Introduction to Rides of the South Bay

BY Road Rider MCA - August 22nd, 2015

Rides

Here’s a list of our top rides in and around the South Bay that will take you to the most popular rider destinations on some of our most famous roads. If you’re new to the area or new to riding, these routes will introduce you to some incredible scenery and memorable backroads that we motorcyclists love to ride.

Although we’ve mapped out these rides in consideration of new and less-experienced riders, be sure to spend ample time gaining experience on your motorcycle by riding the roads that you are already familiar with before exploring any of the hills and rural backroads around us. With that said, there is no particular amount of time that separates the beginner from the experienced rider. The most important thing at any stage is to be realistic about your skills and experience—keep learning, always stay focused, and never allow your ego, other riders, or cars to push you beyond the point that your abilities can keep up.

As fellow riders and not as a salespeople, we would also like to implore you to please, please wear your protective gear–helmet, jacket, boots, pants, and gloves–at all times. And finally, ride your own ride and have fun on your bike. We live in an amazing place for riding motorcycles, so get out there and find your favorite rides!

The following eight ride routes are roughly organized in order from easiest to most difficult. Follow the links to view a full ride descriptions and route maps.

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1. Back Roads to San Juan Bautista

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 56 miles/111 miles

Total Riding Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

This easy ride takes you past Calero and Uvas Reservoirs and through the quiet, undeveloped foothills of southern Santa Clara County… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

San-Juan-Bautista

 

2. Uvas-McKean, Hecker Pass Pie Ride

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 40 miles/88 miles

Total Riding Time: 2 hours

Enjoy a sunny, smooth ride as you travel down the long stretch of road running alongside Calero and Uvas Reservoirs, then head west over Hecker Pass towards Gizdich Ranch… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Hecker Pie Ride

 

3. Old Santa Cruz Highway to Capitola

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 37 miles/74 miles

Total Riding Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Taking the beautiful and mellow Summit Road and Old Santa Cruz Highway (Soquel/San Jose Road) route to the sea is a great way to get acquainted with the southern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Old-Santa-Cruz

 

4. Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard to Alice’s Restaurant

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 36 miles/72 miles

Total Riding Time: 2 hours

Many of your journeys to come will begin or end with Highway 9 and Alice’s is probably the Bay Area’s #1 motorcycle destination… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Alices

 

5. Corralitos via Santa Cruz

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 48 miles/93 miles

Total Riding Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This route is a nice scoot through Santa Cruz, Aptos, and into the little village of Corralitos, home to 2,300 residents, a four-way stop sign, and a few restaurants… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Corralitos

 

6.  Highway 25 to King City

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 100 miles/201 miles

Total Riding Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes 

There is unforgettable riding to be found on the roads that cut through the farmlands south of Hollister and east of King City, and Highway 25 is the main attraction. 25 is a desolate, beautiful road with many long straight stretches and swaying turns… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

King-City

 

7. Highway 9 Beach Run

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 50 miles/82 miles

Total Riding Time: 2 hours

The famous part of Highway 9 is the section between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard (see Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard to Alice’s Restaurant), but the real meat of this road runs down the other side of the mountain from Skyline, through Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, and Felton to Santa Cruz. It’s a fun ride, but it’s also quite challenging… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Highway-9

 

8. Santa Cruz Mountains North Loop

One-Way/Round-Trip Distance: 75 miles/124 miles

Total Riding Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes

This ride covers the Santa Cruz Mountains essentials north of Highway 17. Do the the full Skyline-Pescadero-Davenport loop, or start out with a shorter ride to Davenport… [Click here for a complete description and route map.]

Pescadero
 
 
 
 

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