These unbelievably detailed guides are better than a whole tank bag full of maps. The authors rode each region to uncover the best motorcycle roads and present their analytical findings herein. These guys are quite serious — they have even come up with a method of road rating known as TIRES (Total Integrated Road Evaluation System) — which is good news for you, the reader who wants to find some good places to ride your bike. These books are clearly organized and cover just about any sort of information you might need when riding. Each ride segment starts out with a map listing all relevant amenities and routes in question, with additional commentary on the ride and what’s likely to be encountered (and enjoyed!) as well as traffic density and distance.
A motorcycle enthusiast’s guide to the best 334 roads in Northern California. By Brian Bosworth and Michael Sanders. Spiral-bound, 5.5"×8.25", 570 pp., b/w illus.