RidingWV

 

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

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Street Rides      Back-Road Rides      Destinations     Ride Routes    Diners    Lodging   

 

 Events Calendar      Groups/Links     Reader Photos     For Sale      Contact Us

 

 

Welcome to Riding West Virginia, a website dedicated to motorcyclists wishing to explore the Mountain State - whether you ride a Touring Bike, Sport Bike, Dual-Sport, Adventure Touring, Standard UCMJ, Harley, or a Scooter (like me). I see frequent requests on forums for information about visiting and riding around the state, asking for information about what roads to ride, what places to visit, and (of course) interesting places to get good food. With the help of fellow riders, my goal is to make this a First-Stop online for those riders.

 

The site will be divided into 3 main sections: Street and Back-Roads Ride Reports, and Food/Destinations/Lodging. 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.  We will cover trails (such as Hatfield & McCoy) only if submitted by readers. Guest contributors are welcome to submit Ride Reports and/or Food/Lodging Reports for consideration - please go to the "Contact" Page for more information.

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NEW - 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.

 

 

RIDE REPORT – Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and Smoke Hole Road on the “new” Burgman 650.  Street Rides / Allegheny Mts 

 

RIDE REPORT – Rt 50 Clarksburg to Winchester VA – Petersburg WV – Monterey VA – Huttonsville WV

 

 SPECIAL NOTICE – 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.  

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I want to invite all readers/riders to submit photos and/or ride review articles.

I will gladly assist with proofreading and editing to make your submission looks its best. 

If you have any questions, please read the “Contact” page and let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks!

 

 

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. Enjoy National Forests and State Parks far from the hustle and bustle (and cell-phone connection) of the highways. There are still plenty of remote areas where you may not be found for weeks if you go off the side of the road. Ride safely and travel with a partner or leave an itinerary with a friend.

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. See the Anna Jarvis home numerous Civil War Battlefields. Visit the ancient Indian Burial Mound and museum in Moundsville. But there is also natural beauty, as is evident in Seneca Rocks, Black Water Falls, Spruce Knob, Dolly Sods, Smoke Hole, and more.

Ride Routes   -  NEW

** 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.  Let me know what you think.

Diners

 

You can't ride on an empty stomach. And why punish yourself with ANOTHER fast food burger and fries when there are so many interesting diners and family restaurants around the state? Diners like Rella's in Hacker Valley are places to experience the people of West Virginia and learn about the area. In addition, you are supporting local West Virginian 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 New Ride –  2007 Suzuki 650 Burgman

July 2013

 

After being bikeless for two months, my wife encouraged me to buy this nice 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650 Max-Scooter with only 2,400 miles.  It was sitting in a corner at the local dealer collecting dust. Poor thing!  After riding for 35 years, I gathered up enough courage to try out a scooter and loved it!  Smooth – plenty of power for me – easy to handle – comfortable!  Even at 75MPH on the Interstate, it was smooth and very relaxed.  I can easily see why lots of riders do 500+ mile days on these.  After two Honda Nighthawk 750s, a Kawasaki Concours, and two Suzuki V-Strom 1000s, I was ready to downsize to more easily explore narrow backroads in West Virginia.  It’s still roomy and powerful enough to take off for longer rides with no worries. 

 

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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.