What’s Your Favorite Motorcycle Road?

Motorcycle RoadROADS ARE THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYGROUND FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS. Curvy roads, scenic roads, mountain roads, river roads, ocean roads, desert roads, canyon roads, fast roads, slow roads, paved roads, dirt roads, gravel roads, sand roads, bad roads, high roads, low roads…they’re all places for motorcycle adventure, amusement, camaraderie, solitude, contemplation, exhilaration, relaxation, and the freedom that is the heart of riding.

Some of the simplest pleasures in life include the sublime enjoyment of riding along scenic, rural roads with the engine pulsing a relaxing note of harmony with the surrounding world and a rider’s soul.

My favorite roads include ribbons of asphalt and/or dirt through National Parks in the United States and Canada, as well as byways that head through U.S. National Forests all over this great land, and plenty of lesser known roads that were merely squiggly little lines on various maps throughout North America that summoned my acquaintance.

Of course all the roads that comprise the National Scenic Byway system are at the top of my favorite riding experiences.

It’s very difficult, at least for me, to isolate any one favorite road, but since I tend to visit local roads more regularly than those on the other side of the continent, I’m quite fond to re-visit again and again Pacific coastal roads, including Pacific Coast Highway 1 through the Big Sur region of California, as well as the various California central-coastal region roads that wander through mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, all in addition to the ocean. Having said that, the road that I get to enjoy the most, because it is so close to where I live, is California Route 33: Ongoing Motorbike Marriage, and the network of roads that cross it.

However, I’m more interested in YOUR favorite roads! Add your favorite roads below. (And if I haven’t ridden your favorite one yet, I’m going to contemplate it for my future, and I bet others who read this will, too).

84 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Motorcycle Road?

  • Well, here in Florida where we can ride all roads 24/7/365, unique in the lower 48, we ride so much that it is difficult to choose just one. Ok, if that is the requirement, then I choose the Ozello Trail – 50 sharp curves in just 9 miles. Speeds vary from 15- 50 and cambers change on every one. The prize at the bottom of the box is that most of it curves through the Gulf flats and is surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. At the end is a great seafood restaurant that caters to bikers with outdoor seating overlooking the bay. I guess short and sweet would be a proper description. For anyone wanting come south to ride in paradise, the entry is on the west coast of Florida between the Crystal River and Homosassa Springs, west off US Hwy 19. It has an official designation of CR494, but most just call it “Ozello”.

  • Art
    You have to hit it in the winter or weekdays in “normal” riding season to be able to get thru without either swatting squids or going to sleep behind rolling roadblocks (HD clubs and Gol Wang clubs).

    Oh … it’s US 129, not Route 128


  • Apart from the fact that I really enjoyed The Tail of The Dragon, Smokey Mountain Parkway and a little piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway on a visit to the US of A in October 2010, my favourite road has to be and really is the black ribbon between the Kogelberg Mountains of the Cape and False Bay to the West there-of.

    Good twisties , hairpins and nice sweeps with only one stretch of ±1.45km (± 0.9 miles for da Americanos!!) This ribbon run between Gordon`s Bay and Pringle Bay on the Southern Point of Africa. ±24km (±15 miles) of pure biking bliss combined with beautiful scenery.

  • Hwy 4, Ebits Pass north central California…most spectacular heading west. Twisties and u-turn curves take you above 8700 feet… where you began the long decent on ribbon-like road with trees, wildflowers, and lakes right up to the road. Absolutely our favorite…until we find the next one

  • I have to go with 2 roads… the first being the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Hwy 99) from Vancouver to Perberton in British Columbia. It used to be called ‘Killers Highway’ considering the condition and too many to count amount of twists and corners in a 75 mile stretch. It was upgraded for the 2010 Whistler Olympics and is now a bikers dream. It also runs directly through Whistler for a great stop.

  • I think my favorite is Riverside drive here in Windsor Ontario Canada
    From Old Tecumseh all the way down through sandwich south to Amherstburg Ontario.
    it winds through and along the Detroit river for many miles. Yes it is my home town road but I never get tired of it and is very relaxing ride.

  • My new Montana favorite place is to Leave Great Falls, MT on State Hiighway 87 North.
    Stop in Fort Benton, then head from Ft. Benton SE on Hiway 80 to Square Butte. Stop at the Square Butte Country Club.. do not bring golf clubs or an attitude, but do stop at the jail, and say Hi to Biker Jake (who did stop with clubs and attitude) then south to connect to MT Highway 87 West back into Great Falls. New to the Area and want a escort rider?
    E-mail me!

