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The curve hunting starts early in the morning. The goal is to know at the end of the day how many corners you can take.
The new Blue Fire roller coaster catches our attention. At 130 km / h and with up to 4 g centrifugal forces through banked turns, 360-degree vortices and loops, that is exactly the right thing.
After two strenuous cross-descents, a refreshment is just the thing.
The shield “Red pool” we follow with a premonition and hit the mark. The ticker glows. And the sign that follows it “7000 m curves” can no longer cool down.
After asking some local downhill bikers about the best corners, they take us to the nearest cross-country course. We think curves remain curves and we rent mountain bikes on site.
The first curves can already be found in the MOTORRAD underground car park.
And the curves of the cross route are tough.
So get on your bike and get home quickly.
So get back on the saddle as quickly as possible and get on the federal highway 462.
The fun factor justifies the switch to non-motorized two-wheelers across the board.
Even before it gets really light, the first clicks on the meter are collected in the foothills of the Black Forest.
The curves in the Black Forest are fantastic, but not entirely without them. So be careful!
But after the successful change, get back on the road and enjoy the curves of the Black Forest route.
After seven hours and 1000 bends later we still do not see any unusual phenomena, we finally venture a detour to the Europapark Rust.
Counting is of course highly professional with a hand counter that is placed within reach of the gas hand. However, pushing is only done on curves that are really fun and not on small bends in the road.
But the descent with the summer toboggan unfortunately cannot keep up with the fun on the road.
A few rides later, however, it becomes clear that if you are not used to being catapulted back and forth and over your head at hellless speed, you shouldn’t swap a moped for a rollercoaster.
But at Popptal we succumb to another excursion: Southern Germany’s longest giant slide.
On the move: 1000 curves in the Black Forest
Extreme fun tour through the Black Forest
1000 curves in one day
Curves are exactly what motorcyclists want. No question about it, but when is it enough of a good thing? Two men set out to find out exactly that. On the weird tour.
The underground car park has three curves, and that’s where it starts. Three corners – and 997 still ahead of us. Seven o’clock in the morning. A summer day, weather forecast: up to 30 degrees in the shade, no wind, dry. No later than ten hours later, 1000 curves should be on the clock. A bet, so to speak. Or let’s call it a scientific experiment; because the question arose of how much it takes for the bent things to hang out of your neck. Is that possible? – Another curve, sir? – No thanks, I already had. No, that doesn’t fit, after all, curves are not only the salt, but also the meat and bread and the glory for every motorcyclist.
Karsten also says: “You can never get enough of them.” As a top MOTORRAD tester, he whirls around pylons day in and day out, on racetracks, alpine passes and roads with all imaginable curve radii. The man should know, but is happy to take part in the motorized field test in the wild. The laboratory provides the right instruments: a KTM 990 SMR and a Triumph Street Triple as veritable curve files as well as an analog hand counter each, attached within reach of the accelerator and brake hand.
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Click, click, click, curve one, two and three are embedded. The underground garage door opens. The Neue Weinsteige, a lively uphill road out of the Stuttgart basin, offers 20 more opportunities to use the curve ticker. But when can you actually press? When is a curve a curve? In mathematics, a curve is a two-dimensional object that generally has a curvature. Doesn’t really help at the moment. It counts when there is an incline of more than 15 degrees. Or 25, or 35? It’s all nonsense, as a test leader I define it in a highly official manner: When riding a motorcycle, one speaks of a curve when the popometer and abdominal seismograph show clear fluctuations. In short, when it’s in the mood.
It’s no fun on the A8 in the direction of Pforzheim. First annoying rush hour traffic, then stubborn straight-ahead driving. Okay, at 200 km / h, the roadway, which curves gently to the left, could possibly be called a curve. But let’s leave that. The hand counter is only pressed again after the Heimsheim exit, where the hilly foothills of the Black Forest – our targeted bend area – give the asphalt strip the necessary bend. From Neuenburg you go up to the Dobel. A few years ago the Tour de France pros kicked their way, so we expect serpentines à la Alpe d‘Huez. But there are only a few tired pumpkins waiting for us. So go on quickly. There are historic half-timbered houses in the spa town of Bad Herrenalb. Nice to look at and also nicely placed on a roundabout. So again through the roundabout. And again. Click, click.
Already two hours on the road? and not even 200 curves. We are slowly getting a little impatient, and a wooden truck from France is also blocking the train. At Rumeier’s pace there is no lean angle, hence no curve to be won. Damn! But at Loffenau our drive backlog dissolves. 15 fluffy curves willingly spread out in front of our rubbers, lure with the most beautiful curves, but fully challenge the chassis. We have some catching up to do: the number goes up and down violently three times, 45 times a click on the hand counter. Holla, the forest fairy, here we go!
