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 […]
If you’re thinking about buying a new bike, but the dealer won’t let you test ride it, renting one is always a good option. If the bike you’ve been considering happens to be one of the new Indians, and you’re on the West Coast, MotoQuest has you covered. They’ve got all three models to choose […]
From May 22-26 the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California will hold their 42nd annual 49er Rally in Mariposa, CA, which sits right on the threshold of Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The event will feature a variety of speakers and activities sure to keep motorcycle enthusiasts entertained (including former California Highway Patrol officer […]
It’s been legal in California for years, but for the rest of the country local laws don’t condone filtering through traffic. The American Motorcyclist Association, however, is willing to help motorcyclists try to change that for their respective states. In a statement released recently the AMA says, “Given the ongoing success of lane splitting in […]
Overview This ride is very diverse with sections that include: climbing through the Cleveland National Forest, outstanding views of Lake Elsinore, and scenic roads through native oak forest. Many interesting attractions spaced out along the route allow for a full day of riding.
Motorcycles play an important role in bicycle racing, carrying spare wheels, taking photographers into the heart of the action, and providing real time race information and traffic control. There are usually cars on the course as well, but motorcycles are particularly suited to staying close to the cyclists and weaving their way to where they […]