10 Best Motorcycle Roads in US?

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

  1. Ricky Chuck

    Ricky Chuck Red Green Rulz!

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    Lots of roads to try out, a few I have enjoyed, most not yet made it to them. There is a looping route in NM that takes you from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array west of Socorro, NM down to Gila, NM, (60 to 12 to 180), to Silver City, NM and then north to Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM (180 to 15 to 527). The road from Silver City to Gila Cliff Dwellings is about 46 miles, but it is one of those roads where you are usually afraid to look off as you go up and down through the gears and lean into innumerable curves and a straight now and then, uphill, downhill, forests where the sunlight turns into a giant strobe as you go through. Wonderful ride, and when you get to the Dwellings you take some large breaths and realize your self-admonishments to stop squeezing the bars were not heeded, lol.

    Also the road from Carrizzozo down through Lincoln, NM and eventually to Roswell is a great road, and you can stop and see where Billy the Kid lived and rode, etc. Cooler times of the year are better, and you can go from desolation to green pockets of lushness, to plains with multiple dust devils sweeping across the land, to more desert to ponderosa forests, to rocky, ancient abodes, pretty much a perfect trip :).
  2. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I'll add that any rider that is not local to this area take a few extra moments to zoom out on the GPS when they see this sign:

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    If you ignore it, and see this sign:

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    You may want to get your streetbike out to the paved road. NF Road 150 thru Gila NF is not normally passable by a 700lb beast such as a C14. Great riding for lots of other bikes, though.

    It's only 15% grade downhill with loose dirt and gravel...

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    If you ignore my advice and take your streetbike thru this road, you may see this sign:

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    There is lots of great riding on the pavement around this area, just pay attention to what the big picture is.

    It was the hardest day of riding I've ever had...I've ridden over 300k miles.

    YMMV

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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    To all you Dragon tail riders... You can have your wimpy little 11 miles of bliss. I will take this 75 mile gem. :1drink

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  5. Ricky Chuck

    Ricky Chuck Red Green Rulz!

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    :eek1 Good Point! Not sure why it never crossed my mind to warn about that, lol.
  6. frenchwv

    frenchwv n00b

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    CR 13/Christian Church Rd near Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Oh boy.
  7. 2 is better than 4

    2 is better than 4 Calculated risk takr

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    There is alot to chose from course I'm kinda fond of up and over Mt Lemmon or up to four peaks to punkin center then back on apache trail.:D
  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Nope nothing to see here... No need to visit. :1drink
  9. Wickedadv

    Wickedadv Been here awhile

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    Ive done this loop and its nothing short of amazing. Approaching the VLA is neat because it looks quit small until you realize its 20 miles away down the dirt rd. we did run into snow in early dec. that made the route less advisable! :)


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  10. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    Beartooth Pass, MT/WY 212
    Rattlesnake Grade Rd, WA 129
    Iron Mountain Rd, SD; US 16
    Needles Highway, SD 87
    Chief Joseph Highway, WY 296
    Grande Ronde River Rd (NF51) - Granite Hill Rd (OR 410)
    Anthony Lakes Hwy (NF73) - Soap Hill Rd (NF-052) Ukiah, OR
    OR 245, Baker City to Unity, OR
    North Cascades Highway, WA 20
    Ponderosa Pine Scenic Route, ID 21

    There are others, of course, but these are ones I've ridden.

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  11. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Four Peaks to A Cross Road along the north shore of the Lake, and then back on Apache Trail :deal

    :D


    I also enjoy Seven Springs Rd to Bloody Basin Rd west to I-17. Then maybe up to Crown King for a bite and a beer.

    I have yet to try Table Mesa Rd. Looks kind of technical for an older rider like me. I would need a riding buddy I think.
  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    :stfu











    Or at least make them work for it. :lol3
  13. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Isn't this thread about "What do you riders consider to be the best roads to ride in the US?"

    ...not "What are the best roads are you going to allude you know about but refuse to divulge?"
    :lol3
  14. DAKEZ

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  15. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I've done 4 of those, will try to knock off a couple more this winter. :clap
  16. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    From Osoyoos, eh? The thread is about roads across the border, but there are some in BC that I wanted to include, like BC 31A from Kaslo to New Denver and the Green Mountain Rd. There are others, lots of them, but those are personal favourites.

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  17. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    The 10 best roads in the United States are any 10 roads I haven't ridden yet. I have my regular rides that I like, however a new road is always the best. No matter.
  18. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    As Dakez said, nothing to see here, . :evil

    Green Mountain Rd is a regular, and my wife and I are riding to Vancouver on business next week but taking the long way home through Whistler, Lilloet and yes that will include Kaslo to New Denver. :deal
  19. hugemoth

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    In BC I recommend Steep Creek Rd near Bralorne. Narrow dirt with switchbacks. Up to a 34% grade for 4 miles. Fantastic view at the top.
  20. Ricky Chuck

    Ricky Chuck Red Green Rulz!

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    I'm getting back in the mood to go for a ride along that route again, maybe in late Sept or mid October, should be mighty fine then, lol. Maybe this time I can get a shot of a ufo :)