South East Motorcycle Hire Blog

Don’t overlook these 5 incredible European biking roads

Darren Salter - Monday, January 29, 2018

If you’re at least as ‘motorcycle mad’ as we are here at South East Motorcycle Hire, you will have no doubt fantasised about taking on the challenge of many of Europe’s most thrilling and interesting motorcycling roads. 

So, when you next take advantage of well-priced motorcycle hire in the UK from us, why not head towards the continent and give any or more of the following legendary roads a go – some of them better-known than others?

1.Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania 

The debate may continue to rage as to whether this north-to-south 90km stretch of twists and turns is the very best motorbike road in Europe, but it’s certainly the most dramatic motorcycling experience you will find in Romania.

Connecting the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia and the cities of Pitesti and Brasov, this road crossing the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians is sure to live long in the memory.

 2.L83 from Bühlertal to Raumünzach, Germany

The Black Forest certainly has its unsung gems, and while the nearby B500 is the best-known motorcycling road in this part of the country, this fast 16km stretch shouldn’t be ignored – not least because it allows you to say goodbye to the tourist throngs and speed cameras for a while.

You can discover it by riding the L83 out of Bühlertal and climbing the hillside to the east. Once you have completed the ascent, you’ll be treated to a smooth and quick eastward road that takes you past an artificial lake and the Black Castle dam.

3. Stelvio Pass, Italy

The basic facts and statistics about the Stelvio Pass – including its 2,757m height that renders it the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, as well as the 48 hairpin turns on its northern side and the 12 on the southern side – will make you more than a little curious about trying it out.

You should be curious, too, given the gorgeous stretches of Alpine scenery that you get to experience even before reaching the foot of the pass itself, with its turns marked by numbered stones. That means you can even count your way to the top, but be sure to keep at least one eye on the road!

 4. GI-682 between Lloret de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Head along the coast out of Lloret de Mar to take on one of the most sinuous ribbons of tarmac you can expect to find anywhere on the continent.

There’s certainly a nice level of challenge and variety provided by the combination of flowing corners and tighter, more technical bends and hairpins. Be careful though, as there are significant sections of this road where only a piece of Armco barrier separates you from the sea below.

 5.N338, Serra da Estrela, Portugal 

This one’s got such strong racetrack credentials that it even sports the characteristic red-and-white hashing. The surfaces are at their best to the west, but get choppier closer to the summit.

Not that the latter is necessarily a bad thing anyway, as by that point, you’ll be slowing down to marvel at the jaw-dropping panoramas over the Serra da Estrella National Park. All in all, it’s a smooth and sublime nine kilometres of rewarding road, albeit at an astounding 1,993-metre altitude that’ll temporarily rob your bike of a quarter of its power. 

There you have it – just five selections that’ll hopefully inspire many a European biking trip for you. What more excuse could you need to get in touch with us here at South East Motorcycle Hire about our surprisingly affordable motorcycle hire in the UK – and beyond?








The Ducati Multistrada 1200S: the ideal bike for British roads?

Darren Salter - Thursday, January 25, 2018

When it comes to UK motorbike hire, here at South East Motorcycle Hire, we don’t think there are too many better options than the Ducati Multistrada 1200S. 

You might reckon we’re just saying that because it happens to be one of the many motorcycles you can rent from us – for just £150 a day, Monday to Friday – but we really do mean it.

Do excuse us for being unpatriotic for a second...

You see, we’re not under any illusions that a lot of British roads are in a less-than-perfect state. In many ways, the best bike for the conditions is therefore surely one that can be multiple things at once: as swift as a superbike, while offering tourer-esque levels of comfort.

Such a thing might not have been thought possible before the debut of the original Multistrada 1200 back in 2010. With its distinctive combination of adventure bike aesthetics, sports bike performance, substantial suspension travel and multiple engine modes, it basically launched a motorcycling subcategory of its own.

But with rivals from the likes of BMW and KTM having emerged in recent years, it was no surprise that in 2015, Ducati decided to significantly overhaul the Multistrada 1200. 

So, what makes the 1200S so special?

As you might expect, the S is the higher-specification option for Multistrada 1200 buyers or renters, and it convincingly builds on the existing 1200’s strong reputation.

It does that in part by simply looking awesome – despite the introduction of new bodywork, the S remains very much recognisable as a Multistrada 1200, thanks to its beaky styling and upright riding position.

But the S also continues the original model’s association with the most sophisticated technology, as shown by the TFT screen that makes for an extremely comprehensive instrumentation unit. Not only can you configure it to show different screens, but it can also adjust itself in accordance with current lighting conditions or the selected riding mode.

Then, there’s simply the all-round riding experience, which has been enhanced by the Ducati Skyhook Suspension, representing an evolution from the 2012 model’s Skyhook semi-active and electronically-controlled system.

The biggest change from the previous 1200, though, is the engine. It incorporates a constantly variable valve timing system, known as Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), which makes a massive difference in various ways, such as by boosting high-rev power and smoothing out low-rev clatter. Fuel consumption and emissions have also been improved, thanks to the more constant combustion cycle throughout the rev range.

Experience the Multistrada 1200S for yourself – for less than you might think!

With all of these features and more to commend the Multistrada 1200S, you might fancy giving it a go... and the great news is that you can, with two of these bikes presently making up our fleet here at South East Motorcycle Hire.