  • or in central fl we ride the tail of the gator—–318 miles with 11 curves– local joke…

  • south of ashville 74a to bat cave, chimmny rock, lake lure. good ride good towns to stop. sane speeds-grown up riders.— not like129 deals gap, the tail of dragon where all the squids are racing to no where. to prove how dumb they are.

  • I live in New Zealand and this must be Gods own when it comes to Motor bike rides.November last year a group of us traveled from the North island to the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill, the most southern city in the South Island. The roads and the country side are awesume . some of the high lights, Lewes pass from Nelson to Christchurch ,the Catlins , all the roads that lead to Queens Town,Hasst Pass, Arthurs pass , Buller Gorge, Takata Hill just to name a few are fantastic rides.But any day on the road is a good day. I live in Hamilton and we have so many choices for day rides it would make most of you weep, and we ride all year round. if you ever get the chance come on down you will not be disapointed.

  • Living just 25 miles away from the entrance to Skyline Drive in Virginia, which leads into the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have to say that this is my favorite ride. I’ve ridden from the top to the bottom and back and often take sections as part of regular rides. This is one of those roads that you have to put on your bucket list … from tip to tail it’s an amazing, challenging and exciting ride. It’s also a great way to get to many other wonderful roads that either cross it or are close to it.

    I also have an affinity for Rt 50, which is close by, and am in the planning stages of taking a x-country trip from Virginia to California tracing the original Rt 50 as well as the Santa Fe Trail and Lincoln Hwy.

  • Cherohala skyway in NC and TN was a great ride. Locally I find myself on Highway 62 in southern Indiana often. Nice ride along the Ohio River and through Hoosier National forest.

  • The Great Ocean Road. The Ocean is the southern Ocean. Next land fall is Antantica… Well not really Tasmania. This raod is not far from Australia’s second largest city Melbourne. The roads have lots of curves and lots of spots to stop and take in the views. The Views are that good that they can distract a rider from the task at hand, that is keeping the tires pointing to the sealed road. Their are towns well spaced to fuel up on good take away (or eat in food). All the family owned cafe’s make great caffee. The really best time of year is March, however any day that is not raning is OK. It does not rain that much. Summer time is great for surf swiming.

  • Here in So. Calif., Ortega Highway, from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore. Super fun, all conditions, well maintained.

  • Which roads do I like? All of the above. I like all roads except for busy urban and suburban streets and freeways. And of course I wouldn’t want to take I-5 the length of CA or any other long, straight, boring highway or road. Actually I do enjoy lane splitting and meandering through traffic in half the time it takes a car. There is some satisfaction in that.

  • I have two here in California. Highway 58 from the Central Valley over to the Coast. Major curves the whole way. The other is CR-2, Angles Crest Highway here in So Cal.

  • My next road is always my favorite. But over the years I’ve also found that (1) Highway 99/97/1 from Vancouver, B.C. to Calgary, Alberta is awesome beyond belief; (2) the road up Mount Evans in Colorado is the best (and highest) high altitude road in the U.S.; (3) Highway 170 from Presidio, Texas to Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande is fantastic and my home town favorite (4) Highway 1 anywhere from San Diego to Portland can’t be beat.

  • I have the fortune of living in one of the most beautiful states, Alaska. Needless to say the only roads that leave Anchorage, Glenn Highway going north, and Seward Highway going south, are the most beautiful rides I’vew been on. Keep in mind that most of my state is national park. Going south or north is nothing but mountains, elevation gains, open stretches, long sweepers, and everything in between. Not recommended for anything under 600 cc because of some steep elevation changes. The best stretch IMHO is a 2 1/2 hour cruise to Seward.

  • Million dollar hwy in Colorado – From Durango – Telluride and back down the other side – scenic hwy – lots of turns – just amazing. Bumper stickers on cages read “real men don’t need guard rails”.

  • One of my less know favorite mountain roads is found north of Boone, NC. It is a north Carolina Scenic byway, Hyw 194. This road connects Boone, NC with the West Jefferson, NC area via twists, hills with great farm, woods, and river scenery. Lots of fun on most any type motorcycle. I try to ride it every time I am in the Boone area. Led a groud of riders there last weekend and they all had big smiles after and wanted to do it again.

