Illinois Motorcycle Trips and Events List

Illinois (IL), often referred to as the "Land of Lincoln", offers a nice variety of scenic Midwestern motorcycle rides, interesting history, and notable cultural attractions. Cultural and tourist highlights include the Anderson Japanese Gardens, the numerous Amish villages throughout the state, and the Southern and Southwestern Illinois wine trails. Scenic attractions include Starved Rock State Park, the Garden of the Gods, the Shawnee National Forest, and Spoon River Valley. Historical places of interest include the homes of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Ronald Reagan, the Illinois Railway Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the Cahokia mounds.




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January 24, 2015
along Bell Road South there is a beautiful prairie, on 167 you drive through some hilly woods, over highways, along large ponds...
There are many hilly straight-aways, along parker road the road winds and there are some 15 mph sharp curves so ride with...
Start at Rout 83 and Bell Road - Head south on Bell Road until it ends at W. 159th St (route 7),...
August 5, 2014
Dips, turns, lakes (ponds) cemeteries, woods, creeks, sloughs. The best the Midwest has to offer outside of farms.
There are some pot holes (this is Chicago mind you) so watch for them. Also people use this road as a short...
From Illinois Interstate 55 go SOUTH on route 83. Turn left on 171 but take the right most road (107th Street). Stay...
July 21, 2014
This is mostly a suburban route surrounded by trees, green parks and impressive houses. At times you get to see a bit...
The road is fun, very curvy but with lots of curves but has quite a few potholes. You'll find a few stop...
From Downtown Evanston, ride North on Chicago Ave and it will turn into Sheridan Rd by Northwestern University. After about 10 miles,...
July 7, 2014
Can ride alongside the Illinois River for many miles, small towns, interesting biker bars in Peoria. From Peoria back north is through...
No potholes. Gentle curves and hills. Wonderful ride. Do it every summer.
River Road from Peru to Peoria on the west side of Illinois River, cross over in Peoria and back to Peru along...
December 31, 2013
The route has a beautiful canopy of trees that on a few occasions almost create a tunnel to drive through (a great...
The Roads are filled with lots of curves with a couple straight flat runs traveling from one lake to the other. The...
The route starts at Lake Bloomington Just north of Hudson and 3 miles east of I39 off the Lake Bloomington Exit at...
November 12, 2013
Corn fields... but you are there for the practice of counter steering.
This road has a lot of sweeping curves.
In Plainfield, head west on Rt126. Take Rt 126 to Yorkville then turn around and follow it back. Practice your counter steeering...
March 17, 2013
This route will take you west from the southwest suburbs via something other than Route 6 or Route 52. It follows the...
For the most part, the road is in good condition. When first leaving Ridge Rd to Hansel Rd, you will immediately enter...
Start at Route 52 (Jefferson)and River Rd in Shorewood (CVS Pharmacy on the corner). Ends in Seneca. See map.
December 17, 2012
Out of Murphysboro you pass through the Shawnee National Forest. Tree lined, rolling hills down 127 to 146 leads to Anna and...
127 looks to have been resurfaced recently and it is all good up and down to 146. 127 is very hilly with...
You start this trip at Murphysboro on Il 127 which heads south out of town off Il 13. This road will come...
September 9, 2012
This ride will take you through farmland with some small patches of trees. When I was on this road, there was absolutely...
The very first part of this road, County Line Road, has hard packed gravel on most of it, but it was fine...
This route starts at IL Route 64. In Burlington, head North on County Line Road. This road will make a right turn,...
August 19, 2012
This route starts in Paris, IL and twists thru farm and woodland, hill and dale until you reach W. Terre Haute, IN...
We road it on 8/18/2012 and most of it was just paved, even the older parts were pretty good
Start in Paris, IL and take the Terre Haute Rd. south to West Terre Haute, IN. When you cross from IL into...
May 17, 2012
Mostly country road which goes past a glider business in Hampshire and the Wild West Town (and railway museum) in Union. If...
Well maintained roads all the way. A couple of sweeping curves as well.
Two lane, low congestion road through the country. Route 20 eastbound will take you all the way to downtown Chicago but west...
May 7, 2012
Although not a official/government named extention of the Great River Road US Scenic Byway, if you like the Great River Road, this...
The first third and last third of this route are excellent paved roads with lane markings. The middle third narrows and is...
Just south of Quincy IL., south off I- 72 is Kinderhook IL. Take Hwy #96. When #96 turns east, just south of...
January 8, 2012
I like the roads in this part of southern Illinois the upper part starts with mostly farm land the new rows of...
Starting this trip at a mom and pop gas station buying snackies, road is mostly flat with long sweeping curvers, then south...
Starting at Iuka Ill, East on US Hwy 50 to Flora IL then south on US Hwy 45 to Norris city then...
October 13, 2011
Flat, open farmland with historic signs along the way.
The map shows traveling on I-55, but actually you'll be on a two lane blacktop that runs adjacent to it and is...
Start in Towanda and ride north to Dwight on Old Route 66 (Not I-55 as is shown on the map!)
August 16, 2011
Both Route 102 & 113 are rolling curving roads with dense tree lines on either side. Along Route 102 is the Kankakee...
Both Routes 102 & 113 have been recently paved. No potholes. But due to the State Park & dense tree lines, Watch...
Start in downtown Wilmington, IL on Water St. Water street goes south & turns into Route 102. Take 102 into Kankakee which...
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Checkout Upcoming Motorcycle Events in Illinois

