10 Best Motorcycle Roads in US?

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

  1. MTNView

    MTNView Adventurer

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    One more from my local turf. ID Hwy 75/93 from Ketchum, ID north thru Stanley, Challis, and Salmon, ID, then over Lolo pass and into Montana up to Missoula. Also ID 21 from Stanley, to Lowman, Idaho City and on into Boise.
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  2. duck

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    You can cross FS99 to Windy Ridge off of your list. Much storm damage last year and they have no immediate plans to reopen it. :cry
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  3. nvdlboy

    nvdlboy Been here awhile

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    A few that I enjoyed

    WA:
    Hwy 101
    Hwy 2

    OR:
    Hwy 101
    the run up to Crater Lake

    CA:
    Hwy 1 Leggatt to Fort Bragg was fun (the best part for us was Leggatt to the coast)
    Yosemite
    Sonora Pass
    Redwood Hwy
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  4. DAKEZ

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    242 may be my favorite road...(closed for the season) I just wish it was longer.

    I must disagree with you on one point. IMHO it is best ridden from 126 to Sisters (West to East) Late morning with the sun coming through the trees. I like the way the road is part of the landscape as you near the top...with no shoulder drop-off. If you had a mind to you could just ride off the road and through the trees. It is absolutely beautiful.
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  5. Advntr

    Advntr Dilbert

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    hey yall... WV 16 which becomes VA16 etc...check it out...yeah i hear banjos...just press on, it's out of this world...
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  6. beammeup

    beammeup Guaging racefully

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    My Favorites in no particular order:

    Cabot Trail - counterclockwise

    Deals Gap - but only on a weekday

    Calif 36

    Minnesota 1 - Illgen City to Ely

    Any of the Alphabet Soup Rods in SW 'sconny (WI)

    Alaska Highway - the mountainous sections

    Chief Joseph

    US14+14a East of Yellowstone

    Oregon Trail in WY

    US12 in UT


    Ask me again tomorrow - I'll have some other suggestions:ricky
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  7. dave58

    dave58 Not if I see you first

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    Wow...this reads like the "to do" list from Heaven! I'll add one I just discovered Sunday...CA175 in Lake Co. from Hopland to Finley. Short but very, very sweet. I felt like Jean-Claude Killy in the slalom. Ride west to east for an incredible vista at the top.

    Pretty much anything in Idaho is golden. Then again, my wife's from Lewiston, so I'm biased. :D

    Whoever said "the road no one is on" was right, too. There's something to be said for having any road all to yourself.
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  8. Steve G.

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    If you've never heard of "The Happy Camp Highway", Highway #96, you've not ridden a true mountain road. Basically east west, from Interstate 5 @ Yreka, CA, to Willow Creek, CA.

    Then again, "The Leggatt Express", where Highway 1 and 101 split off, this extremely challenging section takers you out to the coast. Serious road.

    And, here's hoping Windy Ridge opens up again on the east side of Mt. St. Helens, truly the best road in North America.
    Steve
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  9. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    I want to do ALL these Roads. Not a bad one listed. Let's Ride ADV ers.
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  10. Schtum

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    Are you guys who live in NorCal trying to keep the best bits to yourselves....?

    No-one has mentioned - Tunitas Creek Road, China Grade, Fairfax to Bolinas Road, Stewart's Point to Skaggs Springs.....etc.
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  11. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Dude! YES WE ARE! It keeps the rif raf and 5-0 from polluting them!
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  12. Schtum

    Schtum Free Genie

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    Ok, I was just wondering. Similarly, I keep telling English riders that there's no point in them coming up to Scotland as the roads here aren't worth a damn.......:rofl
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  13. dave58

    dave58 Not if I see you first

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    Did Happy Camp about a month ago for the first time. Amazing piece of asphalt. The stretch near Hamburg reminded me of Hwy 12 along the Clearwater...
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  14. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    In addition to the MANY good roads mentioned in the past several pages....

    The "Oh my god" highway just outside Idaho Springs Co. & Rt. 128 in Utah from Cisco to Moab along the Colorado River.
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  15. gfspencer

    gfspencer Been here awhile

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    Amen to that!! :rofl
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  16. nvdlboy

    nvdlboy Been here awhile

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    +100 on the "Leggatt Express" - it was an amazing slalom! I couldn't stop grinning the rest of that day! Now I'll have to go and try the others you mentioned!
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  17. Truckin_Thumper

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    anything NOT paved/cemented...
    You can close the thread now :deal
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  18. DAKEZ

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    :lol3 If only it could be.... I never understood the "pave the world" motorcycle stickers.
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  19. Truckin_Thumper

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    Pavement is for the p/u to get the 2 smokers to where the REAL riding is....:thumb

    OR

    Riding the DS to the fun stuff :D
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  20. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    +1 Also known as the "Poudre Canyon". It was listed on some motorcycling magazine's Top 20 list in the '80's, and it was where my wife had her "eureka" moment and realized her motorcycle felt more stable (and was a lot more fun) when it was ridden aggressively. Riding 70+ in unending, twisty, 35 mph zones will do that for you.

    Now that this road starts almost literally in my back yard, and I've ridden it so many times, it sometimes seems boring. :hide

    There are many great dirt roads in Colorado and high mountain passes that I still have to ride and explore. Some on my list include the Alpine Loop from Lake City to Ouray, more passes around Ouray/Silverton, Leadville, and some little-travelled roads in Wyoming.