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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.

California’s Angeles Crest Highway and Beyond

Mount Wilson Observatory boasts a 60-inch telescope, among the largest available for public viewing.

Gary Koz Mraz
April 4, 2012

Snaking through the San Gabriel Mountains, California’s 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway, part of State Route 2, provides exceptional riding and spectacular views. Part of the road was closed for repairs for five years before it was reopened briefly in May 2009, then the road was closed again due to fires.... Read more »

Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride

Washington SR 410 from the saddle

Phil Buonpastore
February 1, 2012

[This Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The sun was shining. In the weeks before moving from Atlanta to Seattle, virtually everyone I talked to managed to get in at least one comment about the weather: “I hope you... Read more »

New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride

Tapetes de Lana, a cottage industry in Mora, New Mexico.

Laura Melvin
January 24, 2012

[This New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] The name Las Vegas is generally associated with glitzy gambling in Nevada and Sin City, the fastest-growing city in the United States. But there is another Las Vegas that sits quietly... Read more »

Central California’s Morro Bay Loop Favorite Ride

Author Tom Culbertson with Moto Guzzi on Pacific Coast Highway

Tom Culbertson
January 11, 2012

[This Central California’s Morro Bay Loop Favorite Ride was originally published in the December 2011 issue of Rider magazine] One of my favorite rides includes a road loaded with demanding curves and fantastic Pacific Ocean views, a road through peaceful and solitary farmland, and a road meandering... Read more »

Americade Day Trip to Lake George, New York

Crowd and balloons at Americade

Lance Oliver
November 14, 2011

I’m 25 miles north of Lake George, New York, taking a break alongside the shore of the lake of the same name, when four riding buddies pull in beside me. Nothing unusual about that. Except for the mix of motorcycles they’re riding: a brand-new, big-ticket Harley-Davidson cruiser, a 1980s-era 750cc... Read more »

From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape

BMW overlooking skyline of Los Angeles

Rider Contributor
October 14, 2011

story and photography by Steven W. Ross [This Favorite Ride: From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] My Beemer overlooking the skyline of Los Angeles. In 1980 British artist David Hockney produced the painting “Mulholland... Read more »

Relaxing Oregon Motorcycle Rides: Exploring Unity, Oregon

Cornering confidence in Unity, Oregon

Rider Contributor
September 15, 2011

[This Motorcycle Ride through Unity, Oregon was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by Ben Getz My wife Mari shows off her recently acquired cornering confidence from the track day she took. Not bad for a grandmother of four! What distinction does this... Read more »

A Western Montana Motorcycle Ride to Wisdom, Opportunity and Treasure

Big Hole Battlefield, Montana

Kathleen Kemsley
August 12, 2011

[This Western Montana Motorcycle Ride was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the July 2011 issue of Rider] story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley Three wishes I made, three places I sought on a warm and breezy summer day in western Montana. Riding south through the Bitterroot Valley, my red... Read more »

Riding the Best of Arkansas in this Peak-to-Peak Motorcycle Run

Antique Bike Run in Arkansas

Rider Contributor
August 11, 2011

[This Peak-to-Peak Alaskan Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by David Bell This group from the Antique Bike Run takes on the tight curves and 2,300-foot elevation change of AR 309 below Magazine. Living in one of the nation’s top... Read more »

Oregon Coast Motorcycle Ride from Eugene to the Sea

Baker Beach and Oregon coast

Rider Contributor
August 11, 2011

[This Oregon Coast Motorcycle Ride from Eugene to the Sea Favorite Ride was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Story and photography by Steve Mustoe Looking south from Highway 101 toward Florence. Baker Beach is in the foreground. Oregon is well known for its dramatic coastline,... Read more »

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