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

2015-10-11 : 2015-10-11

DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois 29th Annual Toy & Food Run

Suburban Chicagoland's Largest ad Oldest Toy Run Event Benefits 18 local charities! Registration begins from multiple start points at 10:00 AM, leading in turn to our starting point in Elburn, IL. The escorted Motorcycle Parade departs Elburn, IL at 12:30 PM. Our parade concludes and the festivities begin at Batavia VFW on Rt 25 in Batavia, IL. Please bring an unwrapped, new toy and non-perishable food item. Cost is $10 per person. Our entertainment headliner this year is the Michael Allman Band! Four bands in all for only $10! This event offers a full day of entertainment and music, including a bike show with prizes, booths for vendors, crafters and service organizations, as well as great food options. Many Federal, State and Local Elected Officials will also be in attendance. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/dukaneTFR (redirects our Facebook event page, www.facebook.com/events/909985675734020/) or contact: Judy Kaenel President, DuKane Chapter 1-630-669-2588 DuKanePresident@aol.com

2015-09-27 : 2015-09-27

3rd Annual Roy Hauser's Ride for Esophageal Cancer Awareness

This is a ride to raise money for a family battling esophageal cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the family. The ride starts and ends at the Elgin Moose Lodge. There will be food, music, raffle prizes, and a half & half (also known as a 50/50)drawing.

2015-09-27

Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet - Morris

This motorcycle event will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and it will be taking place at Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris, IL. Here you can Buy, Sell, Trade - New & Used Motorcycle Parts and Accessories! Admission: $6.00 Vendor Price: $40.00 Swap meet with American, British, Japanese, Euro, dirt bikes, parts, used and new, leather, patches & sewing, T-shirts and all kinds of bikes and what-nots for sale; including motorcycle posters, and everything! Check out our event website for more info: http://www.walneckswap.com/ ~3

2015-09-27

The 3rd Annual Roy Hauser's Ride for Esophageal Cancer Awareness

This motorcycle event will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and it will be held at Elgin Moose Lodge #799 in Elgin, IL. Lets get together in a ride to benefit a family currently battling esophageal cancer. There will be an after party for those who don't ride. There will be food and drinks available, a half & half (formerly known as a 50/50) raffle, prizes, and live music by Richard Dean. The ride starts and ends at the Elgin Moose Lodge. All proceeds will go directly to the family. You may visit our Facebook page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/RoysRide ~3

2015-09-26 : 2015-09-26

Pits for Patriots 4th Motorcycle Ride

Come out and join Pits for Patriots at our 4th annual Motorcycle Ride fundraiser event! We’ll be at Woodstock Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 26th. Kickstands up at 10am! After party with a band and lunch following the ride. Pits for Patriots is a Chicagoland-based registered 501(c) 3 charity recognized by the federal government as a not-for-profit charity. Founded in May of 2011, Pits for Patriots trains qualified, rescued pit bulls from various Chicago area dog rescues and shelters, to work as service, therapy, skilled companion and companion dogs for United States military veterans and first responders (i.e. police, fire and emergency medical service personnel). Military veterans and first responders routinely put themselves in harm’s way for the protection of the general public. We feel that they earn our special consideration regarding their need for service dogs. Those, whose lives have been negatively altered, through the fulfillment of their service, deserve the opportunity to repair their lives as fully as possible. Providing a rescued dog specifically trained for each recipient helps to facilitate this repair thereby, not just saving one life...but two. ©

     

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