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Offline Rastus

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2018, 12:40:35 pm »
Route 191 in Arizona used to be highway 666(The Devil's Highway), but the road signs kept disappearing for souvenirs, so they changed the road number to 191.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2018, 01:05:11 am »
We are going to have a Meet and Greet on September 7th and 8th in Springerville.  Riding the Devil's Highway. Was the 666 and now the 191. It's listed on the forum as 'Southwest Meet and Greet'. On the calendar it's in the Southwest section.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2018, 04:31:31 am »
I'd have to recommend BC-99 from Kamloops to Squamish in British Columbia.  224 miles of some of the most delightful riding of the entire trip through the Canadian Rockies.  We hit other roads that were more scenic, but this made for a wonderful day of riding.  Twisty, turning roads.  Lightly traveled.  And with enough scenery to make you feel refreshed.

Another, but not nearly as long, is Hwy 542, the Mt. Baker Highway to Artist Point.

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Mt. Baker Highway is a "must-ride" for anyone who can find a way to get there. The road is in fantastic shape, the corners get tighter and more fun as make your way up. Throw in the stunning views of the North Cascades and you have a recipe for one of the best roads in the state.

Highway 542 begins in Bellingham but the part you are looking for starts at the East junction of 542 and hwy 9 near the Nooksack River Casino. Four or five miles of slowly winding road will bring you to a couple of 90 degree corners to get you warmed up for the ride. Veer right after the corners to stay on 542 and take it easy passing through Maple Falls. You'll hit a few fun and fast sweepers before coming up on the last two small towns Wamick and Glacier. Once passing Glacier and the nearby ranger station, it's time to have fun with nothing but an increasing twisty road to slow you down.

You'll pass several alpine lakes on your way to the top Past Glacier is about 20 miles of the some of the best stretch of twisties in the state. The first half is filled with fast smooth corners with signs recommending speeds between 25 and 45 mph. Law enforcement is generally not to prevalent out here but occasionally there are Border Patrol so keep an eye out. Most of the corners have good visibility with few surprises.

Not to long after passing Glacier you'll see a sign showing twisty roads for the next 11 miles. The road is about to get even better. As you head uphill, open sweepers give way to tighter blind corners. Several of the blind corners go on for a little longer then guess, so concentrate to avoid running wide to the other lane. As you continue uphill the forest turns into rocky cliffs and the road tightens up even more.

The smooth corners will make you want to go for repeat passes Tight, 15mph switchbacks, 20mph s-turns, uphill and downhill, the last 10 miles of the Mt. Baker hwy are tight, technical and an absolute blast. But watch out in the 15mph corners, there is often gravel on the inside of the corners and drivers who can't stay in their lanes.

The main road ends at Heather Meadows. As you arrive the road splits into a one-way as you curve around Picture Lake. Picture Lake is a great place to stop and take photos. If you walk down to the lake you can take pictures as it mirrors Mt. Shuksan in the distance. Getting back on the bike you'll follow the road up to the ski lodge. In the spring time, the ride ends here and it's time for a break before braving the 15mph downhill hairpins. But when the upper mountain begins to thaw (usually June), Artist Point opens up adding a few more miles and even tighter hairpins to the ride.

The alpine forests you pass through are beautiful The trip up Artist Point is well worth it. The views are incredible once you reach the top. Artist point demands caution, more then anywhere else on hwy 542. Many of the corners are even tighter then the 15mph hairpins down below and the road surface is more worn. The corners are also unmarked so it's easy to get suprised by a corner with a decreasing radius when you didn't expect it.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2018, 09:46:54 am »
Huh...nobody has posted anywhere in Kansas yet...

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2018, 01:43:23 pm »
Weekdays on the North Cascades Hwy.(Hwy. 20) From my house it is 156 miles to Winthrop and Carlos 1800 Cantina for lunch :beerchug: and then turn around and come back. :)
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2018, 05:06:50 pm »
I vote for Hwy 36 in N. California and for Hwy 93 In Idaho.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #31 on: July 22, 2018, 02:55:42 am »
I lived in Redding, CA, for 8 years, and one of my favorite day rides was 299 to Eureka, south on 101 to Fortuna, and 36 east through the big sequoias to Hayfork, 3 north to 299 back to Redding. About a 300 mile loop, with good seafood in Eureka. lots of fun.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2018, 12:22:41 pm »
I lived in Redding, CA, for 8 years, and one of my favorite day rides was 299 to Eureka, south on 101 to Fortuna, and 36 east through the big sequoias to Hayfork, 3 north to 299 back to Redding. About a 300 mile loop, with good seafood in Eureka. lots of fun.

When summer is over I plan on doing this ride!

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2018, 02:15:46 pm »
I will throw my name on the list for Devil's Highway.  Had the privilege of riding it last week.  It was a hot drive to get there coming from the grand canyon, but well worth it.  The kicker is I almost didn't do the whole road.  We got to Hannagan Meadow, a cool backwoods resort and I was pretty disappointed with the road up until that point.  Luckily I talked to the cook and bartender and they assured me that I hadn't touched any of the good stuff yet.  Boy were they right.  About 7 miles further and it became my favorite road.  Passing the Million Dollar Hwy, Road to the Sun, and Beartooth pass.  It was 70 miles of take your breath away views, crazy winding through different sides of many mountains.  Wildlife abound, almost hit a giant tarantula.  Mountain goats and a couple roaming horses along with free roaming cattle.  And then at the end the mine in Morenci blew my mind.  I have never seen such a huge mine.  It was like a man made Grand Canyon.  The best part is I think I saw about 10 other cars the whole 2 hours.