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Old 04-18-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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It's mostly California-centric, but www.pashnit.com is a pretty good compilation. Hope that helps. --Pete
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:48 AM   #2
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Ask this question on the regional forums at www.advrider.com. Those guys know all about this stuff.



If you want to do it yourself, get DeLorme map atlases for the states you want covered.
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:28 AM   #3
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Why you would ever want to leave the roads of NC is beyond me.
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:51 AM   #4
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Mapquest offers an "avoid highways" map filter, but I find that the best way to make it work to a bikers satisfaction is to build certain waypoints in along the way to ensure that you take the most scenic route, so it requires some manual attention for best results. You can also look at satellite imagery of the route to get a birds eye lay of the land in advance of the trip...
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:34 AM   #5
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Well this looks like a good service, I havn't really used it, but like most marketing things that H-D does, it's pretty snazzy. If you can get past the "Two Fists in the Wind" crap.





http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C...p?locale=en_US





Gotta second the question, if you're in NC, why would you leave? I'm a frustrated rider in South Texas, where the only curves are the Freeway Interchanges.



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Old 04-18-2007, 07:38 AM   #6
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Luckily there's a chain of educational supply store here that have a "map world" section. I can get maps of any area. The maps that the US Geological Survey has show the roads. that you won't see on other maps because these maps are smaller scale. These maps are being upgraded by means of satellite mapping. You can get maps for any area of the USA you want by going to http://topomaps.usgs.gov/.



Remember, a paper map will always work and can't be rendered useless by dropping it or by a dead battery.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:10 AM   #7
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Try this site:



http://sportbikeroads.com/frames3.htm

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Old 04-18-2007, 08:26 AM   #8
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When I was in NC I used DeLorme's Gazeeter, which can be found in most bookstores. It's the same size and thickness of a road atlas, but only focuses on one state. Once you use it a few times for exploring, you'll get a good feel for what roads on the maps are good in real life.



They make them for every state and are only a few bucks (5 or so over time you could build quite a collection. Don't waste your time on Illinois, though. It looks like they just bound grid paper together and threw some rivers on. Sigh.



I second the point to advrider.com. There are some serious GPS gurus over there, and could really help you out, particluarly if you're into unimproved and gravel roads. It's a great community site (and the only one I frequest other than here). I post under Savoir-Faire.



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Old 04-18-2007, 08:56 AM   #9
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I think there is a company called mad maps, have paper copies of all the good motorcycle roads all over the country.

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www.madmaps.com
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:32 AM   #10
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1) Get an Rand-McNally U.S. road atlas at Wal-Mart for five-ten bucks.



2) Tear out all of the pages so you can just pack the state you need.



3) Look for the roads with green dots along them (scenic). Look for the roads that have the squiggliest lines (twisty).



4) If you're concentrating on just one state, get a DeLorme for that state. And a big tankbag.



5) Real men use maps and a compass. Pussies use Mapquest and GPS.



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