    If you like a bit more of a challenging ride take the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Boone to the Marrion, NC area and exit the parkway on Hyw 80 toward Marion. If you like to drag pegs or your running boards at less than 30 MPH this is the mountain road for you! Try to keep it between the lines or you might find yourself taking the quick way down with that unpleasant sudden stop at the bottom!

  • Any road with few stops, low traffic and lots of turns! Here in San Diego there are too many of them to mention. Of course a slow ride up Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) is always fun even when traffic volume is up.

  • 242 Oregon is my favorite. Too bad it isn’t longer.
    Hwy 12 Missoula to Lewiston. Repeat… Repeat again.
    HWY 21 ID.

  • Have to agree with the Glaicer National Park” Going to the Sun road” However the best way to get there is a ride along the Eastern Rocky Mountain Front from Great Falls to Choteau, to Browning then turn north for one amazing ride. The Going to the Sun road is best for passengers, as drivers will have thier hands full with turns and on coming traffic.
    To be in a hurry is a date with death on this road.

  • Regarding favorite roads: Due to the learning curve of new riders, also including some seasoned riders, polite, QUIET, and SLOW riding through small communities has yet to be grasped. We have some wonderful secondary roads North of Everett, WA. and South of the B.C. border.

  • My favorite is the road between Sabie and Pilgrims Rest in South Afirica.Lots of twisty turns. My husbands best is the road leading to Katse dam in Lesoto, you travel from 1120 meters above sea to 4000 meters in 30 kilometes, the view is breathtaking.

  • Beware of publicising your favourite road. We have a fantastic road near where I live. Someone wrote an article about it in one of the “less mature” magazines and the road was inundated with weekend superheroes who rode with little respect for other road users and the people who lived in the local villages. Now most of the road has a 40mph limit and the police do regular speed checks.

    Just find great roads by exploring. If a road looks like it might be better than the one you’re on, try it.

    Ride safe.

  • Mine? one you won’t have heard of and one you won’t have heard of.For fun and pretty,scary and exciting.The Great Ocean Road.ANd for one that dares you to die The Putty Road.

  • This is just a memory now but , my favorite was always Hwy 61 between Baton Rouge, La and Memphis Tenn. Long sweepping curves,switchbacks ,twists, turns long climbs and quick drops. a road meant to be leisurely traveled yet could challenge some of the best. Don’t know if anyone else remembers it but it is all gone now, replaced by a boring 4 lane . Ces’t la Vie They even took away the senery

  • For Just plain “Remember this ride twenty years later”….. Marathon (7 mile bridge) bridge on the way to Key west just as the sun is coming up on a windless morning.

  • New England has as many nice rides as there are roads. My favorite loop is from Massachusetts. Rte 2, (The Mohawk Trail), to MASS Rte 63 north. Rte 63 follows the hills along the east bank of the Connecticut River and continues into New Hampshire. Lots of hills and some sweepers but generally a no rush, enjoy the scenery type ride and that holds true for the entire loop. Rte 63 ends at NH Rte 12 in Westmoreland, NH. Continue north on 12 till the intersection or 12A North of Charlestown, NH. Go left on 12A and follow 12A until you get to Cornish, NH. The Cornish/Windsor covered bridge is a popular spot for photos. There is a pull off just south of the bridge. The area around Cornish, NH and Windsor, VT has a lot of local attractions, three museums, a brewery, a glass factory and the St. Gaudens National Historic Site. The entire area looks like a Norman Rockwell setting and was a popular artist colony at the turn of the 19th Century.

    The return trip is down the West bank of the Connecticut River on NH Rte 5, back to Rte 2 in Massachusetts. The reason for the counterclockwise direction is that the morning sun will be over your right shoulder and it amplifies the colors on the Vermont side of the river. There is indeed a reason they call Vermont the “Green Mountain State”. Not to be outdone, the rolling hills of New Hampshire are highlighted by the afternoon sun on the loop heading south.

    May all your rides end in healthy satisfaction.

  • The going to the sun road in Glacier National Park in Montana is a very beautiful road. The road is considered an engineering feat and is a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the most scenic roads in North America. The construction of the road forever changed the way visitors would experience Glacier National Park. There are many adjoining twisty roads that connect with Glacier National Park and can make for a mix of both fast or slow scenic day long riding.

