SR 450 Bedford to Shoals

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SR 450 Bedford to Shoals

Indiana

This is a very good ride. It has S curves, twists, and short straightaways that go through tunnels of trees, fields, farms and hills.

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Distance: 24 miles

Time: 39 minutes

Ride Rating
4.5/5
Scenery
4.4/5

SR 450 Bedford to Shoals provides the feel of mountain riding in southern Indiana

The Road

Take SR 450 out of Bedford and follow it southeast to Shoals.

The Ride

SR 450 from Bedford to Shoals is a gem of a road. This is a road that I will drive to just to take my bike on it again. This is a very good ride. It has S curves, twists, and short straightaways that go through tunnels of trees, fields, farms and hills. It is supremely fun to ride. The only thing that takes away from the ride is the road repair that left horizontal lines of class 5 in strips across the road (July 2019). They’re easy to spot, but take them slowly.

The Bottom Line

The clutch cable on my bike snapped in Bloomington and local rider Anthony stopped on the side of I-69 to help out and he recommended this ride before he knew I had ridden it earlier that day. It’s not a secret locally, but it’s awesome. Hopefully it won’t be a secret much longer. And, by the way, thanks again Anthony.

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SR 150 East Shoals to Paoli

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SR 150 East Shoals to Paoli

Indiana

It's got curves that can be taken at speed and changes in scenery that take you through the woods and open fields. There are great views of the southern Indiana hills. And, oh, did I mention that it twists and turns just right. 

Road Rube

Distance: 21 miles

Time: 29 minutes

Ride Rating
4.3/5
Scenery
4.3/5

SR 150 East Shoals to Paoli is a great motorcycle road

The Road

Take State Road 150 East from Shoals to Paoli.

The Ride

Southern Indiana is not widely known for its motorcycle rides. At least, it wasn’t to me before taking some of these rides. Shoals to Paoli is an excellent motorcycle road. It’s got curves that can be taken at speed and changes in scenery that take you through the woods and open fields. There are great views of the southern Indiana hills. And, oh, did I mention that it twists and turns just right. 

The Bottom Line

If you’re traveling through Indiana, find your way to Paoli or Shoals and let it rip.

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Connersville Run

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Connersville Run

Indiana

The Connersville Run highlights the hilly terrain of southeastern Indiana. There are sharp curves that wind through the woods and fields and hills.

Road Rube

Distance: 29 miles

Time: 45 minutes

Ride Rating
4.4/5
Scenery
4.3/5

Connersville Run features sharp curves, hills, fields and forest

The Road

Take State Road 121 from Connersville south.

The Ride

The hills and curves on SR 121 are excellent. The Connersville Run highlights the hilly terrain of southeastern Indiana. There are sharp curves that wind through the woods and fields and hills.

The Bottom Line

The Connersville Run is a road reminiscent of riding through the Smokey Mountains or Ozarks without the extreme elevation changes. It’s a fun ride that is worth taking when in the area.

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State Road 62 west to SR 250

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SR 62 West and SR 250

Indiana

The road goes through corn fields and tree tunnels as it twists and turns, rises and falls through southern Indiana. It's a terrific ride.

Road Rube

Distance: 24 miles

Time: 36 minutes

Ride Rating
4.3/5
Scenery
4.3/5

SR 62 west and SR 250 make a great ride 

The Road

There is road construction closure 5 miles south of Dillsboro, so the plan to take 62 west out of Dillsboro took a detour. The detour takes you through Versailles on 129 which picks up 62 west 8 miles south. 62 West goes to Madison, but I took 250 east off of 62 west.

The Ride

The road goes through corn fields and tree tunnels as it twists and turns, rises and falls through southern Indiana. It’s a terrific ride. 62 west has sharp curves that have a range of recommended speeds of 15 to 25 mph. Then SR 250 makes a nice climb to Highway 421. 

The Bottom Line

Fun way to spend the day on your motorcycle.

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Goshen to Pierceton Ride

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Goshen to Pierceton

Indiana

Don't go out of your way to take this ride. It can be a means to an end by heading south toward greener motorcycle roads in southern Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Road Rube

Distance: 30 miles

Time: 47 minutes

Ride Rating
1.5/5
Scenery
2.5/5

Goshen to Pierceton Motorcycle Ride is a peaceful ride through the Indiana countryside

The Road

The fact that the road is in good shape is probably a testament to the lack of traffic on it. I took Highway 15 south from Goshen to New Paris and then cut over east through New Paris on 46. Then take 29 south which merges into 13 in Syracuse for the rest of the ride to Pierceton. The speed limit is 45 for the first stretch from Goshen. It increases to 50 and 55 at different stretches.

The Ride

I’ve got to be honest…this is not a super motorcycle ride. It’s just a road in the middle of Indiana that isn’t an interstate or toll road. There’s a little bit of traffic along the way, but it’s a slow-paced road without the stresses of the city. The countryside is farmland and flat, but it’s not the rat race. The ride is a diversion from the heavy traffic of the corridor between Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis. That’s pretty much it, though. Just a diversion.

The Bottom Line

Eh. Don’t go out of your way to take this ride. It can be a means to an end by heading south toward greener motorcycle roads in southern Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

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