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Riding a Motorcycle in Singapore | 5 Scenic Roads to Explore

Tue, 04/26/2022 - 12:00
Riding Motorcycle on a scenic road during the day

5 Roads for a Chill Motorcycle Ride in Singapore

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Motorcyclists pick up riding for different reasons. For bike enthusiasts, riding a motorcycle is not just a necessity but a passion. Whether you prefer the thrill of off-road biking or a calm ride through serene surroundings, riding your motorcycle is good for your overall well-being. Imagine the wind brushing through your face, while you ride past vivid sights all around you. Bliss! 

But, let’s face it, there are not many roads in Singapore that can give you this true pleasure of motorcycle riding. So, where do you go if you’re thinking of heading out for a relaxing ride before catching up with your friends over dinner?

Here’s a list of 5 roads you can take for a calm and relaxed motorcycle ride in Singapore: 

1. Changi Coast Road to Tanah Merah Coast Road

Changi Coast Road during the day
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Stretching over 19 kilometers (km), this road starts at Changi Village and takes you along the East Coast of Singapore. Cruising along this road through the quiet suburbs, and around Singapore’s Changi Airport, will surely not disappoint. It’s usually devoid of traffic after rush hour, so you’ll surely have a relaxing motorbike ride whether alone or with a date. 

Just ensure that you and your pillion rider – if you’re not riding alone – are covered by your motorcycle insurance. In fact, if your friend is also a motorcycle enthusiast and is insured with DirectAsia's ‘Any Rider’ optional benefit, you both can take turns to ride the bike! But, remember that all authorised or unnamed riders must meet the criteria listed out by your insurer.

Activities: Besides taking a food tour, you could stop by Changi beach to enjoy the calm waters and sea breeze. You could even have a small picnic on the beach if you’re able to carry the essentials with you on your motorbike.

2. Thomson Road to Mandai Road

Mandai Road - Heritage Roads - Gardens, Parks & Nature - National Parks  Board (NParks)
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Covering a distance of just over 10km, Thomson Road offers you a peaceful motorcycle ride on a relatively straight and wide route. Combined with Mandai Road (8km), you can enjoy a motorcycle ride along MacRitchie Nature Trail, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Chestnut Nature Park.

This route is best taken during off-peak hours, so you don’t have to worry about getting pinned in between traffic. However, you should still adhere to driving regulations and road safety rules at all times. Keep to the left when cruising along with your motorbike as a consideration towards other road users. We also do not recommend riding these roads alone too late at night and avoid speeding even if there are no cars on the road. 

Activities: You can stop at the Upper Peirce Reservoir or at the Scenic Lookout Point-Reservoir along Mandai Road, for a stroll and relaxing time by the water. 

3. East Coast Parkway (ECP) 

View of the Singapore Flyer from the ECP at night
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If you start riding your motorcycle from Sheares Bridge to Changi Airport, this 15km stretch of road offers you the most picturesque view on our list. You’ll cut through the center of town where you get breathtaking views of the Singapore Flyer and the Central Business District (CBD). It’s definitely the perfect way to start or end a night out in town.

Activities: Take a leisurely walk around East Coast Park or plan a dinner date at Changi Airport.

 4. Lim Chu Kang Road (40 Lamp Posts)

Lim Chu Kang Road - Heritage Roads - Gardens, Parks & Nature - National  Parks Board (NParks)
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Known as the cemetery road, you may think this motorbike riding route is for the brave hearts! But, this is probably one of the straightest roads you’ll find in Singapore although only 2.4km towards Sarimbun Beach. 

It is also where Tengah Air Base is located. Because the road is so straight, the Singapore Air Force has actually used it a couple of times as a temporary runway for their fighter jets to take off and land. 

Activities: Situated at the west end of Singapore island, this road will lead you straight towards the sunset as you enjoy a tranquil ride on your motorcycle past all 40 lamp posts. You can also stop for some fresh air at the historical Sarimbun Beach along the Bahtera Track. This is where the Japanese troops first invaded Singapore, marking the start of World War II here in February 1942.

5. Neo Tiew Road

Neo Tiew Road during the day
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Our final pick is often referred to as Singapore's last remaining country road. If you start off at Lim Chu Kang Road heading north, you’ll come to a right turn onto Neo Tiew Road that is about 6km long towards Kranji Way. You’ll surely feel the sense of freedom and peace as you ride your motorbike past idyllic farms and quiet army camps. You can also head on further along Sungei Kadut Drive, to get to Kranji Reservoir overlooking Malaysia.

There’s a few bends along this entire route, if you’re looking for a little action. It can be a tricky ride, and if anything unforeseen happens, it is beneficial to be well protected with motorcycle insurance that can help cover you for Personal Accident and Medical Expenses so you can focus on recovery without worrying about the bills.

Activities: Kranji Reservoir is another beautiful location to catch the Singapore sunset. It’s also a good spot for taking perfect Instagram shots of your motorcycle against the breathtaking orange sunset.

Take A Ride Along These Quiet Singapore Roads!

Have you cruised along these roads on your motorcycle before? If not, it’s time to get your motorcycle checked and take it out for a nice leisurely ride around the island. You can even combine a few of these routes on our list and make it a full day affair!

Of course, it’s not safe to be riding when the roads are wet, but ensure you have the right motorcycle gear handy, in case it starts to rain while you’re on the road. If you own an electric motorcycle, you should read our article on ‘Tips to help protect your electric motorcycle in the rain.’

Whether you're on a mini solo road trip or just heading out on your motorbike to meet up with friends, stay well protected and properly insured! DirectAsia not only offers competitive motorcycle insurance rates, but it has the highest No-Claim Discount (NCD) rates in Singapore with NCD30.