Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Indiana (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

Indiana offers motorcycle riders a variety of motorcycle riding from its northwestern corner that borders Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National and State parks, the farming communities that comprise much of the north and central portions of the state, beautiful woods near Turkey Run State Park and Brown County, and the more hilly sections (starting from about Brown County and going south) that cover the southern portion of the state down to the Ohio River.  We've looked over which routes have gathered more attention and riders this year and formulated a list of the best motorcycle rides in Indiana. So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Indiana.


After reviewing an entire year of activity of Indiana motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Indiana!

#5 South-Central Indiana Tour

There are several excellent roads/routes in this area. Yellowwood State Forest, with camping and swimming, is located west of Nashville off Rte. 46, while Wyandotte Woods, a major park with vistas of the Ohio River, is located southwest of Corydon through Rte. 62.

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#4 Morgan-Monroe Loop

Morgan-Monroe State Forest, located in south central Indiana, spans 24,000 acres in Morgan and Monroe counties, 16 miles north of Bloomington. The hardwood forest sprawls across high peaks and valleys. For day usage, picnic spots are distributed throughout the forest, although swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes.

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#3 Crawford-Perry County River Loop

The 115-mile Crawford-Perry County River Loop is ideal for sightseeing. This tour will appeal to bikers of all skill levels because it includes both twisting and straight routes. There is something for everyone here, whether you are most interested in the Ohio River, the Hoosier National Forest, or the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

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#2 Big Lick Ride/Ohio River Hugging Loop

This 140-mile journey is the epitome of rural America. This loop route starts in Madison, IN and follows a stretch of the Ohio River. Barges and river boats can be observed on a daily basis, along with some small quaint shops, and Mom and Pop restaurants.

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#1 US HWY 12 Through The Indiana Dunes

This journey begins in Portage, Indiana, near the junction of Indiana Highway 249 and US Highway 12.  This is a two-lane route that winds through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The fall foliage is stunning, but the journey is spectacular at any time of year.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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