8. Idyllwild

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Outside the major metropolitan areas, California is nothing but one huge motorcycle ride (Whatever! – Ode To My Favorite Road). There are three specific California routes in this list, but the entire list could exist of nothing more than Golden State roadways. One of them is Idyllwild. Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains is the town of Idyllwild, the center point for highways 243 and 74. It’s where we filmed the video for our 2014 Sport-Touring Final Smackdown. We ride and test here often, while up a fire road to an elevation of 7,300 feet is where I often take ADV bikes camping at Boulder Basin. Highways 74 and 243, however, provide some of the most thrilling asphalt this side of Palm Springs.