Ontario Motorcycle roads

Discussion in 'Canada' started by RCR001, May 12, 2020.

  1. RCR001

    RCR001 MOTO CHASER Supporter

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    Had this around for a while now, Its several year old but still a goodie ontario_bikeroads (2).jpg
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  2. Ronzo69

    Ronzo69 Been here awhile

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  3. bobbyh

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    The guy used to be a regular on GTAMotorcycle.com. I haven't seen him post for a while. I was looking at that map just last night to plan a eastern On route for this Saturday. My wifey rides her own bike so i'm just trying to plan out pee breaks for her. Damn Covid 19!
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  4. shanekingsley

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  5. bobbyh

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    I've read and used that collection of yours. It's been helpful over the years. So many rides are generated on the computer/ Gps , then somewhere , the ride falls into disarray when the eventual unexpected happens. Thanks for the posting you've done and someday some of us should get together for an update. Thanks and stay safe.
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  6. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    I referred to that map when i first started riding so thanks for making it. I've been on most of those roads. Now that I got an adventure bike it would be great if somebody could compile a similar map for dirt/gravel roads.
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  7. shanekingsley

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    Thanks all, but I can't take credit for making it. I started riding in 2003 and it was made in 2002. Funny that it was made by 'King' and I go by Shanekingsley. I had saved it on my computer and shortly afterward it was taken down from the web, so I have hosted it myself for about 15 years for all to access.

    In 2004 when I wanted to start going for longer rides, but didn't know any of the roads, I came across the map. I then printed off various sections of it and laminated them and would head out on 10-14 hour rides just exploring these areas by myself. I would put the laminated maps in the map pocket of my tank bag and write out my turn by turn directions using the Ontario Backroads map and after a few years, I had ridden all the roads and many more. I started to find that the original map was a little outdated, with tons of amazing roads not included there, so I started the thread on GTAM about 10 years ago, which is a more comprehensive collection and sorted by region.

    Once I started exploring the US between Ontario and Deals Gap on a regular basis, I started another thread to keep track the best of the best US roads that so many of us frequent: https://www.gtamotorcycle.com/xf/threads/stateside-roads-the-twistier-the-better.199572/ , which has the best of PA, WV,VA, NC and TN. I still have to add the roads I've explored through NY, OH, KY & GA

    Anytime you want a route or a suggestion - just message me and I'll gladly help.
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  8. RCR001

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    Great work! I had just ordered a print copy for my cargo trailer and thought i better share it. Actually went and did a few lines yesterday!
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  9. Candubrain

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    Where did you order a printed copy? I would like to do the same.
    thanks
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  10. RCR001

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    Sent it as a Jpeg to Costco Photo , get a large one
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  11. Candubrain

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    thank you
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  12. Lornce

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    Been in BC enjoying all the fantastic riding and endless scenery for a little over three years now. I still miss Southwood Road 13, especially the Torrance Barrens section. One of Canada's great riding roads.
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  13. Smashy

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    I actually try to avoid southwood, too much cottager traffic and there is often sand in the corners. The worst is when the first few corners are clean and get your confidence up, then you come into a sandy corner much faster than you should. I've heard of a few people wiping out on that road.
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  14. shanekingsley

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    In 2012 on my new bike at the time, I was moving along Southwood at a good clip on one of the straightaways and came to pretty tight corner. I slowed down nicely and while entering the corner I hit a frost heave. I thought no biggie, I'm not going 100% here and can alter my course after the bump, but then right away there was another frost heave still in mid-corner and after hitting that at a lean angle with some speed, off I went into the ditch only to be stopped by a several hundred pound rock. Did quite the number on my bike.

    Nonetheless - still one of my favourite roads for morning or evening runs.
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  15. bobbyh

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    All of the good roads east of,let's say , Newcastle all the way to Kingston are just great this season. At almost anytime they're so lightly travelled that i'm noticing landmarks i've never noticed before. This's the golden year for motorcycle riding, maybe everywhere!
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  16. Lornce

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    That might be what I like most about that road.
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