Tennessee is a state with multiple motorcycle rides that work well for beginners as well as experienced riders and offers motorcycle touring opportunities ranging from day trips to long distance multi-day motorcycle trips. Routes in Tennessee fall into four quadrants, given the state’s logistical layout. The best time to ride in most areas tends to be between the spring and fall of the calendar year. Otherwise, a rider could find himself stuck in a bit of rainfall and a cold blast.
The Smoky Mountains in the eastern part of the state offer great motorcycle roads for those who want to experience elevation changes as well as turns and twists. For more experienced riders, consider taking a ride to Deals Gap in the Smoky Mountains and trying your courage against the Dragon with 318 turns, otherwise known has U.S. Highway 129.
For long, easier going, mid-state stretches the ride from Memphis to Knoxville is worth considering. Taking a ride down I-40, the stretch will cover a five to six hour ride. Alternatively, if a rider wants a bit more scenery, a longer spin via Highway 70 covers the same distance.
For those who want long curves and scenery, the ride from Chattanooga to Lookout Mountain is worth checking out. It’s a six mile ride for a short spin, but the surrounding area has lots of small roads to spin off and explore even more. With Chattanooga as a central point for food and rest, a rider could spend a week exploring the surround area and enjoying the varying roads.
Whatever the choice always ride safe and wear good safety gear to enhance your long-term riding career, enjoying more Tennessee motorcycle routes with each visit.