2016-08-28 : 2016-08-28

Hesed House's Dignity Ride

Join us Sunday, August 28, 2016 for the Second Annual Hesed House Dignity Ride! The ride will help raise funds for the 400 men, women and children who turn to Hesed House every day. It takes $1,188 in private funds to get an individual at Hesed House out of homelessness. Please help us bridge this gap with a beautiful 70-mile motorcycle ride through the Fox Valley Area. All makes and models of motorcycles are invited. We ride rain or shine.

2016-08-21 : 2016-08-21

Annual American Legion Charity Ride

Going into the fifth year of the Annual American Legion Run benefiting the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund (a local non for profit). The day kicks off at the Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231. We then ride off to some great spots (3 in total) before heading back to the American Legion for the after party! The party will consist of music, food, drinks, raffles, prizes and much more!

2016-07-31 : 2016-07-31

Ridin' 4 Veterans Run to Benefit TLS Veterans

Please visit the website for more info - http://ridin4veterans.org/ Ridin' 4 Veterans Motorcycle Run presented by the Odd Fellows of Century Lodge #492 A motorcycle run and after-party to raise awareness and funds for TLS Veterans. TLS Veterans is a LOCAL nonprofit agency that provides food, shelter, employment assistance, and peer-to-peer support to homeless, disabled and disadvantaged veterans. Starts and Ends at Niko's Red Mill Tavern 1040 Lake Ave in Woodstock IL Registration @ 10 a.m. Kickstands up @ 11:30 a.m. $20 per person – includes an 80 mile scenic ride & After-party with lunch. After-party starts @ 2 p.m. & includes food, live music & raffles

2016-07-30 : 2016-07-30

RedKnights IL23 3rd Annual Ride For The Kids

Starting at Heritage Harley-Davidson on Ogden Avenue in Lisle, Illinois Registration: 8:30am – 9:30am Kickstands up: 10:00am Rider Only: $25 Two Up: $40 Vendors will be on site. Food and Drink will be available Music will be provided Silent auction and door prizes All donations are going to the Illinois Burn Camp “Camp I Am Me” Camp “I Am Me” is open to children of Illinois, ages 8-16, who have experienced a burn injury requiring out-patient treatment or hospitalization. For more information and to register visit http://redknightsil23.com/rideforthekids/

2016-07-30 : 2016-07-30

Humane Society of Aurora 2016 Rescue Ride

Join us on Saturday, July 30 for our inaugural Rescue Ride! All motorcycles and vehicles welcome! Approximately 100 mile scenic ride with five stops! START: Aurora Animal Control and Care (600 S. River St.) END: AMVETS Aurora (1194 Jericho Rd.) 8:30 am - 9:45 am. On-site Registration and Check In for pre-registered participants 8:30 am - 10:00 am. Visit with shelter animals 9:50 am. Blessing of the bikes 10:00 am. First bike out 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm. After Party (The after party includes music, food and raffles!) Drivers (Must be 18 years old or older) $20 Passengers (Must be 13 years old or older) $10 Price includes ride and after party. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver and are encouraged to wear helmets. Drivers must show Driver's License and Proof of Insurance to ride. The Humane Society of Aurora is a 501(c)3 organization. The Mission of the Humane Society of Aurora is to work in partnership with Aurora Animal Control and Care to increase adoptions and rescues, improve shelter conditions, and to educate and assist the community in responsible pet ownership.

     

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