS. Use a motorcycle headset with JBL helmet speakers that will automatically adjust the volume level based on your surroundings.

Unrecognizable tourist on a motorcycle leans in to ride into an empty turn in the sunlit forest in the French Alps. Traveler on motorbike having fun on a summer road trip along Route des Grandes Alpes

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Most motorcycle riders have France on their bucket list. It contains some of the most notable trails and routes on the planet. Start planning your trip overseas today to experience the magic of Europe.