California Motorcycle Day Trips That You’ll Love

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It’s the first day of summer and that means lots more motorcycle day trips. Jim and I are sifting through dozens of Harley Davidson Owners Group posts and websites so that we can determine what motorcycle day trips we want to take this summer. If you’re in California, there are many motorcycle day trips that you’ll enjoy.

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It gets hot in California, especially in June and July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience great motorcycle day trips during the summer.

If you are in it for the scenery, you may want to skip the Palomar Mountain Loop, as it is vital that you keep your eyes on the road. Some of our H.O.G friends will tell you that this is one of the most technical motorcycle day trips in Southern California. However, with the great vistas and lush forests, you will want to stop and take a few pics. There are multiple hairpin turns, and a few long sweepers that will keep you on your toes. Once you get to the top of Palomar Mountain, stop and have a bite at Mother’s Kitchen. It’s a vegetarian eatery that will please even hearty meat eaters.

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The Yuba River Ride is another must if you are hankering for motorcycle day trips this summer, but be sure and pack a lunch, as there isn’t much in the way of amenities along the way, unless you want to stop in Downieville for a bite. The ride takes you right along the north fork of the magnificent Yuba River often to the bottom of the canyon. The scenery is stunning; especially with all of the rain and snow that Northern California has had this year. The road has lots of twists and turns and a few straight aways giving you a chance to see the beautiful views.

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If you are looking for long motorcycle day trips check out the Hwy 299 from the coast to Redding. Whichever way you ride, you are sure to enjoy the scenery. The 150-mile trip is probably one of the most spectacular rides that you will ever experience. The road is in pretty good shape with lots of well-banked curves and some high-speed twists and turns that can be tricky. You will be able to stop along the way and take some pictures of the majestic redwoods and the scattered pines that you will see along the way. motorcycle day trips four

Stop at the Straw House Resorts and Cafe in Weaverville, which is about 95 miles inland from the coast. You can escape the heat and enjoy a cold beer and a pizza before heading back out on the road.

This summer promises to be filled with awesome motorcycle day trips that Travels with Harley is definitely going to share.

Three California Motorcycle Day Trips this Winter

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The weather is wrecking havoc all over the country, and isn’t the best for motorcycle day trips. However, California has the warmest temperatures on record for February, and if you are lucky enough to live in California there are some awesome motorcycle day trips that you can enjoy.

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There is still quite a bit of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so if you are thinking about motorcycle day trips you may want to stick to central and southern California where you can enjoy the twists and turns that California is famous for when it comes to motorcycle day trips.

The Miners Diner

The Montezuma Valley Road from Ranchita to Borrego Springs motorcycle ride is a Southern California favorite when it comes to motorcycle day trips. The road has some drop offs and can be very steep reaching to an elevation of just over 3000 feet. The road leads you into the town of Julian where you will find plenty of places to eat including The Miners Diner that has some of the best specialty sandwiches in the area. If you live or plan to visit San Diego this is one of the best motorcycle day trips that you will find.

Cucina Italiana

Another great example of motorcycle day trips in California is one that you will not want to miss. The CA 121 Napa to Winters ride is for serious enthusiasts. As you take off from Napa, the road takes you up the hills towards Lake Berryessa. With the never-ending curves and smooth pavement the 121 is like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop for a bite at Cucina Italiana at Lake Berryessa in Napa, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

Paradise Valley Cafe

Highway 74 takes you from Hemet to Indian Wells and is an awesome example of motorcycle day trips. As you head towards the top, you will experience lots of twisty corners before straightening out. Once you start descending into the Coachella Valley, you will experience more twists and turns. Although there are not many amenities, make sure you gas up before you go; there are quite a few hiking trails and campsites. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, try the Paradise Valley Café, which is located at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highway 74. This great café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone including burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Drop in for breakfast and enjoy a breakfast beer and some of the best biscuits and gravy that you will ever have.

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When it comes to motorcycle day trips, it doesn’t get much better than California. I know if Jim and I were in my home state, we would be enjoying one right now!