The northern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the region of Lake Tahoe represents some of the best motorcycling territory in the world. Certainly, it is as good as the European Alps and much more accessible. Often there is less traffic than other popular motorcycling areas so the riding is more liberated.
The roads are good for crusing or sport riding running the spectrum from scenic and fairly straight, easy roads to technical sections that require some skill and constant attention. Depending on your taste and skill level you can find whatever route you will enjoy.
There are seasonal considerations limiting the riding season in the winter. However, riding can be done in the spring, summer and fall without too much risk of getting cold and wet if you watch the weather. There are isolated summer thunder storms that occaissionally erupt, but these can usually be avoided with a short stop for a beverage.
In general terms, there are two riding areas. First, the Sierras. This area contains mountain roads and passes. These roads are Highways 49 (Yuba Pass), 80 (Donner Pass), 50 (Echo Summit), 89 (Monitor and Luther Passes), 88 (Carson Pass), 4 (Ebbetts Pass), 108 (Sonora Pass), and 120 (Tioga Pass). There are a few other interesting areas like Gold Lakes Basin, Ice House, Lake Tahoe loop and, Blue Lakes that aren't passes, but are great to explore. This mountainous area is where the challenging technical riding can be found. Highways 50, 80, and 88 are the main routes and not technical. Highway 120 (Tioga Pass) goes through Yosemite National Park so the 35-45 mph speed restriction makes this route "pedestrian", but scenic. The other passes and riding areas can be as challenging as you desire.
The second riding area is the western Nevada "basin and range" region on the east side of the Sierras. This includes Highways 395 and 50 among others. Here, there are many towns to explore and easy roads to ride. These towns include Virginia City, Reno, Carson City, Bridgeport, Bodie, Lee Vining, Markleville and many more. This is real cruising territory. The scenery is tremendous and the roads are inviting. The "Old West" is there to be savored.
There are good services throughout the region with motorcycle shops in Carson City and Reno. Tourism is a primary business in the region so accomodations and activities are easy to locate.
Lakeside Inn is motorcycle friendly. Parking can be just outside your room. Our owner, Mike Bradford, is an avid rider and happy to talk bikes or consult on routes. Mike's direct line is (775) 586-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you come stay with us at Lakeside. We are right in the middle of the fantastic Sierra riding territory.