If you’re looking for a scenic motorcycle drive to clear your mind and take you away from the hustle of everyday life, you have many choices throughout the United States. Whether you’re looking for towering mountains or oceans as far as you can see, there’s a route to take you away from it all and give you a striking new appreciation for the sights this country has to offer.
Seward Highway – Majestic Views of Alaska
Devoid of billboards, gaudy towns, and other disruptions, Seward Highway’s 125 miles allows you to immerse yourself in natural beauty. Beginning in Anchorage, the road takes you along a stunning curve between cliffs and ocean. Get a glimpse of flashing silver salmon as you pass Bird Creek. Enjoy pastoral views of Dall sheep in the meadows along Bird Point. Mount Alyeska offers colorful wildflowers at the foot and snowy glaciers at the peak. Complete your trek in Resurrection Bay, home to sea lions, humpback whales, orcas, and harbor seals.
US-550 – The Million Dollar Highway
The “Million Dollar Highway” moniker belongs to just 25 miles of this 110-mile road. Every inch of US-550 has something worth seeing. The 25 miles between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. earned their fame for the heart-pounding twists and turns you’ll find here. A granite monument to fallen snowplow drivers along this stretch is a clear indicator of the dangers here. However, with an elevation of over 11,000 feet at Red Mountain Pass, and a stunning view of Ouray from Lookout Point, this is worth the ride so long as you travel carefully.
We all love cruising the open road, breathing in the fresh air, soaking up the sun, and listening to some great tunes. The sweeter the music usually means the sweeter the ride. But as we all know, we need both hands and a focused mind to drive safely. That’s why with new technology like Bluetooth, there are devices and stereo systems that can be installed to help you ride safely and still kick out the great music.
We found this great video from AtomosMedia that shows us pretty much everything about installing an aftermarket stereo in a Harley-Davidson. Click on the video below for more information
Did you know that you should probably check the brake lines before every ride? Or how about your headlamps? It’s important to know how your motorcycle will perform before you get out on the road. We found these seven tips that will ensure your safety as well as the other drivers in the world. Thanks to RJR Law for the infographic.
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5. Rocky Mountain Ramble, Northern Colorado: About 110 miles total, the Rocky Mountain Ramble highlights some of the most scenic parts of Rocky Mountain National Park which has over 147 lakes and over 350 miles of hiking trails that border the Continental Divide. There you can see where our great country literally splits. These views are truly a must for any traveler.
4. Big Bend, Texas: In the far southwest corner of Texas lies some of the most breath-taking elevation in America. Over 800,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert is protected in Big Bend National Park making it the largest kind. For more than a thousand miles, the Rio Grande carves the border between the United States and Mexico, leaving a one of a kind landscape.
The open road. The feel of the wind whipping through your hair. These are just a few reasons why we ride. It supports the notion of “it’s not about the destination, but the journey”. Let’s just face it, we ride to live and live to ride because of the majesty and beauty that surrounds us in every corner of our country. Those sights are as breath-taking as they are American, just like our Harleys.
Here is the list of our ten favorite drives in America.
10. Hana Highway, Hawaii: The highway is among the most popular attraction in Maui. Many tourists use this highway to travel along the eastern side of Maui, stopping along the way to take in many of the picturesque waterfalls and attractions. At the end of the road is the Ohe’o Gulch, or “Seven Sacred Pools.” This family of pools and waterfalls is located in Haleakala National park. Always check driving conditions, as the highway can be closed from time to time due to landslides.
After a long day of riding, the last thing on your mind is how clean your motorcycle is. You may want to knock a few back or start grilling your steak first, but most of us know to never neglect our bike. Unlike many of the other general maintenance tips we’ve shared here, this one may be the most over-looked. Keeping a clean ride is not only important for aesthetic reasons, it will extend the life of your motorcycle and the maintain its resale value.
Here is a great video we found from About.com while researching for our blog.
We’re always looking for the most interesting things to share with our Facebook, Twitter, Google and blog friends. In our research we’ve come across everything from infographics to inspiring Instagram pics. In an effort to keep you well-informed we offer you inside techniques and lessons to maintaining your dream machine
Here is another video in our Do It Yourself series that we found. We believe its the most accurate and complete instruction to changing the front tire of any Harley Sportster. Thanks to the guys at FixMyHog for the video.
Have you wondered how motorcycle helmets have advanced in technology since the early days of riding? Want to know what’s inside modern helmets that makes them so protective? Studies show that wearing a helmet while riding dramatically decreases your risk of head injuries caused by an accident.
Helmets don’t always look super cool and they certainly get hot in Texas, but a lot of modern helmets have pretty cutting-edge ventilation systems.
If you plan on riding this summer and don’t want your head to feel like a flaming cannonball, check out this cool infographic to learn more about the ventilation system of motorcycle helmets.
Happy Fourth of July! We’re grilling hot dogs, putting the cheese on the burgers, and chilling the cold ones while celebrating the birthday of the greatest country on Earth! The United States of America is the birthplace of our two favorite things: freedom and Harley-Davidson. What a better way to celebrate than to cruise the open roads on your motorcycle. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing this weekend. Have a safe and fun Independence Day weekend!
Maintaining your sweet ride is the most important thing you can do. Whether it be a major overhaul or just a routine oil change, keeping up with the regularly scheduled maintenance can be what makes your Harley last forever. You should know how to change the oil in your motorcycle even if you never attempt it on your own.
Take a look at this informative video from eHow that we found and see if you’ve got what it takes to do an easy, but imperative part of vehicle ownership.