City Escape: San Francisco, California

Text: Tim Kessel • Photography: John M. Flores

This route unfolds just south of the bustle of San Francisco. The ride includes a coastal stretch as well as a beautiful and twisty route through the mountains. To top it off you can eat lunch at one of the Central Coast’s most iconic motorcycle stops before your return ride beside that famous bay.


Approximately 96 miles 

Meet-up Spot

Peet’s Coffee, 102 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA

Lunch Stop 

Alice’s Restaurant is an iconic eatery featuring burgers that carry motocentric names like Ducati, Le Mans, BMW, Suzuki, and Vespa to name just a few. Find it at 17288 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA.

Scenery (5 out of 5)

You can’t beat this ride’s mix of scenery. Sandy beaches, lush forests, and elevation changes that offer panoramic views highlight the route. 

Difficulty  (4 out of 5)

City traffic at the start and finish of the ride requires vigilance and patience. The mountain roads that define the middle of the route are narrow, tree-lined, and technical. 

Road conditions  (4 out of 5)

The road surfaces are generally good throughout the route. There are often no shoulders on the mountain portions, and guardrails are sporadic.