The D915 is quoted by some people as the world’s most dangerous road. And watching this video will make you see why it got this infamous title. But it’s not that simple.
The video was shot by Roberto Santillan, an adventure rider traveling on a KTM 1290 Adventure.
“I had one of the wildest experiences of my life! Not only was it frightening but it was also one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life! I drove through the worlds most dangerous road D915 in Turkey. I still can’t get over how insane that was, 6,500 feet in elevation, one mistake and it’s all over! It took every ounce of strength I had both physically and mentally to finish and not give up, writes Roberto on his Facebook page.”
He’s somewhere in Georgia at the moment I’m writing this article, and he’s heading to Russia through the Stans and Mongolia.
World’s Most Dangerous Road?
But is the D915 in Turkey the world’s most dangerous road? It’s hard to be said when comparing it to some narrow routes in India filled-up with Royal Enfields. Or even in Georgia. Every mountain country has its high altitude dirt roads that can be very dangerous.
As for the D915 in Turkey, it depends on the weather. This time of the year, the things can get tough – as you can see in Roberto’s video. And it's frightening being there alone, on a wet road with landslides and snow and that deep abyss below.
But if the sky is clear for some days, and the authorities are cleaning the mess, it’s not that frightening. I remember being there three years ago – the weather was a nightmare: heavy rain and fog, so we couldn’t even see how steep the gap was. But fortunately for us, the road condition was good, so we made it easily.