There is something uniquely thrilling and satisfying about touring by motorcycle. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, then the tremendous sense of freedom when hitting the road with your ‘baby’ is not foreign to you. You know the electrifying sensation you feel as your motorcycle roars and vibration cruises all over your veins. There no words that can capture the heightened adventure and awareness as you sweep through twisties and curves. Riding a motorcycle gives you the best way to get close to nature’s beauty. To feel the wind on your face; feel it as it plays with your hair. This thrill is second to none. However, to fully enjoy the thrill of touring by motorcycle, you need to know which routes are the best. You need to know which roads will intensify your adventure by sheer beauty or fascinating landscapes.
There are millions of miles of roads in America. However, not all roads are the same. As a motorcycle enthusiast, it is important to note that there are roads, and there are motorcycle roads. If you have a spectacular motorcycle road trip, then you should begin by finding out the best motorcycle roads and routes. This is because a great road will always lead to a great and fulfilling motorcycle ride.
With the numerous splendid motorcycle roads in the United States, choosing the top routes is always a hot button topic. It often provokes discussion with controversies and disagreement to present a top 5 or top ten roads in the United States. Fortunately, this article does not present you with top motorcycle routes but tries to showcase which routes provides motorcycle enthusiasts with the best experience. Some of these routes include:
The Pacific coast highway, also known as California State Route 1, stacks favorably as one of the best motorcycle routes in the US. In fact, some motorcycle enthusiasts have labeled it the undisputed motorcycle route due to the smorgasbord of treats it offers. The Pacific coast highway offers a scenic roadway like no other. If you decide to ride on this laudable motorcycle route, be ready to be mesmerized by the towering redwood forest, crashing surf, and seal-punctuated beaches.
You will also be glad to know that the Pacific coast highway offers you enough curves to spice up your trip and keep you contented end to end. The highway can be said to be a cliff-hugging ribbon that stretches 120 miles. On it, you will find frequent turnouts that will provide you with a golden opportunity to enjoy panoramic and stellar views. The kind of stellar views you will feast your eyes on when you are riding on the Pacific coast highway will certainly whet your appetite for more. And this should not be a problem because the pacific coast highway is pretty extensive. It stretches pretty much the entire California coast; from Malibu to the Oregon border and beyond.
If you are planning on enjoying a motorcycle ride on the Pacific coast highway, it is advisable that you avoid it during summer weekends because Big Sur is famously fogbound. Additionally, make sure that you visit the Hearst Castle.
Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee
The tail of the dragon, also known as the Deal’s Gap, is another motorcycle route widely considered as one of the best motorcycle roads in America. The route is a Hollywood favorite and has been featured in several movies and TV shows including The Fugitive and Top Gear. The road got its notable name due to its striking simulacrum of a dragon tails. The route boasts over 300 curves, and the sharpest curve has been given several nicknames including Gravity Cavity and Copperhead Corner. The rail of the dragon
Due to its exhilarating curves, you are sure to find motorcycle enthusiasts and die-hard sport-bike riders making a beeline on this road in a bid to test their cornering skills. And you don’t have to worry about an oncoming truck because no trucks are allowed. There is a shrine, known as the Tree of Shame, which has motorcycle parts attached to it y those who were unable to tame the dragon. It is hence important that you just enjoy the curves without proving your bravado.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
If you enjoy mountain route, then the Blue Ridge Parkway will definitely whet your interest. In fact, this iconic mountain route features almost on every serious motorcyclist must-do list. The road snakes through the Virginia countryside featuring a fair share of local charms including the enthralling Civil War Battle sites. As you follow the route to the south, you will be ushered into the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, you will get to enjoy sweeping curves and eye-catching scenery.
The Blue Ridge Parkway has a compulsory 45-mile-per-hour speed limit, which is a good thing because it allows you to feast your eyes on all the view that reach a crescendo south of Ashville, North Carolina. Although the parkway can be ridden in one day, it is recommended that you take two days. It is worth mentioning that there are no gas stations on the Blue Ridge parkway itself; you have to exist to fill up.