Corsica and Sardinia in 8-days

In 2018 we took a trip to Turkey, because we were curious about what a Kebab tastes like in Istanbul. In 2019 we asked ourselves: “How does the espresso taste on Corsica and Sardinia? About 1500 kilometres and 8 days later, we had found our answer.

© William Peretti 

Sardinia

The weather was rather moderate due to the long spring, especially on the east coast of Sardinia with the famous SS125 and the section Orosei to Baunei. Whereby actually as good as each back country road is simply impressive. Bends without ends!!! Road conditions are great and hardly any traffic (in the low season). Simply bombastic. A good starting point on the east coast is Arbatax.
We recommend the Hotel Cardedu, a little south of Arbatax. Super friendly, with great food, pool, bungalows accessible from the outside, bikes can be parked in front of it. Perfect to combine the chain greasing and screwing on the bike with a cool beer and music from the Bluetooth box in front of your own front door in the evening.

On the southern west coast, to which we have moved due to weather conditions, it is usually much warmer and more stable. There we can recommend Oristano as a starting point. In the bay of Oristano flamingos can be seen. What a surprising sight when we saw the first ones.

For the overnight stay we recommend the hotel Sa Pedrera in the suburb Cabras (top restaurant, large and safe parking lot). From there it takes about 40 minutes to reach the mountains, but every evening you can enjoy great sunsets (e.g. in San Giovanni di Sinis near the archaeological site of Tharros) and warmer temperatures than in the mountain village.

© William Peretti 

Triplinks Sardinia:

Corsica

Corsica is also highly recommendable. The mountain roads are more winding and more suitable for lighter, smaller bikes. With a 1000cc you will have less fun than in Sardinia. We have chosen Porto Vecchio as our starting point for three nights and have not regretted the decision. A Husqvarna riding friend of ours organized us a top holiday home located on a beautiful beach near the village and together we explored the southern part of the island.

We can recommend the road D368 that leads north of Porto-Vecchio up to the Lac de L’Ospedale, or the D286 with the impressive view point Notre-Dame-des-Neiges which goes down again in the direction of Sari-Solenzara. A must! But don’t start racing the local riders – you will lose. As us at home, they know every bend and every bump of the roads there :D.

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But there is one thing to keep in mind when combining these two islands in one trip. The ferry between Bonifacio (Corsica) and Santa Teresa (Sardinia) is expensive and unreliable. Some even claim that the ferry is usually not cancelled because of bad weather, but it the operators wait until it is booked to the last place, even if they have to wait until the next day. We recommend discovering the islands separately.
Sardinia e.g. from Livorno-Golfo Aranci or Olbia. Corsica also from Livorno to Bastia. In case of indecision we recommend Sardinia. A larger number and more options of great routes, more beautiful beaches and the much better (and cheaper) espresso!

Triplinks Corsica:

701 Speedgang (RISER Ambassador):

Alex, Claudio, Christian, Christoph and Manuel know each other from school and have always been on two wheels around. They all started with different models (from Cagiva Mito 125 to Yamaha FZ6 and R1 to the 690 KTMs), but soon developed a preference for KTM’s LC4 engine. So for about 5 years the group was exclusively on 690 Duke and Supermoto, and for two years they have switched to white-blue 701 Husqvarna. The 690 Speedgang became the 701 Speedgang.

“It is the low weight with a powerful engine and super handling at the same time that is perfect for us and also the fact that with identical bikes we almost always have to go to the gas station at the same time (and always late)…”. – Christoph (701 Speedgang)

Each member of the group has his or her own area of expertise, and therefore the group covers everything from technical know-how and equipment (mechanics, electronics, equipment such as GoPros and drones) to foreign languages and driving skills and knowledge.

“What’s most important is that we can trust each other blindly when riding in the group and know that even after 10 days in pouring rain and an outside temperature of 3 degrees Celsius we can still stay with each other in the group.”- Christoph (701 Speedgang)

The trips they make together range from classic spontaneous motorbike excursions, to several-day discovery tours or even very unusual trips, such as be the first motorbike group that drives up the Olympic hill in Sarajevo. Your trips usually start at the same petrol station in Salzburg and the basic plan is discussed over a cappuccino.

© William Peretti 

We are already excited where the next trip will lead the 701 Speedgang.

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