Riding a motorcycle north of Chicago is best on Sheridan Road as it directs riders away from the dangers of expressway traffic.
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This route is a favorite of ours. Not only is it easily accessible (my wife and I live in Libertyville, Illinois), it’s pattern avoids the dangers of city traffic. Living near Chicago while still being able to escape whenever we like certainly has it’s perks.
The ride can have either an upbeat or slow pace depending on a few variables. There are two “sweet spot” timeframes that allow for less congestion. They are from 9am-3pm and again from 8pm-1am.
Police presence is scattered and justly swift. If you ride like a squid, they’ll give you a souvenier. The roads are tempting but by day the neighborhoods infect you with a “why rush?” sensibility.
The first 2/3 of the ride is peppered with coffee shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. My favorite is a Mexican grocery store where you can buy really tasty fish tacos. I’ll update this page just as soon as I can remember the exact name and location.
After that, there are beachside parks (not to mention Ravinia) and a lot of open space. In Chicago, this is the closest thing we have to twisties. One example is “thirteen curves“, which is coated in clear algae towards the bottom so be careful.
A few miles ahead is my favorite section, that of Lake Forest College. The posted speed limit is perfect because you already feel as if you’re traveling ten miles over it. Follow the “nine your fine, ten your mine” ticketing rule and you can still open the throttle enough for a decent grin.
What Are Your Favorite Urban Motorcycle Routes?
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