Self-determined: a motorcyclist can easily control the desired dose of action with his throttle hand.
Shortly afterwards, we arrive in Marxzell with a hutzeligen vehicle museum and some motorcycle treasures. Would be nice to stop there, but despite all the tourist highlights of the area, we want to limit ourselves to these highlights today: curves – and the full roar of them. There are between Bad Liebenzell and Neuhausen, but of a different kind. On the asphalt strip, slippery strips of bitumen cavort like nasty worms. Mess! The boys and girls from the road construction authorities are welcome to take this stretch from the pillion seat “enjoy”. But annoyance aside, and after that at the place-name sign “See you for” The name says it all, let’s turn off the gas and chug on to Bad Wildbad.
Somehow we got lost. On the Sommerberg, the road ends in a large parking lot. Colorfully dressed cyclists with even more colorful mountain bikes and full-face helmets on their heads come towards us. “Hey guys, where do we find the best corners?”, we ask. “Comes with!”, they ask us, and a short time later we are sitting on rental bikes with studded tires with around 200 millimeters of suspension travel and let a drag lift pull us up the slope. “This is a bike park. The cross track has around 20 corners, you will have a lot of fun”, the downhillers grin. We say to ourselves: there is no motor, but a curve is a curve and a two-wheeler is a two-wheeler, right? Moving talent Karsten drives up. Two runs later it is clear: madness! And the boys were right about the fun factor. Unfortunately, every descent costs at least a liter of (fear) sweat because of the risky jumping maneuvers and steep turns. What was that again? Curves until the doctor comes…
No matter how: crack curves until the doctor comes? D rather not!
Better to leave bitumen and bike park behind us and drive on. Curve position: 387. We are making progress and the sun is high on the horizon. Only a few kilometers further we pass Enzklosterle. Another tourist pearl of the Black Forest with great hiking opportunities. Which doesn’t really interest us, because we’re happy to have traded lard for horsepower again. At Poppeltal we are nevertheless subject to the attraction of another excursus: Southern Germany’s longest giant slide. The Edelstahl-Schutte meanders a total of 1500 meters down into the valley, downhill with summer tobogganing. That sounds funny and is not dangerous. No risk – more fun! Juchhei! After a ride, however, it is clear that the mountain panorama is breathtaking, but the speed rush is more of an aerial act. No, it would be better to do some meters in the saddle again. After all, we have an assignment.
We relaxed surfing on the federal highway 462 to Forbach. A shield: “Red pool.” Already heard of it in connection with a motorcycle, so turn off. Wow, now the curve counter is ticking until it almost glows. Another sign: “7000 m curves.” Hah, we are at the right place here. The Black Forest North / Middle Nature Park is a top area for those who eat bends. Wild boar is on offer at an inn, but we prefer to throw ourselves like wild boars from slope to slope. Skilady Maria Riesch couldn’t get more out of the slalom race, 100 times left and right and again left – all within a few minutes. Great, great, great!
Afternoon. In comfort mode, we jet with loosely curved arcs in medium and wide radii over the B 500, the legendary Black Forest High Road. Click, click, already 700 curves, click, click. Great views, great weather, life is good. And so far no trace of curve fatigue, only the butt is already a little flat. The road climbs leisurely up to Kniebis, a center for cross-country skiing in winter. Now, in the middle of summer, we are making our own trails with the KTM and the Triumph on the smallest country roads. Full intoxication! Along streams we rummage through the Black Forest hunting grounds, pass mineral water bottlers, and from the back and forth we slowly begin to bubble in our heads.
Take a rest! It doesn’t take 1000 turns to be happy. A tour through the Black Forest can also be taken more easily and is actually always a lot of fun with the motorcycle. But those who abstain from curves (do they even exist?) Are out of place here.
Curve number 800, click, the heat is troubling, click, click, maybe take a break, click, or would you rather go through it, click, strolling Dutchmen strolling in front of us with tour steamers, blocking the way, click, they have safety vests on, click, so they are ideal as moving pylons, click, click, click. 850, 887, 953. The curve counter is busy between Freudenstadt and Schapbach, and we are getting closer and closer to our goal. Final spurt! Stupid idea, because at turn 983 I completely distort the line, the rear wheel slips, I can already see the guardrail coming towards me, but just manage to avert a major mishap and catch the load again. Phew, lucky. And you, dear children out there on the screen, please don’t think about playing this part of the bet!
