Inspiration: Big Trip

5 best twists and turns

The ultimate switchbacks

FTR seeks out the most incredible hairpin bends and ridiculous dirt-track switchbacks. Need an excuse for adventure? Head to one (or more!) of these.

1 Aristi Papingo, Greece

A very steep tarmac road in northern Greece, the route between Aristi and Papingo is beautiful. It’s located in the Ioannina regional unit, Epirus, Greece – a thickly forested region, which makes for incredible views.

Carving its way through the Pindus Mountains, this is bucket list stuff. The sharp tree-topped hills make it necessary for a series of more than 20 hairpins to traverse the slopes between the towns. Smooth surface and fairly wide roads make this particular set of twisties accessible for Roadster and Supersport.

2 Jacob’s Ladder, Tasmania

Grit and dust-covered, this route is best left to dirt-equipped Scramblers or Tigers. Bizarre stack-like cliff faces and often snow in the winter months, it’s a fantastic challenge for those looking for a crazy road to test their skills.

Climbing more than 1,500 metres, the ascension is a steep one. A slippery, loose surface combined with sharp gradients makes Jacob’s Ladder a highly technical route.

3 Three Level Zigzag, India

Largely unwritten about and rarely photographed, this is one of the less-explored snaking roads on this list. You can just about make it out through the murky mist in the Google street view below.

High in Northern India at more than 3,400 metres, it’s the highest route on this list and one of the ultimate adventures. An adventure-equipped Tiger is recommended, plus some off-road skills and a large chunk of bravery.

4 Burr Trail, USA

In the middle of the Capitol Reef National Park desert, this one is as dry and dusty as they get. In the dry, accessibility is good, but it can get very difficult should it rain. Off-road tyres are a must.

Like something from a Western, this is canyon carving in actual desert canyon. Again, best left to the off-road bikes!

5 Sani Pass, South Africa

Like many others on this list, you’re going to need a Tiger to tackle these muddy slopes. The stunning Sani Pass is a snaking ribbon of dust in the dry and sticky mud in the wet. At 2,876 metres it has stomach-fluttering drops and super-sharp bends.

The pass is situated between the towns of  Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. The carcasses of vehicles that didn’t make it litter the slopes – not one for the faint-hearted.