"Mackie and I had some ride on this road. 1982, enroute to S.F. hauling ass. Moore on his 650
Seca Turbo. Semi -Moore by, space, semi, I'm gone, late move semi's dipping, DIVE, I'm clear, WHOA WHO IN THE HELL NIPPED IN BEHIND Mackie. We still ride it!! Still a great road."
"Rode this DH in late August and had a complete gas. Pavement as good as in Alberta. Did it both ways the same day even though it was midnight on the way back. (That, is light traffic.) Will be back for more next summer and can't wait."
-Derek and the Midnight Riders
"I rode this DH on my FJR1300. It was
definitely the highlight of my summer routes. A beautiful run out to the ferry
"Without fore-knowledge of what road we were on, my wife and I rode DH1 in BOTH directions while touring hot springs resorts in south-eastern BC this August. Half way along DH1 (north-bound) we pulled over to take a pic of the outstanding scenery. When we stopped I wondered (out loud) where this would fit in the DH listings... I knew it had to be up there!
After an overnight stay in Ainsworth, we took the ferry back for a soutward ride of this magnificent road. We met another couple (from BC) on the ferry, who informed us that the road had indeed been rated DH1 for BC. We're fans of the Destination Highways books and regular riders of Washington's DH1 (Hwy 20)...
I found the pavement to be in a generally good state of repair. Speed limits were WAY too conservative. We rode DH1 north on a Sunday. Very few pylons to slow us down (except for one that had gone off the road and was being tow trucked out). Having seen the way things were on Sunday, we hit the road a bit more aggressively on our south-bound return on Monday. Lots more fun when you (ahem...) stretch the traffic laws!"
"I did this in July and it was by far the best road I've ever
experienced!" -Jason Voorhees
"Ah yes DH1. Rode it last weekend for the first and second time...once each direction. It is awesome, tons o curves and you don't need to go stupid fast to have a good
"What an awesome road! We didn't find the pavement that bad. Really enjoyed the camaraderie at the ferry with other riders. What a
"I did this road in 1985 on my Maxim 1100 on its first ride out of the
box. It was great then, no traffic and new pavement. So when I bought my new Valkrie, I
had to go back. With my son on my old Maxim and I on my new Valk we started in
Revelstoke at 8am and headed south (via DH35, DH73, DH56, DH5and DH60). DH1 was a little rougher and
had a little more traffic than I remember but the riding was great. My son started riding
only 3 weeks before and this was his first overnight ride. He is hooked!
It's amazing what a road can do. We finished our ride that day at 3 am, 1200 kms later, in Edmonton."--Tom
"Truly one of the most memorable and exciting
experiences I've had in motorcycling. I haven't ridden much of interior B.C. outside of the
Kootenays but I have ridden most of North America and this one rates with the best. I recommend a stop
at the Creston museum first to get a feel for the history of the area and to enhance the riding experience. The great caution is the crumbling, gravel
strewn road conditions. The BMW and I love this type of environment.
I feel that it adds an extra dimension to the game. My friends on Ducatis and Japanese sport bikes might not agree as their weapons seem better suited to
smooth pavement. Be wary of the traffic. Although sparse, it has a
tendency to pile up behind slower vehicles making passing tricky in the sections with multiple
tight corners. Enjoy!"-Billy The Biker
"Worth driving out from Vancouver just to do this one.
After you take the ferry across to Balfour (if you do the road south to
north), drive north to Ainsworth Hot Springs. This caps the day perfectly. Be sure to check in at the cabins 2-4K before
Ainsworth. Ask for Linda, enjoy a fire after the dip in the springs. Love it..."-Tom Badry
"Certainly one of the great roads in the province, but watch for all of the blind
access points."-Byron Keith Wilson
"I take to this area every year on my VFR800.
My favourite biking experience, bar none. I discovered this remarkable road about 20 years ago on my way to San
Francisco. I love this road. It's thrilling to ride the mood and feel changes every
10 kms. Talk nice to the ferry workers and maybe offer them a coffee. They know the
local speed tax collectors routes. Seems to me the South Kootenays rule."-Blair Mackie
"Best riding road around and ties in nicely with others.
Only road more spectacular is the "Highway to the Sun" in Montana.
And one other road, the Amalfi Penisula drive, but you have to go to Italy
for that one!"-Brian "Big Kat" Smith
"Missed it this
summer, but I'll be back...."-Crash