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Rock River Run + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Illinois Illinois42 Miles

By Brett
on January 1, 2007

4.4out of 5

16 Riders rated

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 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The route is very easy to find and follow. Just take SR-2 south out of Rockford, IL and stay on SR-2 all the way down to the motorcycle road's end point of Dixon, IL.

Scenery

A wonderful example of "small town Midwest" coupled with beautiful shots of nature as the route hugs the Rock River. Rock River features sections of rock formations and ravines. A statue of Chief Blawkhawk sits high on the bluff overlooking the waterway.

Road Quality

Mostly a two-lane route with some turns along the way, predominantly where route 2 hugs the banks of the river...WATCH for wildlife on the road!!

Roadside Amenities

There are many little small towns along the way, I recommend stopping in Oregon and grabbing a sandwich at The Cheese Shop in Conover Square. There is a beautiful camp/conference center run by the Presbyterian Church called Stronghold Center, home of the Walter Strong Castle!!!! Along this route you will also pass by two state parks - Lowden State Park and Castle Rock State Park.

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By Say10666
on September 15, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda Shadow VT750

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I bought my first bike in Dixon IL. It was cold and raining but there was no way in Hel that i was going to throw it in the back of the truck.
About 10 minutes into my first ride ever i saw a view of the Rock river and surrounding scenery that mad me think, "This is why I bought a bike." The rest of the route was packed with beautiful sights and breath taking views.
This is a must see and ideal if you don't have a ton of time.

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By Newman1969
on September 9, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great Ride! Done in August 2012. I logged on here and my first thought was, I have those SAME pictures!

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By stauff30
on March 7, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Indian

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I live in Elgin, IL and this is my favorite ride of all time in IL. From the burbs, you can take Hwy 72 or 64 out/back. Summer of 2011 Hwy 2 was under construction, but it's still worth it for a day trip. Gorgeous wind down the Rock River with a great over-look at Lowden State Park (from the Blackhawk statue). It's even a fun run at night. The only negative is that it's completely flat, no hills. Gentle, winding road, but all flat. Great ride for beginners.

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By Chris & Sayfonh
on August 6, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Other

This ride was beautiful. Streets were smooth and a little curvy. Lined with trees that over hung the road so it was shady at times and nice and sunny sometimes as well. We'll be making this ride again I'm sure!!

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By Guest
on January 4, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

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When we would ride though the rock river valley we would always stop at Messies bar and grill the only and best biker bar in oregon. They have great food and great service then we would go see the indian statue.

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By daniel.caspers
on July 29, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

Pros:
Route is very pretty green with lots of shade. I was nice and cool even in a perforated leather jacket on an 80 F day. Mostly flat terrain, but nice long sweeping corners around the river banks. One deviation I recommend is if you do this as an "out and back" (I did from Chicago area), then consider going on the east bank between Oregon and Byron (they have a drag strip over there if you are so inclined).

Cons:
Northbound route is definitely rougher road.

Will most likely be doing it again! Well worth the day trip out from Chicago.

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By ChiefPockets
on June 8, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

As amazing as advertised - nothing but classic Midwest towns, sweeping curves, and great views!

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By Tortured_in_the_815
on July 6, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

The ride is scenic and travels along river for most of the trip. Over the last couple of years the roads have deteriorated a bit so it's not as smooth as it used to be. Some of the best parts of the ride are through Castle Rock State park where the is a few nice twists through the limestone cliffs and a great place to stop and take a walk to the top of one of them and look out over the Rock River. Just a few miles south of that is a small town called Grandetour with a old watering hole to stop and refresh. Also the home of John Deere s first blacksmiths shop.

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By FunBob
on February 6, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Street Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

I really love riding this road through the great little towns along the river. Rte 2 really hugs the river in many places. Wonderful small towns to pass through as well, with good food stope.

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By FunBob
on February 6, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley Street Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

I've always loved this ride. The little towns along the Rock are great - Byron, Oregon, Grand Detour, etc. Beautiful ride along the river. Rte 2 really hugs the river.

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By tdk79
on September 12, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Harley Electra Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of the best rides in Illinois (we really don't have many!). We ride this road often. The road is well maintained and smooth asphalt. Easy ride, great beginner's scenic ride.

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By Krayz2Ride
on November 12, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make 960 vStar

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Did the Rock River Run in November, was a nice trip, road was good and scenery while a bit bleak this time a year was still nice. Two weeks earlier would have been better before the trees lost there leaves.

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By Guest
on October 9, 2010 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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The "Blackhawk" statue was not intended to be of Chief Blackhawk. Larado Taft, the sculptor, said it was a composite of several area tribal groups including the fox and sac; with whom Blackhawk is associated.

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By Guest
on February 8, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

I've rode that to Rockfalls and back a few times. Best in the fall when the season is changing. Breakfast in Byron lunch in rockfalls, and back to Bings on south main for dinner.

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By Guest
on January 10, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I also did this run in the summer of 2007. We did it opposite however as we started in Dixon and went to Rockford. GREAT RIDE!!! Lots of wooded areas, wide open roads, great sceanery and some good spots to stop and eat. And Tom is correct, the Blackhawks statue is deffinatly something to check out!

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By Guest
on January 6, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

rode this in summer 2007. Great ride! We unfortunately ran out of time to make to Dixon but did make it to Oregon. Nice quite town. the road is great minimal traffic. The Indian statue is awsome!

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