Texas - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

Texas - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

Because Texas is the largest of the 48 contiguous states, it is not surprising that it contains very diverse Ecoregions, including deserts, plains, forests and coastlines, as well as the famed rolling Hill Country. Luckily for motorcyclists, this diversity of terrain means that Texas has a large variety of roads just waiting to be ridden.

Probably the best known of all of Texas’s motorcycle roads is The Three Twisted Sisters or The Twisted Sisters, which are a trio of very curvy roads located in Hill Country. This famous 131-mile route consists of Ranch Roads 335, 336, and 337A. Bikers start the Three Twisted Sisters route in Medina by heading west on RR337 until it reaches the town of Leakey. In Leakey, riders will then head north on US-83 until they spot RR336. Riders then take RR336 north until this road meets up with Texas 41. A left onto 41 will then take them west to RR335, where riders will take yet another left. From RR335, riders head south until they reach Camp Wood where they will again turn left, this time onto RR337, which will eventually take them back to Leakey.

The Three Twisted Sisters are a challenging roller coaster ride over big hills. These roads are full of twisties, hairpin turns, steep climbs, sweepers, and unexpected sharp changes of directions. Novice riders should not attempt this route, as it has a lethal bite for those who do not give it the respect that it deserves. As always, riders need to be on the lookout for deer and loose gravel, both of which could make life truly miserable for a motorcyclist. The scenery on this road is outstanding, but a rider shouldn’t take his eyes off the Three Twisted Sisters for too long, as these girls are the jealous types who will make a motorcyclist pay for his inattention.

Riders who haven’t had their fill of twisties after the Three Twisted Sisters will want to head over to a 38-mile section of Route 16 between Kerrville and Bandera. This is a challenging, very twisted, narrow road that follows or crosses over the scenic Guadalupe River. Once again, this is another Hill Country route that should only be attempted by expert riders, as it does feature steep elevation changes and crazy twisties. Additional hazards on this road include deer and ticket-happy police officers.

Of course, twisties are fun, but wide-open stretches where a rider can let the throttle out are also a blast. An exhilarating ride in western Texas begins in Alpine and heads south on 118 until it hits Study Butte. From this town, riders then head west on Farm to Market 170 Road, which they will then take to Presidio. At this point, riders will get on US-67 and head north up to Ft. Davis. One of the best things about this route is that the speed limit on 118 outside of Big Bend National Park is 75 miles per hour, which means a biker can actually fly through the sweepers and open stretches on this road without having to look over his shoulder for flashing lights.

Lastly, County Road 257 is the perfect escape for riders who enjoy a pleasant ride along the coast. While this Gulf Coast road, which extends from Surfside Beach to Galveston, does boast a few sweeping curves, this route is more about the beautiful views than about a thrilling joy ride.

Of course, Texas being as big as it is means that it is also host to countless rallies, shows and rides. One of its largest is the Republic of Texas Bike Rally, which is held in Austin in June. The official attendance for this event in the past has been announced as 45,000. This rally will feature a number of musical acts, contests and vendors.

Another large rally is the Lone Star Rally, which is held in Galveston in November. This four-day event features a costume contest and lots of vendors.

 

 

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.