I've riden this section both on the bike and in a car. Its quite a tight, twisty and undulating piece of road. The surface is in good condition but there are a lot of bobbles in the road, these are more due to the type of countryside it runs through than the surface being neglected. It runs through some nice scenery but the road demands your attenion so you dont get a lot of time to take it all in. During periods of rain it can get very slippery in places as some sections run under a shroud of trees and there are places where fallen leaves can cover the road.
The Orr Springs road has many twists and turns and can be used to join up with lots of other fun motorcycling roads in this area going from nowhere particularly to nowhere particularly but which are great fun!
A 12km stretch with a very nice combination of corners that you can just keep going back for!
A fantastic combination of good surface, interesting selection of good corners make this surely one of the best motorcycling roads anywhere?
Great views, sticky tarmac and nice corners, try this route!!
Short but sweet, very nice corners.
Okay, you are heading south in search of good roads and youve taken Nacimiento/Fergeson Road to Fort Hunter-Liggit and G14 south past Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento. About 6 miles past Nacimiento Dam youll come to Chimney Rock Road.
Turn right onto it and enjoy fine tarmac and undulating twisties for the next five miles. Then youll come to Adelaide Drive on the left. Take it and it leads to Vineyard Drive after about 3 miles.
Vineyard Drive is just that. Vineyards and wineries along the road. This section is more travelled than the first sections but a very pleasant way to wind yourself south to Hwy 46
There are a few interesting short rides off Chimney Rock and Adelaide such as Klau Mines Rd and Cypress Mountain Rd. Short but sweet if time to explore.
Wine money ensures the road conditions are maintained in good order.
Excellent curves = good times!
A nice mixture of different low/medium speed corners and some straights.
Jesus Maria!, might be what you're screaming in your helmet on this road! This is a challenging little goat trail that is an alternative to the lower portion of Hwy 4, east of Hwy 49. It's bumpy, and narrow, and has poor sightlines, and in some places too many driveways. With that description you'll know if it's not for you. But if you're one of those riders who enjoys the challenge of a goat trail, Jesus Maria will get you away from other traffic and give you lots and lots to do.
When you get to the top, turn right on Railroad Flat, then left on Sheep Ranch Road, and you can rejoin Hwy 4 at Murphys to continue your climb towards Ebbets Pass.
Stunning scenary and a selection of great corners make this a fantistic motorcycling experience. The highlight for me is round by Mono lake great sweepers and the giant field of redwoods, loved it! Watch out for the bumps by Highway 6
A busy but nice motorcycle route. The mountain landscape gives some great panoramic views and there are occasional twisty sections to keep the corner addicts happy. Best avoided at peak times as it can be busy but well worth a look early in the morning.
Really good combination of turns to Booneville
Really nice and twisty southbound alternative to I-5
Fantastic twisties through the Klamath National Forest. Route starts on the Oregon side of the border and goes south into northern California
Nice and very twisty section through the Tahoe forest, great selection of corners and nice surroundings
Ebbetts Pass is 5 star, no doubt. It isn fast and much single track and in 2011 there will be many new and completed tarmac sections to make it even better. Visually, Hwy 4 is spectacular (as is Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass) and a full day ride from Sonora would be Ebbetts, Monitor and Sonora Passes.
A day on Hwy 4, Monitor Pass and Hwy 108 = some of the best riding in the state.
Hwy 4 has just about everything one could wish for. 2 lane sweepers changing to a fairly wide single lane and beautiful vistas, lakes. However, there is presently 4 sections of roadwork with new top layer tarmac being completed. The route will be even better next year. Dinna fret, the rest of the road is in very good knick too.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range east and west sides are polar opposites. The west side begins with foothills and slowly increases in altitude to the summits making for lazier, flatter and more open turns. Whereas the east side elevations drop off sharply, steeper and is more dynamic. With the vistas, pinewoods and steep single track, it was like riding Corsica for two hours on the eastern section of Hwy 4.
Half of Monitor Pass is also in a re-tarmac state and the waiting time can be substantial. Again, when finished it will be brilliant.
Hwy 108 completed the day's loop and the road wonders of the day continued. 108 is simply smashing.
Want a premo day out? You can't do much better than 4, Monitor and 108. I did 4 east and returned west via 108 but reckon either way is just as fine.
