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Little Tujunga Canyon

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"one of the Top 10 Motorcycle Roads in the World"...?

Nacimiento Road

PASHNIT

California Motorcycle Roads

 The year was 1999.


Prince was promising a party.
Y2K was about to crash every computer on earth creating global chaos.


...and Pashnit was launched. A simple hand-built site. No grand plan. No web skills. A second hand 35mm camera, film prints, a flatbed scanner and a Kawasaki ZX-11D. Basic writing skills, no spell correction. There was one simple motivation.

 

"I have to tell someone about this road!"


Pashnit.com (pronounced 'passionate') was built to provide you insight on where to ride in California. Started by uploading 30 pages of roads, Pashnit soon grew 10x that number into the largest website in the world dedicated to exploring California Motorcycle Roads. Those initial 30 simple web pages grew to over 600 pages of text, thousands of photos & maps, and comprising 241,138 files. California Motorcycle Roads quickly became a must see for any motorcyclist planning the Next Big Ride.

Check out the latest new California Motorcycle Roads page & Subscribe below to be the first to see new roads:

Tepusquet Road


Foxen Canyon Road

Santa Rosa Road

California Motorcycle Roads

Intelligence on
EVERY Good Road in the state.

For the Love of the Ride.

Dear Pashnite,
The 1999-era California Motorcycle Roads you have used for the last 20 years to plan your rides has been retired.
Two decades later, it's time to rebuild. At present, there are only a few pages of roads completed. There are more coming. A lot of work will go into building a site like this from scratch. Your patience is requested. It will take time. Thousands of hours, years actually. I think only a crazy person would attempt a project like this. Which is why there is no equal. The original CMR had 300 webpages of roads, 600 pages of text, thousands of photos, tens of thousands of links and was made up of 241,148 files. I would like to double that. It will take time to rebuild this site so check back from time to time. I appreciate your support over the last 20 years. Hundreds more road pages are coming.

 

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The all-new  California Motorcycle Roads will be 100% free to access, 100% ad free, and all meat & potatoes information on where to ride.
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Latest NEW Road

Little Tujunga Road

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If God had a motorcycle, this is where he'd be.

He'd be riding (insert your bike here) back and forth, up and down the mountain, absorbing the view, basking in the marvel of his creation. He'd be looking down on his sculpted and molded mountainous land of divine intervention, a blessing of a greater power. He'd revel in the notion of modern man having carved this wonder of motorcycle goodness into his mountain.

This is the 'Little T'.
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Latest NEW Road

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Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

 

WHAT'S THE NEXT ROAD?

Stay tuned! More roads are coming!
Right now, we're working on designing new motorcycle tours for the 2020 ride season, Scroll down, and check out the FIVE new tours we're offering for Year 17 of Pashnit Tours.


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Celebrating 17 Years of Pashnit Motorcycle Touring

Your Pashnit Motorcycle Tour is the result of nearly 30 years of exploration, 250,000 miles of riding, tens-of-thousands of photographs, and hundreds of pages of text- all about California!
We are already planning the 2020 ride season and your tour guide at Pashnit Motorcycle Tours has compiled a thrilling combination of motorcycle roads, the very best in lodging, and great food to top it off.
These roads have been our personal playground for years, and over time we’ve plotted out the best riding in California for you on your own motorcycle holiday. We’ll show you places and roads easily missed and passed over by the crowd. Our ride season extends March through October and we look forward to riding with you. 80% of our participants are return customers, Riders become family and we have several riders who have been on over 50 tours.
Click Here to view the coming 2020 Pashnit Motorcycle Tours season.

2020
PASHNIT

MOTORCYCLE TOURS

Delta Bodega

All new Pashnit Motorcycle Tour
April 3, 2020

Ever heard of the Montezuma Hills?

No one has. There’s a series of low hills that border the southern edge of the Sacramento River Delta. The delta is a vast expanse of low-lying land spanning 1100 square miles containing the Sierra Nevada mountain run-off. Chinese laborers created the levee system, originally made of peat in the 1850s through 1860s, but subsequent floods wiped out the levees.  Read more...

El Dorado

All new Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

March 13, 2020

Ever been out riding...

