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Favorite Rides: Motorcycle Rides from Rider Readers
Favorite Rides are YOUR favorite motorcycle rides. Published monthly in Rider magazine, each ride is from a different contributor. To submit your Favorite Ride for consideration, check out the Rider Magazine Editorial Guidelines.

A Short History of California’s Cuesta Pass on U.S. 101

This gate closes any further access to the original Padre Trail.

Clement Salvadori
August 31, 2015

Here the Padre Trail is approaching Cuesta Pass. I imagine we all have a lot of favorite roads. One of mine is very short. About three miles long, ascending, or descending, a thousand feet along the west side of Cuesta Canyon, just north of San Luis Obispo, California. It’s dirt, one-lane, built... Read more »

The Grand Canyon—Rim-to-Rim on Two Wheels

Tunnels, bridges, narrow ledges and amazing views dot the steep trek down the North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tim Kessel
August 5, 2015

It would be one of the world’s greatest loop rides…except for that big crevasse that gets in the way. You’ll just have to settle for a fantastic ride that comes up about 12 miles short of a full circle. Yes, those 12 miles that are impassible on a motorcycle are what make the ride so spectac­ular.... Read more »

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

The endless straight ribbon of asphalt undulates along the 49th parallel north.

Trevor Marc Hughes
July 10, 2015

I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right,... Read more »

A Fiery Lap — Pleasant Detours in Colorado

Goose, goose – duck! Overlooking the stunning San Miguel Mountains on Colorado Route 145.

Lee Goodwin
June 4, 2015

Goose, goose – duck! Overlooking the stunning San Miguel Mountains on Colorado Route 145. I’m barreling along a tiny Colorado highway on a sparkling sunny June afternoon with Asleep at the Wheel’s country music in my ears and a shiny new Moto Guzzi in full song. I turn north and there, over the... Read more »

Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line.

Frederick Tressler
May 8, 2015

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line. I was about an hour outside of Kansas City heading south on U.S. Route 169, a lightly traveled four-laner, and it was great to finally be on the open... Read more »

Utah Splendor: Native American history and geologic revelations.

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Story and photos by Tom Culbertson
April 15, 2015

Riding in Utah is always a treat. You are served a wide variety of motorcycle roads, a cornucopia of awesome and incredibly beautiful parks and endless exotic landscapes. As you might conclude, Utah is one of my favorite rides. This time I’m riding the southern third, west to east. Taking a photo/rest... Read more »

South Carolina Secrets: Throttle Therapy in the Palmetto State’s National Heritage Corridor

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock.

Marshall Swanson
March 5, 2015

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock. If the weekend arrives and I only have time for a ride of a few hours instead of days, there’s a good chance I’ll aim my Honda Magna... Read more »

Meandering Through the Midwest

The rails follow the river.

James R. Petersen
February 3, 2015

The rails follow the river. The planning session for the ride had been laughable. We were three old farts, card-carrying AARP members, edging into retirement. Gary had suggested a three-day trip to Red Wing, Minnesota. Dick fiddled with a recently acquired GPS. I unrolled a map. “What’s to figure... Read more »

Sierra Nevada Three-Pass Motorcycle Ride

Sandy was the tail gunner on his Can-Am Spyder on the high part of Sonora Pass.

Rick Brown
December 30, 2014

Jake, Jerry and the group on the way up Sonora Pass. Our ride with the Sacramento Road Cruisers today starts in Folsom, California, and heads out of town via Latrobe Road through rural Sacramento County, past cattle ranches and oak woodlands. From there, State Route 49 take us south, twisting and turning... Read more »

Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

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