Enquire today about renting a Ducati Multistrada 1200S from us, by calling 01342 775008. It may just turn out to be the best UK motorbike hire decision you make for the whole of 2018!




Why should you rent the Kawasaki Versys 650 GT?

Darren Salter - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

While we do specialise in affordable motorcycle hire here at South East Motorcycle Hire, we also realise that the appeal of our service would be much-diminished if we didn’t offer some seriously impressive machinery for you to hire. 

That’s precisely why we have assembled a range of motorcycles available for rent that includes the Kawasaki Versys 650 GT.

A formidable and versatile grand tourer

Many things have been said about the Kawasaki Versys 650 GT, or Grand Tourer. Kawasaki describes it as “difficult to explain and impossible to categorise”, although that doesn’t mean we won’t have a go anyway!

In truth, the Versys 650 is a great choice of bike to hire if you’re in need of a capable small-capacity sports tourer – something that’ll gobble up the miles without costing you the Earth, and which is a pleasure for smaller and less experienced riders.

The 650 GT’s combination of long-travel suspension, sporty 17” wheels and a slim, upright riding position helps to make it an invaluable all-rounder for whatever trip you have in mind. It’s as good at weaving between cars in the city as it is on an open mountain road, which is precisely why we were so eager to add it to our range of affordable motorcycle hire options.

You could, of course, purchase a Kawasaki Versys 650 GT rather than rent one, but with current prices for a new model starting at £8,449, that might not be within your financial reach right now. Alternatively, you might like the idea of simply hiring this model of bike for now, not least as it will enable you to ascertain whether an outright purchase is worthwhile.

Take advantage of truly affordable motorcycle hire from us

Hiring your Kawasaki Versys 650 GT through South East Motorcycle Hire is the perfect way to give yourself use of this desirable bike for less.

Prices start at just £90 a day plus a £750 deposit, if you book for any day from Monday to Friday. Each extra day will cost you £65, or you could have the bike for all five weekdays for a mere £300. The price for the weekend only is £250, but even if you would like to spend all week aboard the Versys 650 GT, you will only be charged £375.

We take great pride here at South East Motorcycle Hire in helping to make motorcycling dreams come true – and that can certainly be the case for you when you climb aboard the Kawasaki Versys 650 GT!

5 UK motorcycle routes that you simply must experience

Darren Salter - Monday, January 22, 2018

If there’s one big reason above all others to take advantage of motorcycle hire in the UK from a company like South East Motorcycle Hire, it is surely the chance to experience the two-wheeled thrills that our own finest biking roads here in the UK provide.

Here’s a quick rundown of five of our favourites that we reckon you just have to try out.

1. A537, Cat and Fiddle, Peak District

You surely can’t call yourself a thrill-seeking motorcyclist without taking the time to seek out this 11km strip of tarmac between Buxton and Macclesfield.

It’s admittedly quite a notorious road, with an unusually high death count meaning you can expect a 50mph speed limit and a strong police presence.

However, it still retains its appeal to new riders and hardened tourers alike – just be cautious on your first visit, as there are definitely some corners that can catch out the unprepared. Oh, and keep an eye out for the wandering sheep!

2. A39, Minehead to Barnstaple, Somerset/Devon

The A39 is one of the south west’s longest and most important roads, stretching from Bath to Falmouth. However, the best bit for bikers is surely the section between Minehead and Barnstaple.

This part starts out as a conventional A-road characterised by good visibility and sweeping turns, but it’s after you exit the village of Porlock that things become really interesting.

The ‘1 in 4’ Porlock Hill feels like it was practically designed for motorcyclists, and with a red sign beforehand advising caravan users to take the toll road to Lynmouth, you may have a gloriously clear road before you as well.

3. B1257, Stokesley to Helmsley

There can be few more enthralling ways for motorcyclists to discover the stunning vistas of the North York Moors than this road that locals have unofficially christened the ‘North Yorks TT’.

There are some great challenging bends to navigate here between two pretty villages, although the route’s reputation as an accident blackspot has also led to a noticeably heightened police presence in recent years, especially during the summer.

4. Pass of Cross, Dinas Mawddwy to Llanuwchllyn

North Wales’ highest public road has long been appreciated by avid motorcyclists, to such an extent that several manufacturers, including Triumph, have used it to test their hillclimbing machines.

It’s a mostly single-track road with a double hairpin at the foot of the hill, and can be easily handled by modern motorbikes, despite its peak height some 1,788 feet above sea level.

5. A2, Antrim coast road, Northern Ireland

You’ll struggle to find a more biker-friendly route anywhere in the UK than the 60-mile A2, which is rumoured to be where Joey Dunlop first broke-in his leathers.

One thing about the area that’s definitely true is that it’s where the North West 200 is held. So if you feel like you could have been a racer, you’re in the right place to put that claim to the test – just as long as you stay within the speed limit and don’t get too bold with your overtaking manoeuvres!  

We do hope we’ve whetted your appetite for some adventurous motorcycling with this quick list of great British biking roads – but of course, there are also many more fine routes across the UK that beg to be discovered.

For genuinely affordable and convenient motorcycle hire in the UK, you don’t need to look any further than South East Motorcycle Hire, which is situated just eight minutes from the M25. Call our team on 01342 775008 today to make the most of our competitive rental prices for a range of brilliant motorbikes and related accessories.