This book is about roads--sweeping roads high along the coast, lonely roads amidst desert splendor, and sporting twisties through grand forests--superb routes that offer some of the best year-round riding in the world according to moto-journalist Clement Salvadori. Couple that with the enthusiastic West Coast motorcycle scene and you can begin to see how the Golden State seduces motorcyclists from all over the world to experience it for themselves.
A longtime resident of California, Salvadori will guide you along some of the lesser-known motorcycling gems in his home state, as well as the memorable routes catalogued by list-baggers. Welcome bits of history, commentary, and notes from the author will give you plenty of good excuses to stop, as well as things to ponder as the miles roll by. And should you be in the right place at the right time and wish to really take in the local motorcycle scene, you will learn which famous runs and roadhouses typically bring together like-minded riders to kick tires over coffee.
Salvadori describes dozens of trips, most of which are loops clustered around the of 13 convenient "base camps" he suggests around the state, so you could leave your luggage and explore an area unencumbered for several days. Although the author recommends accommodations to help your planning, the numerous sidetrips, detours, connecting routes, and dual-sport diversions will encourage you to truly make your trip your own.