When it comes to scenery, California has it all. There are endless miles of shining Pacific Coast shoreline, twisted canyon roads, and tree-filled mountain passes. The views alone draw motorcyclists from around the world, bringing about some of the most popular motorcycle hangouts known to humankind.
According to MotorcycleRoads.com, the top 5 most traveled routes in California for 2021 were the:
- Pacific Coast Cruise
- Enjoy the crashing waves and sights from Highway 1 between Leggett in Mendocino county to Dana Point in Orange County.
- California Route 36
- This is one 140-mile route of twisted redwood dotted roads that will take you from Red Bluff to Fortna.
- Palomar Mountain Loop
- Ride through the Cleveland National Forest and check out the Palomar Mountain observatory on this breathtaking ride.
- The Lost Highway 58
- The lost highway offers twisty roads and constantly varying altitudes that bring thrills to all the senses.
- Angeles Crest Highway
- This 66-mile route brings you straight through the Angeles National Forest, where you will find streams, reservoirs, and amazing views.
Here are a few bonus routes from a friend in Silicon Valley that loves twisty roads:
- Take HWY 9 from Saratoga to Santa Cruz, passing through the Santa Cruz mountain towns of Boulder Creek and Felton.
- Head partway up HWY 9 to Skyline Blvd (HWY 35) to HWY 84 to Alice’s restaurant in Redwood City and then head west on a beautiful twisty ride out to the coast at Pescadero.
- Take 180 into and out of Kings Canyon; he said this one was fun, fun, and will never forget it!
Safety Tips and Gear
Let’s face it, as a motorcycle enthusiast, you are 100% aware of your driving rights and the additional risks associated with being on two wheels. Unfortunately, most passenger car drivers have no idea and can maneuver in ways that put your life in danger without realizing it. Additionally, it is unknown how well cars with autonomous functions register motorcyclists on the road and have caused accidents in the past.
So, how can you stay safe on the road when most drivers are clueless about how to engage with motorcycles on it? You can participate in advanced riding courses with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation if you haven’t already. Advanced riding courses will teach you new skills in bike handling, emergency maneuvers and could even lower the cost of your bike insurance. Other tips include:
- Check your bike before riding.
- Look for deflated or worn down tires, leaks, dysfunctional lights, and other damage.
- Explain proper safety measures to passengers.
- Tell inexperienced passengers how to sit and lean on the bike while riding.
- Know your ride.
- Get acquainted with the mechanics of handling a new motorcycle before riding in busy areas.
- Follow the traffic laws.
- This will mitigate unnecessary risks and keep you on the right side of the law if you get into an accident.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Take extra caution in the rain or snow, and always keep an eye out for obstacles and road damage.
You can also protect yourself by purchasing and wearing motorcycle safety gear, like:
- A DOT-approved helmet.
- Check your helmet for cracks and replace used helmets every five years.
- Clothing like a jacket, pants, or suit that guards against road rash.
- Protective clothing can mean the difference between going to the hospital and not in the event of an accident.
- Motorcycle boots.
- Motorcycle boots are designed for safety; for example, they have oil-proof soles and laces on the inside to eliminate tangles with the bike.
- Gloves protect your hands in a fall as you instinctively try to catch yourself with your hand.
Handling a Motorcycle Accident
Once you are able to, find legal assistance and don’t take the first settlement that comes along. The Law Brothers will dive into your case and take it to trial to ensure you receive full and fair compensation. They have an aggressive litigation team with a thorough understanding of California law. It doesn’t cost anything until you win. Schedule a free consultation today.