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Personal Sites / Road Registries
Organised Touring Operators
Bike Rental/Hire

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Personal Sites / Road Registries:

If you want to see the passes from the riders view, you MUST visit this site. The highlights are a collection of on-bike videos taken by the loony Norwegian and some mates.
The videos are a scream. This is what other people say about them:
'Blatant disregard for the innocent peoples lives they put in danger.' 
'Especially good for people wanting to study poor cornering technique coupled with the desire to look fast on video.' 
'Dragging the brakes all around the corner.' 
'Passing on blind corners.'  'Crossing the center-line.'  'Terrible riding education.'

They can take a while to download or stream, but they're worth it.

Motorcycling Roads Knowledge Base
A great site. A large and ever growing database of people's favourite roads. Some with GPS co-ordinates. Covers most of western and northern Europe.
Highly recommended.
Balades moto en France
A nice site for the southern Alps with a bias towards scenery, rather than the roads. Written by a couple who love their country, and the photos show you why.
They have a good, detailed selection of B&B, Gîtes and other places to stay.
An English version at : perso.wanadoo.fr/french.roads/english/accueil_gb.htm which needs a bit of imagination to understand, but gives you a good idea of what it's about.

This website contains a large searchable database with places to sleep, testimonials, rentalservices and information on European countries.
The larger, original Dutch-language site is here .

If you want details on places to stay such as Hotels, B&B's, Gites, Chambre d'hotes and campsites you will find them here. The difference is that each comes with detailed location maps and their GPS coordinates to make them easy to find.

The 80 Passes Tour site. A very comprehensive listing of 80 passes in Switzerland, with photos and location. In French and German.

Some fantastic 360° panorama photos of the Central Alps. Definitely worth a look! In German only but as it's mostly photos you needn't worry.
a bunch of Italian Alpine bikers. Their page is also in English, and they've got some good photos and info. Join them on one of their ride-outs.

Alex's BMW Motorcycle & Global Touring Page has descriptions of some good Alpine roads.

A really good UK based site concentrating on France & Spain

Biker Bites
Good pictures and Alpine info and links plus other general biking info.

Touring the south of France

In German only
The best roads in and around Carinthia, southern Austria.
THE best UK routes index....

The North American Sportbike Road Registry
A good directory of the bast roads in the US, Canada and Norway

Useful tour advice (US biased)

European driving tips for 'murcans. Pretty exhaustive and reassonably accurate but fairly dry.

Well-ordered links for all things biking


Organised Touring Operators :

Here is a short list of companies / one-man shows available on The Web who organise trips in and around the Alps

UK Based
www.biketours-uk.com Motorcycle tours and rental in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the Isle of Man TT races, plus biking vacations to France, Thailand, India, Cyprus & South Africa.
His French trips go to the French Alps and take in at least 15 of the passes in the areas covered by our Savoie
www.tonix.co.uk A new UK company based in Nottingham. Their offer includes putting your bikes in a van and taking them down, leaving to to fly into the Alps and arrive refreshed with your bike waiting for you.
www.bonneroute.co.uk "Motoring adventures for the sports and performance car driver."
Included here as their customers and sports bikers share similar interests. Based in Hampshire.
www.motorcyclenews.com/ Ok, not 100% to do with our subject, but they have kindly linked to us. The UK's biggest-selling bike rag.

France Based
www.alpinebiker.com Offers guided motorcycle tours in the Swiss and French Alps, and the Jura region of France from superb luxury chalet base.

USA Based
moto-charlie If you're American-based then this is a damn good option to explore the Alps with. Seems he has the right mixture of organisation to get you there, show you around a bit, but you can do your own thing if you want, as well. His site is nicely laid out and has some good tips. (no, he's not paying me to say this).
Beach's if you're American and not heard of them...shame on you !

Worldwide trips, tours and rentals. Everything from basic to fully-organised tours.

Switzerland Based
S.A.P. Tour Swiss Alpine Passes Tour company. Says it all.
Motorbike-tours Guided motorcycle tours across the European Alps. Based in Switzerland in Winterthur near Zürich with a range of bikes for hire.

Germany Based
Bosenberg Specialising in central Europe and the Alps, they are based near Frankfurt I think. They have a wide range of bikes from Harleys to Ducatis for hire. The site is in English.
MotorbikeFunTours Based in Frunkfurt, Germany. Their site is in English,Spanish, German...
They also hire bikes - BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda.

Austria Based
Edelweiss Probably the biggest thing in biking tours. Based originally in Austria, they started with local trips and now they do the whole world.

Slovenia Based
Motorcycle Tours in Slovenia, Croatia's Adriatic coast and the Italian Alps on new BMWs or with your own bike. Support van, comfortable accommodation and great views included.
Romania Based
www.rideinromania.com RIDE IN ROMANIA
Romania is a country of freedomů join us on a perfect tourů we visit legendary Dracula castles, we discover wild Danube Delta, we learn culture and traditions, taste our famous wine and visit old monasteries! We offer you a perfect Motorcycle Tour and places that you will never forget!

Bike Rental/Hire

Moto-Center Thun Based near Interlaken and started 20 years ago by two bikers as a hobby, it's now a very large and successful dealer for BMW, Aprilia and Honda. They have a large parts and clothing store and have a wide range of bikes for hire, from full BMW tourers to the lastest Aprilia and Honday models. We've experienced these chaps and found thier service to be exceptional, friendly and efficient. If a little expensive (this *is* Switzerland after all). They're also within spitting distance of the central Swiss and Mont Blanc routes.
They have a branch in Bern as well.
Fly in to Zürich or Geneva and get the train
admo-tours A vareity of bikes.
Offices in Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Malaga, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Avignon
moto-plaisir.fr http://www.moto-plaisir.fr/ Moto-Plaisir.fr is based in Haute-Savoie, close to the Geneva international airport.
www.moto-mader.ch a fairly large dealership near Zürich.
BMW Niederlassung Munchen Motorradzentrum BMW Niederlassung Munchen Motorradzentrum
tel: +49/89 35621452, fax +49/89 35621499
Frankfurter Ring 35,
D-80807 Munich,
Allround Bike Hire A range of bikes and cars for hire
Based in Frankfurt, Germany. Their site is in English,Spanish,German...
Makes for hire include BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda - They also have a wide range of tours throughout Europe.
www.holiday-bikes.com A major bike hire specialists for the whole of France.