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SBC2C – Looking Back on The Best Rides of 2020 – Happy New Year!

Every new year offers an exciting new opportunity for a fresh start, new exciting beginnings, new roads, new rides, and new places which we all look forward to in the New Year. No matter the destination or your resolve for the new year, ringing in the start of 2021, while making a swift departure from a dramatic 2020 is a moment to acknowledge. One, to celebrate all you’ve experienced during the Pandemic; and two, to welcome the new year ahead, hopefully a reset to pick up where we left off… #MOTOGP AUSTIN!

Whether you plan on greeting 2021 with optimism, the perfect first ride, or a well-timed meet n greet, we leave you with these top STREETBIKES COAST2COAST rides of 2020, possibly just what you need to help you celebrate the start of a (hopefully) happy new year.

Our December West Coast Ride was a great way to wrap up the 2020 riding season, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. California’s COVID-19 last minute shutdown put a halt to that ride. Logged well over (enter miles here) from the California Canyons, The Grand Canyons with breathtaking views 360° inside and out, to the many National Parks along Hwy 89A with it’s massive beauty filled with colorful foliage, falling leaves, twisting Canyon roads, and extreme changes in elevations from beautiful Sedona to Phoenix passing through Historic Jerome, as well as Prescott, ending in Willhoit.)

It’s Official! STREETBIKES COAST2COAST last group ride 2020 is in the books, and we are looking forward to 2021. Thanks for joining us both in person, and online, hope you had fun, and we’ll see you next year.

Featured Image
The Beautiful Echo Lake,
near the base of Mt. Evans, Co.

Best Rides of 2020

December 31, 2020

TheRider, Fred

Freestar

Modes of transportation alone doesn’t begin to describe our love and appreciation for our two wheeled beauties, nor are we particularly excited about the notion of bobbing in and out traffic. To push our limits on the open road can at times be extremely relaxing, and even cathartic. However, not any land mass of asphalt will do if you want to make the most out of your ride.

All across the United States, there is a plethora of awesome stretches unbelievable land mass on which you can really throttle  up for a good, long, uninterrupted ride, but beware, there are a few that are known to be exceptionally magnificent – for their scenery as well as their twisted curves, and hills with elevation change and dips that excites the soul. Although very difficult to choose, we bring you, in no particular order, some of our absolute favorites “Coast2Coast” a list of best STREETBIKES COAST2COAST rides, on some of the best roads in the USA.

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Blackhawk to Estes Park

The Peak to Peak Highway was established in 1918 and provides views of the Front Range Mountains in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The route passes through the Colorado counties of Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer. The route is classified as a scenic byway by the Colorado Department of Transportation.  

In addition to the stunning mountain scenery, this byway also provides a unique close-up look at the Continental Divide. The area is filled with aspen trees, so in the fall it becomes a dazzling quilt of gold, yellow, orange, green and brown. The fall is also a wonderful time to visit the area because it is elk mating season. Visitors flock to Estes Park to watch the mating rituals of the elk. Female and baby elk gather in a field as one male monopolizes his harem until he is challenged. The elk in this town have become so abundant that it is almost impossible to drive through Estes Park without seeing them – they almost seem to know the traffic laws!

Length: 55 mi

Constructed: 1918

Beartooth Highway

Montana & Wyoming

The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet above sea level, once called “the most beautiful drive in America”, by journalist Charles Kuralt. Beartooth Hwy/Beartooth Pass is the highest elevation paved road in the northern Rocky Mountains. a remote and smooth ride, and one of the best roads on which to become  mesmerized by the beautiful scenery. Take note however, due to freezing conditions, and heavy snow, it is closed for several months out of the year, but when open from Spring thru Fall, it is perhaps one of the most serene rides in America, if not the world.

Length: 68.7 Miles
Difficulty: Intermediate

Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina & Virginia

If you have not had the opportunity to make this ride, you should!! Everyone should experience The Blue Ridge Parkway which runs from Virginia all the way to Cherokee, North Carolina, a beautiful scenery, overlooks and amazing vistas the whole way is stunning. No big trucks are allowed on the Parkway and the speed limit is 45 (85 -100 for bikes) J.K! This allows you to take in all the amazing sights that creation has to offer. Of course, there are exits all along the way to take in the art, culture, and crafts of the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains. At nearly 500 miles in total, the Blue Ridge Parkway is nicknamed “America’s Favorite Drive” for a reason. Interestingly enough, this road starts right by Shenandoah National Park and ends at Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Both worth visiting whether or not you ride your motorcycle between them. Better still, besides the gorgeous Appalachian scenery, the winding country road is also dotted with numerous campsites, orchards, bars and restaurants… you name it and it can probably be found along this route. The cool part is, it is also connected, and surrounded by many other must ride great American roads.

