RidingWV

A website dedicated to Riding and Experiencing the wonderful state of West Virginia

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 Events Calendar      Groups/Links     Reader Photos     For Sale      Contact Us

 

The site is divided into 3 main sections: The Street section will cover main highways and county roads - basically any 2- or 4-lane paved road with a painted center line. The Back-Roads section will cover the narrow paved back-roads as well as graded, govt-maintained gravel roads such as Dolly Sods and the Laurel Fork area. The Food/Destinations/Lodging  will highlight interesting diners and places to stay - family or local businesses. We will cover trails (such as Hatfield & McCoy) only if submitted by readers.

 

 

Recent Additions to Street Rides and Back-Roads Rides Pages

 

 Eastern Panhandle - Searching for Historical Markers and Exploring Back Roads in 6 Counties   August 2015

 

Brandonville - Terra Alta - St George via Brandonville/Aurora Tpks and Stemple Ridge/Limestone Roads  08 May 2015

 

 Re-Tracing History On A Scooter:  Riding Maryland Rt 40 (National Highway) and Pennsylvania Rt 30 (Lincoln Highway)  July 2014

Yes, these are not in West Virginia, but they do start and end in WV. If you are staying in WV, this is an easy overnight loop to branch out.

 

CORPORAL ALVA GROVES (US ARMY) WAS CAPTURED IN 1951 AS NORTH KOREAN TROOPS OVER-RAN HIS POSITION. HE DIED IN CAPTIVITY.

HIS REMAINS WERE NOT FOUND UNTIL RECENTLY, WHEN THEY WERE TURNED OVER BY THE NORTH KOREANS.

THROUGH DNA TESTING, HIS REMAINS WERE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED. HE RETURNED HOME IN AUGUST 2014.

CLICK HERE FOR REPORT

 

SGT JEROME KIGER WAS A TAIL GUNNER ON A B-24 SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY ON JULY 21, 1944. 

THE CRASH SITE WAS RECENTLY DISCOVERED AND DNA TESTING IDENTIFIED THE REMAINS AS SGT KIGER.

 BURIAL WAS 21 JULY 2013 IN HIS HOMETOWN OF MANNINGTON WV.  

CLICK HERE FOR REPORT

 

Street Ride Reports

West Virginia offers a wide variety of roads for every riding style, including 4-Lane Interstates and Divided Highways, as well as 2-Lane Highways with gentle rolling hills and curves to steep mountain passes and 15-MPH hairpin curves. Follow the Ohio River as it lazily outlines the north-western border along Ohio, or scrape the pegs on Rt 20 around Webster Springs. There’s something for everyone!

Back Roads Ride Reports

In order to properly explore West Virginia, be prepared to leave the main highways and wander down the narrow paved and gravel back-roads. These back-roads lead through areas of the state often missed or ignored by the “Instant Gratification” tourists. Allow plenty of time to get sidetracked (and occasionally lost for short periods of time) and allow time for talking with the residents who are often 4th- or 5th-generation farmers and landowners.

Destinations

 

Anyone who has followed my WV Historical Markers thread on the ADVRider forum knows there is a lot of history in this state. It is the only state formed by the Civil War, and has had a sometimes turbulent history in its nearly 150 years of statehood. Visit the first land battle of the Civil War. Visit the ancient Indian Burial Mound in Moundsville. There is also natural beauty: Seneca Rocks, Black Water Falls, Spruce Knob, Dolly Sods, Smoke Hole, and more.

Ride Routes  

** NEW **   Here, you will find a list of favorite routes – long and short day-ride loops as well as short sections of different routes.  There is a link to maps (using gmaps-pedometer) with mile markers to follow along on the notes.  Since this is a new page, there may be bugs to work out, but it looks like it will be a helpful page. 

Diners

 

You can't ride on an empty stomach. And why punish yourself with ANOTHER fast food burger when there are so many interesting diners around the state - like Rella's in Hacker Valley. These are places to experience the people of West Virginia and learn about the area. You are also supporting local families! Eat fast food when you get back home.

Lodging/Camping

At the end of the day, it's nice to have a good campsite or hotel to return to for some much-needed relaxation. Some riders prefer the seclusion and privacy of a rustic state park campground, while others like to travel light and have a nice shower and bed along with their internet access. There is something for everyone!

Events

Events Calendar - Shows select WV Community Events and scheduled group rides/events.

Groups and Links

Groups & Links - Links for Riding Groups/Organizations, and various motorcycle links.

Readers’ Photos

To submit a photo for consideration: Readers may submit photos of rides, scenery, restaurants, camping, or WV-travel destinations along with a brief caption (25-100 words) for posting on the Readers' Photos Pages. Please keep it clean and "G" Rated. Photos should be JPEG format and sized 640X480.  File size should be no larger than 250kb.

Contact/Donate

How to contact me with questions or submission of photos/articles for posting.  Disclaimers/Fine Print, etc.

Bulletin Board/For Sale

Have a bike or gear for sale?  Post it here. 

 

I have divided the state into 6 main regions in order to keep information organized and easy to find. They are:

1. Northern Panhandle         2. Ohio Valley          3. North/Central
4. South            5. Allegheny Mountains        6. Eastern Panhandle

Ride reports that cover multiple regions will have links posted in each section.

 

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The Ride –  2007 Suzuki V-Strom DL-1000

15 Nov 2015

 

This is actually my third V-Strom 1000.  I owned a 2005 and then a 2007 before switching to a Burgman 650 Touring Scooter for a few years.  Loved the scooter, but there are a lot of roads in West Virginia that were not designed with scooters in mind (gravel and creek crossings).  When I saw this beautiful 2007 V-Strom with only 8K miles for sale, I grabbed it!  The previous owner already equipped it with many options that I like - centerstand, engine/crash bars, engine skid plate, custom adjustable windshield, travel trunk, and more.  These are amazing bikes, capable of handling gravel roads, creek crossings, twisty mountain roads, and 700-mile-days of interstate cruising.  Versatility!  Also very reliable and durable - many of them out there with well over 100K miles!

 

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Note:  This website was started in 2011 as a public forum for riders to post ride reports and their experiences with others wishing to visit WV.  You may notice some sections are still empty, awaiting reader submissions.  As the site grows, I’m hoping each region will have more and more ride reports posted. If you don’t see something today, please check back.  Thanks!  Content is for informational purposes only.  Please read disclaimers on Contact Page.