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!

Enjoyable Motorcycle Day Trips in California

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Motorcycle day trips on the Road King are so much fun, and if you are looking for a great ride while the weather is still nice enough to enjoy, check out some of our picks for California. I’m choosing California because I grew up there and really miss it at times.

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California was nicknamed the Golden State back in 1968, which I find appropriate considering its gold mining heritage, golden poppies, also the state flower, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

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California motorcycle day trips can often turn into an overnight stay, especially if you take into consideration the 1,100 miles of shoreline on the Pacific Coast, endless miles of twisted mountain and arid canyon cruising and vast amounts of mountain roads.

The Mojave National Preserve

If you are aiming for desert motorcycle day trips, spring is definitely the time to take advantage, as the summer months can be much too hot to enjoy the scenery. The Mojave National Preserve II is a great ride that takes you from Kelso Depot, California to the Mojave park entrance in Baker.

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All there aren’t any roadside amenities until you get to Baker, there is plenty of desert scenery to see along the way. Once you get into Baker drop by the Mad Greek restaurant that has been featured on the Food Networks, “Diners, Drive-in’s, and Dives.” This California institution has a great selection of authentic Greek food, including America’s best Gyro and authentic spanakopita.

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Motorcycle day trips like the Sausalito-Leggit tour are spectacular. Heading out on the Pacific Highway you will enjoy the Golden Gate as you head north to Stinson Beach. The road is really fun, especially on the way to Tomales, and although Highway 1 doesn’t offer much in the way of scenery until you get to Bodega Bay, it is still a prime example of why California is one of the best places for motorcycle day trips.

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The best part of the trip is just past Mendocino and Fort Bragg where you will find some great places to eat including the Mendo Bistro and Silvers at the Wharf.

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Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding through the California redwoods on one of your motorcycle day trips, and if you are looking for a great ride, try the Sebastopol-Jenner trip. If you want to avoid the congestion, take some of the nearby alternative routes like the Bohemian Highway via Coleman Valley Road or the King Ridge road where you will find little traffic, but plenty of narrow and challenging twists and turns for motorcycle day trips.

Stumptown Brewery

Stop by for a quick nibble at the Stumptown Brewery and Smokehouse in Guerneville and you may not make it home. This delicious brewpub is famous for its Slow Pulled Pork sandwiches and of course, the smoked St. Louis BBQ pork ribs.

California is a great place to enjoy motorcycle day trips and I’m certainly looking forward to enjoying a few more with Jim on our Travels with Harley.