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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Twistiest Rides

Due to the serious lack of twisties in the Chicago area, I thought this thread would be a good place to post our favorite roads and routes.

The only close ride with changes in direction and elevation is on Sheridan road, near Highland Park. It travels through a ravine and has some reducing radius turns and sweepers while changing directions....very nice....short, but nice.

Also, I like riding through the lagoons on Forest Way between Dundee and Willow, just east of the Edens expressway. Either exit will take you to this nice but short ride. Nice views of the water, good places to stop and smell the roses, very nice long sweepers, decent speed limit (45 or so, but most people drive 55 and ride 65 Again, just too short.

A guy on another forum mentioned Rt. 33 in Wisconsin, but I have yet to venture to those parts. sAid it was comparable to the dragon...I wonder.

Any good routes you may be aware of, I would love to hear about them. A good twisty is just too hard to find.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 10:29 PM
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Illinois is really short on good twisty roads but the Galena area in NW Illinois has a lot of good roads. Just mapquest or google the area and you'll be able to find something to your liking. Closer to Chicago is the rte 2 ride along the Rock river from Rockford to Dixon -not really twisty but a nice ride.

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Yes, riding along rivers usually can reveal some decent roads to ride, scenic and often curvy too. Hit those river towns and get some local sites or food in.
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Yes, riding along rivers usually can reveal some decent roads to ride, scenic and often curvy too. Hit those river towns and get some local sites or food in.
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Looks like the Fox River ride south on the way to Starved Rock is a bit twisty - good idea on following the rivers. Will google map Illinois when I get a chance.

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Just as you leave Savanna heading north turn right on Clay St. It goes just east of the Palasaids park and has some very nice twisties very little traffic and good senery.
Head up to Wisconsin and go to Spring Green west of Madison. You'll find an abundance of twisty roads with elevation changes. I haven't been there my self but some sport bike buddies recommended it. It you google the area and select the terrain feature you get a good idea of what it's like. If there's any interest I'm up for a day trip if dates can be agreed on.

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Just as you leave Savanna heading north turn right on Clay St. It goes just east of the Palasaids park and has some very nice twisties very little traffic and good senery.
Head up to Wisconsin and go to Spring Green west of Madison. You'll find an abundance of twisty roads with elevation changes. I haven't been there my self but some sport bike buddies recommended it. It you google the area and select the terrain feature you get a good idea of what it's like. If there's any interest I'm up for a day trip if dates can be agreed on.
Will let you know when I can make it up that way - even though you're a Sox fan...

go Cubs!

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Dan,

Right now a week from Sunday looks like a good possibility. It's a long day so leaving early would be a good idea. I'd like to go to Spring Green in Cheddarland if that's fine with you. And don't expect me to keep up with you if you're riding one of those crotch rockets.

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Right now a week from Sunday looks like a good possibility. It's a long day so leaving early would be a good idea. I'd like to go to Spring Green in Cheddarland if that's fine with you. And don't expect me to keep up with you if you're riding one of those crotch rockets.

You made the point in your last posts - not in a position to fix a date with any certainty at the moment.

Sounds like a good ride tho.

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This morning me and a few others went out for a ride then breakfast, we farm road hopped...Crystal Lake through Bull Valley then over to Wonder Lake and then over to Hebron...55MPH there, long wooded hilly roads...was a great ride about 3 hours

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I have a buddy in Cary, Illinois and we have free Harley rentals for 24 hours, unlimited mileage. We're thinking a camping trip, and some of these rides may make the list. Supposedly, there are some good rides in some unknown roads in WI - I'll get back to you guys hopefully with some new info.

Guy on FZ1oa (another forum) says he has mapped out rides comparable to the Dragon in Wisconsin. Will report back soon.

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