Length: 469 Miles
Difficulty: Beginner

Cherohala Skyway

Tennessee

Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee certainly stands on its own as a great road. to ride,, and definitely one of our favorites. It can absolutely be a grueling, stand alone ride, but, if you really want to make the most out of a day’s ride with a group of super bikes, you can definitely create a loop via 360, 129, and 129 through the famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap. It’s a full day – and a difficult one – but the unique fact that two of the greatest motorcycle riding roads in the world are in such close proximity means that it is a fairly simple prospect to squeeze every possible bit of fun out of your day in a relatively short amount of time. Of course, if you’re in the area for more than a day, why not do it more than once? We do every time!

Length: 43 Miles
Difficulty: Intermediate

Pig Trail Scenic Byway

Arkansas

Don’t let the name fool you – this isn’t just some dirt path frequented by wild boars, although there is reason to believe that’s where the name initially came from. Technically, this road stretches for just 19 miles along Arkansas State Route 23 through Ozark National Forest – though savvy motorcycle riders will realize there are plenty of worthwhile roads in the same area that can be added on to make a day-long loop out of the ride. Whatever the case, this is a beautiful and serene ride – especially in the fall when the colors change – and isn’t too challenging that inexperienced riders can’t make the most of it, though it’s not so boring that the most seasoned bikers can’t enjoy it, too.

Length: 129.9 Miles
Difficulty: Beginner

San Juan Mountain Skyway

Colorado

Though the full stretch of road clocks in at 233 miles in length, there’s a roughly 25-mile section between the towns of Ouray & Silverton, Colorado that’s known as the “Million Dollar Highway.” The reason for the moniker is simple: this stretch of road offers up some of the most breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, thanks to the fact that it hugs the sides of the very mountains through which it runs. Those views are not without risk, however, as the winding trail can be treacherous on both sides – with a steep drop on one and the risk of falling rocks on the other. In inclement weather, you’ll want to steer clear of this road, but – once the sun comes up – hop on your motorcycle and prepare yourself for the ride of your life.

Length: 233 Miles
Difficulty: Intermediate

State Route 1

California

Colloquially known as Pacific Coast Highway, this north-to-south road traces practically the entirety of California’s oceanic edge – making it both one of the most beautiful and heavily trafficked stretches of pavement in the entire world. It’s an extremely easy ride because of slower-than-average speed limits, the fact that it cuts through a great many small towns and bigger cities, and its overwhelming popularity, but that doesn’t mean it is without danger – so keep an eye out for your fellow motorists on this road. It’s also important to keep in mind that, while you don’t have to tackle the entire 656-mile stretch, even a short ride on PCH requires patience and a good deal of free time for proper enjoyment.

Length: 655.8 Miles
Difficulty: Beginner

State Route 36

California

If a coastal cruise along one of the most famous roads in the world isn’t really your style, California still has plenty more to offer. For instance, State Route 36 – which stretches just shy of 250 miles east-to-west between Fortuna and Susanville – leaves the coast out of the ride entirely, opting instead for a windy mountain route through California’s famous redwoods. It’s not the most difficult of motorcycle roads on our list, but we still suggest that any riders exercise caution, as the twists and turns along SR 36’s mountainous path are blind in some places and it can be easy to get distracted by the scenery surrounding the asphalt.

Length: 248.9 Miles
Difficulty: Intermediate

Tail of the Dragon At Deals Gap

Tennessee

At 11 miles in length, The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is by far the shortest ride on our entire list. But, would you believe that it’s also the most challenging? Because it is. You see, this incredibly short ride manages to pack in a whopping 318 curves in that short distance – promising to be a ride you will never forget. But, unless you’re extremely experienced onboard a motorcycle, we’d suggest saving this ride for another time because, as you might imagine, this devilish collection of twists and turns can be violently unforgiving to any rider out of their depth. If you’re ready for the ultimate challenge, however, this is the road for you.

Length: 11 Miles
Difficulty: Advanced

The Twisted Sisters

Texas

Some say second only to the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap, that the Twisted Sisters loop in Texas is both one of the most challenging and most rewarding rides on this list. The 100-mile loop consists of three state routes – TX 335, TX 336, & TX 337 – and takes you around the Texas hill country through a series of grueling twists, turns, drops, and steep climbs. And while we’d not suggest tackling this stretch of pavement unless you are an exceedingly experienced rider, there’s no denying the allure of such a challenge. For the most die-hard fans of 2-wheeled road trips, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Length: 100 Miles
Difficulty: Advanced

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If you’d rather watch than ride without the worry of other slower drivers and riders on the road, you can forgo the public highways and opt instead for one of the best race track in America.

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