Northern California’s wine country is as famous for its meandering byways as it is for its wines. You could spend years exploring the area from central Sonoma and Napa to coastal Sonoma and Mendocino. And our local guides have. This book is a ride-along with a team of local rider-writers who guide you, via their personal stories, to the top stops and secret destinations on great motorcycling roads you won’t find called out in the tourist guidebooks.

Your Local Guides

Carla King, Publisher/Editor, Point Richmond, Contra Costa County


Carla King, Point Richmond, Marin, San Francisco

Carla King is an adventure travel writer who has lived in San Jose, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and “The Hidden City” of Point Richmond across the bay from Larkspur and San Quentin. She thinks the best way to see the world is on a motorcycle, and thus rides rather more slowly than most, on bikes that let her sit upright. You can read about these adventures in her books and blogs. She currently owns a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 and a Moto Guzzi California Stone 1100, but as a motorcycle reviewer, she has enjoyed the Kawasaki Concours 14, Vulcan 1100, KLR650, ER-n, and Versys, as well as the Suzuki M90, Harley VRod, Moto Guzzi Breva 650 IE, and Ural and Chang Jiang sidecar rigs. See Carla’s blog posts. Find out more about Carla.


Cindi Servante, Novato, Mendocino, Marin


Cindi Servante lives in Novato, in northern Marin County, and is a rider, photographer, and reporter for A hairdresser by trade, she is also the inventor of StyleSaverScarves, a very fashionable accessory designed to save the dreaded helmet hair. Most weekends she is zipping in and around the backroads of her native Marin County on her BMW ST. See Cindi’s blog posts. Find out more about Cindi.

Sandy Borden, Davis, Sonoma, Napa


Sandy Borden and her husband Terry have motorcycled with their son Jack since he was a toddler cushioned on Terry’s tank bag. This Adventure Trio camps a lot, and inspire many families to adventure together, by motorcycle or on four wheels. Their home and hub for exploration is the city of Davis, just south of Sacramento but in Yolo County wonderfully central to Solano County’s Bay-Delta Region, Wine Country, and to Lake County’s wild hills and hot springs. See Sandy’s blog posts. Find out more about Sandy.

Liz Petersen, Mendocino


Liz Petersen is a graphic designer, working for herself in a small California town on the rural north coast. She is working toward becoming a personal fitness trainer, writing a video script, juggling motherhood with life and riding, attempting to keep up with tweets and twitters and all the other “new stuff” on the Internet, writing, and is passionate—and excited—about riding. You can catch her on her blog Lil Red’s Riding Blog. See Liz’s blog posts.

Cat MacLeod, El Sobrante, East Bay, Everywhere

Cat MacLeod is the Tourmaster for Leod Escapes, a motorcycle touring company based in San Francisco. Before Cat began his long tenure in the motorcycle industry he worked in the travel industry, but he’s been riding since he was ten years old. After motorcycle touring all around Europe, New Zealand, and the USA he’s picked up a few tricks. He knows there’s no better way to see the world than on a motorcycle and he knows there’s no better place to ride in the USA than Northern California. See Cat’s blog posts. Find out more about Cat.

Lisa Alpine, Mill Valley, Marin County


Lisa Alpine is an occasional scooter rider and an enthusiastic pillion rider in San Francisco, Marin, Hawaii, and around the world. She is the author of Exotic Life: Laughing Rivers, Dancing Drums and Tangled Hearts and co-author of Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel. She is also an acclaimed teacher and coach, and leads workshops on travel writing and dance as a healing art form. Her travel stories have been widely anthologized. See Lisa’s blog posts. Find out more about Lisa.

Koi, Napa, Wine Country


Koi was born and raised in the wine capital of the United States, the Napa Valley, is an ex-professional Italian chef and works in hospitality, making his living helping fellow travelers enjoy the most that the Napa area has to offer. He is an active member of Bay Area Riders Forum and posts frequent ride reports on that site. He started riding in October of 2010 and has since put 20,000 miles on a $700 1993 Yamaha Seca. With a half-mile commute, most of that has been “fun” riding. See Koi’s blog posts.


Motorcycling Northern California Wine Country Copyright © 2014 by Carla King. All Rights Reserved.

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