Big Sur Highway
Starting point: Cambria, Calif.
Distance: 251 miles
Challenge factor: Low (a leisurely ride, but keep an eye out for gawking tourists)
Highlights: The Big Sur coast, Carmel Valley and the Monterey Peninsula. This is the quintessential scenic California ride, and perhaps some of the best motorcycling in the world. If you haven't seen Hearst Castle (800-444-4445), stop for the tour.