Touring the PCH on a Honda Gold Wing – Dream it, build it, and ride it—an unbroken road along the California coast. The idea was conceived around 1919, but it wasn’t until 1964 that the completed highway from Leggett to San Juan Capistrano was named the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Widely copied on other continents, […]
The numerical naming of California State Route 49 is no accident. This north-south scenic road pases through many of the historic mining communities of the 1849 California gold rush. A portion of the route is also known as the Gold Country Highway. This route is saturated with history, scenery, and curves. Roadway: Well maintained two-lane […]
This exhilarating day ride emanating from San Diego comes within a quarter mile of the Mexican border at its southernmost point and reaches an elevation of almost 6,000 feet to the north in Mount Laguna. In addition to the elevation and terrain changes, this route has the added attraction of a total avoidance of freeway […]
I know, I know. For multitudes of you in other parts of the country, “winter riding” is a virtual oxymoron. So don’t hate me when I tell you that I just returned home from three days of riding and tent camping on the banks of the lower Colorado River. Let me give you a glimpse […]
One look at Horizon Unlimited’s HUB online bulletin board proves that there is no shortage of world-traveling motorcyclists out there. What makes Lyndon Poskitt unique, however, is that he doesn’t just ride from place to place, he rides from race to race. Poskitt, an Englishman, is a former Dakar racer and aerospace engineer who decided […]
Have you always wanted to race flat track? Or did you compete back in the “good ol’ days?” Then you’ll want to be sure to check out the IV League Flat Track event to be held January 17th and 18th in Del Mar, CA. Entry is only $45 for competitors with classes for all riding […]
The country’s upper left-hand corner is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting geography anywhere in the world. Frank Covucci Motorcycle Tours is planning an expedition to take in this stunning area by motorcycle. The tour will take place August 11-21, 2015 and will travel through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. The route […]
The nation’s largest motorcycle gear retailer has recently announced the opening of two new locations, both in Southern California. The first is located in Culver City, CA at 5577 Sepulveda Blvd. near the 405 and Marina Freeway interchange. The other is situated in Huntington Beach at 15021 Goldenwest Street by the Westminster Mall. Cycle Gear’s […]
Indians of old were known as some of the best performing machines of their day. So how do their Polaris-built progeny stand up to the rigors of high speed riding? Gary Gray, Polaris’ Director of Indian Motorcycle Products, and Robert Pandya, the company’s PR Manager, decided to find out. They took a lightly modified Indian […]
Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s California Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Fall 2002 issue.
A great northern escape from Los Angeles is through Ojai and the Los Padres National Forest, which is commonly considered the “better way” of getting to the Pacific Coast Highway from LA (between Cambria and Carmel). Best rides are in the fall when central valley temps drop below 100 degrees.
This loop begins and ends in Three Rivers, CA (approximately 100 miles north of Bakersfield), and follows State Routes 198, 180, 245, and 216. Due to substantial elevation and temperature changes, riders may encounter snow or ice. Also, be alert for the possibility of wildlife entering the roadway. Scenery: Large rock formations, mountains, valleys, sweeping […]
Wine Country Adventure When you head on tour with your special someone, you aren’t just looking for nice roads and pretty views; you’re on the hunt for a place where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy some quality time together. That’s just what you’ll find in Paso Robles, CA. Conveniently located midway between San Francisco […]
If you’re a motorcyclist, then chances are you’re at least somewhat interested in vintage and antique bikes (we’re all gear heads, right?). If that describes you, and you’re anywhere close to Carmel Valley, CA, then cancel whatever plans you’ve made this Saturday and head over to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. The event will be held […]
I’ll admit it; I’d wanted to visit Joshua Tree National Park for years, mostly because of a certain album by a band named U2. The iconic black and white photograph of a single Joshua Tree in the album’s artwork has always moved me. Though that particular tree fell sometime around the turn of the millennium […]