  • Living in Oklahoma the ability to find a variety of routes to ride is easy. There is everything from straight and level, to hills, to the whole country’s winding in twisting roads. I say hill country because there’s really no mountainous regions in the state of Oklahoma. One of the most beautiful rides would have to be Oklahoma State highway one from the town of Talihina, in Eastern Oklahoma, to the town of Mena, Arkansas. This pass is known as the Talimena scenic byway. Starting from the Oklahoma side of the byway you pick-up state highway one east, all the way through to the town of Mena, Arkansas. Upon entering Arkansas the highway is named Arkansas State highway 88. This is a 54 mile journey across some of the highest elevations in the state of Oklahoma. This route is best known for its fall colors as summer gives way to the autumn leaves. The best time to go is towards the end of August to the middle of October. There are two information centers at the starting points of the route, one on the Oklahoma side, and the other on the Arkansas side, in the towns of Talihina, and Mena respectfully.

  • +1 CO 550 for tight, dramatic turns and just to the east don’t miss Hwy 149 through Lake City and Creede for miles of fast sweepers for a great loop. (Then again it’s hard to go wrong in Colorado)

    + Beartooth

    I also really like Tallimena Scenic Byway between Mena, Arkansas and Tallihina, Oklahoma. It’s like a mini Blue Ridge Parkway, 2 lane rd that snakes back and forth from one side to the other along the top of a chain of mountains. (Hwy 1 on OK side, 88 on AR side)

    And Old River Rd. to the northwest of Big Bend, TX along the Rio Grande is a great roller coaster ride. Just watch out for cattle in the middle of the road (usually just over a hill with quick drop) as it is open range in much of the area.

  • Devils Triangle all the way in Tenn. The gap is more like a kiddie ride at the fair. Ride the triangle both ways it is sure to impress. Not for rookies.

  • The East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, North Georgia area is so full of roads with everything from tight twisties to long sweepers and scenery second to none that it is really difficult to pin down a favorite. Hwy 60 from Copper Hill own to Dahlonega, GA is a great ride. Hwy 28 from Deal’s Gap all the way to the South Carolina line, The Cherohala Skyway, Hwy 30 from the Ocoee River to Reliance, TN, Hwy 129 over Blood Mountain in Georgia, Tiger Road out of Clayton, Georgia, the list goes on and on.

    I used to enjoy Deals Gap but it has become too popular in recent years and not nearly as enjoyable if you don’t hit it just right. Otherwise it is a parade of slow moving vehicles and out of towners testing their limits. I have just about quit riding there even though it’s fairly local for me. Too many other good roads.

    I have found that the roads on the Cumberland Plateau offer as much variety as the more popular roads to the east. I would tell you some of them but then I would have to kill you.

  • I’m with Art on the Dragon. I’d also like to include Route 28 out of Robbinsville, NC (Hell Bender). Fantastic ride right along the water. And the first time I rode the Blue Ridge Parkway I thought I was in heaven.

  • Hwy 50 from Colorado to Lake Tahoe Ca. There are nice long straights if you want to open it up, there are also lots of twisty parts too. It’s called theLoneliest Hwy in America, for excitement I count the dead cows along the roadside. Last 2 times down tis road myself & a riding buddy have both been hit by birds. An owl hit the windshield of my Road King my 1st trip on that Hwy. Second trip had a couple riding friends along, a small hawk hit our lead rider in the head, almost knocked him out. One wing & breast section flew back & hit the other rider, 1 bird almost took out 2 rides by itself. Interesting piece of Hwy. Some day I’m riding Hwy 50 from coast to coast, when the time & money are right.

  • US Route 550, the Million Dollar Highway. Technically it’s only the 26 miles from Silverton to Ouray, Colorado. Beautiful stretch, not to be missed!

  • No doubt about it Route 128 at Deals Gap (Tail of the Dragon). But also Rt 8 just below Lake Champlain NY running east and west between Rt 87 and 9N, an absolute great run, you just have to look out for the bear crossing the roads.

  • Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods. Nothing too challenging, just GORGEOUS!!!!..and relaxing!! Bear Tooth Pass at Yellowstone. Rt 2 through the Angeles Forest. Now that I’ve been cross country, I just can’t pick a favorite! We live in a beautiful country!!

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