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Top 10 Best Motorcycling Touring Roads

'I've been everywhere, man; I've been everywhere, man; across the deserts bare, man; I've breathed the mountain air, man; of travel I've had my share, man; I've been everywhere.' óJohnny Cash

Even for Johnny Cash, it would be a mighty feat to ride America's 3.9 million miles of highways, byways, avenues and alleys to get, as the song says, "everywhere." Although sometimes it may feel like we've traveled every road worth a ride, the biker DNA bubbling in our blood tells us there is, somewhere, the spectacular road not taken.

Not that we haven't tried to ride everywhere. Aside from a few heated water-cooler debates, varying levels of certifiable psychosis, polite differences of opinion and immeasurable variables of riding style, the staff at carefully considered its 300 or so years of collective biking experience and named these the Top 10 touring roads in the U.S., although no peaceable agreement could be made as to order, except for the fistfight averting alphabetical.

Print this, stuff it in your leather shirt, get off the couch and on your bike, and find some adventure.

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What!, the Blue Ridge Parkway didn't make the list....... I'm beginning to wonder if you guys even ride.
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yea, but the Million Dollar Highway did.. awesome ride
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 05:26 AM
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Am I beatin on a different drum here, or what...???
First, I think they took the touring bit too far, then wasn't it Hank Snow before Johnny Cash...???
Or could it be I didn't evolve, naw its a
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It will never make any lists, but the best - the BEST - road I know of is Bonetti Road in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. It connects Mormon Emigrant Trail to North-South roads (both are roads every rider MUST ride).

Bonetti has every feature that takes a road beyond the merely great into a truly legendary ride.

Beyond ultra-twisty.
Covered with rocks and forest litter.
Less than one lane.
Trees and bushes growing into the road, leaving a space barely a bike wide.
Tremendous vistas.
Completely deserted.

Some times, it was hard to tell where the road was, the forest litter was so thick. One rider wondered if cannibal pygmies would jump out and get us, it was that remote. Bonetti is, in my view, the best road I have ever ridden. Goat trails just don't come any goatier.

As for wide open sweepers, eh, they're ok. Give me a goat trail, that's where the VN750 shines.

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I would have to place highway 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff on my list of top ten. Better known as Oak Creek Canyon.


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First of all, it was Hank Snow, not Johnny Cash and yes, 89A is awesome!
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I learned to drive on this road, and my brother lives right off of it. I can not wait to get up there on my bike. I have always thought it to be one of the most beautiful and enjoyable slabs of pavement that could possibly exist. It climbs, curves, banks, and twists like no other road I have ever been on. And the scenery is absolutely magnificent. I'm hoping to get up there this summer, or better still, this fall, when the best foliage in the world is putting on its fireworks show.
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Print this, stuff it in your leather shirt, get off the couch and on your bike, and find some adventure.
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What!, the Blue Ridge Parkway didn't make the list....... I'm beginning to wonder if you guys even ride.
How can you question their knowledge of motorcycle riding when they wear "leather shirts"? I am sure when they put on their full leathers they start with lederhosen. lol

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None from West Virginia either?

Car and Driver got it right, they listed WV16. And then there's WV47, 33, 119, 68, 2, old US50, US50, all the roads running north/south on the eastern side, hell the slabs, I-77 and I-79, and even I-64, will keep you awake and interested.

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