Perhaps no other state in the country offers as much fantastic motorcycling as California. Mountains, coast line, deserts and everything in between can be found in this state of seemingly endless riding opportunity. More G1 riding can be found in southern California then many entire states.
Each and every road segment detailed in our maps has been ridden and rated by an owner of Butler Maps Inc. From sport bike enthusiast, to dual sport adventurer, chopper rider, to two up tourers, our team has diligently researched and presented fantastic riding experiences that are sure to impress no matter what you ride.
As riders we constantly search for the perfect road. We seek that fleeting moment where everything fits perfectly together. The rhythmic hum of the motor, the dramatic vistas that overwhelm our senses and the one of a kind road that ties it all together. We search for G1. Steep climbs, tight switchbacks, deep canyons and million dollar views. These roads have an undeniable appeal that set them apart from everything else.
There are no stoplights or shopping malls here. G2 roads energetically flow from corner to corner gently bobbing and weaving. They meander past lakes, criss cross forests and provide an expereince you cant get on the freeway. Keep your head up. G2s can have fast sweepers, elevation change, tight corners and everything in between.
G3 is not your average road. All though these stretches of tarmac require the fewest criteria to make our list , dont be fooled. G3 roads are twisty and exciting. Ditch the traffic and head toward a stretch of orange, you wont regret it.
Lost Highway Rides
Beyond mountain passes and dramatic canyons are roads that extend to the horizon and the unknown beyond. The faded paint of a centerline, or crumbling shoulder are all that remain to remind us of a more purposeful past. They are highways that seem lost in time. Void of the trappings of population or procedure, these roads provide a motorcycling experience as unique as the untouched landscapes they divide. They are America’s "Lost Highways."
Paved Mountain Trail Rides
Not all roads were meant to be paved - some got paved anyway. Stuck between the dust of a dirt road and the smooth asphalt of a paved one lies the Paved Mt Trail. These roads have stood the test of time fighting for space among dense forest and cliff sides. Their fragile surface crumbling as they succumb to the rugged terrain they divide. Finding space for two cars to pass can be hard. Finding enjoyment on a bike easy.
Ride Planning. Design Your Ride in Minutes
A Butler Map does more than just point out the best roads. We make it easy to plan your trip with a host of features built just for riders. Turn to the back of the map for detailed information on every G1 road we recommend. There's elevation profiles, climate guides, motorcyle shop lists and even QR codes to link you to valuable information like where to sleep, where to eat or what to see when your not on the bike.
Highlighted Rides for Easy Reference
The best rides in the state are detailed in easy-to-read, highlighted segments. GPS waypoints are provided for G1 rides.
Expanded Views of G1 Rides
G1 rides are numbered and enlarged for your convenience. The expanded views of G1 rides are placed on a dedicated portion of the map.
Dual Sport Roads
Had enough of the pavement? Try some dirt! Our recommended Dual-Sport roads are moderate rides picked for spectacular scenery, remote locations and link-ability to the best paved roads.
One of the dominating features of our G1 rides is elevation change. Get a sense for exactly how much ducking and diving your in for by referring to a detailed elevation graph.
Use a smart phone? Scan one of our QR codes to link to useful information while your out on the road. Videos of recommended rides, biker gatherings, road conditions and much more is a scan away.
Mobile Tour Guide
So you've ticked off five G1 rides and your butt is tired. Now what? Wether you need a beer, a bed or some BBQ it can all be found in our Mobile Tour Guide. Search by town, search by category or search based on the biker deals we have waiting for you. Everything you need in one spot.
Broke down? Need a jacket for that unexpected spring storm? Every shop in the state is listed by town to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Nothing ruins a good day of riding like a freak storm. Check out the climate guide for general information on seasonal weather or scan the weather QR code for up to the minute conditions.
"I'm from Colorado and know the roads pretty well. Thought you did a great job with the maps." -Black Conner, Senior Editor, Cycle World Magazine.