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Discover great motorcycle roads with our online guide to the best motorcycle rides in America.
What Are The Best Motorcycle Roads To Take?
If you're like us, when you get on your motorcycle for a ride, you ask, "What's the best road to take?" GreatMotorcycleRoads.com is your answer to find the best motorcycle roads in every state. Every motorcycle ride has a map link for you to access on the go, right on your device. Our route descriptions, along with pictures of what the roads actually look like, will help you to choose your next adventure. The best roads are here!
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What Makes a Great Motorcycle Road?
Those of us who ride know the feeling of freedom on a motorcycle. Fresh air, the open road, beautiful scenery, and smooth pavement among twisty curves. These elements combined make for great motorcycle rides.
If you're looking for the best roads in your state, we have great motorcycle rides that include routes through deep forests, past vast ocean scenery, and even some fantastic desert riding. For your convenience, we've even included the direct Google Maps link for each motorcycle route, so you can easily start planning your next great motorcycle ride!
Featured Motorcycle Road
Joshua Tree National Park (Park Blvd, Pinto Basin Rd - 62 miles)
A truly great motorcycle road in California is the road through Joshua Tree National Park. It's a two-lane pleasure, with weaving stretches of gently twisting pavement. You'll ride among rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes, and of course, the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees scattered in the park. Being federal land, the pavement quality is very good, just watch for the occasional gravel and sand on the road's edges.
Discover more great motorcycle roads in California!
How Do I Plan a Motorcycle Trip?
1. Choose your ultimate destination.
2. Decide how many days it will take to get there, and how many miles and hours you want to ride per day.
3. Figure your motorcycle's MPG, and range on a full tank. Plan fuel stops well before your bike gets to empty.
4. Pack your motorcycle bags with food, water, maps, flashlight and tire repair kit.
5. Tune your bike beforehand, and check tire pressure each morning.
6. Plan each day's ride to be during daylight hours. You'll want to see the road clearly.
7. Plan accommodations for 3-6 hours riding distance per day. This will allow time for detours and various stops you may want to make.
8. Consider taking a friend. Solo rides are therapeutic, but you don't want to get stranded all alone. At the very least, tell someone about your itinerary.
9. Keep your phone off or on airplane mode while riding. Preserve your battery.
10. Be adaptable. There may be excessive traffic, road closures or extreme weather that could change your plans.
What Do I Need For a 3 Day Motorcycle Trip?
- Tail bags or saddlebags for storage
- Tire gauge and tire repair kit
- Flashlight and small multi-tool kit
- Small First Aid Kit
- Helmet, riding boots and extra rain gear
- Damp hand cloth in a sealed zip-lock bag
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Chargers for your devices
- Water and power snacks
- Travel-sized personal hygiene items
- Sunscreen and chapstick
- Insulating layers
Three day rides are a great way for new motorcyclists to get a feel for an extended motorcycle tour. You'll learn a lot about you and your motorcycle, including how long you can comfortably ride your bike on long days.
It's always best to make a small list of everything you'll need. Clothes take up a lot of room, so be selective. On a typical three day trip, you can get away with one or two changes of clothing. A small hand towel can stay damp by keeping it in a zip-lock bag. It will be handy for when you need to wipe the bugs off your face, helmet or windscreen.
Find out your motorcycle's MPG and fuel range. Plan fuel stops well before you get to empty. Check your tire pressure every morning, especially if temperatures get cold at night. If riding alone, tell someone your itinerary.
Above all, ride with caution, and live to ride another day!
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
Common questions from new motorcycle riders.
Do I Really Need Motorcycle Boots?
To fully protect your feet, motorcycle boots are extremely important. The best boots will offer protection for your ankles. There are many small bones that make up your ankle, and they can break easily, even on a mild spill. Good work boots will protect against most motorcycle hazards, but they'll wear out fast and won't provide much stability in a crash. Fortunately, many companies make extremely comfortable riding boots that look and feel great.
What is the Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect motorcycles in traffic. Given a motorcycle's small size, its visibility may be limited by glare or obstructed by other cars on the roadway. The best way to be seen is to have the highest point of you and your bike (your helmet) to be a bright color. Hi-Vis isn't as cool as black, but you will definitely be seen!
Why Do Motorcycle Riders Wave to Each Other?
Motorcycle riders wave to each other as a universal sign of respect. The two-finger motorcycle wave is often a way of telling your fellow riders to stay safe by keeping your bike's two wheels on the ground. Some riders use variations, but regardless of the type of wave, the gesture is a way to express solidarity and respect with other riders. Only wave when you feel it's safe to do so.
About the Author
Native to the New England area, Seth Profenna has been riding and discovering new roads by motorcycle for years.
This website has been created for motorcyclists who are looking for an easy-to-navigate online source for the best motorcycle routes in the United States.
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