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Sep 18th 2019, 12:17 PM   #1
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  Sep 2019
  SF Bay Area

Post Rudy's Road Rankings - How the best roads stack up to each other

I'm one of those nerdy people that like spreadsheets, so I made one to rate all of the amazing roads that I've ridden, to see which roads are the best overall. I've arranged them by region and area within the region, so you can easily find roads to combine for a good ride.

Right now the list fully covers California and Oregon. I'll be scouring Washington next. The goal is to list all of the worthwhile riding roads in the US, and eventually to go and ride them all!

Here's the link. You can sort them, cell P1 has instructions.

Let me know which of your favorite roads I'm missing
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Sep 18th 2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Bot Hell, WA

  Honda RC51, BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200RT, Suzuki DR650SE
Or,... you could just do this.

Motorcycle Roads | Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com

User rated rides by state, region, etc. Look,... all 50 are done for you, now go ride.
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Sep 18th 2019, 02:14 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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There are a few missing from that list, but ya gotta draw the line somewhere. Speaking of drawing the line, Rudy I encourage you to come visit and enjoy our roads, but for the love of cheeses, please don't tell your fellow Californians!!! We don't want even more of them coming up here to live!
Oh, and I'm not going to share the other ones we locals know about, but I'm sure someone here will.
Sep 18th 2019, 02:28 PM   #4
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

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but I'm sure someone here will.
And then we will tar and feather them!
Sep 19th 2019, 12:36 AM   #5
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  Sep 2019
  SF Bay Area

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Originally Posted by Rainman
I used to use that, but found it rather inadequate, being uncurated. Also, the ratings are one dimensional, so they don't capture the various styles of road. Plus, having a list fully rated by one person ensures that the ratings are consistent and comparable among various parts of the country.

It seems people list rides, loops, etc instead of individual roads. I wanted to make a list specifically of roads to help with route planning to ensure maximum enjoyability.

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Oh, and I'm not going to share the other ones we locals know about, but I'm sure someone here will.
Even if they don't, my sleuthing skills with Google Maps are pretty decent. If there's a good road out there, I'll find it!

Any chance you'd share just one good road that isn't on my list (in Oregon)? I'm seriously curious what I missed, since I spent a good amount of time panning around Oregon.

Admins - I keep getting this freaking page when I try to comment. But sometimes I don't and it goes through, what's up?
Sep 19th 2019, 07:48 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2012 Ninja 250, Tiger 800
It's pretty short so you might not want it on your list, but 134th between SE Foster and SE Clatsop is an awesome little segment.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/RZxkCdtEbAagnYzT9
Sep 20th 2019, 09:24 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Bot Hell, WA

  Honda RC51, BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200RT, Suzuki DR650SE
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Originally Posted by rudolfs001
I used to use that, but found it rather inadequate, being uncurated. Also, the ratings are one dimensional, so they don't capture the various styles of road. Plus, having a list fully rated by one person ensures that the ratings are consistent and comparable among various parts of the country.

It seems people list rides, loops, etc instead of individual roads. I wanted to make a list specifically of roads to help with route planning to ensure maximum enjoyability.
First, I commend you on your effort to make a list of roads YOU would want to ride or think you want to ride based on your own experience and the recommendation of others. Nice spreadsheet. And, I agree with a lot of your evaluation of the Motorcycle Roads | Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com web site. It has a really shitty web design and delivery system, but I don't agree with you on a couple of your remarks.

1) I disagree that their ratings are one dimensional. Using YOUR ratings alone makes your list one dimensional - even if your taking in reviews from others and aggregating a rating in YOUR mind , while an "uncurated" list with multiple riders giving personal reviews makes for a dynamic and multi-dimensional product that lets the readers and riders decide what THEY liked best about a ride - whether it be twisties, scenery, road conditions, places to eat or stay, etc.

2) "More enjoyable" is an attribute more in the eyes of the beholder. Two years ago I used that web site in part to piece together a 61 day 15,000+ mi. trip across America and back on my sport touring BMW. It didn't really matter that there were Harley riders who liked BBQ joints on a 3 hour ride, or couples putting together a long 2-3 weekend ride in Ohio, or crotch rocket enthusiasts rocking the Tail of the Dragon. I took bits and pieces of places in every single state I visited (or avoided) to make MY ride, and I loved the heck out of it.

I've got to say. Sounds like we have a lot in common. I currently have 4 bikes in the garage and enjoy dual-sport, sport bike, and sport-touring machines, and like how you have included that attribute in your spreadsheet. Keep up the good work. That's a daunting task trying to make your own list, especially all 50 states. Don't work on it too long. Ride.

Oh,... before others chime in, add WA-20, and WA NF-25 to your list. Many, many more.
Sep 23rd 2019, 03:31 PM   #8
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  Sep 2019
  SF Bay Area

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It's pretty short so you might not want it on your list, but 134th between SE Foster and SE Clatsop is an awesome little segment.
Barely a mile, haha. Yeah, that's too short. Thanks for the thought though!

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First, I commend you on your effort [...] Don't work on it too long. Ride.
Thank you!

You're right on the dimensionality. What I was getting at is that my list rates the roads in more factors than motorcycleroads.com

It is a bit daunting, but I figure that it'll start going a bit quicker once I finish the West coast. It seems we have the highest concentration of good roads out here. Plus, I'm currently recovering from knee surgery and can't ride, so this at least scratches that itch a tiny bit.
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