Sonora is the perfect base for this too. Best place to stay is probably right downtown at the Sonora Inn ($70) with very friendly watering hole across the street Zaneâ Ironhorse Lounge run by Crissy. As for eats, depends on what you fancy and just ask her where to dine.
The 162 from Oroville to Quincy was not only the highlight of the day,
this road is the finest sweeper road I've ever ridden. The Oberalp pass
out of Andermatt has always been my favourite fast sweeper but the Oroville
to Quincy nails what sweepers is all about. 70 miles of it and its smoooooth
tarmac with no traffic. Google maps projects the 70 miles to take 2 hours but
they don;t reckon on motorbikes and it take less than an hour. There are many
25 mile/hour corner signs and after the first 3 taken at 45 mph I realised that
the suggested corner speed can easily be doubled and taken comfortably at 60 mph.
Numerous 35 and 40 mph signs are all taken at 70 and 80. No cars, no trucks, no
LEO on the day and after 10 minutes I was thinking 1098, 1098, 1098 but even
on a supermoto it's a fabulous, quick travel.
What an absolute superb road with the only 2 hazards one being a well sign posted truck pull out where the road is dirty for a half mile and second, your right hand.
One of the problems with California riding is that the mountains don't lend themselves to photos. It's too forested for vistas and with a sweeper type road with turns being long and distant, the camera only captures the beginning of the turn rather a series. Too bad because all I can do is tell you about it. Besides, I was having too much fun to stop.
Leaving Modesto and heading out through the curves into the forest this road is a nice one
A high, remote, wild, narrow, slippery pass through the Parc Mercantour that is great fun! Little traffic, lots of scenery, lots of entertainment. In places it feels like a paved motocross track! Don't screw up!
The scenery is grand, an there is a delightful restaurant above Entraunes that is worth a stop, even if only for a coffee.
At the northern end is the town of Barcelonette, a very sporty town with a strong Mexican (yes, that's right) flavor. Nice inns and restaurants and lots to do. Also with quick access to the Col d'Allos, Col de Vars, and the Col de la Bonette.
Col du Mollard is one of those little known, out of the way passes. It's not particularly high, and because it's below treeline, most of the road is shrouded in trees, and as a result there really is not much scenery you can actually see. Still, it' is one of those 'laugh out loud' roads! It has something like 21 hairpin bends that just keep coming one after another. It has very little traffic, and it's a great place to play around with your mates without bothering anyone, going up the gearbox then backdown, diving into corners, then powering back out to repeat the process. 21 times. It's a bit silly, and that is exactly what makes it so great!
The 2006 Centopassi introduced me to this road, and I've made a point of going back every time I've been nearby, and it's always been a laugh. I've always ridden it downhill, and that's been good fun. It will likely suit some folks better ridden going up hill.
Once you leave Grenoble on the N85, take the left fork onto the N91 and head eastwards. The route is well marked and is generally well surfaced and wide. On the way you will pass a glacier (La Meije) and excellent scenery plus a chance to go over the Col du Lautaret (2058m) and the option to take a side run up to the Col de Galibier (2646m). I didn't see any cameras but have been told the local Gendarmerie have open season on bikes on holiday weekends in the summer.
I'm tempted to make this four stars, but I'll leave it at three. This is one of my favorite local roads, and for reasons that even I find it hard to explain. This road can be used to get from Hwy 101 in either Marin or Sonoma counties out to Hwy 1 in Marin along Tomales Bay. It connects with Hwy 1 north of the worst of the Bay Area traffic, and it then leads along a really pretty section north to the town of Tomales, famous for its bakery.
It is rough in places, but portions of it seem to get repaved every couple of years. It's a bit technical in places, but not terribly so. It gets quite a bit of bicycle traffic on the weekends, and a few sightseers, but for the most part overtaking is easy, and lots of drivers pull over to make way in any case.
The bottom line is that the road can be a bit of a romp. Not really a racer road, and not a goat trail, but a fun, lightly trafficked way to get to the coast.
Highway 116 takes you through magnificent groves of towering redwood trees. After the town of Guerneville, it follows the Russian River all the way to the town of Jenner on the coast and the equally glorious Highway 1.
A really excellent for turns and fun, but sadly the police are now enjoying some extra income from that too!