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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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...
May 24, 2011
The Lake Geneva area is a great place to shop, eat and enjoy the scenic lake and community. A ride around the...
Most of the route is state and U.S. Hwy. Hwy 14 can get busy at times.
Go east on Hwy 50 into Lake Geneva. This is a great village with plenty of things to do and see. You'll...
August 1, 2009
On this route you will become one with the landscape. Rolling hills, valleys and plenty of trees will make you forget the...
Get Ready for some fun on this route. You'll find more twists, curves and hills than most of the roads I have...
Start in Rockton IL on Hwy Rte 75 West. Past the town of Dakota turn right onto Cedarville Rd. Go west through...
July 1, 2009
Rural road that twists and undulates for almost 15 miles. A couple of great views of the Mississippi River if you're headed...
Lots of hills and turns. Very enjoyable ride, even on a trike. Offers the closet thing to "The Dragon" that Illinois offers.
In Galena, from the Main St/Rt 20 intersection, head east on Rt. 20. As you cross the river, and head up the...
April 1, 2009
This trip will take you through central Illinois, mostly flatland with a few twisty's, and for the most part, 2 lane roads....
Most of the roads are two lane blacktop. There will be some short spurts on 4 lanes, but these are few and...
I begin this trip in my hometown of Monticello, but since the route is a continuous loop you should be able to...
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