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The world is full of bike-friendly locations--spots with big curves, little to no traffic and boundless adventure. Motorcycle tourism can be a great way to indulge your riding habit and see some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Starting off our list of the world's 10 most stunning locales for ramping up your riding skill is Vietnam. Due to import taxes of 90%, it's rare to find luxury motorcycles for hire there. But with the national speed limit hovering at 60 kph (80 kph on a few major highways), you'll hardly need anything hardier than the ubiquitous Minsks (Russian motorbikes) or Honda 175 cc's to tackle the otherworldly mountain terrain of terraced rice paddies and stilt house villages in Vietnam's north. Hanoi-based Offroad Vietnam arranges custom tours for groups or individuals. Homestays with local Hmong people add cultural immersion to the equation.
For some of France's most wide open roads and diverse riding terrain, the Lot region in the country's wild southwest is a motorcycle-lover's must. Highlights of the region include the fairytale hilltop village of Rocamadour, the Millau Viaduct (the world's highest vehicular bridge) and the Gorges du Tarn--a dramatic limestone gorge with hairpin turns and steep descents. At Bikers-Lot--a bike-friendly bed and breakfast run by a British couple in the small village of Latronquiere--multi-course meals and unlimited guided tours of the region are included in the room rate (arrive on your own bike or rent one in Toulouse or Rodez).
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
For utter solitude in the land of Genghis Khan, no place compares with the isolation and exoticism of a motorcycle trek in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Ulaanbaatar-based Tenuun Tour Co., Ltd supplies riders with motorbikes and a support vehicle complete with a mechanic and all-important gas, food and sleeping provisions. The ride-through views encompass sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, grasslands, volcanic lakes and wide-open desert steppes. Homestays with nomadic families in yurts can also be arranged.