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Most of these I’ve traversed, but I attempted to avoid personal bias by including a few I’d like to add to my personal list of best roads ridden. So much exists out there to ride a top 10 list doesn’t do justice, nay, not even a top 100 list would begin to scratch the amount of asphalt deemed epic by motorcycle standards. These are but 10 of the best known stretches; the roads that every motorcyclist should at least ride a few of in his or her lifetime.

Often, the best roads to ride are the hidden gems you stumble across by chance, during an episode of losing your way from the road more travelled, only to be lost to romantic memory upon an attempt to relocate said road. A few times I’ve attempted to retrace an unplanned detour of riding excellence only to find it’s seemingly vanished like some version of moto-Brigadoon.
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Rode many of those. Will pick up the California ones soon, but probably won't copper canyon.

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Seems like they missed British Columbia. While I like Deal's Gap and usually ride down once or twice a year, that road is useless unless you like to ride twisty roads hard. Most don't and simply make riding the road extremely boring. My advice would be go early or find another route. Anyway, that little strip of twisty heaven can't begin to compare with the magnificence of something like BC.
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Five out of ten. I've ridden quite a few that are better.
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Five out of ten. I've ridden quite a few that are better.
I agree, but some are the best ride for those in that region. Just like some states that say they have the "Grand Canyon" of the east. I say, "Nice Ditch, but I have seen the Grand Canyon". "and this sir is no Grand Canyon!"

After seeing most of Texas, I can see why they are excited about the 3 sisters.

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Some much better in Texas including the River Road.
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#3, Centennial Lake Highway is nearby and I ride it frequently. It's nice but not amazing. There are many better roads in Canada like the Rockies in BC or the Cabot Trail in NS.
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Only 2 out of 10 (BRP and the Dragon). I've got more places to add to my must-ride list!

I agree with waltermitty that the River Road in Texas (between Presidio and Big Bend NP) is one of the best routes I've ever driven. Actually, it might get even better when you take it northwest from Presidio. It gets awfully lonesome out there; you don't want to break down. For isolation and desert beauty, it can't be beat.

(Note the verb above, "driven" -- I've only taken cars on this road. A long, long time ago, when I lived in El Paso.)

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I might have placed the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton ahead of a few of those roads.

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Another 10 best list...would love to ride all the ones I haven't ridden, and a whole bunch of other great roads on the way there and back. Just go ride!


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Only two of those, the TOD and the Three Sisters...

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After seeing most of Texas, I can see why they are excited about the 3 sisters.
Agree. The Three Sisters are a nice break from the vast extensions of straight roads in Texas... Although, if you ride through Texas in secondary roads, it isn't that boring.
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...Anyway, that little strip of twisty heaven can't begin to compare with the magnificence of something like BC.
I've ridden THREE of them (9,4 and 1), and I AGREE w/ saddlebag, which is the reason I moved there in June 2011.

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I might have placed the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton ahead of a few of those roads.
I AGREE w/ ATYC, and I would add California 299 between Eureka and Redding as VERY close to number 1!

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Only two of those, the TOD and the Three Sisters...



Agree. The Three Sisters are a nice break from the vast extensions of straight roads in Texas... Although, if you ride through Texas in secondary roads, it isn't that boring.
When I was a young flyboy I lived in San Antone and was a regular visitor to that area. There was a lot of patrol back then. I got pulled over a couple times. Military ID works great to get out of a ticket down there.

I took my wife down to SA 10 years or so ago and was amazed by all the traffic. I saw no one on motorcycles and as fast and closely packed as they drove I'm not sure I blame them. There's no room for anyone's error in that kind of traffic. I also took her out to Medina and it was still nice out that way.

When I lived down there I didn't even own a car. Don't think that would be feasible anymore.
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I was in San Antonio back in September and I did see quite a bit of motorcycles. Lots of cruisers, I'd say that 8 out of 10 motorcycles I saw were cruisers. I did manage to see a squid wreck on the I-10 all by himself.
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I was in San Antonio back in September and I did see quite a bit of motorcycles. Lots of cruisers, I'd say that 8 out of 10 motorcycles I saw were cruisers. I did manage to see a squid wreck on the I-10 all by himself.
Were you on 410? That's where I noticed the heavy traffic.
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