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Places to ride
Everything looks different from a bike. It has a way of changing your
entire perspective on things. So as you begin to ride,
you’ll enjoy getting to know your own city or town
better than ever. As a motorcycle rider, you’re free to
explore all the hidden corners in your part of the
Road trip, anyone? Whether it’s the kind of journey you make in a day, or
the cross-country trip of a lifetime, nothing beats
seeing the world from your motorcycle. As a rider,
you’re in a unique position to experience things
An epic ride can happen anytime, anywhere—it’s up to you and your bike. But here are a few routes that are stories just waiting for a hero. That could be you.
Cruise the California coast from Monterey County to San Luis Obispo along 90 beautiful miles of Highway 1. Consider a scenic detour among stunning mountain vistas by taking the Nacimiento-Fergusson road.
Utah’s breathtaking Zion National Park features 54 miles of ultra-scenic byway along Highway 9. Just take it from I-15 to Mt. Carmel Junction. Side trips to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell offer great riding opportunities.
New York’s Hudson Valley is a playground of wineries, eateries, charming villages and gorgeous wooded landscapes. It’s all only 90 minutes from Manhattan, spanning from Yonkers to Albany with I-87 to your east and Highway 9 to your west.
Go beyond the neon and explore the wonderland of stunning rock formations, desertscapes and red rock canyons surrounding Sin City. Highways 167 and 169 create a convenient network between Valley of Fire National Park, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.
Though Nashville itself isn’t known as a riding hotspot, it’s absolutely perfect as a fun base camp for great journeys. You’ve got horse country just 179 miles north in Louisville. Elvis Presley’s Graceland is 212 miles to the southwest. And the museums and attractions of Cincinnati are just 300 miles north.
TIPS AND BEST PRACTICES
Motorcycle riding gives back everything you put into it—and more. Remember these tips to get the most out of every ride.
Make sure you always wear the appropriate gear, and that your motorcycle is outfitted for the type of ride you’re taking.
Be real about your own experience level and capabilities. Choose rides that match your skills and only do what you’re comfortable with. Don’t rush into advanced rides—life is a long road and you’ll get there. Extra training and practice never hurt.
Ride without distractions and be on the lookout for motorists who aren’t paying attention. Remember that lots of drivers don’t see motorcycle riders as they should. Always stay in a driver’s mirror.
Brake before you turn, not during. Remember to adjust your speed. Trust your own best judgment and the performance of your bike.
A properly maintained bike is key. But don’t forget to maintain your safety equipment and riding gear, too.
Motorists make mistakes. You might make a mistake or two, too. Plan for safety and you can mitigate unpleasant surprises.