Explore the fall scenery on your motorcycle

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fall is characterized by changing leaves, football, hooded sweatshirts, cooler temperatures and, if you’re a motorcycle rider, one last chance to rev your engine before you have to place your bike into storage for the snowy, cold winter. Fall is the ideal time to get in that scenic country motorcycle ride as you clear your mind and enjoy all that fall has to offer.

Whether you’re riding solo or venturing out with a group of fellow riders, here’s a look at some country rides that won’t disappoint.

Texas hills: Texas Hill Country stretches from Austin to San Antonio and is characterized by winding roads, spectacular views and historic places along the route. What’s more is that you can ride these country roads year-round, so if you live in a northern climate and are itching for a ride during the long winter, you’re in luck.

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Russell Country: Montana is about more than cowboys and dude ranches. Its Russell Country portion offers one of the most scenic 280-mile country motorcycle rides, featuring a combination of mountains and Great Plains riding. The Russell Country trail will take you six-plus hours to complete, but the views and landscape are the ultimate riding adventure.

Great Plains: Kansas might best be associated with farmland and tornadoes, but during ancient times, the state was a giant inland sea, making its landscape a terrific one for riders. And it’s not all just flat farmland, but lakes, rivers and streams, hills and valleys and curves and bends. So if you’re thinking about an epic country ride, don’t forget about Kansas.

Wine country: Experience northern California on your bike with some wine sampling and country living. California’s wine country is full of hills and valleys, winding turns and, in the fall, beautiful scenery. Just cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco toward Sausalito and Marin County and head in the direction of the Muir Woods. The path is winding, the scenery is gorgeous and the roads, in the fall, will likely be deserted. On your way back into town, be sure to stop off at a scenic outlook, overlooking the bridge and bay. You won’t regret it.

Now that you have your route picked out, it’s important to pack accordingly. Aside from dressing for the conditions you’re about to ride in, it’s also important to take a close look at your motorcycle insurance plan. Are you covered in the areas you need to be covered? Do you even have motorcycle insurance? If you’ve answered “no” to either one of these questions, contact Nationwide Insurance today to get fast, free motorcycle insurance quotes and to see which discounts and policies are right for you. Take your fall country ride with the peace of mind that you’re covered.

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