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PASHNIT

California Motorcycle Roads

Aveune of the Giants - Highway 254
Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Jesus Maria Rd

 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:

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 California Motorcycle Roads 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.

 

Want to help? Consider donating $20 to help support this site.
The all-new  California Motorcycle Roads will be 100% free to access, 100% ad free, and all meat & potatoes information on where to ride.
Click Here to link to the all-new California Motorcycle Roads.

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Latest NEW Road

Wards Ferry Rd - Graffiti Bridge

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Ride to Graffiti Bridge.

Love the single-lane paved back roads? We do. So we're headed to winner-take-all of the single-lane canyon rides. Thiso one connects Sonora with Groveland near Yosemite NP and heads for a famous bridge covered in graffiti.
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Latest NEW Road

Highway 4 - Ebbetts Pass

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Two of Everything.

Highway 4 Ebbets Pass is likely one of California's most scenic motorcycle roads in the Sierra Nevada Range. There are two summits, two descents, 23-miles of single-lane and multiple hairpins. And it all leads to Hwy 89 Monitor Pass. Even better!
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Latest NEW Road

See the all new page about
Highway 108
Sonora Pass

 

WHAT'S THE NEXT ROAD?

Stay tuned! Many new roads are coming!


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Planning our 18th Year of Pashnit Motorcycle Tours

Your Pashnit Motorcycle Tour is the result of nearly 30 years of exploration, 300,000 miles of riding, tens-of-thousands of photographs, and hundreds of pages of text- all about California!
We are now planning the 2021 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 2021 Pashnit Motorcycle Tours season.

2021
PASHNIT

MOTORCYCLE TOURS

Delta Bodega

All new Pashnit Motorcycle Tour
August 13, 2021

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...

Mile High

All new Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

October 1, 2021

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...

North Pass

September 10, 2021
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour

Ride the Northern Sierra Nevada

Based from Auburn, join us for a ride through the California Foothills and into the northern Sierra Nevada Mountain Passes. This ride explores the northern edges of the 400-mile long Sierra Nevada culminating with a visit to Mount Lassen, and a dormant volcano that last erupted a mere100 years ago.

MOSQUITO RIDGE 

June 11, 2021
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 in June 2021 for a motorcycle tour of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

COAST RANGE

July 16, 2021
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 July 2021.

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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 2021, Tim has been designing & leading professional motorcycle tours across California, Oregon & Nevada for 18 years.
Learn more about riding with Tim on a  
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour in 2021.

 

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Dear Pashnite, the 1999-era California Motorcycle Roads you have used for the last 20 years to plan your rides has been retired.

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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. Consider donating $20 to help support this site. The all-new Pashnit.com California Motorcycle Roads site is 100% free to access by all. There are no ads, no gunk, no clutter, no popups because users support the growth of this site. Want to be the first to see new roads & articles that are steadily added?  Use subscribe link above.
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