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I usually head to southern Indiana when I want to do some riding but was curious is any of the Indiana riders have suggestions for good roads in central and northern Indiana. I'm not really much of a backroad (gravel and dirt) rider so would like to stick to the paved roads.

I appreciate any suggestions. I've got some free time coming up and would like to go exploring.

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Well Bob...the number of responses kinda speaks for itself huh? I got the same thing when I posted on a local Chicago forum about best places to ride within 2 hours of my house (NW suburbs...near Schaumburg). Got the absolute exact response.

Guess southern Indiana or up in Wisconsin are about the best we are going to get. Just sucks that we so far away from any good roads.

You goin' to Fennimore? Joe and the boys did a scouting run. Wish I could have gone but I'm on vacation with the family. Looks like they found some great routes. If you don't go I'll be the only V-Strom there.

Have a great day,
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Greg - Indeed, it looks like the territory heading north of Indy is bleak; or, the riders are super secretive (I suspect the former). Don't know if I'll get to Fennimore. School is back in session and it is tough to get away for more than a weekend. Just got back from the GSR West Virginia rally. What a blast! Took the Strom and was pleased by the ease of being out for several days.

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If you want a decent ride you have to go south, or preferably leave the state all together. There is nothing of interest in central or northern Indiana.

I'm bored with the whole darn state and haven't been riding much at all this year unless it involves crossing a few state lines.
 

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Unfortunately, I have noticed that northern Indiana is flat enough that I think I can see Indy from my house on a clear night, and all the roads were plotted with a straightedge. My area, with a few small exceptions, isn't much better. You are always welcome to join our group for our rides(see the sticky at the top of the Midwest forum), although I know it would be a bit of a commute. We are going to try to alternate locations a bit to keep the variety up - next ride is planned for NW Ohio on August 15th.
 

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Indybob, there's a road that runs on the west side of Carmel--you can get to it off of 146th street--it twists north for about 3 miles and ends up on HWY 32. That's the ONLY road I know of north of oh, let's say, Nashville, IN that's got any turn to it whatsoever.

Down south, HWY 45 from Nashville to Bloomington is a great ride. But you've probably done that one :thumbsup:
 

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Yes, I've been on that road off of 146th St. There is another that runs east from SR 37 - I believe it is the Stringtown Road. It goes all the way into Anderson but the curves are only for the first couple of miles. I have also heard that SR 33 north from Ft. Wayne is decent. I think we are lucky to have so many good roads in southern Indiana - just wish there were a few more in central & north territory.

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Indybob, there's a road that runs on the west side of Carmel--you can get to it off of 146th street--it twists north for about 3 miles and ends up on HWY 32. That's the ONLY road I know of north of oh, let's say, Nashville, IN that's got any turn to it whatsoever.

Down south, HWY 45 from Nashville to Bloomington is a great ride. But you've probably done that one :thumbsup:
 

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Live in NE Indiana. Fun riding non existent in Indiana north of Brown County. I have to ride all day just to get to the fun riding areas. It is an IBA event to turn them in a day. After you ride the Appalachians even southern Indiana is a snooze. NC, TN, KY, WVA, VA, PA (Appalachians) is where the good riding is east of the rockies.
 

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Live in NE Indiana. Fun riding non existent in Indiana north of Brown County. I have to ride all day just to get to the fun riding areas. It is an IBA event to turn them in a day. After you ride the Appalachians even southern Indiana is a snooze. NC, TN, KY, WVA, VA, PA (Appalachians) is where the good riding is east of the rockies.
I had my first ride in West Virginia this summer. Very nice! Went with the GSResources group and had a blast. We set up in Fayetteville and hit the roads in a 50 mile radius. Looking forward to more out of State runs but since vacation time is a premium I have to spread them out.

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Over by the Wabash River things are mildly interesting -- I spent most of my life in Lafayette and West Lafayette, and there are actually some fun rides in that area. Between Lafayette and Attica is pretty and has some fun backroads.

The southeastern corner of Indiana has some fun stuff too, but that's a long day -- more of a hike than Brown County.

South of Indy, Mann Road is a lovely route out of the city. Cross 144 and it turns into Centenary Road, which is also very nice. From there, it just gets better and better the further south you go.

I've found some interesting back roads near my house, perfect for those "I feel like a nice little half hour ride" moments. Remind me to show you sometime. There are also some interesting back roads on the northwest end of Indy, near Al's house -- he's perfected some nice little casual ride loops.
 

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The only roads that are mildly interesting in this area are near the lakes and rivers and I know all of them inside and out. Non of the roads are good enough to be fast or sporty but they are a little scenic and can be enjoyable. There is a nice super secret route that follows the Maumee river all the way to Toledo that starts near my house.

Indybob we still need to get together sometime.
 

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Over by the Wabash River things are mildly interesting -- I spent most of my life in Lafayette and West Lafayette, and there are actually some fun rides in that area. Between Lafayette and Attica is pretty and has some fun backroads.

The southeastern corner of Indiana has some fun stuff too, but that's a long day -- more of a hike than Brown County.

South of Indy, Mann Road is a lovely route out of the city. Cross 144 and it turns into Centenary Road, which is also very nice. From there, it just gets better and better the further south you go.

I've found some interesting back roads near my house, perfect for those "I feel like a nice little half hour ride" moments. Remind me to show you sometime. There are also some interesting back roads on the northwest end of Indy, near Al's house -- he's perfected some nice little casual ride loops.
Hey Brian. Welcome to this forum. I'm looking forward to seeing the DL1000. And, I will take you up on your offer to check out some of the local roads for those times when I'm looking for a quicker ride than the southern Indiana trips.

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The only roads that are mildly interesting in this area are near the lakes and rivers and I know all of them inside and out. Non of the roads are good enough to be fast or sporty but they are a little scenic and can be enjoyable. There is a nice super secret route that follows the Maumee river all the way to Toledo that starts near my house.

Indybob we still need to get together sometime.
Hey Between T.W.,

Yes, let's definitely get together. With the riding season winding down, we may have to wait for 2010. Also, I may be teaching a class at IPFW beginning in January. It's likely to be an evening class. So, if you're interested we may be able to connect for a cold one after my class.

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Good Morning All,

I'm in Columbus and have some decent roads not too far away. However, I tend to stay off of them, particularly on the weekends. We get large groups of bikes (mostly H-D's and other cruisers) out of Indy and they want to run down the roads at slow speeds and are difficult to pass. Unfortunately, we also get smaller groups of sport bikes and they want to run very fast. The two groups don't mix well and the result is frequent accidents, some pretty bad.

Much of my riding is longer distance stuff, generally ending up in another state. I try and get away at least once a month for a few days during the riding season. Now that I have a Wee (last bike was an '08 Concours C-14), I'll start watching the "Events" area for rallies that I can get to. I do want to see how other Strom riders set their bikes up.

Ride safe.
 

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39 is a fun run between Monroe and Martinsville. It's the furthest north twisty that I'm aware of. Traffic is fairly sparse, there are some passing lanes, and the road is in good shape. Just be careful of slow traffic while passing through the residential areas. I live just west of Indy and am always looking for an excuse to get out and ride. Just sold my ST1100 and bought a 1K7.
 
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