Epic Rides and Destinations
As most two-wheeled veterans will tell you, there's a lot more to motorcycling than
the bikes themselves. Part of the sport's mystique is the going
, the doing
and the traveling
– the places you'll see, the people you'll meet and the
great adventures you're sure to have.
Whether it's attending a laid-back east coast touring rally, a high-energy MotoGP
or club-level roadrace, or a leisurely ride through the Appalachians or Texas Hill
Country with a passenger or a riding buddy or two, heading out for a day or three
– or a week or two – on a motorcycle is a thrill unmatched anywhere. Like Bob Seger
says in his epic motorcycling song Roll Me Away
… "We rolled across
the high plains, deep into the mountains. Felt so good to me, finally feeling free…"
Here are a handful of epic destinations and rides, in no particular order…
The seminal touring rally, held in Lake George,
N.Y., is also one of the best all-around motorcycling get-togethers anywhere. June
MotoGP at Laguna Seca & Indianapolis
The best road racers in the
world bangin' bars for an entire weekend, plus plenty to do in and around the Monterey,
Calif. and Indianapolis, Ind. areas. July (Laguna Seca) and August (Indy)
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
America's biggest and best vintage extravaganza
features motocross, roadracing, a fantastic swap meet, demo rides and much, much
more at central Ohio's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. July
The Sturgis Rally
Get your custom-bike vibe going in the biggest
way possible while enjoying the scenery and roads in the beautiful Black Hills region
of South Dakota. August
Daytona Bike Week
Every March, the Daytona International Speedway
and surrounding areas host one of the largest gatherings of racers, cruisers, customs
and shows in the nation. Don't miss it! March. Biketoberfest Just like Bike Week,
but a little more relaxed.
includes rallies, shows, races and a taste of the
street scene that made the original "Bike Week" famous. October.
Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic
This Midwest event has
everything a motorcyclist could want – racing, great roads, a swap meet, good food,
and that great Midwest vibe. June
The Blue Ridge Parkway
From Virginia to South Carolina (or vice-versa),
the BRP is 470 wonderful miles of perfect pavement, beautiful scenery, great eateries
and quaint motels – the perfect place for that leisurely ride you've been dreaming
about, especially in the fall.
Utah's Highway 12
One of the most picturesque highways you'll ever
ride, Utah 12 runs from beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park to its conclusion near
the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. 'Amazing' is the only way to describe
California's Pacific Coast Highway
One is epic from top to bottom,
but the 100-plus-mile run from Santa Maria to Carmel is enough to make grown motorcyclists
cry. You simply can't believe the views.
Barber Vintage Fest
This one's more than a vintage racing and swap-meet
extravaganza; there's also the world-beating Barber Motorsports Museum, in Leeds,
Ala., with over 1000 motorcycles you've got to see to believe. October.
We know; the region's far away, and pricey, too. But if
you're looking for some of the world's best motorcycling, culture, food and history,
the Austrian, Swiss, French and Italian Alps – especially in the fall – will knock
your riding boots right off your feet.
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