We roll on the remaining few curves up to the round thousand, and then we take a break for the first time. 1000 curves in around seven hours. That would be done. Satisfied, like camels, we drink liters of water and stuff ourselves with meatloaf rolls. Any overdose symptoms? Not really, so proof has been provided: you can’t really get enough of curves. Or is it? We still have a few hours until the sun goes down. And on the map we discover the Europapark Rust. The largest roller coaster in Europe is supposed to be there, and another one that accelerates from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds. That sounds wild. And would go well with this wild excursion. Lets go!
The park is huge and packed full of fun-loving people. Exactly our league. Still almost 30 degrees outside. Sweat trickles out of the leather one-piece and the textile combination. And in front of us is the 70-meter-high Silver Star roller coaster. A monster. Fast over 130 km / h. At the highest point it means: pinch your buttocks, almost free fall, brutal! Even better: The new Blue Fire mega-coaster sends you through steep turns, 360-degree vortices and loops at full speed and incredible 4 g centrifugal forces. Something like that in your own garden – that would be a childhood dream come true.
But a few trips later it’s a nightmare. After this, in the truest sense of the word, weird day, the thing finally flattened us. Everything is spinning, the stomach is upside down and the air is completely out. We drag ourselves to the motorcycles. Karsten peels out of his leather suit, lies down in the parking lot, only wearing underpants, to cool off, and stretches the four of them away. I refuel two liters of water and think about the way back. Back to Stuttgart via winding country roads? – No thanks, I already had. – One dreary hour on the motorway later, completely sober, we are already longing for an exit. In front of your inner eye: brake, aim at your apex, bend your knees, put your weight inwards, turn in. Uuund: finally sloping position again!
Travel time: one day – distance covered: approx. 550 kilometers.
Fit motorcyclists with a head for heights with plenty of seats can complete the presented tour including excursions in a hurry on a (very) long day. Much more relaxed and therefore more recommendable: Spread the fun on the bends over two days of travel.
In and around the Black Forest Middle / North, the largest nature park in Germany with 3750 km², there are more than 100 communities. The area extends between Pforzheim, Baden-Baden, Lahr / Black Forest and Rottweil. The change between natural and cultural landscape is appealing. Dense forests, deeply indented valleys, rugged rock formations and romantic streams alternate with vineyards and agricultural areas. The region borders the much more popular, but also somewhat overcrowded Black Forest (including Feldberg and Titisee) and offers many inexpensive accommodation and leisure options (wellness, hiking, sports, etc.) Good starting points are Freudenstadt (www.freudenstadt.de), Bad Herrenalb (www.badherrenalb.de) or Gengenbach (www.gengenbach.info).
Everything in the triangle of Baden-Baden, Bad Herrenalb and Forbach, including the classic Rote Lache, is extremely exciting. Other great Kurvendorados lie between Freudenstadt, Bad Peterstal and Wolfach and along the border line to the southern Black Forest (Villingen-Schwenningen, Triberg and up to the Kaiserstuhl in northern Breisgau). But be careful! The little streets, which often meander through shady low mountainous forests, offer nasty surprises from time to time (dirty road, deer crossing, forest and agricultural traffic). There are traps of a completely different kind on the B 500 elevated road, which runs right through the Black Forest: many speed restrictions and controls. However, those who cruise comfortably will still feel very comfortable there because of the partially grandiose panorama.
Vehicle museum in Marxzell: in addition to cars, around 150 motorcycles (including Munch, Maico, Bohmerland). Admission: five euros. Telephone 07248/6262, www.fahrzeugmuseum-marxzell.deBikepark Bad Wildbad: Pedaling? No thanks! On the Sommerberg, it only goes downhill – and then up again by train and lift (half-day ticket: 16 euros). The freeride routes are suitable for beginners and the biker cross for the brave. Suitable rental bikes from the manufacturer Solid Bikes are available at fair prices (half a day from 10 euros). Telephone 07081/380120 or 07441/952450 (weekends or weekdays), www.bikepark-bad-wildbad.de. Enzklosterle giant slide: a lot of fun for a manageable three euros per trip. Telephone 07085/7812, www.riesenrutschbahn.de.Europapark Rust: Germany’s largest amusement park (entrance fee: 35 euros) with record-breaking roller coasters, carousels and varied gastronomy. Opportunity to spend the night and relax in the wellness spa resort. Telephone 01805/776688 (14 c / min), www.europapark.de.
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