Motorcycling Alabama is a much-needed guidebook for one of the most beautiful states of the union to explore on two wheels. Because Alabama has a relatively low population density, expansive rural areas still untrammeled by over-development and congested traffic, a good highway system, and vastly diverse landforms—from the rocky outcrops of the Appalachian plateau to the sugar-white beaches and teal waters of the Gulf of Mexico—it is a rider’s paradise.

David Haynes offers 50 ride loops of between 75 and 150 miles in length, 10 for each of five regions that are bounded by Interstate highways so that the start and stop points (with GPS coordinates included) are identical and easy to locate. He outlines both street bike and dual sport rides in this handy, sized-for-a-tank-bag guide and includes detailed, color-coded maps of the routes with turn-by-turn directions. Stunning, full-color photographs accompany each ride description, highlighting scenes and points of interest along the way. There are introductory chapters on motorcycle safety, proper gear, and the use of global positioning devices, as well as pointers on motorcycle camping in the state.

This is motorcycle touring made fun, safe, and easy. For both the in-state and out-of-state motorcycle enthusiast, Motorcycling Alabama is a valuable and complete resource to a state rich in diverse types of scenery and with many unsung treasures yet to discover.

Motorcycling Alabama is published in cooperation with the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham. To order, visit The University of Alabama Press website: Also available wherever all good books are sold.


Don Alexander of the Alabama Writers Forum recently reviewed Motorcycling Alabama. Click here to read the review.


“The rides included in this book are all great ones. . . . The section on how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) on a motorcycle is excellent . . . and the turn-by-turn directions are exactly what motorcyclists want and need as they plan their rides.”

—Benny Quimby, Senior Vice-President of Dealer Lending at Regions Bank, Birmingham, and Goldwing enthusiast

“This book is long overdue and in many ways superior when compared to other such books on motorcycle rides for other states and regions of the country. . . . Unique features include rides for both street bikes and dual sport bikes and the downloadable GPS coordinates for each ride. . . . With nine in my garage, I know motorcycles, and I recommend this book.”

—James McLean, Dean of the College of Education, University of Alabama, and avid motorcyclist

“It was a pleasure reading this book. There were times when I could imagine the wind blowing across my face while riding down a long stretch of highway by fields of green pastures or feel myself leaning into a twisty, curvy back road through the Alabama hill country. . . [This] guidebook will be useful to anyone who wants to take a motorcycle ride, long bicycle trip, or even a leisure drive in a sport utility vehicle.”

—Randy Mecredy, Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History

6 Responses to Book

  1. Benjamin Hicks says:

    Just finished Loop 33 (Davis Ferry) 10/3/2011 What a beautiful day!
    I took a day off to take the ferry, that is only open during the week.
    I made it to the ferry by 11:15 to hear that there has been a change of hours.
    6:30am – 4:30pm
    Closed 11:00 – 1:00 for lunch
    Do you have an update page for your book?


  2. David Haynes says:


    Thanks for the information about the ferry hours.

    There is a page (linked at the top of each page on this website) for “Road Closings and Other Updates”

  3. Tony H. says:

    I enjoy street bike and dualsport riding.
    Alabama is a beautiful state, and Davids book will allow me to make many memorable trips.
    Thanks again!

    Cantonment Florida

  4. Robert Beard says:

    I have the book and go to the website and try to save a ride and is saves in xml. What gives?

  5. David Haynes says:

    I just tried it and it worked fine for me on my Mac. I right-clicked on the link and selected “download linked file as” and put it on the desktop. Then I imported the file into BaseCamp (free mapping software from Garmin that works on the Mac). From Basecamp, I selected “view selected map in Google Earth” and it opened as always.

    If you’re on a PC and running Mapsource you may want to delete the “.xml” from the suffix of the file name. I don’t have access to a PC or Mapsource at the moment, so I can’t try that.

    Hope that helps.

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