To receive a 10 in the following categories, it’s best to give examples of 10s for specific rides that we have taken.
Ratings (all out of 10). Total Rating = 10
- Road Quality: Perfectly paved. No sand or rocks in the road at all. Road without creases or frost-heaves. No outlets, cross streets or driveways. Perfect road in 2013 = Tail of the Dragon. There are absolutely no cross streets and the condition was perfect in Spring 2013.
- Ride Length with good roads: A short, evening blast is 50 miles (round trip). Medium length is 100 miles. a long beautiful day of riding would be 500-600 curvy miles. We rate the “good part” of the ride and not the highways taken to get to the nice roads.
- Technical Difficulty: The Tail of the Dragon is a 10. Independance Pass in Colorado is an 8. The Kancamagus Highway in Northern NH is a 5.
- Views: Rural, ocean, forrest etc. It’s like porn, hard to describe, but when you see (a good view) you know that it is one.
- Food Options: Meat (steak or killer burger), seafood (better than fried), ice cream and coffee (should be better than D&D). If it rains and the ride is slow, would it be worth going for the food regardless?
- Gas Availability: Can a friend on a Sportster make the ride without ruining your trip? A 10 gives gas every 50 miles. A 1 means that even if you have a touring bike (6 gallon tank) you may want to bring a gas can.
- Speed-traps: Void of any speed traps is a 10. Each trap every 100 miles reduces the score by 1.5.
- Traffic: This includes stop signs and traffic lights. No stop signs or lights – no cars etc, the ride gets a 10.