Oregon - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

Oregon - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

Motorcyclists looking for exciting fun rides won’t be disappointed in Oregon. This state boasts wonderful twisty roads in its rugged mountains and along its river canyons, as well as routes with gorgeous sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along its coast.

Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is an out-of-the-way route that has become a favorite with many motorcyclists. It runs through an old mining area and parallels I-84 for about 145 miles. This road, which travels along a ridge, stretches from Heppner Junction on I-84 and ends at the North Fork John Day Campground, where Blue Mountain Scenic Byway overlaps with Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. Make sure that you start with a full tank before hitting the byway, as services can be few and far between. This two-lane road is almost entirely set in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is a very scenic ride, with the added bonus of some twisty sections.

Motorcyclists looking for an interesting and fun ride should head to Crater Lake, where they can enjoy a 31-mile road full of twisties, sweepers, and hairpins. This route loops around this lake, which is the deepest in the United States. To get to beautiful Crater Lake, riders can take Oregon Route 62 from Interstate 5.

For the king of Oregon’s twisty roads, riders should head over to Oxbow to try and tame the Devil’s Tail. This is an infamous road, which is also known as Forest Service Road 454 or Hells Canyon Dam Road. The Devil’s Tail is located in Hells Canyon, which is actually 2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon and is actually North America’s deepest canyon. This route is a 22-mile, very technical ride that demands that a motorcyclist pay full attention to its many sweepersand nasty tight switchbacks.

The Robert Aufderheide Scenic Byway, which is also known as Forest Service Road 19, is another fun twisty run. This road travels between Oregon Highway 126 and the small town of Westfir, which is off of Highway 58. The Robert Aufderheide Scenic Byway features a lot of sweepers and one hairpin in the middle that may take some motorcyclists off guard if they aren’t paying attention. This route passes through the Willamette National Forest, Cougar Dam, and Constitution Grove, a stand of monstrous 200-year-old trees.

Riders who are more interested in a beautiful coastal route should head to US Route 101. This is not a white-knuckler by any means, but a gorgeous ride along some of the West Coast’s most spectacular coastline. US Route 101 is also known as the Pacific Coast Highway and the Oregon Coast Highway. This road runs the entire length of the state for 360 miles. Riders can pick this route up in Crescent City, California, just south of the Oregon border and take it all the way up to Brookings, which is located on Oregon’s northern border. It is truly unfortunate that this beautiful road can often be clogged with traffic.

Oregon Route 66 is a pretty and fun 65-mile route between Ashland and Klamath Falls. This scenic road has some stretches of twists, turns, and elevation changes as it leaves Ashland and travels through oak and pine forests. After Oregon Route 66 passes through the little hamlet of Lincoln, however, it straightens out some. But then as riders get closer to the Klamath River crossing, the road begins to get twisty again.

In addition to its great motorcycle roads, this state is also home to a number of fun rallies, rides and shows, including the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. This event, which is held in June, features lots of entertainment and dining options in Baker City, plus a number of rides.

 

 

Disclaimer:  All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here.  Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.