Motorcyclists in Massachusetts can choose from beautiful coastal rides, fun runs through scenic forests, or pleasant rolling farmland cruises. History buffs will also find a number of interesting historical sites to visit in this New England state.
State Route 9 is a 92-mile jaunt between Pittsfield and Worcester that travels through some pretty valley and forest sections. Between Northampton and Pittsfield, there are some narrow, twisting roads that provide for a little entertainment.
For an enjoyable scenic loop through The Berkshires, motorcyclists should start out on State Route 23 from Great Barrington and head east. This loop will pass though the beautiful heavily wooded scenery of Otis State Forest and the Sandisfield State Forest. Riders will continue on State Route 23 until they reach the town of Otis, where they will then go south on Route 8 to New Boston. Route 8 can fool a rider, as much of it is straight a ways, but there are sudden unexpected hairpins thrown in, just to keep everyone honest. From New Boston, riders should head west on Route 57, which will take them back to Route 23. Motorcyclists need to fill up their tanks before heading out into The Berkshires and keep an eye on the gas gauge, as services can be far between.
State Route 7 is another nice ride through The Berkshires that is especially suitable for novice riders or those looking for a pleasant scenic outing. This road is a north-south route through the heart of The Berkshires. A nice site to visit along this road is beautiful Monument Mountain, which is where famous authors, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne used to hike. This picturesque area is said to have inspired both men in their creative writing endeavors.
Motorcyclists looking for a ride along Massachusetts’s coast should pick up State Route 28 at Brockton and head out to Orleans. This is an approximately 100-mile ride. Once in Orleans, riders can hop on Route 6 for a nice ride through the rest of the Cape Cod area. Another option that riders might want to consider is Route 6A Scenic Byway, which is north of Route 6 and runs parallel to it. This road, which is also known as Old King’s Highway, travels past many historical sites, as well as pretty cranberry bogs and salt marshes.
Bikers looking for an interesting historical stop should take a side trip to infamous Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the tragic 1692 witch hunts. To get to this coastal town from Boston, take I-95 North until it splits into Route 128. Follow 128 North to Route 114 East, which riders will then take to Salem. This town is located just 16 miles north of Boston.
Riders who want to add a little coastal route to their Salem visit can head out of this town and across the Essex Bridge to Cape Ann – the other Cape, as it is sometimes known. From the bridge, riders take Route 1A, which will merge with Route 127. Bikers can then follow scenic Route 127 up the coast. This route will eventually take you to Gloucester, home of the Fishermen’s Memorial and the setting for the movie, “The Perfect Storm.”
In addition to great motorcycle roads, the state of Massachusetts is also the site of a number of rallies, shows, and other motorcycle-related events, including the Massachusetts/Rhode Island State HOG Rally, which is held in Boxborough in August.
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