An equal distance from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Kansas is located deep in the heart of America’s vast farmlands. Although the state is one of the nation’s top producers of crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans, agriculture is not the only thing you will find in these roughly 80,000 square miles of land. To the east of Kansas’s great plains are forests and rolling hills cut into the earth long ago by glaciers. Kansas’s roads might not be the most technical or exciting, but there are certainly some fun and scenic motorcycle rides in Kansas, The Sunflower State, that are worth riding.
In a state dominated by farmland and open prairie, planning out your ride to hit the best Kansas motorcycle roads is going to make the difference between a great trip and one that leaves you a bit unsatisfied. The REVER App is free to use and makes riding a state’s best motorcycle roads as simple and browsing routes and selecting what looks best to you. Then just gas up and go! Create new routes, log your rides and share with friends all within the app. Want even more planning and tracking tools at your disposal? Upgrade your account to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Learn about everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next two-wheeled adventure.
Kansas’s hot summers, somewhat cold winters and pleasant spring/fall seasons mean that you can ride here pretty much any time of the year. If you plan to do some winter riding in Kansas, take a look at the forecast and try to plan your riding on days that aren’t too cold. Be prepared for low temps by gearing up with a base + mid layer underneath an insulative, wind-blocking jacket/pant combo, and don’t forget some warm gloves. The spring and fall seasons are great times to explore Kansas on two wheels, just be prepared for any wet weather by packing in some rain gear. Given that Kansas is located in Tornado Alley, always take a look at the forecast before heading out on the bike to make sure you don’t run into any of the nasty storms that can batter this part of the country from roughly April through June. During July and August, temperatures frequently reach into the 90’s. If riding in Kansas during this time of year, be sure to utilize hot weather riding gear and stay well hydrated by increasing your water intake in the days before your ride in addition to packing water with you via a wearable hydration system or similar device.
Motorcycle enthusiasts who are visiting or passing through Kansas should place one particularly relevant attraction towards the top of their destination list: The Evel Knievel Museum. Located in Topeka, this museum contains and interprets the largest collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia in the world. While in Topeka you can also pay a visit to the Combat Air Museum. Here you can view a diverse collection of combat aircraft and related artifacts dating from World War 1 through the Cold War. For a truly unique museum experience, head to the Strataca Salt Mine Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas and head 650ft below the surface. Deep within one of the world’s largest deposits of rock salt, you can tour a cavernous mine via electric minecart and learn about the unique challenges and work involved with mining rock salt at such a depth. In the very southwestern corner of the state is the Cimarron National Grassland. These 100,000+ acres of natural terrain are a great place for hiking, picnicking, and fishing on the Cimarron River.
This loop our of Junction City heads southeast and then up Old K10 Road to Alma before looping back on Hessdale Road, then along the 4, and back up the 57 to Junction City.
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