When most people think about New York, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the largest city in the nation, New York City, with its iconic skyscrapers, bustling streets and the swirling lights of Time Square. But when motorcyclists think about the state of New York, what comes to their minds are exciting rides across the rolling Adirondack and Appalachians or sweet cruises though the scenic Finger Lakes region.
Luckily for motorcyclists, New York has more than its fair share of fun, twisty roads. One local favorite is Tiorati Brook Road, which is a short, but sweet, technical five-mile road that is popular with both cagers and bikers. Tiorati Brook Road is located in Harriman State Park and stretches between Seven Lakes Drive and Palisades International Parkway. This little road features fun elevation changes and is loaded with twisties. Because Tiorati Brook Road is so short, some riders will extend the ride by turning around and tackling it in the opposite direction.
Riders looking for a pretty cruise that features really fun, long sweepers and some twisties will want to take Route 10 from Deposit, which lies near the Pennsylvania border, to Higgins Bay. Between Deposit and Walton, the road features a lot of fast sweepers and also crosses through the middle of the Cannonsville Reservoir, surrounding riders with pretty water views on both sides. From Deposit to Higgins Bay, the road throws some twisties in with more sweepers, especially as it heads into the foothills of the Adirondacks. State Route 10 climbs over Mt. Jefferson and then descends into the Susquehanna Valley, eventually passing over the Erie Canal. The northern part of this route, between Pine Lake and Higgins Bay is popular with cagers, as well as bikes. The total length of this ride is approximately 175 miles.
US Route 9W is yet another very scenic route. This 27-mile road features stunning views of the Hudson River, nice sweepers, as well as twisties. Riders can pick this route up in Fort Clinton and ride it to the Palisades.
With 11 thin lakes that run parallel to each other and over 1,000 waterfalls, New York’s Finger Lakes region contains some of New York’s most beautiful scenery. US Route 20 takes riders through the heart of this beautiful region. Motorcyclists will want to start this route in Geneva and then just head east for 170 miles until they reach Guilderland. On the way, riders will pass lovely small towns and gorgeous scenery.
New York’s roads are lined with historic sites, as well as scenery. One of this state’s best roads that combine both of these features is the Mohawk Towpath Byway. This is a 26-mile ride that slices through the Schenectady region, following alongside both the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River. Motorcyclists will enjoy the Mohawk Towpath Byway’s rolling hills. There are some twisties on this road, as well, particularly between Rexford and Vischer’s Ferry. To access this road from Albany, bikers will take I-787 north to Green Island, where they will continue on NY-787 north to New Cortland Street in Cohoes. The Mohawk Towpath Byway begins here.
Motorcyclists looking for a scenic ride with some added sweepers in northern New York will want to take a cruise on State Route 5, which stretches from the Pennsylvania border to Buffalo, skimming the coastline of beautiful Lake Erie. This is a nice road that travels through some charming small towns and offers riders pretty views of the smallest of the Great Lakes.
Of course, New York has more than roads to offer bikers. It also is the site of a number of rallies, rides and shows, including Americade, which bills itself as the “largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally.” This huge rally is held in June in Lake George and features lots of activities, vendor booths and rides.
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