Blog Section: Motorcycle Tours

City Escape: Austin, Texas Day Ride [Free Map and GPX]

Jul 09, 2020 View Comments by

More sweepers than tight curves—explore the countryside southwest of Austin, which will appeal to every type of motorcyclist. From President LBJ’s ranch to German culinary delights, this route has it all. To include all stops along the way, plan ahead and hit the road early in the morning. Don’t forget swimwear in the summer! The […]

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City Escape: Fort Collins, Colorado

Jul 03, 2020 View Comments by

This 105-mile section of CO-14 has become an all-time favorite over the years. Leaving Ft. Collins, the road winds alongside the Cache la Poudre River and climbs steadily into Roosevelt National Forest until it reaches Cameron Pass (10,200 ft). From there it descends steeply before flattening out on the high plains for a short ride […]

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Classic Roads: New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

May 15, 2020 View Comments by

This scenic byway in North Central New Mexico consists of a series of connected two-lane roads that encircle 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico. This area was the destination of feverish prospecting in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over millions of years, volcanic activity had deposited gold, silver, copper, and lead, […]

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City Escape: Fresno, California Day Ride

Apr 30, 2020 View Comments by

The towering trees and winding roads of Sequoia National Park are on the itinerary for this ride east of Fresno. There are interesting things to see and great stretches of road outside the park boundaries as well. The route starts at the desert elevation of 300 feet above sea level but climbs high into the […]

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Classic Roads: US Route 6 Across Pennsylvania [With Map]

Apr 27, 2020 View Comments by

US Route 6 is a cross-country federal highway that extends more than 3,000 miles between Provincetown, MA, and US Route 395 in Bishop, CA, although the original alignment extended to Long Beach, CA. In Pennsylvania, US Route 6, which is also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (to honor American Civil War veterans), […]

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Pure Riding Fun on Royal Enfields: The Simple Life

Apr 21, 2020 View Comments by

We get lots of bikes at the office, both big and small, but there’s something unique about these … maybe it’s their styling or their simplicity—but they remind us of the bikes we grew up on. Here’s a few videos and tour articles that take you along for the ride, plus a couple riding tests […]

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Motorcycle Videos For Inspiration and Entertainment

Mar 26, 2020 View Comments by

While we might be practicing social distancing, that doesn’t mean we can’t still go out and enjoy a nice ride! In fact, motorcycling is scientifically proven to be good for the mind and body. But when you are spending time inside, we have an excellent collection of tour videos to help supplement your appetite for […]

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City Escape: Tulsa, Oklahoma Motorcycle Tour [Free Map and GPX files]

Feb 19, 2020 View Comments by

Historic US Route 66, an ancient old-growth forest, a world-class museum, and some quirky attractions give this day loop an eclectic appeal. Ride west across Keystone Lake and south on a twisty backroad along the Cimarron River, intersecting Route 66 in Warwick and then enjoying small-town appeal and sights of older 66 alignments on the […]

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City Escape: Louisville, Kentucky Motorcycle Tour

Feb 05, 2020 View Comments by

Escape the congested urban humdrum of Kentucky’s largest city, and motor into a pleasing rural landscape west of town. Traveling through two states, you’ll discover soothing scenic vistas, meandering country lanes, back-in-time river towns, and enlightening historical sites that help tell the American story. Spring and fall are optimal times to visit this area. Length […]

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Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Day Ride

Dec 14, 2019 View Comments by

This entertaining, challenging, and supremely beautiful ride has Kahului, Maui’s largest city, as its axis. It features a short out-and-back on the island’s famed Road to Hana as well as a full loop around the beautiful West Maui region. Variety is the spice of life, and this mini-tour of Maui’s volcanic wonderland is as diverse […]

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Sparta Wisconsin Day Ride

Dec 04, 2019 View Comments by

Overview Sparta became “The Bicycling Capital of America” by completing the first Rails-to-Trails project converting an abandoned railway track into a bicycling trail system. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail, built in 1965, is 32.5 miles long. Pedal bikers have it made in Sparta, but motorcycle riders also have great riding options to the north in the […]

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Bucket List Roads: Valley Of The Gods

Oct 28, 2019 View Comments by

FR 242 is an unpaved road that runs through the eerie sandstone formations in the Valley of the Gods. This valley is a smaller scale (and more isolated) version of Monument Valley, some 30 miles to the southwest. Many of the helicopter flying scenes in the 1980s TV series Airwolf were filmed here. The western […]

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City Escape: Seattle, Washington

Oct 25, 2019 View Comments by

This circuit includes Seattle’s own volcano, Mount Rainier, climbs over the 5,430-foot Chinook Pass, goes through Mount Rainier National Park (entry fee is $25 for motorcycles), and returns via the Puyallup River valley. Stop in charming Elbe and take a two-hour steam train ride on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. The best time to visit […]

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Bucket List Roads: Italy’s Stelvio Pass

Oct 17, 2019 View Comments by

Stelvio Pass is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in all of the Alps. It’s considered by many to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating motorcycle roads in the world to ride. Be sure to put this one on your bucket list! Season: It’s generally open from […]

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City Escape: San Diego, California Motorcycle Tour

Oct 15, 2019 View Comments by

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 […]

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