10 Best Motorcycle Roads in US?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by FotoTEX, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Yep.

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    Oh and it's Cedar Mesa
  2. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Problem with my top ten, is only 5% of the riders would like them for a lot of reasons

    Too little traffic, so you can't practice passing
    Too much shifting mostly between 2nd and 3rd
    Too much stretching the neck muscles trying to twist your head like Linda Blair, to look around the hairpins
    Too much tire wear, mine barley make 2k miles
    Too few cops, so that expensive radar detector can't earn it living
    Too many good mom and pop restaurants, hard to decide where to stop
    Too much fun, most never want to go home
    Too many to pick the best 10

    But I will say this most of the twistiest roads in NC, VT, PA, CO and VA are still safe, there was a couple mentions of some great roads, but by my statement above most of the replies seem to be from the 95% that like big wide sweepers, and wide pavement.

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  3. A.K.

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  4. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    A.K. Been here awhile

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  6. hugemoth

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    One I like in gold rush area of California is Wards Ferry Rd between Sonora and Big Oak Flat, and also Old Priest Grade which runs parallel to Hwy 120 just west of Big Oak Flat. Also Cherry Lake road in the same area.
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    Just looked at the Colorado list. Somehow Hwy 550 is listed by three different names and they missed hwy 92.:deal
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    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    In word no, I have been happy to give suggestions to those traveling to areas I am familiar with, but would hate to see them publicized as that brings accidents, LEO, and ridiculous low posted speed limits. Call me selfish, I deserve it.

    And the best road in CO is neither, IMHO. The best, for technicality, has an obscure name of 45 1/2.:D, and there are at least a dozen better riding roads, than those listed.
  9. Butters

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    I haven't lived in CA for over 15 years and never rode motorcycles there, but I used to bicycle the Santa Cruz mountains all the time. The roads were hardly a secret from the motorcyclists, but I'm surprised those roads (Skyline, Hwy 9, Hwy 84/La Honda, etc.) haven't been mentioned more here. I would love to live in that area again with a motorcycle. Although La Honda was pretty crazy on weekends with the sportbikes.

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  10. MrMac

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    One of the best routes I've ever been on was across northern New Mexico, US 64 from Farmington to Cimarron, with an overnight stop in Taos. Hours and hours of non-stop scenery, canyons, alpine passes, and desert landscapes. Everything but traffic!

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    My list based on personal experience thus far to include both ride-ability (curves) and views:

    BRP/Skyline in the fall (Appears NC has the curves but I think VA has the views). Just wish the speed limit was a little higher.
    Dalton Hwy riding through the Gates of the Arctic.
    PCH (seems Hwy 1 North of SF has the best curves. Hwy 11 in WA was a great start to the PCH if traveling southbound)
    Hwy 550 in the Spring when there's still snow on the mountains.
    Beartooth (would've been better not getting stuck behind an RV)
    Sequoia NP riding past the trees.
    OR Hwy 227 (discovered this by accident but it sure was a blast!)
    CA Hwy 199 from Grants Pass to Crescent City. Zooming inches by the Redwoods in the curves was an experience!
    Any pass in the San Juan Mountains.
    Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper. B-e-a-utiful views!

    I'll probably revise this once I discover more of the East :D
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    I rode into Taos from the West. Looked like it would've been really great, except for the fact that it was full dark when I did it. I will say the deer and animals are very considerate about crossing the road at night staying tightly bunched together in synchronized herds. Taos to Cimmaron is pretty good up through Eagles Nest. I did that on in the daylight.

    Warning: When you pull into Cimarron, the town sign says "Gateway to the Plains". You'll look around at the mountains and think, wtf!

    Trust me. They aren't fibbing. Your one turn away from being able to see Amarillo.
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    North Cascades Highway (WA State Route 20) and Oregon's McKenzie Highway (OR 242). Can't beat them.
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    They repaved much of OR 242 a year or two ago so it's in nice shape as far as bumps go. Gravel on the corners is always a problem because the road is so narrow that cars pretty much have to run a rear wheel off the pavement to remain in the right lane.

    The Aufderheide Road between Hwy 126 and Hwy 58 is also excellent and can be done as a part of a loop with Hwy 242.

    I live in Bend and do these roads quite often.


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    I can't believe the LIE to Belt Pkwy to Staten Island Expy to I95 south hasn't made anyone's list.:D
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    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    WooHoo they left out the real fun twisty ones! My favorite roads are still safe!
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    I guess my two faves are in Canada, so I'll scratch the Canol roads and replace them with the Denali Highway and a sweet little road through the Escalante Wilderness that runs for 110 miles northeast from Glen Canyon dam called the Smokey Mountain Road. It has two water crossings and is quite primitive dirt after weather has taken its toll. Best be on a small dual sport.


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    Did you type this after copying other's contributions in this thread? :D
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    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    OK I will give a couple Guenella pass CO, and rt 445 in PA