Fall is in the air. Before you know it, golden hillsides will turn to snow and your bike will be sitting on a battery tender in the garage. Take advantage of the opportunity to ride while you still can and check out one of these classic Fall jaunts on some of our favorite roads.
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Riding up the famous Mount Washington Auto Road is a bucket-list ride. Do it in the Fall when the surrounding White Mountains are lit in gold and you are in for an experience you’ll never forget. It’s only about 7 miles up the mountain and you are required to pay a toll to do it, but it’s worth every penny.
It’s also easy link some of the surrounding roads for a full day of riding. Our favorites include Highway 113B just over the border in Maine and the very popular Kancamagus Highway just south of Mount Washington. This is an incredibly popular area of the country when the leaves are changing so if you can get out for a weekday ride you’ll find much less traffic on the road. Look out for “leafers!”
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Needles Highway, South Dakota
When the masses converge every August for the Sturgis Rally, you’ll see bikes in every nook and cranny of the Black Hills. Make the effort to come up here in the shoulder seasons and you may be the only one chewing up the asphalt on the Needles Highway. The name comes from the granite “needles” dotting surrounding the landscape which, combined with the super cool tunnels you get to ride through makes this a true classic.
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Lizard Head Pass, Colorado
The southwestern corner of Colorado is a well known motorcycle destination. Towns like Telluride, Ouray and Durango are perfect launch points for ADV rides, singletrack adventures and some of the best road riding in the country. While there are plenty of famous passes and spectacular roads in the state one of the often overlooked rides is Lizard Head Pass. If you are in the Four Corners area you shouldn’t miss riding Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray, but for even more fun is to loop it together with Lizard Head Pass and tick off two of Colorado's iconic roads in one day.
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Mt Magazine, Arkansas
You’ve never been to the Ozarks? Well, get a move on it. Middle America might not be the obvious location for incredible motorcycle riding but the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas and Southern Missouri have some of the best you’ll find anywhere. You pretty much can't go wrong by just wandering around the orange, red and gold canopy colored roads, but, Mt. Magazine offers some dramatic vistas that get you above the trees as well.
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Ebbetts Pass, California
Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a motorcycle is beyond awesome but there are only a handful of roads in California that actually cut all the way through. Ebbetts Pass is one of them. It’s just north of Yosemite and has just about everything you could ask for in a quality road ride. Long sweeping corners, crazy switchbacks and epic views. It’s on our Fall list because the crisp mountain air, lack of traffic and remoteness of this ride are hard to top.
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