7 Motorcycle Rides in the Wild, Wild, West

Feeling the wind on your face, blowing your hair, the feeling of flying. These are the feelings of riding a motorcycle. There is nothing like cursing over the road, being part of the world. You can’t get these feelings being inside a car. To be part of it you have to ride a motorcycle. There is no better place to enjoys the joys than in the West. Mountains, valleys, twist and turns the West has it all.

Here are some of the best routes to check it out on your bike.

1) Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel to Morro Bay, in California
This part of the Pacific Coast Highway runs for 120 miles. You’ll see crashing surf, towering redwood trees, acres of curves and beaches covered with seals. The Highway has many turnouts that allow you to take in the sights.

2) Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado
This highway runs only 60 miles but it’s worth it. Peak to Peak extends north along highway 72 and 7 before dropping to Estes Park. The highway runs through Rocky Mountain vistas and through the National Park. Moose and elk can be seen so be careful if you choose to ride.

3) Beartooth Highway through Montana and Wyoming
This ride runs for 68 miles of Highway 212, starting at the Red Lodge in Montana and ending at the northern gateway of Yellowstone National Park. Ride through above tree line tundra and high alpine meadows.

4)Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana
This ride is only available in summer and goes for 50 miles but it’s worth it. Ride up and down and through twist and turns. 3,000 ft above Lake McDonald and 6,646 summit at Logan Pass. If you look closely you can see big horn sheep and mountain goats.

5) Grand Staircase- The Escalante National Monument Ride in Utah
Includes spectacular views of Eroded scenery and runs through Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Parts, and Petrified Forest State Park. The trail is 115 miles long follows the Rio Grand between Candelaria and Presidio Texas.

6) San Juan Mountain Skyway in Colorado
You can start anywhere on this route and go in any direction, you wont be disappointed. Ride over 14,000 foot mountain peaks and view red rock canyons, amazing river valleys, and hot springs.

7) The Three Sisters (aka The Twisted Sisters) in Texas
This 131 mile route starts in Media Texas. The ride views clear rivers and twisty like mountain curves around real J.R. Ewing Texas style ranches. Plan time for fishing as the Nueces River is home to large and small mouth bass and the native Guadalupe bass but watch out for gators.

Riding the open road, feeling the wind, and being part of the country is part of motorcycling. The west has royal views throughout the expansive range to enjoy.

Motorist Confessions: What You Don’t Know About Riding A Motorcycle

Everyone wants to ride a motorcycle, but they never really understand all of the things that go into owning and riding a motorcycle. From experience, I had friends who would come up to me and say “that looks so easy, I can ride that thing”, when in all actuality they had no idea of the technique and knowledge that a person needs when deciding to be a motorist.

Here I wanted to confess not only to my friends but to every other person the hidden truths and responsibilities that come along with riding on the open road. If you’re still tempted to be a part of the “bike life” after reading this, then you have what it takes to be a part of the motorcycle community.

 

  • We Drive Way too Fast

Yes, this is true, many of us who take on the challenge of riding a motorcycle can admit that at times we drive way too fast (especially on open roads)

  • Other Drivers Hate Us

Maybe it’s because we can squeeze into compact spaces or cut them off in the middle of the road, but drivers just seem to hate us motorist.

  • Wearing Protective Gear is Important

You may see it time and time again, people riding on a motorcycle without wearing the proper equipment. This should never! Wearing protective gear protects your from any debris or potential harm that can be done while riding.

  • It is NOT Like Riding A Bicycle

This has to be my favorite misconception of motorcycle riding! It is not like riding a bike and should be taken seriously! Before I rode my first motorcycle I had to learn the gears, shifts, and changes. It is not as simple as pushing your legs and keeping upright.
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Documentary Review: The Spirit of America

The Spirit of America makes a car lovers heart beat faster just looking at it. Its narrow body and three wheels are definitely striking in appearance but what puts this beautiful ride in a category all its own is the turbojet engine. More than 50 years ago, this car’s ancestor was the first land vehicle ever to reach over 400 mph. Unfortunately, when it was built the Spirit didn’t meet Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) specs (they required 4 wheels on the ground) so the record was not officially recognized. Many people argued that it was the jet engine and not the fact it had only three tires.

However, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) did class it as a motorcycle. FIA rules say a qualifying car must be “driven through its wheels,” and since many motorcycles do have 3 wheels FIM had no problems accepting it. Spirit went on to continue setting new records. At the end of a 500 mph run, she lost her parachute brakes and the 5 mile long stop ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest skid mark. That version of Spirit is now on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

A new Spirit was born in 1964-1965 and was named Spirit of America Sonic I. This Spirit had a 4-wheel design and an even more powerful engine that came from an F-4 Phantom II aircraft. On November 15, 1965 this incarnation of Spirit topped over 600 mph and it would be five years before the record was broken by Blue Flame, a land speed rocket car. The Sonic I can be seen in person at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Car history has been made time and again by the Spirit and it’s well worth a trip to Indianapolis to visit the Hall of Fame.

In 1996 on October 28th a new Spirit was put to the test in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. At 675 mph it crashed, so who can say how fast she might have gone that day if not for that. Steve Fossett, holder of many records bought the Spirit of America Formula Shell LSRV and after rebuilding planned to test it in September 2007. However, he was killed in a plane crash while scouting out test routes and in 2010 the Spirit went on the market with a price tag of $ 3 million dollars. A very pricey car, but then, anyone lucky enough to own the Spirit also owns a piece of automotive history.

Sources:
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/mesquite/2017/01/16/spirit-america/96631452/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_America_(automobile)