GREAT MOTORCYCLE ROADS IN NEW YORK

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WHAT ARE THE BEST MOTORCYCLE ROADS IN NEW YORK?

- Comstock to Hillsdale
- Pompey to Esperance
- Malone to Otter Lake
- Alder Creek to Sangerfield
- Paul Smiths to Underwood
- Hancock to Sparrow Bush


Below is our in-depth list for the best motorcycle roads in New York!
Beyond the borders of the Big Apple are motorcycle roads along deep, sweeping mountain ravines, rocky crags, swiftly moving rivers, and quaint villages. From the scenery of lush forests and crystal-clear lakes of the Adirondacks, to the long stretches of beautiful farmland in the south - these are the best motorcycle rides in New York. Click on each New York motorcycle map link for the direct Google Maps route.

COMSTOCK TO HILLSDALE

NY-22
DISTANCE: 107 miles
TIME: 2 hours

One of the best motorcycle rides in New York is this north/south state highway. NY-22  can be taken all the way up to the Canadian border, but some of the best riding is from Comstock to Hillsdale. Rolling hills and farmland occupies this relaxing scenic road and leads through the Berkshire Hills.

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

POMPEY TO ESPERANCE

US-20
DISTANCE: 95 miles
TIME: 2 hours

New York's longest surface road is also one of the best motorcycle roads in NY, and has a variety of elevations, repeatedly switching between two and four lanes. This east/west route climbs high ground and descends into valley ridges. Portions of this historic road is named Cherry Valley Turnpike, and expands among vast hillsides and farmland.

Manilus, NY

Readsboro, NY

Richfield, NY

MALONE TO OTTER LAKE

NY-30, NY-28
DISTANCE: 138 miles
TIME: 3 hours

One of the best NY motorcycle rides in the Adirondack region is this route which starts at Route 30, and passes along lakes and mountain views and leading into the curvier portion near Saranac Lake. As an option, circle around this lake region looping around Route 186 and 3 for more great scenery of this Adirondack Mountain region. Look out for slow moving traffic near downtown Old Forge area.

Raquette Lake

Saranac Lake

Long Lake

ALDER CREEK TO SANGERFIELD

NY-12
DISTANCE: 42 miles
TIME: 1 hour

This north/south road runs through the entire state of New York, but the section near Utica is a beauty. A classic two lane road that features vast farmlands and relaxing scenery. What's the best part of this New York motorcycle road? Minimal traffic!

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

PAUL SMITHS TO UNDERWOOD

NY-86, NY-73
DISTANCE: 56 miles
TIME: 1 hour

This motorcycle road in New York through the Adirondack Mountains connects from Route 30 and Route 9. East of famous Lake Placid, Route 73 is particularly impressive, riding along the Giant Mountain Wilderness region.

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

HANCOCK TO SPARROW BUSH

NY-97
DISTANCE: 68 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours

This New York motorcycle ride runs along the Upper Delaware Scenic River region and the scenic Hawks Nest. It features numerous curves along granite walls and exceptional valley views of the Delaware River.

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Can you ride a motorcycle in New York?

To operate a motorcycle in New York State, you must have a motorcycle operator's license (Class M) or a motorcycle junior operator's license (Class MJ). You can drive a motorcycle in New York if you are a resident of another state or country and have a valid motorcycle license from there.


What are the best motorcycle rides in Upstate New York?

The best motorcycle roads in Upstate New York can be found in the Adirondack Mountain region, Mohawk Valley, Schoharie County, as well as the Finger Lake region.


Where can I ride my motorcycle around New York City?

US Route 9W to Hudson Valley is withing two hours ride from NYC. Harriman State Park is within one hour drive from the city, and offers some great riding. if you're willing to venture to New Jersey, the Delaware Water Gap region is approximately an hour and a half ride west from NYC.


Can you ride a motorcycle without a helmet in NY?

New York State law requires the use of motorcycle helmets for both drivers and passengers. Protective eye wear is also required.

How Can I Find The Best Motorcycle Roads Around New York State?

GreatMotorcycleRoads.com is the place to find the best motorcycle roads and rides around New York State. Discover great motorcycle roads in states around New York with our route descriptions and Google Maps links!

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