Like many riders, you may be planning a few more road trips on your motorcycle before putting it in storage for winter. Every motorcyclist has a road they absolutely love to ride: some people love to take lots of curves while others want a simple and straight but scenic route. We’ve chosen several types of roads for our top-10 list, and what they all have in common is that they are frequented by motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the year. If you’re planning a road trip or know that you’ll be near one of these roads, you may want to stop and enjoy a long ride.
Remember that if you’re planning on taking a long trip, you should carry more than the minimum on your Motorcycle Insurance. The more you ride, the greater the chances of having an accident. You may also be more vulnerable to theft and vandalism than usual. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to add more coverage for an upcoming trip, contact an Insurance Specialist today: (866) 501-7335.
The Three Sisters Ranch Roads, Texas
These three sister-roads are possibly the most legendary on the list. Not only do riders get to take on some awesome curves on this road, but they also take in some of the most breathtaking river views. Expect to wind around mountains and see the very lush Texas countryside.
Twisty Road, Route 36, California
This route starts in Red Bluff, CA and goes towards Fortuna, CA. Once you get to a twisty road sign warning you of more curves to come, the adventure has officially begun. And we’re talking about 140 miles of twists and turns so make sure your gas tank is full (there are only 2 gas stations along the way)! Stay focused on the road ahead as you wind through the redwood forests. While the scenery is beautiful, it’s not wise to look away for long on this road.
The George Washington Highway, Route 50, West Virginia
You’ll need to take this extremely twisty road if you’re visiting the Monongahela National Forest. If you’ve never heard of this national forest but plan to be in Virginia, this road is all the more reason to go. Monongahela National Forest really is one of the more beautiful national parks in the country, and this road may be the most fun one in the U.S. Any time of year is a good time to take a joy ride here, but the forest is especially colorful in fall. Ride safely, especially in rain.
Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota
This area is home to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that takes place annually in August. While you may not be the Sturgis type, you’ll see why this is the epicenter of some of the most serious riders out there. Needles Highway boasts beautiful scenery for its riders, but be wary of wildlife.
Pacific Coast Highway 1, California
Highway 1 starts in Monterrey, California and goes all the way south to San Simeon, California. Yes, it’s where you’ll find the famous Hearst Castle. Not only that but you will pass some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This road is designated as an “All-American Road” which means it’s one of the best American byways and roads for road trips. Need we say more?
Tail of the Dragon, Deal’s Gap, North Carolina
This road has its own website and claims to be the #1 motorcycle and sports car road in the world. While there may be others who disagree, not many would deny that it’s certainly up there as a strong contender. This 11-mile long road has 318 curves and was the backdrop to two films, The Fugitive and Top Gear. It’s also famous for a monument located alongside the road called the “Tree of Shame.” It was erected in honor of all those who’ve crashed their motorcycles along this legendary road. Ride safely.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you into the Great Smokey Mountains with a scenic view of Virginia’s countryside, which is filled with history. Here, you’ll pass old mills and Civil War battle sites. Good thing the speed limit is only 45 miles-an-hour, so you can peep without worry. You can even take this road to 1-77 and straight into Cherokee, North Carolina if you want to see some amazing mountain views.
Beartooth Pass, Wyoming
You’ll find more motorcycles on Beartooth Pass than you will cars and trucks. Yes, bikers come here just for the ride. There are very few guard rails here so be careful because there are jumps, ups and downs and curves along the way. If that’s what you’re looking for, you have found your road! You may want to slow down, however, because the scenery of lush forests is not to be missed.
San Juan Mountain Skyway, Colorado
This road is a loop and you can get on and off from several points, going in both directions. It’s actually not a bad idea to take the road in both directions just to get a full view of the San Juan Mountain Skyway, which the Discovery Channel called “the most beautiful section of the Rocky Mountains.” Here you’ll find 14,000-foot mountains and several national parks and national forests. This historic town is reason alone to visit what many call “the Switzerland of America.”
Tunnel of Trees Road, Michigan
This is the most unusual road on our list because it’s a forest route (yes it takes you straight into the forest). It’s also very close to Mackinac Island, a very popular vacation area. Nothing is more spectacular than riding along the shoreline of Lake Michigan or along its harbor (you have a choice.). Just make sure to visit before it gets very cold. Get your bike ready now for the ride of your life.
Motorcycle Road Trip Tips:
- Use your windshield during long rides.
- Take a mini road trip (4 hours or so) before deciding on a marathon ride.
- Make sure you have the right riding position or you’ll be in pain from straining.
- Expect to get really dirty! (Bring extra clothes and don’t wear good shoes).
- Get Bluetooth if you don’t already have it.
- Expect rain. It always rains when you don’t want it to!
Lastly, make sure you have reliable Motorcycle Insurance. Compare low rates and find great coverage by calling an Insurance Specialist at (866) 501-7335.
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