Illinois Motorcycle Roads and Trips

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

2015-09-12 : 2015-09-12

Sgt. Gary "Randy" Scott Memorial Ride

Come out and make our second memorial ride in honor of Sgt. Gary "Randy" Scott a success. We will be starting and ending in Rankin, IL. at Boone's Bar, 104 S. Main St. Rankin, IL.. Sign up will begin at 0930 and ride will leave at noon. After the ride, there will be food, music, 50/50, raffle prizes and silent auction. All proceeds support the Sgt. Gary "Randy" Scott Memorial Scholarship fund at Hoopeston Area High School. Fallen Heroes VC is a registered not for profit and 501(c)3 organization.

2015-08-02 : 2015-08-02

Annual American Legion Charity Run

Going into the fourth year of the Annual American Legion Run benefiting the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund (a local non for profit). Starts and ends at the Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231. Check the website for more details or confirmed stops we will be making this year!

2015-07-18 : 2015-07-18

14th Annual Charity Raffle Run

Stops include Country Rock Cabaret, PT's Brooklyn, Roxy's. Geo's, PT's Centrevillle, Topshooters, The Penthouse Club. $20 in advance by June 18, $25 at the door. Over $2000 in cash and prizes awarded. All proceeds benefit Responder Rescue.

2015-07-11 : 2015-07-11

Whole Hog Motorfest & BBQ

A Family Event for the whole family Motorcycle Show Live Music BBQ, food vendors Car Show Cold beer Vendors Wine Booth Everyone is welcome for a great day out!

2015-06-28 : 2015-06-28

3RD ANNUAL GOOD VIBRATION MOTORCYCLE RUN

CALLING ALL RIDERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!! Join Us in the 3rd Annual Good Vibrations Bike Run Supporting The Oasis in Grayslake. Rain or Shine!! For Pre-Registration and Information http://www.oasisbikerun.com/ Prices will increase for same day registration. About The Oasis…. The Oasis, founded in 2003, is a fun, safe place for teens to socialize, work on school projects and develop their creativity. Providing a venue for young local bands to showcase their talents on weekends, The Oasis supports local musicians, boasting a terrific stage, sound and lighting equipment, creating fun and exciting opportunities for musicians and fans alike! Safely situated between both Grayslake Police and Fire departments, The Oasis is a supervised facility that fosters and maintains respectful and courteous interaction among everyone… Many thanks to Joyce Campbell, founder of The Oasis, and all of the dedicated board members and volunteers whose loving support continues to help The Oasis thrive…please join us in supporting their efforts! The day will begin at The Oasis – 8:00am…so if you haven’t done so already, come out and take a tour of the teen center! June 28th 2015 (Sunday) 9:00am – 3:00pm Registration and breakfast beginning at 8:00am Riders will leave at 9:00am and return at 3:00pm Dinner and live music from 3:00pm This year's routes/stops – beginning at The Oasis with breakfast…and ending at The Oasis with a BBQ dinner, live music and silent auction! 1. Start: The Oasis/Grayslake www.oasisgrayslake.com/ 2. The Rusty Nail/Ringwood www.rustynailringwood.com/ 3. Hemingways/Lake Geneva www.hemingwaysportofcall.com/ 4. KC's Cabin/Spring Grove www.kcscabin.com/ 5. End: The Oasis/Grayslake www.oasisgrayslake.com/ BREAKFAST is being provided by the Lions Club of Grayslake 8am-9am during registration (donations welcome) DINNER Provided by BBQ’d Productions of Grayslake, upon returning, 3pm at The Oasis FULL CASH BAR provided by The Vine during the BBQ at The Oasis LIVE MUSIC provided by Turbulence • LIVE MUSIC and AWARDS! • SILENT AUCTION! • BIKE CONTEST: *Best of Show gets FREE entry for next year’s Bike Run! • TATTOO CONTEST: judged by local tattoo artist! Become a Sponsor! • If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Joyce Campbell at 847.989.2233. Want to Volunteer? • If you have any questions about joining the ride...or to volunteer your help for the day, please contact Sarah Montori at 847.828.1084 or email sarahmontori@yahoo.com

     

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