Beginning at the route’s western terminus in San Ysidro, the SR-4 ascends steep gradients into the Jemez Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest. Hairpin turns await riders on the steep descent down the east side of the Jemez Mountains. SR-501 branches off of SR-4 for any riders who want to take a short side trip […]
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 Snowshoe, WV Shamrock Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Spring 2002 issue.
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 Colorado Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s December 2005 issue.
Every year amateur riders from all over the world come together to test their skills against some of the most challenging motorcycling terrain on earth, hoping to bring the coveted GS Trophy back to their home country. The 2014 edition of the GS Trophy competition starts in just a week or so in the Rockies […]
Leaving Red Lodge, MT, the road quickly snakes its way up the 68-mile long Beartooth Pass, the highest elevation highway in Wyoming at 10,947 feet and Montana at 10,350 feet, and the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Dramatic views back down the valley and the vistas of the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges include […]
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 […]
Summer throughout North America means riding season is in full swing. Here in the Phoenix area, triple digit temperatures have a lot riders parking their bikes until fall and cooler days return. However, it hasn’t taken me long to figure out a good way to beat the heat. Something many locals know well. Answer: head […]
For its ninth year RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend was held in the beautiful Snowshoe Ski Resort deep in the mountains of West Virginia. The 300 or so riders and passengers arrived at the Expo Center at the top of the mountain on Thursday night. The crowd, consisting of a great mix of those new to […]
Ben arrives in time for dinner and once again the chef does not disappoint. Southwestern cuisine, in the form of cattleman steaks, is on the menu tonight and it’s soon in my belly. As we work through out steaks, I spy two riders rolling up outside. One on a KLR and the other on a […]
What is it? SR-20 is the northernmost paved route through the Cascade Mountains. From the west it follows the Skagit River into the high elevations of North Cascades National Park and beyond. The scenery includes lush old growth forests, numerous waterfalls, stunning mountain vistas, and emerald green lakes as the route continues east through a […]
The state of Colorado is home to many spectacular roads, and 25 of these are recognized as scenic or historic byways. In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes, eleven of which are also designated as America’s Byways. This gives the state more national byways than any […]
As we established in our previous top ten list, the two main criteria for a great motorcycle road are scenery and curves. Since we’ve already listed our favorite scenic routes, it’s time to share our top ten pure rider’s roads. Once again, RoadRUNNER touring expert Jim Parks gives us the scoop. 1. Tail of the […]
“The Snake” is one of several iconic “named” motorcycle roads in the southern Appalachian Mountains. I personally feel it is more fun for longer than the Tail of the Dragon, The Rattler, and many of the other famous motorcycle roads in this area. Scenery: Spectacular views of Shady Valley, TN, which roughly marks the halfway […]
This month’s installment is not about which of our two coasts offers the best motorcycle touring venues, that’s a debate that could continue without any foreseeable end. And, like beauty itself, what constitutes the best riding area is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Having ridden across most of America’s lower 48 states, some […]
Moving on from Kremmling to Salida our route took us high above the resort town of Breckenridge by way of Boreas pass. Dark clouds loomed overhead for most of the day but, aside from a short shower about midday, we managed to avoid any real rain. South of the Boreas pass, the route involved a […]