There is a debate over which is the best part of riding a motorcycle. Some will say it’s the ride. The freedom and open air are therapeutic. Others find their joy in the destination, the places you visit and the people you share the experiences with make a motorcycle the only way to travel. The beauty of a Kansas ride is that it provides opportunities for both. As with all things in Kansas, the diversity of the state means whatever your reason for riding, it is available here.
Where To Ride
If you crave the open road, Kansas offers some of the best riding in the country. The state is well-known for maintaining its roads, which means smooth, easy riding. Here are some must-ride roads to experience the beauty of Kansas.
Interstate 70 cuts through the heart of Kansas. Though it may not be the first place riders think about when they ride, I-70 offers a great introduction to the state. With a full-day ride you can travel the entirety of the state. Begin in Western Kansas and fuel up in peaceful Goodland. 400 miles later you can find yourself in the hustle and bustle of Kansas City with plenty of gas, coffee, and scenery along the way.
Like I-70, Highway 24 spans the width of the state but offers a much different ride. US 24 overlaps with I-70 from the west edge of the state until Colby, it then travels the northern part of the state before rejoining I-70 again at Lawrence. US 24 offers a different ride compared to the interstate. The highway delivers a slower pace and plenty of opportunities to encounter the small communities and midwest friendliness Kansas is famous for!
Kansas has 12 byways, 9 scenic and 3 historic. Find scenery, culture, and plenty of open road on each. If you are ready for a great view and plenty of curves travel the Native Stone Byway. History lovers will enjoy the 167 miles of the Frontier Military Historic Byway spanning Ft. Leavenworth, through Ft. Scott and into the Southeast corner of the state. The byway travels through the battlefields and cities of Kansas’ turbulent Bleeding Kansas era.
What To Do
When you’re looking to stretch your legs and rest your saddle after a long ride, Kansas provides plenty to do. Plant the kickstand and enjoy some of these unique Kansas treasures.
Kansas Motorcycle Museum
The Kansas Motorcycle Museum located in Marquette houses more than 100 vintage and rare motorcycles. The museum is a tribute to the 50 year career of legendary racer, Stan Engdahl. You can also catch all of Kansas' premiere motorcycle museums on our Motorcycle Museum Tour.
Big Dog Motorcycle
Big Dog is back! The iconic Kansas builder located in Wichita turns out some of the coolest cruisers on the road. Stop by the shop to pick up a shirt to commemorate your visit, or come home with a new bike—also a great souvenir!
Yesterday’s Motorcycle Museum
Topeka’s Historic Harley Davidson is world-renowned for its restoration work on classic motorcycles. Owners travel from around the world to have their classic bikes restored at the shop. The shop also houses Yesterday’s Motorcycle Museum, a collection of 30 vintage and rare Harley Davidson motorcycles. Come hungry and visit Henry’s Grill inside the shop for some great BBQ. Topeka Historic Harley Davidson also houses the Evel Knievel Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia making a stop at the shop a two-for-one biker history stop. Round out your stop with a visit to the world’s oldest motorcycle down the street at Kickstart Saloon.
Cassody Bike Run
The Cassody Bike Run happens the first Sunday of each month March through October. The run began in 1991 as a group of friends riding for breakfast in the small town and quickly grew to become the coolest motorcycle tradition in Kansas! The ride has drawn as many as 7,000 riders.
There are few things Kansans love more than freedom and space to run wide open. It’s one of the many reasons the state is one of the best for bikers. Keep the rubber side down and enjoy the ride!