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Welcome to the motorcyclingalabama.info, the companion website for Motorcycling Alabama, Fifty Ride Loops through the Heart of Dixie.
With its diverse terrain ranging from mountains in the north to beaches and bayous in the south, Alabama offers a unique variety of riding experiences. This book is designed to help readers sample Alabama’s backroads with confidence using detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions. Each ride also has a narrative description with information on what riders can expect to see along the route and notes on places of interest.
The purpose of this website it to enhance the enjoyment and usefulness of the book. It is designed to allow comments from readers of the book or those visiting the website and we welcome any comments you may have. Simply click the “Leave a Comment” or “Leave a Reply” buttons at the bottom of each post and add your comments.
One of the most useful functions of this website will be to allow readers of the book to check here for any road construction or other changes to roads before leaving for a particular ride loop.
The first advance copies of the book have finally arrived and the book will be available for sale in April. After four years and many tens of thousands of miles of riding it was a real pleasure to finally hold a finished copy in my hand.
The printing, binding and photo reproduction were all outstanding and even though it’s a hefty book it’s still small enough to carry along on most any motorcycle.
The 50 ride loops are divided into 10 each for five regions of the state, bounded by interstate highways as shown in this photo of a map from the book:
In total, more than 4,800 miles of Alabama roads are included in the 50 ride loops contained in the book.
It’s my hope that readers will come see this website as an extension of the book and use its features to enrich the experience of motorcycling in Alabama.
Roscoe and Bailey, our two Golden Retrievers, love riding in the sidecar.
Recently week I found a larger sidecar body to finally allow both dogs to ride at the same time!
On their first camping trip together in Coosa County:
Cold weather is no problem for Bailey with a recycled leather jacket (Photo by David Elder):
Below is a recent photo of Roscoe and me riding on a Cullman County road (Photo by Janice Morgan):
(1910s) Adeline and Augusta Van Buren: As two of the earliest motorcycle women riders in the U.S., these sisters broke many gender misconceptions and stereotypes by riding from New York to California on Indian motorcycles in 1916. The Van Buren sisters were the first women motorcycle riders to make the coast-to-coast journey solo on two bikes.
(1930s) Bessie Stringfield: As a female, African-American motorcyclist, Stringfield further broke both racial and gender barriers by completing eight solo cross-country tours and serving as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider, traveling through the Southern states when racial prejudice was a tangible threat.
(1930s) Dorothy “Dot” Robinson: Nicknamed the “First Lady of Motorcycling,” Robinson was another pioneer for women motorcyclists. Along with fellow motorcyclist Linda Dugeau, Robinson established Motor Maids, an organization created in 1940 to unite women that owned motorcycles. This organization was instrumental in convincing many more women to try motorcycling. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) issued the club an official charter in 1941, thus becoming the first organized U.S. women’s motorcycle club. Robinson also opened the doors for women motorcycle riders in the competitive arena by participating and winning several endurance runs. Robinson became the first woman to win an AMA national competition when she placed first in the sidecar class of the two-day Jack Pine National Endurance Championship.
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Click above on “Roll Out Ride” for all the details of our publication celebration. The author invites all motorcycle enthusiasts to join the caravan!
Unless you are in the Northwest, where piles of snow is already falling, this is a great time of year for a ride. Down South, especially, where the cooler temperatures are just now occuring, you will see beautiful changes in the fall leaves. And as we approach the Thanksgiving holidays, take time out to wheel up and tour the back roads!
Keep checking the website for dates and locales of the state Roll Out Ride, including stops at Blount Springs, Leeds (Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum), Birmingham, Montevallo, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery.
Welcome to Motorcycling Alabama, a site created by your friends at The University of Alabama Press in support of the Press’s forthcoming book of the same name. We hope you, the motorcycling community, will adopt this website for your own.