City Escape: New York, New York

Text: Manuel Neuhauser • Photography: Manuel Neuhauser

Curve-addicts from New York City can satisfy their cravings on the plethora of motorcycle roads around the lakes in the surrounding areas and through the rolling terrain in Harriman State Park, NY. This tour is best after the first rain in the spring washes away the salt and gravel and before the trees lose all their leaves in the fall.

Length

Approximately 165 miles

Meet-up spot

Dunkin’ Donuts, 1167 SR 23, Kinnelon, NJ. (Across from Lowes Hardware.)

Lunch stop

Emerald Point Restaurant & Marina, 40 Sterling Rd, Greenwood Lake, NY, (845) 477-2275, www.emeraldpnt.com. Lake-side family restaurant with multi-level deck seating and a scenic view. Choices of traditional American, Italian, and seafood dishes.

Scenery (5 out of 5)

Scenic lakes, heavy forests, mountain sides, and outlook points.

Traffic (3 out of 5)

Generally light during morning hours, though it can get busy as vacationers escape toward the mountains on weekends. Bicycles are a common sight on Bear Mountain, NY.

Difficulty (4 out of 5)

The tree line frequently blocks the view through the curves and tight turns, and there are some low speed limit areas with technical curves and rapid elevation changes.

Road conditions (3 out of 5)

There are some unmarked two-way roads, an occasional cracked pavement, and the potential for gravel on backroads throughout the spring.