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2.67 out of 5 Rider Rating 2.67
4 Reviews

The Lake Thunderbird Run

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By Old Town Norman around Thunderbird (5 McR Points) on Nov 10, 2014

Rider Reviews

Stalephreak
160 McR Points
December 6, 2015
This road is good for where it is, stuck right…
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Beemernation
May 11, 2015
Nice ride for the area, plenty of chances to stop…
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Written Directions

From downtown Norman. I like The Garage for lunch then head out for an afternoon ride. North on Porter Ave to Franklin Road. East on Franklin to 48th Ave NE, you will see Toby Keith's home, I go north on 48th Ave to Indian Hills road just to catch some scenery and nice winding curves. East on Indian Hills which dead ends at 84 Ave NE. You will now zig zag around the northeast side of Lake Thunderbird by going south of 84th to Tecumseh Road. East on Tecumseh to 96th Ave NE south to Arrowhead Drive, east to Navajo Road. South on Navajo which has a 90 deg curve back to the west. You will dead end at Mohawk Ro. South on Mohawk to Alameda. West back into Norman across the Thunderbird Bridge. This ride has great scenery with plenty of places to stop for a view of the lake. I like this ride particularly in May during the Norman Music Fest. It is a good break from the music but is no crazy long. If riding during the evening be extra careful for deer.

Scenery

I would personally rate this higher, but I didn't want to oversell. It has great two lane roads, passes the classic Hollywood Corners store, Toby Keith Home, great lake views, and begins/ends in old town area of Norman. Lots of great restaurants in Norman and scenery along the ride.

Drive Enjoyment

Most of the road is smooth. Be careful on the east side of the lake. Some roads have pot holes that will sneak up on you.

Tourism Opportunities

The lake has the casino and Thunderbird State Park. Several convenience stores and bait shops around the lake. The gem of this ride is downtown Norman for dinner or a beer. (A Beer, meaning 1)

Motorcycle Road Additional info

This ride can be made considerably longer by staying on Porter to NE 149th Street then east to Peebly Road before going South to Highway 9. This will take you completely around Thunderbird and come back into South Norman which leads to a great ride back to Main through the OU campus. Either way, the scenery is great and I would recommend this ride on a lazy weekend afternoon.

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Stalephreak
December 6, 2015
160 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
This road is good for where it is, stuck right between two cities in close proximity to each other. The city part of Norman is every bit the exercise in frustration. Cagers are all around you, and they may or may not be paying attention. The country sections are legitimately fun. Tar snakes are all over, but the speed limit is low, so it's not like they'll break your traction. It's a bunch of mid-speed, straight lines, through the country. Okay, nice diversion, and probably a really nice way to kill time or learn to ride if you're in the area. It's a lousy road to just travel to ride. Roads like this do make me wonder how different the world is between cruiser and the rest of us.
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Beemernation
May 11, 2015
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Nice ride for the area, plenty of chances to stop and just take in the topography of this area. I relaxed at thunderbird lake with a book and took side roads back up to OKC- primarily Indian Hills road to Sooner Ave.
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Beemernation
May 11, 2015
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Nice ride for the area, plenty of chances to stop and just take in the topography of this area. I relaxed at thunderbird lake with a book and took side roads back up to OKC- primarily Indian Hills road to Sooner Ave.
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