The BAM Road is one of the toughest adventure roads left on this planet. It’s a real test of physical and mental endurance. The BAM road is an old railway service track that runs roughly alongside the railway track, in extreme Siberia, Russia. It's filled with everything from rickety old bridges to waist high water crossings and at points being miles from civilisation.
The road is mostly gravel, with broken wood bridges and extreme weather conditions. This 4.300 km (2,700 miles) of unmaintained road was constructed to build the BAM railway, from Vanino on the Russian pacific coast through Komsomolsk, Fevralsk, Tynda, Severobaikalsk, Ust Kut, Bratsk and back to the Trans-Siberian Highway near Taishet.
This railway service track runs approximately alongside the 4,324 km (2,687 mi) Baikal–Amur Mainline railway. There are many broken bridges, river crossings and obstacles to tackle. It is said to be in a very poor state, with collapsed bridges, dangerous river crossings, severe potholes and "unrelenting energy-sapping bogs". The road is passable only by the most extreme off-road vehicles and adventure motorcycles.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. The road has fallen into disrepair and many of the bridges have collapsed. The road has been called the Ultimate Test of Man and Machine and has become a magnet for adventure motorcyclists and 4×4 drivers. After rain, sections of road can become decidedly hazardous when fast-flowing creek crossings and slippery mud can cause road closures.
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Very few people have ridden this remote, poorly maintained dirt road, and it is one of the world's most arduous adventure motorcycling routes. The BAM road is lightly used, muddy, and crosses thousands of rivers and streams. The bridges are in disrepair, with some partially erect while others have completely disintegrated.
One of the most challenging parts of the road is the famous Vitim River Bridge, a challenging bridge crossing the Vitim River, a major tributary of the Lena River.