We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited MotorcycleRoads.com to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad. For over 20 years now, MotorcycleRoads.com has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity. We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you. Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West. This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.
Missouri has a wonderful collection of places to ride due to its generally hilly and rural topography and scenery. It has river riding on both its eastern and western borders as well as through much of its interior. And it has some wonderful and lush wooded areas particularly in its southern portion both to the east (Mark Twain National Forest) and to the west where you'll also be near the popular areas of Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. In this listing we've picked out five Missouri motorcycle rides that will "show you" why the "show me state" goes by that name! So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Missouri .
After reviewing an entire year of activity of Missouri motorcycle riders, here are the results:
Drive America Highways for 9 miles west from Carr Lane to Eagle Rock via Missouri State Route 86. Called “Ride the Eagle,” this 24-mile route is in the Ozark countryside, with its dense forests, rolling hills, beautiful foliage, and banked curves.
This 123-mile journey along Highway 224 affords breathtaking vistas of the Missouri River and is one of the greatest in Western Missouri. After exiting the freeway, you will be on a relatively straight, two-lane road with only a few bumps along the route.
Find Hermann, Missouri (approximately 60 miles west of St. Louis) and take Highway 19 south to Winona. The drive is extremely beautiful after you reach south of Salem, and it is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves change.
The Hermann Wine Trail winds for 20 gorgeous miles beside the Missouri River linking New Haven and Hermann, meandering through some of the most beautiful countryside in the state. Seven wineries that are owned by families along the path are open for tastings and tours.
Get yourself to Sparta, Missouri (about 20 miles southeast of Springfield). Take State Route 125 south from Sparta to Yellville, Arkansas - approximately 60 gorgeous miles. There are several twists and turns on what is undoubtedly one of the nicest roads in the Ozarks.
Note 1: All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection. For an update listing, you can go to MotorcycleRoads.com at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state. You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters. Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.
Note 2: How were these popularity ratings calculated?
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors. Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most. But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments. For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.
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