...And come upon the ultimate combination of twists and turns, elevation change and scenery galore. All the while screaming inside your helmet, "I've got to tell someone about this road- this is a rip roarin' hoot!"
While we talk with reverence about the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in our backyard, what no one is telling you is at its base- a band of delightful roads stretch 400 miles from north to south. One after the other.  Read more...

PARKFIELD

April 17,2020
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

It's our playground.

Cholame is a Yokut Indian word meaning the Beautiful One. Parkfield, population 18, lies inside this valley and holds the V6 Ranch. The 20,0000 acre ranch is owned by the Varian Family which settled the region in 1961. The V6 Ranch is protected by a conservation easement that says "this land can never be divided into smaller parcels," meaning this land will remain a beautiful, open landscape forever, however long that is. It's our playground.

MOSQUITO RIDGE 

June 12, 2020
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

600 Curves in 36 Miles.

When I first moved to California in 1993, I soon heard about a place revered by motorcyclists called Mosquito Ridge. It allegedly had 600 curves in 36 miles. It was a road carved through solid rock in some places to reach the reservoirs built in the early 1960s when mountain valleys were being converted to large man-made lakes to store snow melt and for power generation. To reach these valleys deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains, roads were expanded to carry trucks and material to the build sites. I had to go see for myself. And you should too!

Join Pashnit Motorcycle Tours for an all new motorcycle tour of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

COAST RANGE

July 17, 2020
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

The Perfect Tour

After threatening to retire the Coast Range tour, I was quickly chastised and reprimanded by fellow riders that have been on this tour.
"It's the perfect tour," they exclaimed.

The right balance of roads, magazine cover scenery, Pacific Ocean views, and perfect roads. Add all that together with a room overlooking the ocean and a catered dinner with friends, it likely is the Perfect Tour.
We'll keep the Coast Range Tour in the roster for 2020.

All New for 2020
NORTH PASS

September 18, 2020
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

The North Pass

Ever stared at a map & declared, I want to go there!

Or I wonder where that goes. Or I wonder what that road is like. Might feel like. You can trace it out on your map, highlight it, and even get a photo image of a specific corner from Google Maps. Better yet, you can ‘fly’ to & over the road via Google Earth.

But none of that, not a one, will satiate your desire, your implicit need to actually go ride it. To truly feel it, the bend in the road, the camber, the lean, the scenery, the smells, the wind pressed against your face. All those fancy tools. And yet none of it is worth anything.

You have to experience the North Pass.

MILE HIGH Xtravaganza

October 2, 2020
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

Mile High Xtravaganza

Bass Lake is the destination on this tour where the destination is just as important as the ride with two nights in the same resort plus a fun potluck dinner spending time socializing and enjoying the company of your fellow riders. This tour focuses on an area between Yosemite & Sequoia where a swath of roads roll & heave, making up the central portion of the Sierra Nevada Range. Paled by their nearby neighbors of Yosemite to the north, and Mt Whitney to the south, this is a mountainous region often overlooked that pushes up a vertical mile into the sky.
A rider's playground a Mile High with lighter mileage and super twisty roads

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About Pashnit:

Tim Mayhew has devoted nearly 30 years to photographing and writing about California roads. His tireless efforts on the California Motorcycle Roads web site have spread across the globe becoming the encyclopedic guidebook for motorcycle travel in California. As of 2020, Tim has been designing & leading professional motorcycle tours across California, Oregon & Nevada for the last 17 years.
Learn more about riding with Tim on a  
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour in 2020.

 

Dear Pashnite, the 1999-era California Motorcycle Roads you have used for the last 20 years to plan your rides has been retired.
Two decades later, it's time to rebuild. A lot of work will go into building a site like this from scratch. It will take time. Thousands of hours, years actually. I think only a crazy person would attempt a project like this. Which is why there is no equal. The original CMR had 300 webpages of roads, 600 pages of text, thousands of photos, tens of thousands of links and was made up of 241,148 files. I would like to double that. It will take time to rebuild this site. I appreciate your support over the last 20 years. Hundreds more road pages are coming.  -Tim

 

Want to help? Pashnit is simply a hobby and labor of love for me. Consider donating $20 to help support this site. The all-new Pashnit.com California Motorcycle Roads site is 100% free to access by all.
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