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The Top Fifteen Motorcycle Riding Trips in the USA – And Our List of Hidden Gems

The Perfect Motorcycle Road Trip

Without the proper road, riding your motorcycle would just be, well, dull.

A long jaunt down the highway surrounded by cagers commuting to their jobs while they simultaneously apply makeup, text their pals, read the news on Yahoo! and fiddle with their XM satellite radio dials is not only horrible in the extreme, but dangerous as well.

That’s why you need to give a little more thought to which route you’ll choose when you want to maximize your riding time, and we’re here to help with that decision.

Beginning in 1924, the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) has carefully considered the future of motorcycling and promoted motorcycling in all it’s various forms. One of the most useful things the association has done recently is poll its 230,000 members to come up with a list of roads sure to make your ride scenic and memorable. AMA President and CEO, Rob Dingman, asked his members to nominate 100 roads they think are the best in the U.S. for motorcycling, and then narrow that list down to the top fifteen.

Given that riders in the Western states have the advantage of year-round weather conditions most conducive to riding, the list is heavily biased along those geographic lines, so here it goes.

A  List of the AMA’s Top Fifteen Roads to Ride

The Honorable Mention List

Our Killer List of Secret Midwest Favorites

I-135 from Bloomington, Indiana to the Ohio River at the border.

Most sections of the run include sharp turns which lead to breathtaking climbs and descents. The fall colors are awesome, and Brown County and the northern tip of the route is a camping and hiking mecca.

M 119 from Mackinaw City, Michigan to Harbor Springs, Michigan.

This ride follows the Lake Michigan lakeshore through what the locals call the “tunnel of trees,” and features perfect road surfaces and stunning scenery. Do yourself a favor and stop in lovely Wequetonsing, Michigan to see how the other half lives along Little Traverse Bay.

Want to forge your own path and ignore the excellent advice we’ve put together? Yeah, we know, you’re a rebel and you have to go your own way.

The AAA Triptik Travel Planner can give you an excellent starting point for your journey.

Now that you’re ready to roll and you’ve picked your route and destination, here are a few things to consider to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch:



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