Best Roads For Long Motorcycle Rides in USA – Take The Scenic Route

October 5, 2016 | By More
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Taking the Scenic Route: Best Roads for Long Motorcycle Rides

Top Long Motorcycle Rides

A motorcycle is more than a way to get from one place to another. It’s a way to experience the ride more fully than you can in a car. The most important part of that experience is the route, and there are plenty of great roads to choose from for a long and pleasant ride. Before putting your bike away for the winter, think about checking out some rides made for viewing the fall foliage. Get out your thicker jackets and see if any of these rides are in your area.

The Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon Motorcycle Ride
US 129 and NC28, one mile south of the TN/NC state line, better known as the Tail of the Dragon, comes in at a relatively short 11 miles. That might seem short on paper, but it’s still enough space to pack in 318 turns between Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s an exciting ride, but it’s important not to take it too quickly. Accidents can happen, so smart riders either take it slow or make sure they can handle a steep ride. The curves along this road will take you past some of the most beautiful fall colors.

Needles Highway

Needles Motorcycle Ride
Needles Highway is a ride for people who love to get up close to nature. The road is fourteen miles long along South Dakota highway 87 and it passes right through Custer State Park in South Dakota as well as the Black Hills. It offers scenic views of mountains and trees, but the most unique feature has to be the animals. Bison have been known to come right up to the road, so a leisurely ride down this highway can provide a rare chance to get a close encounter with one of America’s most iconic species. This time of year you are sure to see many different birds from migratory patterns as well.

Beartooth Highway

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The Beartooth Highway between Montana and Wyoming comes in at 68 miles long along State Highway 120, which is more than enough space to offer a variety of sights. The road cuts through two forests and plenty of mountainous terrain before it ends near the entrance to the beautiful Yellowstone National Park. It’s best to experience this ride during the summer and early fall, both to make sure that the flowers are in bloom and to avoid inconvenient road closings due to bad weather.

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway is a ride for history buffs. It’s a leisurely ride through Virginia that runs past several historical sites, most of which were important during the Civil War. The whole ride goes for 469 miles with a relatively low speed limit, so this is one trip that might take a couple of days to complete.

The difference between a bad trip and a great ride comes down to the road. Each road has something unique to offer, so it’s important to get out there and try as many of them as possible to see which you like.

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About The Author:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Lawyers at Scherline And Associates recommend you always keep a look out for cars on the side of the road during any of these routes. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
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